Responsibility Without Power

Over at Takimag, the skeptical doctor chastises the various nervous Nellies—from angst-inducing Freudian therapists to irrational green radicals—working overtime in our world these days.

PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)? I can only assume that it develops after watching too many video clips of little Greta Thunberg spoiled-bratting about her ruined childhood. A single photograph of her is certainly enough to trigger very unpleasant emotions in me: I think I need a safe space in which it is impossible for her to appear, otherwise I shall begin to suffer from post-Thunberg stress disorder.

The World Always Surprises Us

In his Law & Liberty essay, the good doctor considers the ever-changing circumstances—from pandemics to energy shortages—that govern our world.

We have had a rude awakening to the fact that the world is more complex than simple principles or calculations allow, and that the exercise of judgment—always fallible, always likely to be proved wrong, never fully definable—is as necessary as calculation. The world will always surprise us.

Gruden and Miller: Considering the Pardonable and the Unpardonable

Theodore Dalrymple makes an interesting comparison on what is considered pardonable and unpardonable in our upside-down, 21st-century moral order over at The Epoch Times.

These are the circumstances under which we now permanently live: everything that we write, say, or do will be recorded and may be used in evidence against you—when convenient to some authority or other. You have been warned. You are a suspect because you are a human being.

The End of an Error

In this week’s Takimag column, our favorite doctor remembers yet another distasteful modernist architect who managed to uglify many English city landscapes throughout his mediocre career.

The deceased was an eminent architect, Owen Luder—eminent in the sense that his buildings had a profound effect on the towns and cities in which they were erected, and in his evident capacity to promote himself (the key to all architectural advancement since at least the Second World War, if not before).

Taking Responsibility for Our Politics

Over at Law & Liberty, Dr. Dalrymple looks at the strange case of the former French Minister of Health being investigated for mishandling the Covid-19 epidemic.

I am no great admirer of politicians, especially those who have done nothing else in their lives but politick. Nevertheless, to make them criminally liable for their mistakes seems to me a very good way of ensuring that they will become worse than they already are.

Virtuous Fantasies of Fascism

The skeptical doctor decides to visit Hungary to the shock of his right-thinking (that is to say, left-liberal) friends over at Quadrant.

I had been to Budapest several times before: it is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant capitals in Europe, grand and dignified but not overwhelmingly large. I first went in 1970, when no one was horrified by my proposed journey: it was merely a communist state, that was all, and therefore not the object of obloquy.

Today’s Orthodoxies Put Quotation Marks Around ‘Freedom’

The revolution eats its own over at The Epoch Times as the leftist Guardian takes on a feminist English professor for criticizing the disordered and deranged “trans” ideology. The quotation around “trans” are my very own and I take full responsibility for their use.

The Guardian’s headline was interesting because of the quotation marks around the words “academic freedoms.” These quotation marks were meant to imply that the very notion of academic freedom is fictitious or worse, a kind of smokescreen for permission to express reactionary ideas and put them into practice.

How Hatred in the Name of Equality Is Deemed Virtuous

The dissenting doctor calls out the vitriolic class hatred preached by the deputy leader of the British Labour Party.

I don’t expect that the inquisitors of hate speech will call for class warriors to be banned from expressing themselves on social media or anywhere else anytime soon. Some hatreds, then, are deemed respectable, even praiseworthy, and the expression of them, even to the point of incitement, is considered to be the manifestation of a good or pure heart.

Knots About Knots

The October issue of New English Review features our favorite doctor musing on shyness, obsessive reading habits, Arnold Bennett, and dealing with the ubiquitous English health and safety propaganda.

For the first half of my life (so far), I feared that I had no personality to speak of. I had nothing to say to anyone whom I did not already know well; and entering a room full of complete strangers I suffered agonies of apprehension that they would find me a bore.