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.


Vile Bodies

Slobbery as Snobbery

Slobbery as Snobbery

June 15, 2014

Walking through Amsterdam recently, a paradox that I had long noticed in an

Healthcare

Vicodin Ingestion Syndrome

Vicodin Ingestion Syndrome

June 08, 2014

A major epidemic in America, which seems to me to have received rather less

Political Economy

When Eggheads Go Sour

When Eggheads Go Sour

June 01, 2014

Recently I read an interview with the President of Niger, the francophone

Vile Bodies

The Sporting Lie

The Sporting Lie

May 25, 2014

In my youth, hard though it is for me to recall it now, I was quite good at

Looking Back

Boko Haram and the Indelible West

Boko Haram and the Indelible West

May 18, 2014

When I arrived in the city of Maiduguri nearly thirty years ago, everyone was

Lit Crit

Piketty’s Garden of Envy

Piketty’s Garden of Envy

May 11, 2014

Resentment is the one emotion that can last a lifetime and will never let you

Cultural Caviar

From Sir, With Love

From Sir, With Love

May 04, 2014

Everyone loves a tyrant, provided he is far enough away or long enough ago.

Looking Back

Creatures of a Day

Creatures of a Day

April 27, 2014

Yesterday a young woman who was unknown to me except at third hand died. She

Idiocracy

The Gross Domestic Pissants

The Gross Domestic Pissants

April 20, 2014

A small item in one of those free newspapers that end up on the seats of the

Afternoon Delight

Some Questions

Some Questions

April 13, 2014

Some questions are asked in a spirit of inquiry, to obtain answers, but others

The Untold Story

A More Sinister Equality

A More Sinister Equality

April 06, 2014

Patriotic effusions, whosever they may be, seldom please citizens of other

Scandal

Bile in the Blogosphere

Bile in the Blogosphere

March 30, 2014

Nothing is important or unimportant, but thinking makes it so. Nevertheless,

Afternoon Delight

Entertainment Surfeit Disorder

Entertainment Surfeit Disorder

March 23, 2014

The only time I regret not being much richer than I am is when I receive

Bravery Hurts

The Difference Between Firmness and Cruelty

The Difference Between Firmness and Cruelty

March 16, 2014

A story that appeared recently in Libération, the left-wing French newspaper

Vile Bodies

A Freak Show Called Generosity

A Freak Show Called Generosity

March 08, 2014

Legless South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius is now on trial for having

Cultural Caviar

The Wisdom of a Ukrainian Plumber

The Wisdom of a Ukrainian Plumber

March 02, 2014

Just before the current troubles in Ukraine began, we called a plumber to our

Modern Weapons

Nowhere to Hide

Nowhere to Hide

February 23, 2014

People who were charged with a crime in England used to be told by the police

Deep Thoughts

Who Will Hire the Hangman?

Who Will Hire the Hangman?

February 16, 2014

Why should the dying have all the best deaths? Fatal illness is not the only

Middle East

The Folly of Liberal Imperialism

The Folly of Liberal Imperialism

February 09, 2014

When, half an eternity ago, I was a small boy who collected stamps, I was very

Crime and Punishment

Unjust Crimes and Unjust Executions

Unjust Crimes and Unjust Executions

February 02, 2014

Apart from pulp novels, airport bookshops often have an eccentric selection of

Cultural Caviar

Museum of the Living Dead

Museum of the Living Dead

January 26, 2014

It took me two attempts to visit the Musée de l’histoire vivante—the

Zeitgeist

Triumph of the Mediocre

Triumph of the Mediocre

January 19, 2014

Hillary Clinton, so we are told, kept a spreadsheet devoted to her enemies,

Zeitgeist

Euthanasia Without Discrimination

Euthanasia Without Discrimination

January 12, 2014

The temper of the times is often revealed by small details in newspapers, and

Economy

The Street Keynesians

The Street Keynesians

January 05, 2014

According to a poll carried out by the Figaro newspaper, only 17% of the French

Cultural Caviar

Speaking Bureaucratically

Speaking Bureaucratically

December 29, 2013

My late friend, the distinguished economist Peter Bauer, used to say that the

South of the Border

Man’s Eternal Struggle for Self-Importance

Man’s Eternal Struggle for Self-Importance

December 22, 2013

Chile is one of many faraway countries of which I know nothing, but I was

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