Theodore Dalrymple

On the Legalization of Drugs (Again). Dr. Dalrymple’s Advice, Don’t Do It!

by Steve MacDonald August 22, 2017

Over on Facebook, there is yet another discussion about legalizing drugs versus the cost of policing or other costs. Whenever I find such debates, I always link to this excellent examination of that very debate by Theodore  Dalrymple.  Dr. Anthony Daniels (Dalrymple being his pen name) provides a keen insight into the arguments in favor […]

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Notable Quote – Theodore Dalrymple

by Skip August 6, 2017

“The rule of law is not at all the same thing as the rule of laws, or the preeminence of law in our lives; indeed, they are almost opposite, insofar as one of the objects of the rule of law is to make the legally permissible and impermissible knowable to the citizen in advance. Where […]

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The Bryonic Notion of Injustice, A Superior Sensibility, and Moral Authority

by Steve MacDonald July 16, 2017

Theodore Dalrymple, in the course of observations about the modern human demand for incompatible desires, wrote, …, she had a Byronic notion of the disease, a romantic conception of it as a badge of superior sensibility, which is to say that those who suffered from it were in some way morally superior to those who […]

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Some Ideas Don’t Seem Like They Will Ever Work Because, People!

by Steve MacDonald August 22, 2016
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Theodore Dalrymple has some excellent thoughts on decriminalizing or legalizing drugs and why some ideas don’t seem like they will work because, people! The philosophic argument is that, in a free society, adults should be permitted to do whatever they please, always provided that they are prepared to take the consequences of their own choices […]

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Everyone in NH Should Read At Least One of These Books Before Election Day

by Steve MacDonald May 27, 2016
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These books by Theodore Dalrymple are a must-read for every voter in the state of New Hampshire. The first is, Junk Medicine: Doctors, Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy. You will discover that what New Hampshire is doing right now is laying the groundwork for an unassailable and ever-expanding government bureaucracy whose legacy will be, not to resolve […]

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Theodore Dalrymple – “Don’t Legalize Drugs”

by Steve MacDonald November 13, 2015
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City Journal, circa 1997. Dr. Theodore Dalrymple advises against the practice of legalizing drugs. (Marijuana is not mentioned but arguments justifying legalization of other drugs are similar and discussed.) Here’s an excerpt but you should read the whole thing. Heads-up! It’s not a short read but it is an intriguing argument. The idea that freedom […]

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Victims of Circumstance

by Steve MacDonald August 7, 2015
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Theodore Dalrymple | City Journal The word “fell” denies agency to the young men, as if they had no choice in the matter. They were victims of circumstance by virtue of their membership of a minority, for minorities are by definition victims without agency. There is a strange parallel here with how heroin addicts explained […]

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Notable Quote – Theodore Dalrymple

by Skip February 25, 2015

“In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, […]

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Notable Quote: Theodore Dalrymple – ‘Rights’

by Steve MacDonald July 7, 2014
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Hobby Lobby, Assisted Suicide, and Slippery Slopes… Rights to tangible goods and services tend to create corresponding duties upon someone to provide them. For example, if I have the right to assisted suicide, and if the right is not to become a dead letter, someone has to assist me. But who, if all the doctors […]

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GrokTALK! week of 3/1/2014 – The Videos!

by Skip March 1, 2014
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Segment 1 – Groksters Steve, Mike & Skip: Topics of the Day and Week – The Left wants to silence speech rather than more speech. Can we opt out of Govt? NH Senate Repubs talking / acting like Democrats – and Committees are rebelling, Medicaid Expansion, Obama’s abject surrender to Putin & world events, Sarah […]

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Notable Quote – Self Indulgence vs. Basic Rights

by Steve MacDonald January 31, 2014
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I found this interesting; thought it might stir up some debate. The last sentence, in particular, caught my attention. “The idea that freedom is merely the ability to act upon one’s whims is surely very thin and hardly begins to capture the complexities of human existence; a man whose appetite is his law strikes us […]

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Notable Quote: Dalrymple – The Modern Liberal Intelligentsia…

by Steve MacDonald January 28, 2014
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One might extend La Rochefoucauld’s famous maxim that neither the sun nor death can be stared at for long, by saying that no member of the modern liberal intelligentsia can stare at a social problem for very long.  He feels the need to retreat into impersonal abstractions, into structures or alleged structures over which the […]

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Notable Quote: Theodore Dalrymple – ‘Civilization’

by Steve MacDonald January 9, 2014
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“The word Civilization itself rarely appears in academic texts or in journalism without the use of ironical quotation marks, as if civilization were a mythical creature like the Loch Ness monster of the Abominable Snow man, and to believe in it were a sign of philosophical naivete.  Brutal episodes, as are all too frequent in […]

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Therein the Patient / Must Minister to Himself

by Steve MacDonald December 25, 2013
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In ‘Our Culture, What’s Left of It,’ author Theodore Dalrymple in discussing how Shakespeare’s Macbeth “warns us to preserve our humanity by accepting limitations on our actions,” remarks on the fraud of perfecting human nature though social engineering in a way that reminded me of our current circumstances on this Christmas day. Speaking on the […]

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Notable Quotes from Dalrymple and Rand

by Steve MacDonald November 21, 2013
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I posted this at the bottom of Skip’s followup post (here) to one I published earlier (here).  I thought they needed a bit more light that they are likley to find in a comment. “Psychological distress expands to meet the supply of publicly funded services available to reduce it.”-Dr. Theodore Dalrymple “The man, who produces, […]

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Building the American Underclass

by Steve MacDonald February 17, 2012

Theodore Dalrymple (pen name), has produced some of the most compelling work I’ve read about the welfare state and how it creates and sustains the underclass.  If you are still staring out across the crumbling wreckage of the fruited plain, wondering how we got here and where we may be headed, Dalrymple has some very […]

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