Chuck Chalberg

Chuck Chalberg

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Dr. John C. “Chuck” Chalberg writes from Bloomington, Minnesota, and can be reached at chuck.chalberg@gmail.com

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Chesterton on the Dangers of 'Cloudy Political Cowardice'

If G. K. Chesterton were around to account for what’s wrong with our world today, he’d likely list political correctness high among our current ills.  The term itself would not have been familiar to him, but the phenomenon was.  He...

'What’s Wrong with the World?'

Just over a century ago G. K. Chesterton wrote a book that is as relevant today as it was then.  In fact, its title remains as relevant today as it was then: “What’s Wrong with the World.” Would Mr. Chesterton be surprised and/or...

'Free Will Exists': G.K. Chesterton’s Philosophy in 3 Words

If one were to capture G.K. Chesterton’s philosophy to just a few words, it could be done in this sentence: Free will exists. Almost everything else that he wrote followed from this belief, including his objection to fatalism and determinism in all...

Why G.K. Chesterton Believed America Was ‘Exceptional’

In recent years there has been much talk about American exceptionalism. Does it—or does it not—exist? Are we truly a unique people—or are we not? Well before all this talk, G.K. Chesterton weighed in on the side of the American exceptionalists....

Chesterton on the Difference Between Progress and a Progressivism

Who could possibly be opposed to progress?  G.K. Chesterton certainly wasn’t.  But he did have his disagreements with those who liked to call themselves progressives.  And therein lies a tale—or at least a point. Progressives...

G.K Chesterton, Modern Ethics, and the Anti-Smoking Crusade

We’ve all seen them, haven’t we?  I mean those ugly shots of lungs featured in anti-smoking campaigns.  It’s not likely that a cigar-smoking G.K. Chesterton ever caught this particular act.  After all, in his day tobacco was still a...

Paul Kengor's 'A Pope and a President' is a Divine Read

Whether you are a liberal or a conservative, your politics will likely be confirmed by reading A Pope and the President.  And that’s too bad.  Whether you are of a religious bent or not, your take on matters of faith will likely remain...

Why Chesterton Matters More Than Ever

As fall approaches and students head off to college, can hitting the books be far behind?  Maybe the attack is already underway, as incoming freshmen finally turn to that summer reading assigned by colleges at the time of their acceptance....

Douglas Murray and ‘The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam’

That Americans are a very lucky people was long ago recognized by a German Chancellor.  That would be Otto von Bismarck, who is alleged to have muttered more than once that “God takes care of drunks, little children, and the United States of...

Liberals Have Become the New Confederates

“The South will rise again.”  How often did that rallying cry echo throughout a certain portion of the country following the Civil War? A lot. Actually, the South has risen in any number of very positive ways in the century and a half since...

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