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Wednesday, 17 March 2010
The New York Times on March 10 quoted a United Nations report to the effect that aid given to Somalia was not reaching the people most in need of it, that is to say the malnourished and the starving.
I would not be telling you the truth if I said that, when I read the news, you could have knocked me ...Read More...
Posted on 03/17/2010 9:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 12 March 2010
An advertisement in a recent edition of the British Medical Journal caught my eye. It was for a Senior Adviser, Access, placed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, one of those many organisations that live and breathe and take their being in the large no man's land between government ...Read More...
Posted on 03/12/2010 11:28 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Naively, no doubt, I had rather supposed that babies and bars didn't mix. I was wrong: In Brooklyn, it seems, they do. In Park Slope, where pricey strollers dominate the streets, they can also be found in drinking establishments. One, Union Hall, caused an uproar when it banned strollers from the premises ...Read More...
Posted on 03/10/2010 6:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 19 February 2010
The ideas behind neurocriminology are not entirely new. Johann Lavater (1741-1801), a Swiss pastor, thought that you could tell criminality from a man’s face; Franz Joseph Gall (1758-1828), a German anatomist, from the bumps in his skull. Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909), an Italian doctor and criminologist, ...Read More...
Posted on 02/19/2010 2:49 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 14 February 2010
In some ways, things have never been better for Europe. When my father was born, in 1909, his life expectancy was 49; if he had been born today, his life expectancy would be approaching 80. The increase in wealth and standard of living has been startling. In 1960, Sicilian peasants still slept with ...Read More...
Posted on 02/14/2010 10:45 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Love thy ego as thyself. —Leonard Peikoff
My copy of The Concept of Benevolence by T. A. Roberts, in the series New Studies in Practical Philosophy, was deaccessioned from a university library. The librarian took advantage of the fact that it had not been borrowed since October 17, 1977, only ...Read More...
Posted on 02/09/2010 10:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Posted on 02/06/2010 9:29 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 5 February 2010
A Canadian university recently asked me to deliver its annual John Kenneth Galbraith Lecture, named for the economist who for much of my youth was the most famous member of his profession in the world. His books sold by the million and were available everywhere in cheap paperback editions; titles such ...Read More...
Posted on 02/05/2010 10:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
A 460-page report by Britain’s official, Orwellian-sounding “National Equality Panel” reveals that economic inequality in Britain has increased despite the intense social engineering of the last decade that was ostensibly designed to reduce it. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is an ...Read More...
Posted on 02/03/2010 1:01 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Ever since the World Wildlife Fund adopted the panda as its trademark I have felt slightly uneasy, even guilty, about zoos. Should all those splendid creatures really be confined to small cages or enclosures and exposed to the idle, junk-food-consuming gaze of the general public as they sleep or pace ...Read More...
Posted on 01/30/2010 8:23 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 18 January 2010
The news from Haiti is always terrible; when there is no Haitian news, it does not so much suggest that the news is good as that the long, slow catastrophe that is Haitian history is merely continuing as usual. But this week’s apocalyptic earthquake makes Haiti’s recent past seem almost ...Read More...
Posted on 01/18/2010 4:07 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 17 January 2010
Stalinist-style social engineering is not quite dead. Indeed, it flourishes. In France, a controversy has broken out about the admission policies to the grandes ecoles, the elite tertiary educational establishments such as the Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration that, since ...Read More...
Posted on 01/17/2010 8:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 14 January 2010
The Government has lavished unprecedented sums on the NHS but it is still difficult for patients to see the same doctor twice. From the point of view of those working in the service (some 1.6million people), an important result of all this expenditure has been the creation of an increasingly Soviet ...Read More...
Posted on 01/14/2010 4:45 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 8 January 2010
OUR Prime Minister Mr Brown is always on the lookout for new worlds to save. The latest object of his charitable intentions is the Yemen.
The Yemen is the poorest country on the Arabian peninsula. It is also increasingly home to Al Qaeda militants.
From these two facts Mr Brown appears ...Read More...
Posted on 01/08/2010 6:02 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 3 January 2010
Until she was well into her 80s, my mother used to make New Year's resolutions. I am not sure whether this indicates that hope, effort or self-deception spring eternal in the human breast. Or perhaps all three at once.
I look at my desk, and then around my study. Honesty compels me to admit that they ...Read More...
Posted on 01/03/2010 8:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple