Posts Tagged 'Theodore Dalrymple'

Video: Nigel Farage & Ken Livingstone om EU

Ayatollah Livingstone. Ville gøre London til et fyrtårn for islam. Røde Ken. Som selv er ret velhavende. Og Jew Hating Ken. Mente ikke, jøder ville stemme på ham, fordi jøder er rige, sagde han. Heldigvis tabte The Labour Party stort, da der var lokalvalg den 3. maj 2012 og konservative Boris Johnson kunne fortsætte som Londons borgmester. Livingstone tabte også til Johnson i 2008:

UKIP Nigel Farage & Red Ken Livingstone on collapsing Eurozone Sky News 10 Jun 2012

Labour Ken Livingstone agrees with UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage that the Eurozone must breakup.

Dalrymple om Livingstone – herlig, velskrevet ironi:

No Representation without Taxation: Theodore Dalrymple finds much merit in a proposal from Ken Livingstone

by Theodore Dalrymple – March 13, 2012

Theodore Dalrymple is surprised to find himself agreeing with Ken Livingstone – so long as we also have a new law banning hate speech against the rich.

The resentful define the rich as those who have more money than themselves; while the politicians who play to this resentment never consider themselves as members of the rich.

No one better illustrates this last principle than Kenneth Livingstone, erstwhile mayor of London, and perhaps soon again to be mayor. Mr Livingstone’s company – presumably a sole-trader company – made £238,000 last year and £284,000 the year before. This puts him firmly in the upper one per cent of the population as far as income is concerned; he is, I think it fair to say, one of the rich.

Mere HER hos The Social Affairs Unit.

Opdatering: Spansk økonomi er et pyramidespil:

The Bill Is $50, No — Wait — $125 Billion (and Counting) for Spanish Banks

June 10, 2012 – 7:33 am – by David P. Goldman

There must be somebody besides us ex-bankers-in-remission rolling around the floor laughing about the succession of headlines on Saturday afternoon. First came this:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is estimating that Spanish banks need at least a euro40 billion ($49.87 billion) capital injection following a stress test it performed on the country’s financial sector.

and an hour or two later, this:

Spain will seek financial help from its Eurozone partners but exactly how much won’t be known until private audits are undertaken, the country’s economy minister announced Saturday. Earlier, European finance ministers discussed plans to offer Spain up to $125 billion (100 billion euros) in a bid to stabilize its banks — and ease concerns over the even bigger European debt crisis. [...]

Mere HER hos PJ Media.

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Theodore Dalrymple om den engelske dronnings 60-års regeringsjubilæum

Eller diamantjubilæum, som de kalder det ovre hos vore britiske naboer. Det handler om Englands forfald:

The Queen’s Decaying Throne

By Theodore Dalrymple – June 7, 2012

It is possible, on the Welsh borders where I spent the Queen’s jubilee, to believe that something of the old England remains.

Logo RealClearWorldOnly the advantages, not the depredations, of the 20th century are evident there: the food, for example, that would have been unutterably vile at the beginning of the reign has improved out of all recognition.

There are practically no modern buildings for miles around, constructed by those staggeringly brutal and incompetent British architects of the second half of the 20th century who have left little else in the country untouched, and touched nothing that they did not ruin.

Mere HER hos RealClearWorld.

Video: Ezra Levant, David P. Goldman, Stephen Harper, Peter Mansbridge

Økonomisk krise i Europa. Spengler:

Ezra Levant & David P. Goldman on the economic crisis – June 7, 2012

From The Source on Sun News Network: As goes Europe

Ezra Levant is joined by guest David Goldman to discuss how the fate of Europe’s economy may well effect the globe.

Et sammendrag:

PM Stephen Harper on the global economic meltdown

Peter Mansbridge interviews Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth.

Og artikel – mp3 med højtlæsning her:

A Continental Fantasy

Simple-mindedness and megalomania characterize the “European project.”

Theodore Dalrymple – 31 May 2012

On a flight from Copenhagen to Brussels, I read two publications that I see infrequently: the International Herald Tribune and Le Soir, the principal Belgian newspaper in French. Both, not surprisingly, had much coverage of the European crisis, and both used an expression that, to me, has a sinister ring: the European project.

Mere HER i City Journal.

En hvid idiot

City Journal har højtlæsning på de fleste af deres artikler – her. Ordforbud er noget, fanden har skabt:

Ball Hogs

Racism and misplaced outrage on the British soccer field

Theodore Dalrymple – Spring 2012

City Journal Spring 2012Whether racism or radical egalitarianism was responsible for more deaths in the twentieth century probably permits of no definitive answer. What is certain is that both acted as ideological justifications for mass murder carried out with unprecedented ruthlessness, efficiency, deliberation, and intellectual self-consciousness. As ideologies, however, racism and radical egalitarianism have had very different fates. Egalitarianism remains intellectually respectable, untainted by its bloody past and espoused by many decent people; racism is not tolerated even in its tiniest manifestations, and the term “decent racist” seems a contradiction in terms. It is perfectly acceptable today to utter slurs on the character of those born rich merely because they were born rich, but racial slurs are consigned to an infinitely worse moral category.

Mere HER i City Journal.

Sappho med nyt guf

Fra det altid årvågne Sappho:

Englands vej fra klasse- til kastesamfund. Interview med Theodore Dalrymple

Interview af Lars Hedegaard – 22. maj 2012

I mere end én forstand er England et land på sygedagpenge, og den engelske kulturkritiker Theodore Dalrymple ser ikke mange chancer for helbredelse.

Mere HER i Sappho. Morten Uhrskov Jensen om sin nye bog, “Indvandringens Pris – På vej mod et fattigere Danmark”:

Morten Uhrskov Jensen - Indvandringens Pris IIDen ikke-vestlige indvandrings pris

Klumme af Morten Uhrskov Jensen – 22. maj 2012

Hvis Europa ikke stopper for ikke-vestlig indvandring nu, går vore børn en mørk fremtid i møde, skriver bogaktuelle Morten Uhrskov Jensen.

Mere HER i Sappho.

Efter os syndfloden. Anmeldelse af Morten Uhrskovs nye bog

Anmeldelse af Lars Hedegaard – 25. maj 2012

Med sin katastrofale indvandringspolitik har Danmark satset på en såkaldt nulvariant: Det går enten galt, eller det går meget galt. Sådan lyder konklusionen i Morten Uhrskovs nye bog.

Mere HER i Sappho.

Frihed i forfald. Anmeldelse af Jacob Mchangamas bog

Anmeldelse af Torben Mark Pedersen – 24. maj 2012

Alle andre end politiske liberalister vil føle sig ramt af Jacob Machamgamas debatbog Fri os fra friheden, skriver Sapphos anmelder Torben Mark Pedersen.

Mere HER i Sappho. Desuden link til:

Muslim Persecution of Christians: April, 2012

21. maj 2012 – Internationalt af Raymond Ibrahim

Læs gennemgangen af muslimske kristenforfølgelser i den forgangne måned.

Mere HER i Sappho.

 Desuden link til:

Theodore Dalrymple: Hver anden englænder påtænker at udvandre

Egentlig fra The Wall Street Journal, men eftersom de har låst artiklen inde, må man læse den andet steds:

The Ugly Brutishness of Modern Britain

April 22, 2012 – by Theodore Dalrymple

A demotic egalitariansim, allied with multiculturalism, has rendered civility passé.

Theodore DalrympleA few days ago at a crowded bus-stop in the city of Nottingham, a fat youth of about 13 started to throw food at a friend. Some of it nearly hit me and landed on the ground just beyond me, making a mess.”Excuse me,” I said to the youth, “could you pick that up?”“Shut the f— up!” he snarled, with real hatred contorting his face.Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, in England, come—obscenities. No one at the bus stop dared say, much less do, anything. For increasingly, the English are a people who know neither inner nor outer restraint. They turn to aggression, if not to violence, the moment they are thwarted, even in trifles. And those who are neither aggressive nor violent are by no means sure that the law will take their side in the event of a fracas. It is better, or easier, for them to pretend not to notice anything, even if it means living in constant fear.

Under the circumstances, it is hardly surprising that, according to a survey recently conducted by Lloyds Bank, a fifth of all people with assets of more than $640,000 are thinking of leaving the country. Personally I am surprised it is so few. Other surveys have shown that at least 50% of the population wants to leave, in the main to flee the other 50% of the population.

Mere HER hos Minnesota Prager Discussion Group.

Andre kilder: Politics et al, The American Thinker, City Journal, City Journal, The Telegraph, The Telegraph, PJ Media, PJ Media, PJ Media,

Artikler af Theodore Dalrymple

Dalrymple skriver om lidt af hvert. En konservativ af den gamle skole:

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.

and

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.

Scotland’s Choice

Independence could arouse national pride; it might also force self-sufficiency.

Theodore Dalrymple – 22 March 2012

City Journal Winter 2012The 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.

Mere HER i The Times Colonist eller her i The Telegraph.

Andre Kilder: The Daily Mail, The American Thinker, The Daily Express, The New Criterion,

Theodore Dalrymple – euroskeptiker

Ned med EU:

City Journal Winter 2012The European Crack-Up

Greeks aren’t Germans

Theodore Dalrymple – January 2012

A Belgian journalist who interviewed me recently about the European debt crisis asked me whether I believed in the European Project. I replied that I would answer her question—if she would tell me what the European Project actually was. By revealing my doubts, I proved to her that I suffered from the strange kind of mental debility known as Euroskepticism, a condition supposedly compounded of low intelligence and aggressive xenophobia. The low intelligence manifests itself in the patient’s view of European institutions as a gravy train for a transnational nomenklatura, rather than as the beginning of a new, generous, and free-spirited type of postnational identity. The xenophobia manifests itself as a secret desire for conflict and war, the European Union and its predecessors supposedly having been responsible for the avoidance of war on the Continent over the last 65 years.

Mere HER i City Journal.

Euro Taking E.U. Down With It

France On The Way To Financial Self-Destruction

by Peter Martino – January 17, 2012

Last Friday’s downgrading of France and Austria by credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has left the eurozone, the group of 17 European countries using the euro as their currency, with just four countries with a triple A rating. Of these four Germany is the only one that was not given a negative outlook. Indeed, S&P thinks that the Netherlands, Finland and Luxemburg risk a further downgrade this year or next year.

Mere HER hos Stonegate Institute.

A Triple-A Headache

S&P’s latest downgrades may split the longstanding “Merkozy” alliance.

17 January 2012 – Nicole Gelinas

Who will suffer most from Standard and Poor’s European sovereign-debt downgrades of January 13? Not France, though it lost its triple-A rating. Not Italy, whose rating dropped to BBB+, out of respectable A status. Rather, it will be Germany. The continent’s powerhouse guarded its sterling rating, but Chancellor Angela Merkel will find it lonely at the top.

Mere HER i City Journal.

Om tilgivelse

Dalrymple er ofte i det filosofiske hjørne:

Forgiveness Is a Kind of Wild Justice

by Theodore Dalrymple – January 2012

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Recently I was asked at a public discussion of crime and punishment at which I was a speaker whether I thought it was right that the government (in Britain) had made it illegal for an employer to ask a prospective employee whether he had a criminal record and, if so, its nature and extent. This is a question that I have turned over in my mind, or at least let bubble away in my subconscious, ever since, for it in turn raises several interesting and important questions.

Mere HER i The New English Review.

Opdatering 17. januar 2012:

The Less Deceived

In Britain, school inspections have been a charade.

Theodore Dalrymple – 10 January 2012

Wherever one looks in Britain, one sees an insidious kind of corruption: not the obvious, money-under-the-table variety, but something even worse and in the long run more corrosive because it is more difficult to eradicate. It is a deep moral and intellectual corruption.

Mere HER i City Journal.

Revelry and Mayhem

Is that British youths enjoying themselves—or killing someone?

Theodore Dalrymple – 5 January 2012

The full beauty and refinement of contemporary British culture were evident in a short item in the Guardian this week:

Mere HER i City Journal. Desuden denne om sundhedsvæsnet i Zimbabwe – fra Pajamas Media:

Video: Theodore Dalrymple i Belgien

I denne video diskuteres bla. Dalrymples bog, “Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality”. Humanitærpopulismen får en over snuden. Optaget i forbindelse med en bogfestival, Boekenbeurs. Frank Vandenbroucke er socialist og tidligere minister. Ordstyren hedder Bart Sturtewaeghen:

Frank Vandenbroucke en Theodore Dalrymple in debat – 11 november 2011

Et foretagende, der kalder sig “PovertyCure” har uploadet denne stump video i november 2010:

Theodore Dalrymple on the Capacity of the Poor

“The first thing I would say to those who say that we must come and give, otherwise these people are incapable of improving their situation or getting out of their poverty, is to ask them why…Why are these people uniquely unable to get out of their poverty? Is there not evidence, in fact, that when given the opportunity, they do in fact, uh, get out of poverty themselves?” – Theodore Dalrymple, Writer and Psychiatrist (UK)

Desuden denne artikel:

Britain can’t sneer at failed euro states, it may soon be one itself

by Theodore Dalrymple – November 23, 2011

Fog in Channel; Continent cut off. This, at any rate, is the hope of Britons as they observe from afar, with slightly condescending amusement, the antics of George Papandreou and Silvio Berlusconi. They could soon be smiling on the other side of their face, however, for their own country is in an even more parlous condition than Italy.

Unhealthy economies are like unhappy families in Tolstoy’s famous opening sentence of Anna Karenina: each is unhealthy in its own way. Britain’s economy is unhealthy in every conceivable way. Any possible cure is bound to be painful and none is guaranteed to succeed, for it is simply not true that there is a solution to every problem.

Mere HER i The Australian.

Opdatering 25. november 2011 – en artikel noget udenfor bloggens emneområde:

What’s up, Doc, or should I ask Shakespeare?

The Bard’s uncanny grasp of what ails us puts much of modern medicine to shame.

By Theodore Dalrymple – 24 Nov 2011

A retired gastroenterologist in Somerset, Dr Kenneth Heaton, has concluded that if doctors knew their Shakespeare better, they would order fewer unnecessary (and expensive) tests for symptoms of psychological origin: for no one ever described or understood those symptoms better than Shakespeare.

Mere HER i The Daily Telegraph. The Vancouver Sun her.

Andre kilder: De Bezige Bij Antwerpen,

Reservelink: Dailymotion.

Opdateret.

Theodore Dalrymple om diktatorer

Jep. Diktatur. Det er det, der er fremtiden:

Dictatorship: The Wave of the Future?

by Theodore Dalrymple – November 2011

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No one ever deserved a grisly death more than the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, but this is only a proof – if such a proof were needed – that justice is far from the only human desideratum. Gaddafi was responsible for untold misery, its amount limited only by the relative insignificance and impotence of the country in which he seized power; but when I first saw the photograph of him taken, lying bloodied but conscious, by a French photographer (a photograph that is surely destined for such immortality as the world can confer), I felt for him what I did not think I could ever feel for him – compassion. The fact is that no one should die as he died, or be killed as he was killed.

Other dictators have met grisly ends, of course. Mussolini was strung up, Ceausescu shot and Saddam Hussein hanged, all unceremoniously and without dignity. It is possible, even, that Gaddafi’s death was not absolutely the worst suffered by a tyrant in the last hundred years. President Guillaume Sam was dragged out of the French Embassy in Port-au-Prince, in which he had taken refuge, by an enraged mob, impaled on railings, cut into pieces and his parts exhibited in the city. President Sam was no guardian angel of the rule of law: he had just had 169 political prisoners summarily executed, but this should not prevent us from accepting as a basic moral principle that impaling and cutting up people is wrong.

Mere HER i The New English Review. Og om sundhedshysteri:

E.Coli in Organic Food Leads to 50 Dead in Germany

Theodore Dalrymple – November 7, 2011

Perhaps health-food and vitamin supplements should be labelled, “Warning: Over-Concern for Your Health May Be Damaging to Your Health.”

As everyone knows, Mother Nature not only knows best but means us no harm: and therefore, the less we mess around with her and her products, the better. Although many people may have remarked, more in sorrow than in anger, how small and shriveled organic vegetables often appear by comparison with those that have been treated with chemicals, it is obvious that they (the organic ones) must be better for us because they are nearer to what Mother Nature intended.

This item of faith took something of a knock recently with the outbreak of Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli food poisoning in Germany. It was no small matter: more than 4000 people suffered from it and more than 50 died.

Mere HER hos Pajamas Media.

Opdatering 13. november 2011 – Dalrymple om mobiltelefoner:

The Cellular Telephone and its Discontents

by Theodore Dalrymple – November 11, 2011

A new study claims that cell phones don’t cause tumors. Which doesn’t mean that they don’t cause other forms of harm.

When I am a pedestrian I am frequently astonished by the carelessness and selfishness of drivers. When I am driving I am frequently astonished by the carelessness and selfishness of pedestrians. Equally astonishing, of course, is the way I can change the behavior of people so profoundly by the mere act of getting in or out of a car.

Mere HER i Pajamas Media.

Theodore Dalrymple anmelder David Horowitzs nye bog

En venlig anmeldelse:

Here and After

Political warrior David Horowitz reflects on life and death.

Theodore Dalrymple – 4 November 2011

A Point in Time: The Search for Redemption in This Life and the Next, by David Horowitz (Regnery, 128 pp., $24.95)

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Death is every life’s inevitable denouement, but La Rochefoucauld told us that we can no more stare it in the face than we can stare at the sun. For the most part, we continue our daily round in a state of presumed immortality, and because we are so unfamiliar nowadays with death—it having been carefully put out of our sight by a host of professionals—we treat it as an unwarranted intrusion into our affairs rather than as an existential limit to our brief earthly sojourn. For many, death has become anomalous rather than inevitable, something to protest against rather than accept. For them, the concept of a good death is entirely alien or antipathetic.

Mere HER i City Journal. Theodore Dalrymple har forbigående været inde på Horowitz’s bog i en anden artikel:

Theodore Dalrymple revser Englands pseudo-elite

Fin lille kommentar:

The “Disgrace” of the Majority

To the disbelief of left-wing media, most Britons want a referendum on EU membership.

Theodore Dalrymple – 2 November 2011

City Journal Autumn 2011An editorial in the Guardian on October 25 exposed the nature of what often is called “the European project”: a goal that those pursuing it never state out loud. In brief, it is the construction of a huge power bloc under the domination of a self-perpetuating political class and its auxiliary nomenklatura, free of the most minimal democratic oversight or constitutional restraint.

The editorial was titled “Conservatives and Europe: learned nothing, forgotten nothing,” a reference to Talleyrand’s famous dictum about the Bourbons. Britain’s Conservative Party, the editorial argued, was unfit to govern because of its continued internal division on the issue of the U.K.’s membership in the European Union, the latest manifestation of which was a vote by 80 Conservative members of Parliament in favor of holding a referendum on the issue. [...]

Mere HER i City Journal. Kan også høres som mp3 inde hos City Journal.

Theodore Dalrymple om hedninge og malaria

Dalrymple mobber den skinhellige venstrefløj:

The New Paganism of Biodiversity

Dispatches from the Society for the Protection of the Malaria Spirochete.

by Theodore Dalrymple – October 28, 2011

Pajmas Media New LogoWhy do people say things that they cannot, on a moment’s reflection, possibly believe? Mainly, I suppose, to congratulate themselves on their own moral grandeur and to appear right-thinking in the eyes of their peers. Truth is the least of their worries.

What would those who wish to preserve a maximum diversity of species, as a good in itself, make of the announcement in the latest New England Journal of Medicine of the trial of a vaccine that is a step towards the elimination in Africa of the worst and most dangerous kind of malaria? Will they form a society for the protection of Plasmodium falciparum, the causative organism of that malaria? I suggest as a name for the society Friends of Falciparum,  or Friefal.

Mere HER i Pajamas Media.

Theodore Dalrymple & Christopher Caldwell

Den første artikel er ret god:

Alarms

Christopher Caldwell | October 20, 2011

Citizen Islam: The Future of Muslim Integration in the West by Zeyno Baran – Continuum, 240 pp., $24.95

Logo The New Republic SmallIn the divisive, decade-old War on Terror, one certitude unites the warriors and the conscientious objectors. It is that Islamism is not to be confused with Islam. “Whatever it’s called,” George W. Bush said, “this ideology is very different from the religion of Islam.” Attorney General Eric Holder described the Islamism of the late Anwar al-Awlaki as “a version of Islam that is not consistent with the teachings of it.” Zeyno Baran has come reluctantly to the conclusion that the Bush/Holder view is false. Her new book describes how Islamists have captured many Islamic religious and social institutions, including most of the Western ones. Islamism has supplanted more traditional tendencies and has become what most people, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, understand as mainstream Islam. Gullible American and European policymakers have partnered with the wrong Muslims, freezing out their friends and empowering those who wish them ill.

Mere HER hos The New Republic. Og den anden artikel indledes med et par afsnit om David Horowitz:

Knowledge Without Knowledge

by Theodore Dalrymple – November 2011

Recently I reviewed a short book by David Horowitz, a man whose has changed his political and philosophical outlook somewhat down the years, to put it no stronger. He has mellowed with age, a process that seems perfectly normal, indeed almost biological, until one remembers than not everyone does mellow with age. Some remain mired in the swamp of their youthful convictions.   

As it happens, I had in my library a book edited in 1971 by Mr Horowitz, in the days when he as still a leader of the American New Left. It was a collection of essays about the life and work of Isaac Deutscher, the British Marxist biographer of Stalin and, most famously, of Trotsky. Deutscher was also a prolific journalist and essayist.

 Mere HER i The New English Review.

Planlægning af byer

Anthony Daniels alias Theodore Dalrymple skriver om Brasilia. Vi har jo sommetider lidt om byer her på Veritas Universalis, fordi de fleste mennesker på denne klode bor i byer. Og fordi endnu flere vil komme til det. Vi får flere og større millionbyer i denne verden. Og til dem, der gerne vil bo i en mindre by, er der kun at sige: så find en!

Letter from Brasilia:

Brutal blueprints

by Anthony Daniels – October 2011

On the architecture of Brasilia.

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When I was about ten years old, I used to design cities. It was very easy, and I was surprised that everyone before me had made such a hash of it. I could conclude only that the world had hitherto been populated by fools. At the very center of the city was the parliament building, which was like St. Peter’s but on a bigger and grander scale. Round it ran an eight-lane circular road, from which radiated, symmetrically, six large avenues. How the deputies to the parliament were supposed to reach it—dodge between the traffic, I suppose—was not a question with which I concerned myself. I was designing cities and buildings, not human convenience. Along the avenues were situated the institutions that I then considered essential for cities: the natural history museum, the art gallery, the royal palace. Everything was on a grand scale, and no mess of the kind created by commercial or other inessential establishments was permitted or planned for.

Mere HER i The New Criterion.

Andre kilder: The New English Review,

Theodore Dalrymple om islam i Belgien og England

Artiklen kan høres som mp3 her:

The Currents of Islam

In Belgium and elsewhere, Muslims face a choice between secularism or radicalization.

Theodore Dalrymple – 28 September 2011

City Journal Summer 2011I don’t read the Belgian press often, but a recent headline in Le Soir caught my eye: Islamization of the young: fundamentalism sweeps them.

Actually, the headline turned out to be something of an exaggeration compared with what followed. The article reported on a recently defended doctoral thesis by a young researcher at the Free University of Brussels, Leila El Bachiri. She maintained that the radicalization of a small minority of the Muslim young of Brussels (the European city with the highest proportion of Muslims, 17 percent) was brought about not from the influence of their immigrant parents, or by the religious institutions in their country of origin (mainly Morocco), but by the preaching of members of the Muslim Brotherhood on the one hand, and of Wahhabi or Salafist missionaries on the other.

Mere HER i City Journal.

Theodore Dalrymple om det franske paranoia

Jeg er dødtræt af Frankrig. Det har jeg været i årtier. Så træt, at det faktisk påvirker mine indkøbsvaner. Når verden laver så mange fine vine, hvad skal man så med en fransk? Jeg støtter hellere end gerne det angelsaksiske:

Euro’s troubles an Anglo-Saxon plot

by Theodore Dalrymple – September 26, 2011

Logo RealClearWorldNo one who has read the French press for any length of time will have failed to notice that the term Anglo-Saxon is not one of praise or endearment, to say the least. For many contemporary Frenchmen, including, but not, only journalists, the Anglo-Saxons are what the freemasons were for their predecessors in the 19th century: participants in a vague but sinister plot to control the world and destroy French civilisation.

It doesn’t matter, of course, that the so-called Anglo-Saxon countries differ considerably among themselves, in their societies, policies and interests. Roughly speaking, Anglo-Saxon means a combination of lack of savoir vivre, terrible food, ultra-liberalisme (a term of art meaning lawless capitalism red in tooth and claw) and sexual hypocrisy, that is to say a mixture of prudery and prurience.

Mere HER i RealClearWorld. Kan også læses her i The Australian.

David Cameron er et blålys

Her handler det om England og engelsk politik:

Cameron Can Come Out Fighting – Or Chuck It In

Iain Martin – September 2011

David CameronDavid Cameron’s party doesn’t really love its leader. Talk to a cross-section of his MPs and it is clear that many respect him — admiring his considerable self-confidence, his to-the-manor-born command of the House of Commons and composure in the aftermath of crisis such as this summer’s rioting. But for a lot of Tories in parliament and out in the country it appears to go no further than that.

“I feel almost schizophrenic when I see him perform in the House,” says a veteran Tory MP. “In one sense it is captivating. He has a very stylish delivery and sounds as though he means it all, the conservative stuff I mean. And then the other part of me thinks no, it’s just hot air and in the end he’ll never do what needs doing.”

Mere HER i Standpoint Magazine. Og en artikel, der roser Theodore Dalrymple:

Underrated: Theodore Dalrymple

Jonathan Foreman  – September 2011

Regular readers of Theodore Dalrymple will not have been surprised by the looting that spread through London and then to other English cities in early August. Indeed, one of the fascinating and appalling aspects of these disturbances, beyond the gleeful contempt for the law shown by the looters, and the complacency of the police who allowed them to rampage, were the familiar explanations offered by the offenders for their behaviour.

In interviews with reporters they sounded exactly like the amoral underclass interlocutors who have peopled Dalrymple’s writing for two decades. In the aftermath, the media was full of anguished discussion about what had brought Britain to this grim pass. Many of the talking-heads seemed shocked to discover that thousands of young people neither respect nor fear the authorities. It baffled them that, despite the material wealth of our society, a disturbing portion of “our” youth are vicious, selfish, greedy and callous to a degree that would shock the genuinely deprived inhabitants of South Asian slums or Mexican barrios.

Mere HER i Standpoint Magazine. Og om de nylige plyndringer i England – artiklen munder ud i en fin kritik af multikultur:

How Liberals And Looters Trashed My Town

Peter Whittle – September 2011

In October 1974, McDonald’s opened its first UK branch in Woolwich, south-east London, on the main street, Powis Street, and my sister and I went along. It was quite an event. As local teenagers with recourse only to the Wimpy Bar when we wanted to impress new girl and boyfriends, we were excited by the appearance among us of this thing from another planet — all yellow and red plastic, shiny surfaces, individually-wrapped parcels of food. There was a pretty big crowd of all ages gathered that day, dodging traffic which, before pedestrianisation, still hogged the road, but which also made it feel alive. The strongest memory I have is of our confusion as to how we were meant to eat this stuff; there was no sign of any knives or forks. We looked around anxiously. “Perhaps,” said my sister inncocently, holding up a long, weedy plastic spoon, “we’re meant to use this?”

Mere HER i Standpoint Magazine.

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Theodore Dalrymple om Nordkorea

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The Meaning of Pyongyang

by Theodore Dalrymple – September 2011

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There are some countries that, once visited, retain a disproportionate hold on your imagination. Among them, for me at least, are Haiti and Liberia, two small states that are known to the world at large principally for their political, and sometimes for their natural, catastrophes. They are marginal from the point of view of the world economy, I need hardly say, and yet their history has something about it that makes it seem significant beyond itself. No one, I think, can study the early history of either country without being moved by it; and just as the biography of a single person can also be a portrait of an age, so the history of an otherwise insignificant country can tell us something important about the human predicament as a whole, for example our tendency to turn liberation into a new form of servitude.

Mere HER i New English Review.


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