Five years ago or so, I had never heard of either name, Theodore Dalrymple or Anthony Daniels. I can’t remember the exact sequence of events, but I think I first heard of him being interviewed by Dennis Prager on Dennis’ radio show. Or maybe it was the second or third timed Dalrymple had been interviewed by Dennis. In amongst these ‘visits’ I bought Dalrymple’s book, “Our Culture, What’s Left of It”, and found it a text for my generation, my age, and my experience.
I had graduated philosophically from socialism, a social requirement when I was in college 50 plus years ago, to my “Reaganism” of today. I discovered over the past two decades, that in this process, I have been almost mesmerized by converts from Marxism/socialism stuff to the freedom world of expression and enterprise stuff of mind…the dreamy stuff. The ‘stuff’ was always there fully imbedded in my being by my old maid school teachers and the second world war as well as at home in the neighborhood in which I lived.
This metamorphosis set me free of the weight I had to carry from the dogma I learned my ‘betters’ at university.
David Horowitz was the greatest shocker among these converts. I was past 39 years old when I discovered that this Communist writer of the late 50s and agitator of the early American Cultural Revolution period of the late 1960s had experienced some epiphany.
Dennis himself described his own development culminating in his final great crossing over the bridge of Liberalism to vote for Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Theodore Dalrymple came from an established Communist family, but in Britain. His book, “Our Culture” did it, for he wrote what I would like to have written….with chapters like: The Frivolity of Evil….The Rage of Virginia Woolf, How – and How Not – to Love Mankind…..Trash, Violence, and Versace: But is it Art? …. Why Havana Had to Die…..All Sex, All the Time…….Who Killed Childhood?……The Barbarian at the Gates of Paris…..and others.
And it isn’t a novel.
Mr. Dalrymple doesn’t have a happy future in store for western humanity. And that did interest me as well.
Today I found this view refering to my Dalrymple’s writings. Here is what he reported:
“I’m a longtime admirer of Theodore Dalrymple, the pen name of the retired English psychiatrist Anthony Daniels. I read his reports regularly in National Review and other periodicals, and have also read two of his books.
In his writings Mr. Dalrymple chronicles his extensive experience with the most dysfunctional members of the English working class, whom he encountered regularly in a professional capacity while working in major British hospitals. His view of the underclass in the UK is understandably quite jaundiced. He does not see any hope for Britain — based on his observations, his country has systematically destroyed its essential social capital in the lower and lower middle classes.
So it was no surprise to read his take on the English Defence League, as posted earlier today at The Corner. His post, entitled “Luton’s Muddy Message”, is mostly directed at Prime Minister David Cameron, whose recent disappointment with Multiculturalism has been in the news for the last few days. Mr. Dalrymple’s descriptions of the society now administered by Mr. Cameron are apropos:
- “Britain has the highest crime rate in Western Europe, despite having a third of all the closed-circuit television cameras in the world to oversee the population”
- “state-sponsored social pathology”
- “the British state is a swamp of corruption”
And so on. But then comes this somewhat offhand reference:
- “…members of the thuggish and fascistic English Defence League marched through Luton…”
Before I discuss Mr. Dalrymple’s lamentable recycling of the standard MSM caricature of the EDL: in the interests of full disclosure, I am in personal contact with various leaders and members of the EDL, and have a high regard for them. So I am not impartial.
Mr. Dalrymple, like Mark Steyn, is a professional doom-sayer. Both men make their living announcing the imminence of Götterdämmerung. As such, they are committed to the “brand”, and anything which alleviates the apocalyptic gloom is automatically rejected.
The very formation of the English Defence League refutes some of Mr. Dalrymple’s most cherished basic beliefs — the main one being that the English working class is an irredeemable sinkhole of depravity.
In reality, of course, anyone who works closely with the EDL discovers that they are by and large kind, generous, decent, hard-working, patriotic people who uphold old-fashioned values.
Yes, they’re sometimes a rough sort — they are working-class, after all. And they have their share of problems — no one in our degraded postmodern world can avoid such difficulties — but EDL members are startling in their open and cheerful determination to escape the hell to which fifty years of politically correct socialist Multiculturalism has consigned them.
This fact violates the central doom-tenet devised for England by the Dalrymple worldview. Hence, the EDL must be fascistic street thugs. What else could they be?
In this he is in agreement with the Communists, the Anarchists, Labour, the Lib-Dems, the Tories, the BNP, and the Muslims, all of whom say much the same thing.
Strange bedfellows indeed.
I haven’t encountered Mark Steyn’s take on the issue, so I don’t know if he arrives at the same conclusions. But one would expect all professional doom-sellers to be forced into a similar position, because hope, optimism, and the possibility of real change for the better are threats to the brand.
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A person who habitually predicts a doomsday scenario may find it hard to let go of it. If his livelihood depends on the genre, then one may expect him to be even more insistent in defending and reinforcing this viewpoint. Evidence that seems to contradict the forecast will be discounted or explained away so that the dire future that awaits us all may remain undisturbed.
I, too, am a forecaster of doom, but a more general type of doom, without a particular form or time frame. Thus I can afford to be flexible when new data arrive, and incorporate them into my worldview without much damage to my previous positions — or my pride.
The end is near, in the sense that the Western welfare state will collapse soon. There’s no telling exactly when it will happen, nor what the exact process will be, but collapse it must — the entire structure is the largest Ponzi scheme in history, and its demise within a generation or so is a mathematical certainty.
As Fjordman likes to say, this will not be the end of the world, but it will be the end of the world as we know it. The process will in all likelihood involve massive suffering and loss of life on a scale to make the Great Leap Forward look like a rugby scrum.
Yet something new, some progeny of Western civilization, will emerge from the ashes. No one can say exactly what it will look like, but it won’t be based on the great schemes and scholarly constructions devised by our current academics and political thinkers. Virtually no one who now holds a position of power or influence will be a part of the rebirth — and many of them will be lucky to survive the general reckoning when the system finally implodes.
What comes after will be built by the struggle and sacrifice of ordinary people whose decency and grit form the basis for my optimism. Their virtues — honor, loyalty, courage, self-sacrifice, and humility — are notably absent from our current political and cultural leaders, but they are routine among the general citizenry. I find them in the Tea Parties, in ACT for America, in the various European and Australian Counterjihad groups — and in the EDL.
I work with such people every day, and they are a constant source of inspiration. They’re one of the main reasons I keep doing this job. And they will form the backbone of the new culture when its time eventually comes.
Writers like Theodore Dalrymple and Mark Steyn may be out of work when the great change arrives. After all, when Doom has come and gone — and not quite the doom one expected — what’s a professional doom-sayer to do?”
Further comment: Having read the above, I believe this review to be true that Dalrymple did indeed write his attacks on the English Defence League, an organization, as it happens, I adore, or at least it leader, Tommy Robinson for this young man’s grasp of the gravity, clarity of language in explaining the gravity, and the guts he has to put himself into the battle, and I admit, that he is from the WORKING CLASSES…..(The American in me.)
Tommy Robinson and his bunch look as if they would never become too proud to work in a McDonald’s if need be. Now that is a standard the means a great deal to me and many from my generation, Theodore Dalrymple, notwithstanding.
Nevertheless, I like this Dalrymple very much. I thought, however, he had migrated to France about six years ago in retirement. Perhaps he has read the French press about the Liton demonstration a few days ago.
I am wondering if he missed the report that the student classes at UK universities are harassing this group, the EDL, whereever they give their speeches. These Marxist troublemakers call themselves, “United Against Fascism” yet are organized the suppress and censor free speech.
I ask you, dear reader, to review for yourselves the goings on with the Islamist racists in Britain…..as with the American southern border, if the elected government does not defend neighborhoods, who will?
I think Tommy Robinson, thus far, is a hero for freedom and understanding the issues. Follow up with your own research to arrive at our own conclusions. Here is but one video in which Tommy Robinson is inteviewed.
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