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: Dogma is Inescapable in Education

As you might imagine, the section of G. K. Chesterton’s What’s Wrong with the World that is devoted to the “mistake about the child” has something to do with the education of the child.  Actually, he thought that more than one mistake was being...

G.K. Chesterton on the Fundamental Difference Between the 'Average Man' and the 'Average Woman'

G.K. Chesterton’s thoughts on the differences between the sexes did not begin and end with the issue of the vote.  Far from it.  As he saw it, the differences were much more profound and much more mysterious than that. Were these...

What if Women Had Voted on Women's Suffrage?

G.K. Chesterton’s What’s Wrong with the World contains a section of feminism.  By way of providing an accurate preview of what’s to come, he titled it “Feminism, Or the Mistake about Woman.”  Yes, G. K. Chesterton had his differences with...

Socialists and Capitalists Alike See No Need to Protect the Traditional Family, Chesterton Argued

As we search for common ground in our increasingly divided country, we might be well advised to turn to G. K. Chesterton.  The common ground for Chesterton’s treasured common man was property.  For Chesterton, a good society was one in...

'Get on the Right Side of History': A Phrase G.K. Chesterton Would Have Understood

Sometimes, when reading G.K. Chesterton, one comes across a telling sentence buried in the middle of a very long paragraph.  Here’s one from What’s Wrong with the World:  “The old tyrants invoked the past; the new tyrants will invoke the...

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...

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