Theodore Dalrymple

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Theodore Dalrymple is an author and retired doctor who has written for many publications round the world, including the Spectator (London), the Wall Street Journal (New York) and The Australian (Sydney). He is contributing editor of the City Journal of New York, and his latest book is Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality, Encounter Books.


Cultural Caviar

Worms Have Rights Too

Worms Have Rights Too

March 25, 2017

The real winners of the recent Dutch elections were the animals—or at least

Cultural Caviar

A Pardon for M. Fillon

A Pardon for M. Fillon

March 18, 2017

These are wonderful times for conspiracy theorists. Not a sparrow falls but M.

PC World

Two Forms of Mass Hysteria

Two Forms of Mass Hysteria

March 11, 2017

The mode of transmission of the disease kuru was established by the American

Semantics

Taking Out the Rubbish

Taking Out the Rubbish

March 04, 2017

Foolishness springs eternal. And this is just as well for us journalists,

#RESISTANCE

Have We Lost Our Temperance?

Have We Lost Our Temperance?

February 25, 2017

In one of the Platonic dialogues, the Charmides, the subject is the nature of

Kids Today

Feeding Your Inner Caligula

Feeding Your Inner Caligula

February 17, 2017

Self-love used to be a vice, but nowadays it is the nearest thing to a virtue,

Zeitgeist

The Decline of Advocacy

The Decline of Advocacy

February 11, 2017

My days of appearing in court as an expert witness in murder trials are over,

Cultural Caviar

Oh, the Hupersonity!

Oh, the Hupersonity!

February 04, 2017

The British Medical Association, of which I am an undistinguished member,

For the Children

Humble Pie in Short Supply

Humble Pie in Short Supply

January 28, 2017

On 30 March, 1933, the great German recorder of daily life under the Third

The Take

The Wealth Gap

The Wealth Gap

January 21, 2017

The claim by Oxfam, the charity that so loves the poor that it is safe to

Cultural Caviar

Taxicab Confessions

Taxicab Confessions

January 14, 2017

The question of intellectual and moral authority is an important one,

Vile Bodies

Beneath Paris

Beneath Paris

January 07, 2017

The French, I think, must be world champions in the production of books

How-To

Better Left Unsaid

Better Left Unsaid

December 31, 2016

Future historians, if there are any, will look on our epoch as one of bad

All About Me

Barely Scratching the Surface

Barely Scratching the Surface

December 24, 2016

For the past three months or so I have suffered from, or at least experienced,

Deep Thoughts

Articles of Faith

Articles of Faith

December 17, 2016

We should all like to know why some people become terrorists, other than for

Cultural Caviar

Advise and Dissent

Advise and Dissent

December 10, 2016

Exhortation is almost as futile as it is inevitable, at least if measured by

Cultural Caviar

Who’s Your Favorite Dictator?

Who’s Your Favorite Dictator?

December 03, 2016

Just as everyone has his favorite crime, so everyone has his favorite dictator.

Cultural Caviar

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed

Dissatisfaction Guaranteed

November 26, 2016

Recently we stayed a few days in Belgium with friends who had very

Cultural Caviar

Basi’s Daydream

Basi’s Daydream

November 19, 2016

In some countries, including my own, there has been of late an increasing

Cultural Caviar

The Importance of Being Sympathetic

The Importance of Being Sympathetic

November 12, 2016

On the day that Donald John Trump was declared the victor in the American

Zeitgeist

Blind Commitment

Blind Commitment

November 04, 2016

You can get angry with machines, especially when you haven’t the faintest

Scandal

The Price of Bread

The Price of Bread

October 29, 2016

Who would be a politician? It is like living in permanent fear of ambush, with

Cultural Caviar

Not a Nobel Man

Not a Nobel Man

October 22, 2016

The great sinologist and literary essayist Simon Leys began his essay on the

How-To

Adding Insult Without Injury

Adding Insult Without Injury

October 15, 2016

If Mr. Trump had been caught on video talking about early Sienese painting I

Vile Bodies

Checking In With Liam

Checking In With Liam

October 08, 2016

I rarely buy The Sunday Times, a British newspaper with as many sections and

Zeitgeist

A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

October 01, 2016

It often seems to me that the first qualification for producers of operas these

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