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By Theodore Dalrymple

Theodore Dalrymple is a retired psychiatrist, who labored in either legal and health center environments. He argues that long term poverty is brought on no longer by way of economics yet through a dysfunctional set of values, one who is consistently bolstered through an elite tradition looking for sufferers.

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I know of no egotism more profound. Theodore Dalrymple. SEEING IS NOT BELIEVING THE FIRST DUTY of the modern intellectual, wrote George Orwell, is to state the obvious, to puncture ‘the smelly little orthodoxies... ’ Orwell meant by these the totalitarian doctrines that mesmerised the intellectuals of his time and that prevented them from accepting the most obvious and evident truths about their own and other societies: but his admonition holds true even now, when fascism and communism are dead.

SEEING IS NOT BELIEVING THE FIRST DUTY of the modern intellectual, wrote George Orwell, is to state the obvious, to puncture ‘the smelly little orthodoxies... ’ Orwell meant by these the totalitarian doctrines that mesmerised the intellectuals of his time and that prevented them from accepting the most obvious and evident truths about their own and other societies: but his admonition holds true even now, when fascism and communism are dead. The demise of totalitarianism has led not to a more straightforward or honest appreciation of reality but merely to a proliferation of distorting lenses through which people choose to look at the world.

Within moments of arriving on the street along the beach, which was ankle-deep in discarded fast-food wrappings (the smell of stale fat obliterates completely the salt smell of the sea), I saw a woman who had pulled down her slacks and tied a pair of plastic breasts to her bare buttocks, while a man crawled after her on the sidewalk, licking them. At midnight along this street – with the sound of rock music pounding insistently out of every club door, and each door presided over by a pair of steroid-inflated bouncers, among men vomiting into the gutters – I saw children as young as six, unattended by adults, waiting for their parents to emerge from their nocturnal recreations.

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