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.
- The City Journal – Theodore Dalrymple
- The New Criterion – Theodore Dalrymple, Anthony Daniels
- The New English Review – Theodore Dalrymple
- The Spectator – Theodore Dalrymple, Anthony Daniels
- The Social Affairs Unit – Theodore Dalrymple, Anthony Daniels
- The Telegraph – Theodore Dalrymple, Anthony Daniels
- National Review – Theodore Dalrymple, Anthony Daniels, Pre-2003
- The British Medical Journal – Theodore Dalrymple, Anthony Daniels
- The First Post – Theodore Dalrymple, Anthony Daniels
- The New Statesman – Theodore Dalrymple
- FrontPage Magazine – Theodore Dalrymple
- StandPoint – Anthony Daniels
- Salisbury Review – Theodore Dalrymple
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.
- Coups and Cocaine: Two Journeys in South America 1986, John Murray Publishers Ltd
- Fool or Physician: The Memoirs of a Skeptical Doctor 1987, John Murray Publishers Ltd
- Zanzibar to Timbuktu 1988, John Murray Publishers Ltd
- Filosofa’s Republic 1989, Pickwick Books
- Sweet Waist of America: Journeys Around Guatemala 1990, Hutchinson
- The Wilder Shores of Marx 1991, Hutchinson
- Monrovia, Mon Amour: A Visit to Liberia 1992, John Murray Publishers Ltd
- If Symptoms Persist 1994, Andre Deutsch Ltd.
- So Little Done: The Testament of a Serial Killer 1995, Andre Deutsch Ltd.
- If Symptoms Still Persist 1996, Andre Deutsch Ltd.
- Mass Listeria: The Meaning of Health Scares 1998, Andre Deutsch Ltd.
- An Intelligent Person’s Guide to Medicine 2001, Gerald Duckworth & Co. Ltd.
- Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass 2001, Ivan R. Dee
- Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses 2005, Ivan R. Dee
- Romancing Opiates: Pharmacological Lies and the Addiction Bureaucracy 2006, Encounter Books
- In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas 2007, Encounter Books
- Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline (US) 2008, Ivan R. Dee
- Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline (UK) 2009, Monday Books
- Second Opinion 2009, Monday Books
- Profeten en Charlatans: Hoe Schrijvers Ons de Wereld Laten Zien (Dutch) 2009, Nieuw Amsterdam
- The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism 2010, Encounter Books
- Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality 2010, Gibson Square Books Ltd.
- The Examined Life 2010, Monday Books
- Litter: How Other People’s Rubbish Shapes Our Life 2011, Gibson Square Books
- Mr Clarke’s Modest Proposal: Supportive Evidence from Yeovil 2011, Social Affairs Unit
- Anything Goes 2011, New English Review Press
- The Policeman & the Brothel 2012, Monday Books
- Farewell Fear 2012, New English Review Press
- The Pleasure of Thinking: A Journey through the Sideways Leaps of Ideas 2012, Gibson Square Books
- Admirable Evasions 2015, Encounter Books
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.
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!
I just wanted to point out that the links to the summaries of each book appear to be broken. For instance, the link provided for ‘The Wilder Shores of Marx’ is: http://blog.theodoredalrymple.org/work/the-wilder-shores-of-marx/
This leads to a broken link page.
The correct link should be: http://www.skepticaldoctor.com/work/the-wilder-shores-of-marx/
Thanks, I hope this can be fixed.
Matthew, thank you very much for notifying us. We will work on getting this fixed ASAP.
Does anyone know anything about this book: “Migration : Multiculturalism & Its Metaphors”
Amazon.com seems to have it incorrectly listed as a book by William Dalrymple.
However, the publisher’s website says the author is Theodore Dalrymple (http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=380#.WPa_82mGOUk)
And bookdepository.co.uk concurs.
Publication date is May 2016, but I’ve only just stumbled upon it now. It’s another collection of essays, so it might not have much new to offer for veteran readers.
Hi Jonathan. Great to hear from you, and thanks for this comment. We didn’t know about this book, but yes, it does appear to be from “our” Dalrymple. It looks like it was published in conjunction with Dalrymple’s speaking tour of Australia at about this time last year. We should add it to our list of his books, but as you can tell, we haven’t exactly done the best job keeping up with them all.
Hi Steve, I always appreciate the hard work you fellows put into this website – it’s the best reference for all things Dalrymple. I’ve got a foot and a half of shelf space in my library which testifies to your thoroughness – I believe it matches the sidebar here almost perfectly.