Life at the Bottom: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass Hardcover – 26 Sep 2001
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Once in a long while a writer comes along with a vision so powerful that it shakes you. Theodore Dalrymple is that kind of writer.--Bruce Ramsey "Liberty Press "
About the Author
Theodore Dalrymple is a physician and psychiatrist who practices in England. He writes a column for the London Spectator, contributes frequently to the Daily Telegraph, and is a contributing editor of the Manhattan Institute's City Journal. His other books include Our Culture, What's Left of It, Mass Listeria, and So Little Done. He lives in Birmingham, England. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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it's core. It also has a clear and consistant morality that is at odds with modern culture. I suspect it will enthrall and enfuriate in equal measure, either way it is a good read.
Using first hand accounts, Dalrymple delves into a world most can barely imagine. As a doctor, working in many of the slums in the UK he has eye witness testimonial to how the welfare state not only fails to tackle poverty, but actively encourages destructive and squalid behaviour among the recipients. His elegant and dry writing style would make the stories comedic if they were not so tragic, and it leaves you with a newfound humility in the face of what we believe we can achieve through the institutions of state.
Do not be put off by the pen name 'Theodore Dalrymple', it chosen to be "suitably dyspeptic, that of a gouty old man looking out of the window of his London club, port in hand, lamenting the degenerating state of the world"!
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