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Blissful Thinking

Jun 26, 2020

Dean Dorsett is my oldest friend! He was my companion, confidante, and comrade-in-arms during my 3 years at Oriel College, Oxford, very much in the news now due to the Rhodes Must Fall campaign. In this episode we try to understand what Oxford was, its intellectual culture, the racism we both encountered and were hurt by, and Dean explains his initial transition from being a Jehovah's Witness in Dominica to a medical student at one of the most right-wing institutions in Britain. He ends by explaining how his experience as a doctor in Ipswich, during the Covid pandemic, aligns perfectly with everything else he has learned about how western civilisation functions.