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Theodore Dalrymple

Post by Apollonius » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:41 am

Theodore Dalrymple
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Dalrymple

Anthony Malcolm Daniels[1] (born 11 October 1949), who generally uses the pen name Theodore Dalrymple, is an English writer and retired prison doctor and psychiatrist. He worked in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries as well as in the east end of London. Before his retirement in 2005, he worked in City Hospital, Birmingham[2] and Winson Green Prison in inner-city Birmingham, England.

Daniels is a contributing editor to City Journal, published by the Manhattan Institute, where he is the Dietrich Weismann Fellow.[3] In addition to City Journal, his work has appeared in The British Medical Journal, The Times, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Salisbury Review, National Review, and Axess magasin. He is the author of a number of books, including Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass, Our Culture, What's Left of It, and Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality.

In his writing, Daniels frequently argues that the socially liberal and progressive views prevalent within Western intellectual circles minimise the responsibility of individuals for their own actions and undermine traditional mores, contributing to the formation within prosperous countries of an underclass afflicted by endemic violence, criminality, sexually transmitted diseases, welfare dependency, and drug abuse. Much of Dalrymple's writing is based on his experience of working with criminals and the mentally ill.

The writer has been described as a pessimist. In 2010, Daniel Hannan wrote that Dalrymple's work "takes pessimism about human nature to a new level. Yet its tone is never patronising, shrill or hectoring. Once you get past the initial shock of reading about battered wives, petty crooks and junkies from a non-Left perspective, you find humanity and pathos".[4]

In 2011, Dalrymple received the 2011 Freedom Prize from the Flemish think tank Libera!.[5]

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Re: Theodore Dalrymple

Post by Apollonius » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:48 am

Dalrymple has collected his essays into a number of books. In some of them there is new material. I've read at least a couple of them, including Life at the Bottom and Our Culture, What's Left of It.


From one of many excellent reviews on Amazon:

Theodore Dalrymple (Anthony Daniels in real life) has been viewing the bottom of British culture for many years as a psychiatrist and social commentator. As a psychiatrist, Dalrymple practiced in a prison and at a hospital in Birmingham, England. Nearly all his patients are from what can be fairly considered the "lower class" in the late 20th and early 21st Centuries.

These are the people who have been destroyed by the well-intentioned, but intellectually empty theories of the socialists and social reformers who believed they were delivering people from want, but in fact created a true dystopia. By making sure everyone could have a roof over their heads, food on their tables and changes in their jeans without lifting a finger, but by taking from the fewer and fewer productive people in English society, an underclass was created. With no reason to exert themselves and a popular culture that literally urges an endless regime of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll (or its equivalent), Dalyrmple has witnessed the destruction of English character.

Rampant alcoholism and drug use; increasing illegitimacy; children raised without any form of parental supervision or guidance; the destruction of traditional mores and respect for law and more; a refusal to see the dangers of failing to insist upon the assimilation of foreign, even hostile, immigrants and more are contributing to the deterioration of English society. By implication, Dalyrmple makes it plain that this same kind of social destruction will soon infect and ultimately destroy all the Western nations.

Dalyrmple offers no nostrums, no cures or panaceas. He is a reporter, not a reformer.



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Re: Theodore Dalrymple

Post by Apollonius » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:52 am

Here are a few of my favourites:



The rage of Virginia Woolf
- Theodore Dalyrmple, City Journal, 2002
http://www.city-journal.org/html/12_3_oh_to_be.html




Modernity's uninvited guest
- Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal, Summer 2010
http://www.city-journal.org/2010/20_3_o ... -evil.html




Everyone on the couch
- Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal, Autumn 2013
http://www.city-journal.org/2013/23_4_o ... iatry.html



Sense and sentimentality - Theodore Dalrymple, New English Review, January 2014
http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpag ... _id/142285



Eternal youth, eternal kitsch - Theodore Dalrymple, New English Review, November 2014
http://www.newenglishreview.org/Theodor ... al_Kitsch/



A Battle of Algiers - Theodore Dalrymple, New English Review, March 2015
http://www.newenglishreview.org/Theodor ... f_Algiers/



"It's your fault I killed" - Theodore Dalrymple, City Journal, Summer 2016
http://www.city-journal.org/html/its-yo ... 14618.html

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Re: Theodore Dalrymple

Post by Apollonius » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:19 am


A modern Macchu Picchu
- Theodore Dalrymple, Salisbury Review, 21 January 2017
http://salisburyreview.com/2017/01/theo ... hu-picchu/


... The gushing Guardian architecture correspondent, Oliver Wainwright, says of the two architects that, ‘drawing on Peru’s tradition of terraced landscapes, they have crafted a modern Macchu Picchu.’ From the photograph provided to accompany the article, their building is awkward, angular, without overall unity; its spaces are mean narrow, and oppressive and its proportions a mess. And this is all before the concrete, for the moment pristine, begins to deteriorate. No future tourist will come to marvel at it.

Yet it is unfortunately possible that it is ‘the best new building in the world.’ This, unfortunately, tells us more about the world than about the building. One of the problems is that the pseudo-cerebrations of architects now take precedence over taste, either their own or that of their patrons.

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