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Not With a Bang but a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline

Tuesday September 2008


Theodore Dalrymple Dietrich Weismann Fellow, Manhattan Institute Contributing Editor, City Journal

Theodore Dalrymple’s new collection of writings follows on the extraordinary success of his earlier books, Life at the Bottom and Our Culture, What’s Left of It. No writer today is more incisive in exploring the troubled state of Western culture and the ideas challenging our customs, manners, and morals.

In Not With a Bang But a Whimper, Dalrymple continues to take measure of this cultural decline of the West, with a special focus on Britain: its bureaucratic muddle, oppressive welfare dependency, and aimless youth, conditions which the nation’s elites frequently defend in the name of democracy and individual freedom.

Dr. Dalrymple shows how terrorism and increasing numbers of radical Muslim minorities have changed our day-to-day life in the West. He offers lucid, unsentimental and profoundly honest observations on artists and intellectuals. And he examines the treatment of criminals and the mentally impaired, his areas of special interest as a physician.