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Theodore Dalrymple

Data di nascita: 11. Ottobre 1949


Anthony Malcolm Daniels , who generally uses the pen name Theodore Dalrymple, is an English writer and retired prison doctor and psychiatrist. He worked in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries as well as in the east end of London. Before his retirement in 2005, he worked in City Hospital, Birmingham and Winson Green Prison in inner-city Birmingham, England.

Daniels is a contributing editor to City Journal, published by the Manhattan Institute, where he is the Dietrich Weismann Fellow. In addition to City Journal, his work has appeared in The British Medical Journal, The Times, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Salisbury Review, National Review, and Axess magasin. He is the author of a number of books, including Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass, Our Culture, What's Left of It, and Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality.

In his writing, Daniels frequently argues that the socially liberal and progressive views prevalent within Western intellectual circles minimise the responsibility of individuals for their own actions and undermine traditional mores, contributing to the formation within prosperous countries of an underclass afflicted by endemic violence, criminality, sexually transmitted diseases, welfare dependency, and drug abuse. Much of Dalrymple's writing is based on his experience of working with criminals and the mentally ill.

Daniels has been described as a pessimist. In 2010, Daniel Hannan wrote that Dalrymple's work "takes pessimism about human nature to a new level. Yet its tone is never patronising, shrill or hectoring. Once you get past the initial shock of reading about battered wives, petty crooks and junkies from a non-Left perspective, you find humanity and pathos".

In 2011, Dalrymple received the 2011 Freedom Prize from the Flemish think tank Libera!.

Frasi Theodore Dalrymple

„When every benefit received is a right, there is no place for good manners, let alone for gratitude.“

— Theodore Dalrymple
[ What is Poverty?] (Spring 1999).


„In the modern view, unbridled personal freedom is the only good to be pursued; any obstacle to it is a problem to be overcome.“

— Theodore Dalrymple
[ All Sex, All the Time] (Summer 2000).

„In a corporate state, all attempts to reduce bureaucracy increase it.“

— Theodore Dalrymple
[ Theodore Dalrymple finds a cure for the German malady of low blood pressure: read The Guardian's job advertisements] (February 5, 2007).


„It is hard to oppose an ideology with a tradition.“

— Theodore Dalrymple
[ A Confusion of Tongues] (Spring 2008).

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