Category Archives: Speeches

Romancing Opiates speech at 2016 “How the Light Gets In” Festival

Dalrymple’s speech at this year’s festival, organized by the Institute of Art and Ideas in Hay-on-Wye, is a recap of the argument from his book Romancing Opiates, an argument that I’m sure can be a little eyebrow-raising at first. Dalrymple begins the speech:

It’s my contention, if you’re an average audience, at least an audience interested in this subject, that everything you think you know about heroin addiction and addiction to other opiates is false. It belongs to the realm of mythology that has been assiduously peddled down the ages so that even doctors who should know better believe the myths.

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Dalrymple’s Australia speech

You can find audio of Dalrymple’s speech from his recent speaking tour of Australia in a few places around the net. There is audio here, and you should also be able to find it on the Podcast app on your smartphone. He gave the same speech in each location, so there is some redundancy, but there are also audience questions on these recordings, which are of course different in each location (if you find that interesting). Enjoy!

Dalrymple to speak in Australia

The Centre for Independent Studies, an Australian organization that seeks to promote “individual liberty and responsibility, free enterprise, the rule of law and limited, democratic government” will host Dalrymple on a speaking tour of Australia later this month. According to their website, Dalrymple will speak in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in that order. The full schedule and details are here.