Life at the Bottom

The Worldview That Makes the Underclass

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Ivan R. Dee

ISBN: 161578019X

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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A searing account of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does, written by a British psychiatrist.

Life at the Bottom

The Worldview that Makes the Underclass

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Ivan R Dee

ISBN: 9781566635059

Category: Political Science

Page: 263

View: 5842

This is a searing account of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does, written by a British psychiatrist who treats the poor in a slum hospital and a prison in England. Dr. Dalrymple's key insight is that long-term poverty is caused not by economics but by a dysfunctional set of values.

Life at the Bottom

The Worldview that Makes the Underclass

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Ivan R Dee


Category: Political Science

Page: 263

View: 7563

Dalrymple, a British psychiatrist, "offers a searing account--probably the best yet published--of life in the underclass and why it persists as it does."

Spoilt Rotten

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Gibson Square Books

ISBN: 9781906142254

Category: Children

Page: 260

View: 589

In 'Spoilt Rotten', well-known social commentator Theodore Dalrymple grinds his axe at our child-centric culture where children have become the yardstick of everything we do, safe driving, education, taking of responsibility (none), sentimentality (everywhere).

Not With a Bang But a Whimper

The Politics and Culture of Decline

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1566638518

Category: Political Science

Page: 252

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Theodore Dalrymple's brilliant new collection of writings follows on the extraordinary success of his earlier books, Life at the Bottom and Our Culture, What's Left of It. No writer today is more adept and incisive in exploring the state of our culture and the ideas that are changing our ways of life. In Not with a Bang But a Whimper, he takes the measure of our cultural decline, with special attention to Britain-its bureaucratic muddle, oppressive welfare mentality, and aimless young-all pursued in the name of democracy and freedom. He shows how terrorism and the growing numbers of Muslim minorities have changed our public life. Also here are Mr. Dalrymple's trenchant observations on artists and ideologues, and on the treatment of criminals and the mentally disturbed, his area of medical interest.

Anything Goes

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Monday

ISBN: 9781906308094

Category: Great Britain

Page: 258

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A collection of never-before-seen pieces from one of Britain's most respected, admired and controversial commentators. Drawing on his vast experience as an inner-city doctor, Theodore Dalrymple, sometimes described as 'the Orwell of our times', examines the state of the NHS, the education system, British crime and criminal justice and, of course, politics. Eagerly awaited by his many fans, his stories dissect modern Britain in the way only Theodore Dalrymple can.

Our Culture, What's Left of it

The Mandarins and the Masses

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Ivan R Dee


Category: Social Science

Page: 341

View: 4831

A book that restores our faith in the central importance of literature and criticism to our civilization. In the twenty six pieces Dr. Dalrymple ranges over literature and ideas, from Shakespeare to Marx.

Equality, the Third World, and Economic Delusion

Author: P. T. Bauer

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674259867

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 293

View: 8688

Essays examine barriers to economic growth, the struggle for economic equality, and the economic relations between the Third World and Western countries

Farewell Fear

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: World Encounter Institute/New English Review Press

ISBN: 9780985439477

Category: English essays

Page: 240

View: 2994

Farewell Fear is a collection of Theodore Dalrymple's finest essays written for New English Review between 2009 and 2012. His first such collection was Anything Goes (2011). Once encountered, Theodore Dalrymple has become for many of us a shared treasure-the cultured, often mordantly funny social commentator who was for many years a psychiatrist at a British prison. This collection of recent essays captures Dalrymple at his best, ruminating at one moment about why poisoners tend to be more interesting than other kinds of murderers and at another why Tony Blair's mind reminds him of an Escher drawing. No one else writes so engagingly and so candidly about the world as it is, not as the politically correct would have it be. -- Dr. Charles Murray author of Coming Apart and The Bell Curve

The Proper Procedure

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781943003105


Page: 162

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Theodore Dalrymple, almost singlehandedly, revived the languishing Essay and in so doing became Britain's answer to Montaigne. In this, his first foray into the Short Story form, he proves himself a rival of Anton Chekhov. His many devoted fans will be delighted. -------------------------------- Some truth can be told only in the form of fiction. That is why I chose to write these stories. -- Theodore Dalrymple

The Knife Went In

Real-Life Murderers and Our Culture

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783341191


Page: 177

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The New Vichy Syndrome

Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594035679

Category: History

Page: 163

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Western Europe is in a strangely neurotic condition of being smug and terrified at the same time. On the one hand, Europeans believe they have at last created an ideal social and political system in which man can live comfortably. In many ways, things have never been better on the old continent. On the other hand, there is growing anxiety that Europe is quickly falling behind in an aggressive, globalized world. Europe is at the forefront of nothing, its demographics are rapidly transforming in unsettling ways, and the ancient threat of barbarian invasion has resurfaced in a fresh manifestation. In The New Vichy Syndrome, Theodore Dalrymple traces this malaise back to the great conflicts of the last century and their devastating effects upon the European psyche. From issues of religion, class, colonialism, and nationalism, Europeans hold a “miserablist” view of their history, one that alternates between indifference and outright contempt of the past. Today’s Europeans no longer believe in anything but personal economic security, an increased standard of living, shorter working hours, and long vacations in exotic locales. The result, Dalrymple asserts, is an unwillingness to preserve European achievements and the dismantling of western culture by Europeans themselves. As vapid hedonism and aggressive Islamism fill this cultural void, Europeans have no one else to blame for their plight.

Who's the Fairest of Them All?

The Truth about Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America

Author: Stephen Moore

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594036853

Category: Political Science

Page: 136

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President Obama has declared that the standard by which all policies and policy outcomes are judged is fairness. He declared in 2011 that "we've sought to ensure that every citizen can count on some basic measure of security. We do this because we recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any moment, might face hard times, might face bad luck, might face a crippling illness or a layoff." And that, he says, is why we have a social safety net. He says that returning to a standard of fairness where anyone can get ahead through hard work is the "issue of our time." And perhaps it is. This book explores what it means for our economic system and our economic results to be "fair." Does it mean that everyone has a fair shot? Does it mean that everyone gets the same amount? Does it mean the government can assert the authority to forcibly take from the successful and give to the poor? Is government supposed to be Robin Hood determining who gets what? Or should the market decide that? The surprising answer: nations with free market systems that allow people to get ahead based on their own merit and achievement are the fairest of them all.

Admirable Evasions

How Psychology Undermines Morality

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 1594037884

Category: Psychology

Page: 128

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In Admirable Evasions, Theodore Dalrymple explains why human self-understanding has not been bettered by the false promises of the different schools of psychological thought. Most psychological explanations of human behavior are not only ludicrously inadequate oversimplifications, argues Dalrymple, they are socially harmful in that they allow those who believe in them to evade personal responsibility for their actions and to put the blame on a multitude of scapegoats: on their childhood, their genes, their neurochemistry, even on evolutionary pressures. Dalrymple reveals how the fashionable schools of psychoanalysis, behaviorism, modern neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology all prevent the kind of honest self-examination that is necessary to the formation of human character. Instead, they promote self-obsession without self-examination, and the gross overuse of medicines that affect the mind. Admirable Evasions also considers metaphysical objections to the assumptions of psychology, and suggests that literature is a far more illuminating window into the human condition than psychology could ever hope to be.

Consuming Life

Author: Zygmunt Bauman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745655823

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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With the advent of liquid modernity, the society of producers is transformed into a society of consumers. In this new consumer society, individuals become simultaneously the promoters of commodities and the commodities they promote. They are, at one and the same time, the merchandise and the marketer, the goods and the travelling salespeople. They all inhabit the same social space that is customarily described by the term the market. The test they need to pass in order to acquire the social prizes they covet requires them to recast themselves as products capable of drawing attention to themselves. This subtle and pervasive transformation of consumers into commodities is the most important feature of the society of consumers. It is the hidden truth, the deepest and most closely guarded secret, of the consumer society in which we now live. In this new book Zygmunt Bauman examines the impact of consumerist attitudes and patterns of conduct on various apparently unconnected aspects of social life politics and democracy, social divisions and stratification, communities and partnerships, identity building, the production and use of knowledge, and value preferences. The invasion and colonization of the web of human relations by the worldviews and behavioural patterns inspired and shaped by commodity markets, and the sources of resentment, dissent and occasional resistance to the occupying forces, are the central themes of this brilliant new book by one of the worlds most original and insightful social thinkers.

The Dream and the Nightmare

The Sixties ' Legacy to the Underclass (Large Print 16pt)

Author: Myron Magnet


ISBN: 1458761479


Page: 420

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Myron Magnet's The Dream and the Nightmare argues that the radical transformation of American culture that took place in the 1960s brought today's underclass - overwhelmingly urban, dismayingly minority - into existence. Lifestyle experimentation among the white middle class produced often catastrophic changes in attitudes toward marriage and parenting, the work ethic and dependency in those at the bottom of the social ladder, and closed down their exits to the middle class. Texas Governor George W. Bush's presidential campaign has highlighted the continuing importance of The Dream and the Nightmare. Bush read the book before his first campaign for governor in 1994, and, when he finally met Magnet in 1998, he acknowledged his debt to this work. Karl Rove, Bush's principal political adviser, cites it as a road map to the governor's philosophy of ''compassionate conservatism.''

The Great Influenza

The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

Author: John M. Barry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143036494

Category: History

Page: 546

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An account of the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918, which took the lives of millions of people around the world, examines its causes, its impact on early twentieth-century society, and the lasting implications of the crisis.

An Intelligent Person's Guide to Medicine

Author: Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Company Limited

ISBN: 9780715629734

Category: Medical care

Page: 138

View: 7579

Health is on of those subjects that seems easy to define and then, the closer one gets, is more and more difficult to understand. Does the health of a schizophrenic really improve by being sedated and kept in an asylum? Is a course of Prozac or psychotherapy aimed to make someone happy really a medicine? These incompatible views are most visible in the NHS which has over the decades become the focus of all these projections of health. At the expense of the taxpayer many are being cured while there is no money for some of those who have physical ailments in a real sense. In this book, Theodore Dalrymple sets out to tear into the myths that he believes our politicians have created, with anecdotes from his own experience as a doctor.

Underdevelopment Is a State of Mind

The Latin American Case

Author: Lawrence E. Harrison

Publisher: Madison Books

ISBN: 1461731321

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 8029

Originally published in 1985, Underdevelopment Is a State of Mind_ was one of the first studies to examine Latin America's rocky development as cultural, rather than colonial, byproduct.

What is Wrong with Us?

Essays in Cultural Pathology

Author: Eric Coombes,Theodore Dalrymple

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1845409183

Category: Architecture

Page: 294

View: 5688

Can any of us entirely banish from our hearts and minds grave misgivings about the condition of the culture we now inhabit? Expressions of those misgivings are mostly unheard in public forums, ignored in the dominant media, and, if noticed at all, dismissed by state-supported bureaucracies and commercial vested interests. To have any chance of gaining attention, they must resolve themselves into coherent forms. We need to clarify our perceptions of the things that trouble us, by articulating and developing our thoughts about them. That is, we are in need of serious criticism—serious criticism, aesthetic, social and political—which is notably lacking in the contemporary world, especially in places readily available to the educated non-specialist, such as the 'quality' weekend newspapers, and especially, perhaps, in relation to the visual arts. The pieces collected in this volume are not presented as amounting to an overall account or theory of our cultural condition. They are offered merely as examples of serious criticism, of what we need if we are to begin to think more profitably about our condition, daring, in defiance of contemporary dogmatism, to make the necessary judgements of value without which our culture will continue to disintegrate.