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Theodore Dalrymple (2 books reviewed)
Theodore Dalrymple Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Theodore Dalrymple
-BOOK SITE: Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass By Theodore Dalrymple (Manhattan Institute)
    -ESSAY ARCHIVES: Theodore Dalrymple (City Journal)
    -ARCHIVES: theodore dalrymple (New Criterion)
    -ARCHIVES: "theodore dalrymple" (Find Articles)
    -ESSAY: A Neglected Genius (Theodore Dalrymple, Winter 2004, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Reality Leaves Satire Behind (Theodore Dalrymple, Winter 2004, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Frivolity of Evil (Theodore Dalrymple, Autumn 2004, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Multiculturalism Starts Losing Its Luster (Theodore Dalrymple, Summer 2004, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: When Islam Breaks Down (Theodore Dalrymple, Spring 2004, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Who Killed Childhood? (Theodore Dalrymple, Spring 2004, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Case for Cannibalism: If everything is permissible between consenting adults, why not? (Theodore Dalrymple, January 2004, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Why Shakespeare Is For All Time (Theodore Dalrymple, Winter 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Sex and the Shakespeare Reader (Theodore Dalrymple, Autumn 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Multi-Culti Barbarian: Has multicultural indoctrination made us less sensitive to the mores of different societies? (Theodore Dalrymple, September 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Europe of Yesterday: The ghosts of the past still haunt the European Union. (Theodore Dalrymple, 6 August 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Real World: . . . without a TV screen (Theodore Dalrymple, 11 July 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: What’s Wrong with Twinkling Buttocks? (Theodore Dalrymple, Summer 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Smearing Orwell: Elites now admit communism was bad—but fighting it prematurely was worse. (Theodore Dalrymple, Summer 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: After Empire (Theodore Dalrymple, Spring 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris (Theodore Dalrymple, Autumn 2002, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Starving Criminal (Theodore Dalrymple, Autumn 2002, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Rage of Virginia Woolf (Theodore Dalrymple, Summer 2002, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Why Havana Had to Die (Theodore Dalrymple, Summer 2002, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Man Who Predicted the Race Riots (Theodore Dalrymple, Spring 2002, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Gillray’s Ungloomy Morality (Theodore Dalrymple, Winter 2002, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Dystopian Imagination (Theodore Dalrymple, Autumn 2001, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: What We Have to Lose (Theodore Dalrymple, Autumn 2001, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Who’s to Blame? (Theodore Dalrymple, Autumn 2001, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: How—and How Not—to Love Mankind (Theodore Dalrymple, Summer 2001, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: The Uses of Corruption (Theodore Dalrymple, Summer 2001, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: A Lost Art (Theodore Dalrymple, Spring 2001, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: How to Read a Society: (Theodore Dalrymple, Spring 2000, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Blame it on Bloomsbury: She is one of the most influential writers of the modern age. But, with her fatal mix of privilege and self-pity, Virginia Woolf inflicted lasting damage on western culture (Theodore Dalrymple, August 17, 2002, The Guardian)
    -ESSAY Arrested development (Theodore Dalrymple, June 2002, New Criterion)
    -ESSAY: Discovering LaRochefoucauld (Theodore Dalrymple, April 2001, New Criterion)
    -ESSAY: Walsall redux (Theodore Dalrymple, February 2001, New Criterion)
    -ESSAY: Gooseberries (Theodore Dalrymple, November 1999, New Criterion)
    -REVIEW: of Therapy Culture by Frank Furedi (Theodore Dalrymple, Daily Telegraph)
    -REVIEW: of The Surrender: An Erotic Memoir, by Toni Bentley (Theodore Dalrymple, New Criterion)
    -REVIEW: of Bodies of Inscription: A Cultural History of the Modern Tattoo Community by Margo DeMello (Theodore Dalrymple, New Criterion)
    -REVIEW: of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance by Sally Satel & Christina Hoff Sommers (Theodore Dalrymple, New Criterion)
    -REVIEW: of Dick Turpin: The Myth of the English Highwayman, by James Sharpe (Theodore Dalrymple, New Criterion)
    -REVIEW: of Crossing, by Deirdre N. McCloskey (Theodore Dalrymple, New Criterion)
    -INTERVIEW: Our Culture, What's Left Of It (Jamie Glazov,
    -Symposium: Through the Eyes of a Suicide Bomber (Jamie Glazov, August 12, 2005,
    -INTERVIEW: Citizen and Scholar of the World: An Interview with Dr. Theodore Dalrymple (Bernard Chapin, April 18, 2005, Enter Stage Right)
    -INTERVIEW: The Spectator in the Breast of Man: Self-regulation and the Decline of Civility (Peter Saunders, Winter 2002, Policy)
    -ESSAY: Orwell and Dalrymple on English Class Laurie Wastell, 02 May 2022, Quillette)
-REVIEW: of Our Culture, What's Left of It (Stefan Beck, New Criterion)
    -REVIEW: of Our Culture, What's Left of It (Rev. Johannes L. Jacobse, Townhall)
    -REVIEW: of Our Culture, What's Left of It (Andrew Martin, The Louisville Courier-Journal)
    -REVIEW: of Our Culture, What's Left of It (Edward J. Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass By Theodore Dalrymple (Dutch Martin, Townhall)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom (John Derbyshire, New Criterion)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom (David Pryce-Jones, National Review)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom (Thomas Sowell, Townhall)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom (John Clark, Liberty)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom (Teresa K. Weaver, Atlanta Journal Constitution)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom (Arthur E. Foulkes, John Locke Foundation)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom (Peter Heinegg, America)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom (Roger Donway, Objectivist Center)
    -REVIEW: of Life at Bottom (Noemie Emery, Philanthropy)
    Don't set the people free: many poor souls need institutions, but the ideologues and cost-cutters insist on giving them autonomy (Theodore Dalrymple, 12/14/02, The Spectator)
If freedom entails responsibility, a fair proportion of mankind would prefer servitude; for it is far, far better to receive three meals a day and be told what to do than to take the consequences of one's own self-destructive choices. It is, moreover, a truth universally unacknowledged that freedom without understanding of what to do with it is a complete nightmare.

Such freedom is a nightmare, of course, not only for those who possess it, but for everyone around them. A man who does not know what to do with his freedom is like a box of fireworks into which a lighted match is thrown: he goes off in all directions at once. And such, multiplied by several millions, is modern society. The welfare state is - or has become - a giant organisation to shelter people from the natural consequences of their own disastrous choices, thus infantilising them and turning them into semi-dependants, to the great joy of their power-mad rulers.

Book-related and General Links:

    -ESSAY: UK Profs Nix Israel: Their sympathy for Arabs is one more example of compassion as contempt. (Theodore Dalrymple, 4 February 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Why Shakespeare is for all Time (THEODORE DALRYMPLE, Winter 2003, City Journal)
    -ESSAY: Throwing money at British kids (Theodore Dalrymple, April 29, 2003, National Post)
    -REVIEW: of Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass By Theodore Dalrymple (Dutch Martin,
    -ESSAY: How to murder a Bolivian boy (Anthony Daniels, June 2001, New Criterion)


An excellent website.

While I am aware it must be difficult keeping up with Dalrymple's fecund pen, you are missing a most excellent essay by the good Doctor from the summer 2006 issue of City Journal, titled: The Terrorists Among Us. Here is an excerpt, rather relevant to me and my past, that brought floods of tears to my eyes:

"Muslims are hardly the only ones, either in the past or the present, who experience difficulty in relinquishing their most cherished ideas and presuppositions. It is a normal human trait. (Darwin, in his Autobiography, tells us that when he came across a fact that threw some doubt upon the theory he was developing, he wrote it down, for otherwise he was sure to forget it.)

But when a system of ideas and set beliefs claims eternal validity and infallibility, when people adopt that system as their primary source of identity, and when into the bargain those people find themselves in a position of long-standing and seemingly irreversible technical and economic inferiority and dependence via-a-vis people with very different ideas and beliefs, resentment is certain to result.

Not wishing [or inclined by facts and emperical observation - My Additions] to relinquish their cherished ideology-their only possible source of collective pride and accomplishment-they seek to explain the technical and economic superiority of others by different kinds of denigratory mental maneuvers. They may claim, for example, that the West has achieved its preeminence by illicit use of force and pillage, by exploiting and appropriating the oil of Muslim lands, say.

The justice of a criticism does not depend upon the motive that lies behind it, of course. But the claim about the exploitation of oil is not merly self serving; it is patently absurd. If anything, the direction of the exploitation has been precisely the opposite, for merely by virtue of their fortunate geographical location, and with scarcely any effort on their part, the people of the Arabian peninsula and elsewhere have enjoyed a high standard of living thanks entirely to the ingenuity of those whom they accuse of exploitation and with whom the oil resource would not be an economic resource at all."

Just so. A human trait indeed! One observes this trait amongst so many differing groups of people in relation to others and even within any given family.

- AdeOluOla Ojutilade

- Aug-08-2006, 11:05


Where is the review of the book?

- William Haddington

- Jul-13-2005, 07:58


I'm workin' on it still. Thanks for the link!

- oj

- Nov-24-2003, 19:32


I couldn't find the review. Is there a missing link, or is it me missing it?

I know it would be impossible to keep your listing up-to-date on Dalrymple's writings but this struck me:

I thought the way this sentence sliced through the pretension was humane and rather beautiful in a tragic way:

"He found it far easier, and no doubt more important, to evince concern about the whole world in the abstract than to behave decently toward the woman in his bedroom."

Best wishes.

- Michael

- Nov-23-2003, 12:53