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

Recent blog posts by this author

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...

Family: Fairy Tale or Trap?

Now and again I’ve been asked what Chesterton essay I would preserve, if only one could be saved from destruction. The choice is not easy, but if I were forced to choose it might well be one with a very lengthy, yet vague, title: “On Certain Modern...

Meeting A Lost Soul In The Skies

On airplanes my druthers is to mind my own business. I don’t want to be rude, but I much prefer reading to chatting. And that’s precisely what I did for almost the entirety of a recent flight. Nothing out of the ordinary here. It’s my...

Should Jury Duty Be Taken from the Common Man and Given to Professionals?

Like many of us, G. K. Chesterton was once called upon for jury duty, and like any good writer, he turned that experience into an essay. But he didn’t turn the essay into a detailed account of his experience. Instead, he simply let his readers know...

Why Lying in Bed Can Be a Good Thing

One of G. K. Chesterton’s most profound essays is simply titled “On Lying in Bed.” It begins in an odd and amusing way: “Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a coloured pencil long enough to draw...

Why Chesterton Would Classify Many Modern Individuals as ‘Half-Witted’

Not all that long ago something called zero population growth was all the rage.  But no more. The great fear was a worldwide population explosion. But no more. Certainly not in the western industrialized world. And not even in a rapidly...

Should College be Free?

Fall is here. That means many things are on their way down, including bank accounts as parents write tuition checks.  Is anything going up? Maybe interest in “free” college. How often are we told by our friends on the left that we ought to...

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