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Chesterton as Anti-Progressive

To Peter’s notice immediately below of RJ Pestritto’s most welcome demolition of Theodore Roosevelt as conservative hero,let me add one contemporary non-Progressive alternative: G.K. Chesterton, also celebrated in today’s Wall Street Journal. We (or at least I) usually think of Chesterton as a writer of the ’20s, but his novel The Man Who Was Thursday was published in 1908, as was his theological classic Orthodoxy. Chesterton’s later (1922) What I Saw in America features a non-Progressive interpretation of the Declaration of Independence that inspires.


For Chesterton aficionados, try James V. Schall’s study of Chesterton.

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Thanks for the Schall recommendation.

Shameless self-promotion: On WHAT I SAW IN AMERICA, see the first chapter of my HOMELESS AND AT HOME IN AMERICA.

Schall and Lawler are both ordered from Amazon for me (God bless my sister's gift card to me!). Sometimes shameless self-promotion is entirely appropriate. Thanks--or should it be thanks to Chesterton? Regardless, looking forward to a good read.

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