Friday, August 10, 2007

Decline and Fall

TOC has noted Theodore Dalrymple only once before: Mendacritocracy - Government by herds of accidental liars?. Obviously, this is not frequently enough.

Please see Cultural Confidence at David Thompson for more Dalrymple.

The following extract might be of interest. It’s from a speech given in May by Theodore Dalrymple, titled The Paradoxes of Cultural Confidence. Dalymple touches on a range of issues, including the absurd denial and fragility inherent to Islamist belief, and the denial within Islam more generally; but I’ve highlighted a few passages that relate to recent discussions here on contrarian posturing and misplaced rebellion.

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