Category Archives: USA

The dilapidated West

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-08-14-36Dalrymple points out that with the economic centre of gravity having shifted to Asia,

North America does not seem able to assure its population of an increasing standard of living, and Europe is sluggish.

Paris, for instance, is

tired. One feels it is in a time warp of the trente glorieuses, during which it modernised with the help of a concrete-based infrastructure that looks past its best. France has an almost communist air of dilapidation; this is a society that has to run very hard just to stay where it is.

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China flu is the Left’s chance

To treat addicts, for example, as people to whom something has happened rather than as people who have decided to do something is, writes Dalrymple,

to infantilise them. It is another small step in the transformation of the population into wards of government.

It is what some politicians hanker for,

a people without powers of decision for themselves, a people without resilience.