Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Tales of the underclass …

… Theodore Dalrymple -- Short Stories Review | National Review. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… As readers of [Dalrymple's] essays know, he has never been impressed by the excuses his patients make to absolve themselves of responsibility for their actions (many of which are criminal, some murderous), and he is equally uninterested in sociological narratives of systemic oppression, according to which abusers and rapists and murderers become abusers and rapists and murderers because of insufficient access to housing. “Agency . . . is the experience of us all,” he writes. “We know our will’s free, and there’s an end on’t.”

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