Chuck Chalberg

Chuck Chalberg

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Dr. John C. “Chuck” Chalberg writes from Bloomington, Minnesota.

Recent blog posts by this author

Is Contentment Possible in the Midst of Calamity?

Chesterton, the multi-biographer, intended to write many more biographies than he did. One of his intended subjects was the 15th century Dominican friar, Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498).  he grandson of a wealthy Florentine physician,...

Is Darwinism ‘Still True’? A Journalist Ponders the Question.

G. K. Chesterton, the journalist, did much of his writing for newspapers.  Not surprisingly, he was also an inveterate reader of newspapers, and on more than one occasion a newspaper headline sparked one of his essays for the Illustrated London...

What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Doesn't Understand about Socialism

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) and H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) were near contemporaries, but they were not kindred souls. One was an Englishman; the other an American. One was a Catholic Christian; the other a lifelong agnostic. One dubbed himself a...

Why Elites Hate Border Walls

Remember the old acronym WWJD? It stood for “What Would Jesus Do?” and was adapted to any number of public figures, one of whom was the late Senator Paul Wellstone (WWWD). I’d like to propose a new acronym in the same vein: WWCW. Yes, WWCW does...

Why Liberal Chesterton Shunned the Progressive Label

We are all bundles of contradictions to some extent. Some bundles are bigger than others. And some contradictions are more contradictory than others. Until his mid-thirties, self-described reactionary G. K. Chesterton generally supported the...

Chesterton On Why You Should Be A Reactionary

News flash!  G. K. Chesterton was not a progressive.  There really should be no surprise here.  But he also was not a conservative.  At least he didn’t think of himself as such.  There might be a bit of a surprise here....

What's the Best Way to Deal with a 'Political Animal'?

G. K. Chesterton was that rarest of political animals. He was a fellow of firm views and well decided certainties. But he was also someone who always treated those of differing views and certainties with fairness and kindness. (We could use many...

Can Patriotism and Nationalism Co-exist?

Patriotism or nationalism? Elite wisdom tells us that one is not the other. More than that, such wisdom wants us to believe that one is good and the other is bad. But is that so? Can a patriot be a nationalist and vice versa? If not, why not?...

Why Chesterton Despised Thanksgiving Day

Did you know that England also has a Thanksgiving Day?  Well, actually it doesn’t. But G. K. Chesterton did propose such a day for his England. And therein lies a tale, or at least a few thoughts for a Thanksgiving Day conversation. ...

The Armistice Day Prediction That Came True

As we approach the centenary of Armistice Day, 1918, let’s spend a few minutes with a British writer who supported his country’s war against Germany and worried about the peace that resulted from it. That writer would be G. K. Chesterton, who died...

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