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Symposium: Why Do Progressives Love Criminals?
Posted by Jamie Glazov on Mar 9th, 2012
In this special edition of Frontpage Symposium, we have assembled a distinguished panel to discuss the question: Why do progressives love criminals? The discussion will be based on Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which has just recently been released in paperback. Angela Davis’ Are Prisons Obsolete? will also serve as a specimen for analysis.
Our guests today are:
Christian Adams, an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department Visit his website at ElectionLawCenter.com.
Theodore Dalrymple, a retired doctor and psychiatrist, and the author of several books, among them the Life at the Bottom and Anything Goes.
Dr. Paul Hollander, the author or editor of fourteen books in political sociology and cultural-intellectual history. His books include Political Pilgrims, Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad, 1965-1990, and The End of Commitment.
Mere HER i FrontPageMagazine.
A Little “Respect” Goes a Long Way
The odious George Galloway wins a parliamentary election in Britain.
6 April 2012 – Theodore Dalrymple
A recent election to the parliamentary seat of Bradford, in the north of England, has caused alarm in British political circles. The election was won, not by a candidate from any of the major political parties, but by George Galloway of the Respect party. Galloway is well-known as a leftist gadfly with a tendency to buffoonery, an eye to the main chance, and a record of public obsequiousness toward Saddam Hussein. He flirts with Islamism and has been suspected of corruption, but he always wins his libel actions against newspapers. He has been married four times, thrice to Muslims.
No one can say that the resounding defeat of the main political parties (Galloway received 56 percent of the vote, the Labour candidate 25 percent, and the Conservative 8 percent) was undeserved. Almost everyone in the country, of whatever political stripe, now believes that the British political class is unprecedentedly corrupt, opportunist, careerist, and uninterested in the national welfare. No one minds, then, that the main parties should have been humiliated.
Mere HER i City Journal.
Independence could arouse national pride; it might also force self-sufficiency.
Theodore Dalrymple – 22 March 2012
The electoral success of the Scottish Nationalist Party has enabled it to demand a referendum on national independence next year, raising the distinct possibility of a break-up of the United Kingdom. The decline of the U.K.’s status and power in the world means that belonging to it is no longer a source of pride, but rather of embarrassment. What better way to extricate yourself from the guilt of the British Empire—to the establishment of which the Scots contributed disproportionately—than to join the ranks of the aggrieved colonized by means of your own nationalism?
Oddly enough, though, if the referendum on Scottish independence were held in England, it might result in a higher proportion of votes in favor than in Scotland. After all, if Scotland had been independent, England would have been spared dour, humorless, and incompetent Gordon Brown, first as chancellor of the exchequer (finance minister) and then as prime minister. Without his dim-witted efforts, the economic crisis in England would have been considerably less severe than it is.
Mere HER i City Journal.
Stoned yet again: the geriatrics who refuse to grow up
More and more of us behave act as if we want to be superannuated rock stars.
By Theodore Dalrymple – 05 Apr 2012
We live in an age of Peter Pan. It is not eternal childhood that we seek, however, but eternal adolescence; not perpetual innocence, but perpetual aggravation of the grown-ups. The problem is that there are fewer and fewer grown-ups left to aggravate.
The tenfold increase in the number of late-middle-aged people who smoke cannabis or take other drugs by comparison with the previous generation is but one manifestation of a widespread desire for eternal adolescence. Increasing numbers of people – especially men – on the verge of old age dress as in their youth, as if reluctant to acknowledge that their youth has passed.
Mere HER i The Telegraph.
It’s A Riot
by Theodore Dalrymple (April 2012)
When the riots in England that astonished the world (but not me) broke out, I happened to be in Brazil. Thanks to the demand for my opinion from around the world – but not from England – I am glad to say that I benefited economically more from the riots than the most assiduous looter. It is truly an ill-wind that blows nobody any good.
After the riots were over, the government appointed a commission to enquire into their causes. The members of this commission were appointed by all three major political parties, and it required no great powers of prediction to know what they would find: lack of opportunity, dissatisfaction with the police, bla-bla-bla.
Mere HER i The New English Review.
Commentary: Sickly sweet, and deadly
By Theodore Dalrymple.
Some men are born evil, some achieve evil and some have evil thrust upon them. Bashar al-Assad of Syria falls into the third category; but from the point of view of his victims, it hardly matters. For them, evil is evil and death is death. The psychological origins of a man’s crimes don’t make them less real or horrible to those who suffer from them.
The emails exchanged among the Syrian dictator, his wife and their immediate circle, published by the Guardian this week with good but not legally probative evidence that they are genuine, are those of a band of people physically insulated from the hardships and horrors of their own country and who are given alternately to self-pitying sentimentality and callous flippancy. In other words, the emails are entirely plausible as a picture of the life in the court of Bashar al-Assad.