Theodore Dalrymple, Life at the Bottom

In Life at the Bottom Theodore Dalrymple, drawing on his experiences working as a prison doctor in Birmingham, argues convincingly that the problems of the underclass have nothing to do with poverty or oppression, and that in absolute terms the underclass are in fact not poor at all. Their problems are cultural and are largely the result of ill-conceived liberal social policies.

A culture of entitlement and resentment and a refusal to accept any degree of personal responsibility traps these people in lives of violence, drugs, drink and general wretchedness. The decline of marriage is yet another factor in creating a permanent underclass. The politicisation of the police force, with the police expected to act as social workers rather than enforcing the law, further aggravates the disaster. Treating addiction as an illness and treating criminals and addicts as victims reinforces the destructive culture of the underclass.

Liberal social policies created this mess and such policies can only go on making it worse.

Essential reading for anyone who cares about what is happening to western society.

Manufacturing Victims by Tana Dineen

Manufacturing Victims details the horrifying true story of the psychology industry, of the ways it not only makes individuals into victims but makes victims of all of us one way or another. Masquerading as science this industry operates on a basis of lies and ethical practices that would make the Mafia blush.

Dr Tana Dineen is herself a psychologist and lifts the lid on the racket from an insider’s perspective.

Dineen targets psychiatrists as well as the other assorted therapists that infest our society. She warns that one of the biggest dangers comes from therapists whose training is so narrow they can only ever diagnose one problem because they have no broad training whatsoever.