Category Archives: culture (what’s left of it)

The fouling of Britain’s popular culture

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 08.00.31A large proportion of Britain’s population, writes Dalrymple,

has been left to the mercies of a popular culture whose main characteristic is the willing suspension of intelligence, and which does not merely fail to inculcate refinement, grace, elegance or the desire for improvement, but actively prevents them and causes them to be feared and despised. An inability and unwillingness to discriminate always leads, by default, to the overgrowth of the worst, from which the better can never recover.

England’s impoverishment is

as much of the spirit as economic: nowhere in the world (at least nowhere known to me, including very many poorer places) do you see such a concentration of people who have given up on themselves, or rather, who never had any self-respect to give up on.

Britons inhabit a purely materialist society

that is not even very good at materialism, for it does not promote even those mental and moral disciplines that promote material success.

British educational degeneracy and cultural debasement

Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 22.39.52Observers ask, writes Dalrymple, why British productivity

has not risen of latter years, though the economy has ‘recovered’ in the sense that its output has increased. This can only mean that people are working longer hours or that more of them are working, or both.

Dalrymple does not find this puzzling.

I think you have only to walk down a British street — an average one, not one in a favoured area — to solve the puzzle. The abysmal educational and cultural level of the people by comparison with that of the people in such a street in any comparable country is striking and obvious.

Este psiquiatra britânico profundamente astuto está crescendo em importância (exceto em seu próprio país)

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 07.10.30Polêmicas. Tabus (‘O objetivo do politicamente correto é humilhar’). Atualidades. Arte. Sexo (‘Sexo e mais sexo, o tempo todo’). Medicina. Literatura (‘Laranja Mecânica de Anthony Burgess é uma obra esplêndida, profética e violento’). Cultura. Política. Estes são alguns dos temas que compõem este livro, uma reunião de 26 ensaios contundentes e também sensíveis, que lembram a obra de George Orwell e apresentam a inconfundível lucidez de Dalrymple sobre a condição humana. O autor se vale de interseções com a obra de Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Alfred Kinsey e Karl Marx, dentre outros pensadores e escritores, para abordar a tendência humana universal para a destruição; o colapso de hábitos e costumes; os efeitos de se tentar consagrar a felicidade pessoal como um direito político; a degradação dos relacionamentos pessoais depois da remoção de todas as restrições sexuais; o significado de barbárie e como ela vem invadindo o Ocidente. Da legalização das drogas ao desmoronamento do Islã, de adultos que insistem em permanecer na adolescência a jovens que se tornam adultos precocemente, pouca coisa escapa às observações de Dalrymple.