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September 07, 2009

A modern master of declinology

Steven Poole's brief, insubstantial review of Theodore Dalrymple's Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline is nevertheless worth the mention if only to attract traffic for the search term "declinology".

Dalrymple is surely a modern master of declinology, a discipline of which this book is a relentless performance. It takes a certain kind of genius for unverifiable generalisation, for example, to write: "The British are no longer sturdily independent as individuals."

And it takes a Guardian writer not to have noticed.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 7, 2009 06:57 AM