Friday, October 29, 2010

Chestertonia

  • Thomas Fleming on a book he calls "an accurate piece of prophecy," whose author "envisioned an absolute despotism run by colorless bureaucrats who would eliminate all the little ethnic and regional differences, all the eccentricities of class and profession that had made European civilization the gorgeous mosaic that it was" — The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton.

  • Lord Alton of Liverpool argues "that he was also a great prophet who foresaw the evil of eugenics which has manifested itself in various forms during the 90 years since he first wrote about it" — Chesterton and the Eugenic Nightmare.

  • "As we all strain to respect the tension between (humanly speaking) optimism and a fully balanced realism, not always with success by any means, the following essay I found to be particularly precious," writes Stephen Hand of this piece — Chesterton on Optimism and Pessimism.
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