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“[I]t is common for it to be thought that the possession of an opinion on a subject, which is active, is deemed more important than having any information on that subject, which is passive.” Theodore Dalrymple.

Great observation, but isn’t that the essence of democracy, especially in America today?

While grabbing that above advertisement, I ran across this vivid excerpt from the book description of Dalrymple’s Life at the Bottom:

On the street, which was ankle-deep in discarded fast-food wrappings, 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 club doors presided over by 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.

The doctor and consultant psychiatrist Theodore Dalrymple looks at Great Britain – the nation which produced Newton and Darwin, Shakespeare and Dickens, David Hume and Adam Smith – and marvels at what it has become.