Chuck Chalberg

Chuck Chalberg

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

Recent blog posts by this author

What Explains Modern Hostility to the Family?

“Without the family we are helpless before the state,” noted G.K. Chesterton. The political left, then and now, understands the truth of that line. How else to explain their hostility to the family? Wait, hostility to the family? Isn’t the...

Self-Esteem: Not the Virtue We Think It Is

Can you name the seven traditional cardinal virtues? Author G.K. Chesterton makes it easy, dividing the seven into “pagan” and “Christian” virtues. Among the former were prudence, courage, temperance, and justice. Among the latter were faith, hope,...

The Perils of an Open Mind

How often have you heard someone praised for having an open mind? Pretty often, I’d bet. How often has such a comment been taken as something other than a compliment? Not very often, I’d suspect. After all, open-mindedness in our open society...

What President Trump Has in Common With President Polk

The game of presidential parallels can be endlessly fascinating. Sometimes it can also be instructive and thought-provoking, even when considering the unparalleled presidency of one Donald J. Trump. That would be the same President Donald Trump who...

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....

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