Dalrymple has written extensively on culture, art, politics, education, and medicine regularly drawing on his experiences as a physician and psychiatrist in Africa and the United Kingdom. He has had a fascinating career as a political journalist and full time Doctor. He was arrested as a spy in Gabon, sought after by the South African police for violating apartheid, infiltrated an English communist group, smuggled books to dissidents in Romania and arrested for photographing anti-government demonstrations in Albania to name a few things!
His work is regularly published in, The Times, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator, The Salisbury Review, The British Medical Journal and Axess magasin and is a contributing editor to the City Journal. He has often been recalled as one of the greatest essayists of his age and one of the world’s most inquisitive minds.
He frequently argues that the liberal and progressive views prevalent within Western intellectual circles minimise the responsibility of individuals for their own actions and undermine traditional mores, contributing to the formation within rich countries of an underclass afflicted by endemic violence, criminality, sexually transmitted diseases, welfare dependency, and drug abuse.
He advocates a restoration of what he calls traditional British virtues such as "prudence, thrift, industry, honesty, moderation, politeness, self-restraint".
His talk focused on the misconceptions of heroin addiction as an example of myth establishing as an orthodoxy.