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.


Idiocracy

When Mediocrity Strikes

When Mediocrity Strikes

September 24, 2016

I think I too could be a Nobel Prize winner in economics—at least if an

Architecture

Walsall’s Competition

Walsall’s Competition

September 17, 2016

Of all Western European countries, England is the most richly endowed with

Zeitgeist

Life de Bois

Life de Bois

September 10, 2016

From time to time I receive invitations by e-mail to attend conferences on

Cultural Caviar

Prometheus Unbound

Prometheus Unbound

September 03, 2016

I am never sure whether I should lament the state of the world or be complacent

Deep Thoughts

The Daily Special Olympics

The Daily Special Olympics

August 27, 2016

Although France is on the same downward slide as Britain, you can tell that it

The Untold Story

Olympia’s True Victors

Olympia’s True Victors

August 20, 2016

Once again the only country of any size that, as far as I can see, emerges from

Politics

Back to Turkey

Back to Turkey

August 13, 2016

The recent events in Turkey interested me in part because I am about to pay my

Cultural Caviar

The Symptoms of Pott’s Disease

The Symptoms of Pott’s Disease

August 06, 2016

It is hardly surprising that newspapers nowadays more and more

Trending

Killing Time

Killing Time

July 30, 2016

For reasons unnecessary to go into, I once found myself at a loose end for a

Cultural Caviar

Mankind Is Stuffed

Mankind Is Stuffed

July 23, 2016

When I was a boy I had a classmate (with whom my relations were neither

Sports

Rereading Pliny

Rereading Pliny

July 16, 2016

I care nothing for football (soccer to Americans), but I was pleased when

Cultural Caviar

Rise of the Middling

Rise of the Middling

July 09, 2016

Though derided and despised, there is much to be said in favor of mediocrity.

Cultural Caviar

Referendum Follies

Referendum Follies

July 02, 2016

Whenever I gave expert evidence in murder trials, I looked at the jury and

Cultural Caviar

Evil Men and Their Champions

Evil Men and Their Champions

June 25, 2016

The gift of political prophecy is certainly not mine, and I suspect that the

Cultural Caviar

Apocalyptic Visions

Apocalyptic Visions

June 18, 2016

Driving through France recently, we stopped for the night in the small town of

Deep Thoughts

High Drama at Haydn

High Drama at Haydn

June 11, 2016

Every year Joseph Haydn comes for a few days to the town in which I live when

Vile Bodies

On a High Note

On a High Note

June 04, 2016

The world is a dangerous place whose inhabitation always ends in death. Is it

Cultural Caviar

It Must Be a Conspiracy

It Must Be a Conspiracy

May 27, 2016

It is curious that we are never more than a slight physiological or anatomical

Cultural Caviar

A Ruthlessly Ambitious Mediocrity

A Ruthlessly Ambitious Mediocrity

May 21, 2016

The Albanian dictator, Enver Hoxha, who died in 1985, has played only a very

Cultural Caviar

Rekindled Fires

Rekindled Fires

May 14, 2016

For a number of reasons I am fond of reading books of essays by literary

Deep Thoughts

A Substantial Island

A Substantial Island

May 07, 2016

The first thing I noticed about the headline of a recent story on the Guardian

Zeitgeist

Sadism Begets Sadism

Sadism Begets Sadism

April 30, 2016

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said of William Shakespeare, the 400th anniversary of

Zeitgeist

You Just Cant

You Just Cant

April 23, 2016

The longer I live, the more humbug there is. Whether this is a real increase or

Scandal

The Panama Cabal

The Panama Cabal

April 16, 2016

When the news broke that more than 11 million documents had, in effect, been

Sex & Money

Turning Tricks Into Sympathy

Turning Tricks Into Sympathy

April 09, 2016

Thirty years ago, a taxi driver in Mexico City taught me, though I cannot

Cultural Caviar

Of Grave Concern

Of Grave Concern

April 02, 2016

Whenever I am in Paris I stay near Père-Lachaise, the greatest cemetery in the

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