Work

Essays

Theodore Dalrymple has written hundreds of essays for a variety of publications. Links to those essays which are available online and for those publications for which he has written extensively are listed here.

Books

Dalrymple has written 22 books using a variety of names. We have included information on each book as well as our own more detailed summary.

4 thoughts on “Work

  1. Alan Knight

    Mr. Dalrymple, a.k.a. Anthony Daniels, has written an essay for Hillsdale College’s “Imprimis”entitled “The Worldview that Makes the Underclass.” It is, of course, perfectly congruent with the worldview of Hillsdale College.
    In it, Daniels offers the viewpoint, based on his observations of England’s poor, that heroic addicts choose to be heroin addicts and the poor are poor because they choose to be; they don’t want to work. Hell, they don’t even want to clean up their government provided backyards. That’s government’s job.
    I suspect there is a measure of truth in Daniels’s observations.
    But where are his solutions?
    Moreover, where is the evidence that links all his observation to this conclusion: “By a mixture of ideology and fiscal and social policies, the family has been systematically fractured and destroyed in England, at least in the lowest part of the society that, unfortunately, needs family solidarity the most. There are even, according to some researchers, fiscal and welfare incentives for parents at the lower economic reachers of society not to stay together.”
    Daniels’s inference, amplified elsewhere, is that wealth redistribution is the root cause of all this social rot. Why work if it’s just going to be given to you, anyway? Why try to quit the heroin habit if it’s not really your fault, anyway?
    Daniels suggests that one of the three reasons “why we imported foreign labor to do unskilled work while maintaining large numbers of unemployed people. The first is that we had destroyed all economic incentives for the latter to do work.”
    Did it never occur to Mr. Daniels that paying working class people a living wage might go a long way toward solving all these problems? Enough money to pay the bills, take a vacation, put the kids through school? Enough to restore dignity to that despair-ridden drug addict? Enough to restore a sense of pride of ownership in one’s own flat? Enough to take the job that even-more-desperate Africans and Latinos take?
    Yes, Mr. Daniels is right: Fiscal and social policies are largely responsible. But it needn’t be after-the-fact wealth distribution. Try fairness in the first place. Try policies that stop exploitation of the working class. The remedy won’t be instantaneous. But it will come—a generation or two down the road—provided the families of Western civilization haven’t been ruined beyond repair.
    Got any better ideas?
    Yeah! How about another big war? That’ll straighten out these slackers, by gum.

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  2. Bill McCubbery

    Mr. Knight’s suggestion of paying a “living wage” as a solution to any problem implies that the work done warrants that payment – otherwise it is just more Nanny State feather-bedding. By raising the minimum wage one creates unemployment and guarantees a hopeless prospect for the unskilled, unemployed youth .”One man’s pay rise means another man’s job”. Theodore Dalrymple has described accurately the psychosocial consequences of the dole mentality which, in the long term, proves fatal to self-respect and motivation to improve one’s lot in life. Knight’s criticism is divorced from economic reality.. Where do these wage increases come from? Taxation? Instead of subsidising idleness, apathy and waste would it not be better to reward industry, initiative and frugality? If you penalise those who work hard by plundering their savings why should they continue to strive? What a formula for setting up a fascist state!

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