Chesterton is discovered by them only by accident since the official institutions, whose supposed function it is is to pass the wisdom of one generation to the next, have actively failed to teach Chesterton. I am quite ready, if anyone will prove I was wrong, to adore what I have burnt; but I do really feel an unwillingness verging upon weakness to burning what I have adored. It ended with the celebrated declaration that it was a fine day. There would have been despotism; but I prefer one king whom I hardly ever see to a hundred kings regulating my diet and my children. London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1933. But Prussia is Capitalism; that is, a gradually solidifying slavery; and that majestic unity with which she moves, dragging all the dumb Germanies after her, is due to the fact that her Servile State is complete, while ours is incomplete. You admire all the more the colossal and Omnipresent Brain of the Organiser of Industry, who amid all his multitudinous cares did not disdain to remember his duty of smashing even the smallest toy of the smallest child.
Therefore, the doctors propose to abolish the hair. The Mask of Socialism; The Escape; The New Raid; The New Name; A Workman's History of England; The French Revolution and the Irish; Liberalism: A Sample; The Fatigue of Fleet Street; The Amnesty for Aggression; Revive the Court Jester; The Art of Missing the Point; The Servile State Again; The Empire of the Ignorant. They must listen to the messenger, even if he is a liar. In the first years of the twentieth century he moved from his early agnosticism to Christianity and in 1922 entered the Roman Catholic Church, but had for years been so close to it that many supposed him to be already within its portals. Do you believe in the decentralisation of Empire? The French Revolution is a snap division with an unusual turnover of votes. I did not need to accept what Chesterton said in order to enjoy it.
In this regard, we find Chesterton articulating a truth that is hidden from public sight by the jargon of Liberalism. It never seems to strike these people that the lesson of lice in the slums, is the wrongness of slums, not the wrongness of hair. That is, that though it is not true that all men are normal, it is overwhelmingly certain that most men are normal. But the Moslem does not think the rich Sinbad will live forever; but the poor Sinbad will die on his deathbed. Sayers, an important apologist for traditional Christianity, wrote in a private letter that she had been a typical sullen teenage agnostic until she started to read Chesterton. And I assure you he will get no great glow of comfort out of your calling him irresponsible after you have made him impotent. That approach to the tragedy and problem of insanity, and the response which Chesterton goes on to suggest, have actually been used successfully by some psychiatrists since then.
Chesterton's romantic notions of the French Revolution were equally disturbing, particularly since Chesterton was plenty familiar with the facts and details of it. In 1991, when Communism in Russia had started to break up, but before its final collapse I was visited by two Russian ladies who were publishers and who had been on the editorial staff of the State Publishing House. He is a Sultan who need not order the bastinado, so long as he can order the sack. If he happens to think that the youth of Bromley smoke too many cigarettes, and that he has any influence in urging on them the unhealthiness of the habit, I should not blame him if he gave sermons or lectures about it with magic-lantern slides , so long as it was in Bromley and about Bromley. It is a case for the Court Jester. The special emblematic Employer of to-day, especially the Model Employer who is the worst sort has in his starved and evil heart a sincere hatred of holidays.
But it is not true; and we must not concede it to them for a moment. And when he came to the religious aspect he said that there were more stone and brick churches used in France; but, on the other hand, there are more sects in England. As a fact, I found that they were very often by far the ablest and most forcible persons. Now, it would be quite possible to cut Mr. Now the ordinary version of recent English history that most moderately educated people have absorbed from childhood is something like this.
And now the stock report. McIan smashes the window, bursts into the editorial office, and challenges Turnbull to a duel. And I do also say it is well to keep before our eyes the supreme adventure of a virtue. Imperat illi Deus; supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae coelestis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. The beginnings of a decline, in every age of history, have always had the appearance of being reforms.
They begin by telling you that some statesman said something brilliant in style or biting in wit, at which his hearers thrilled with terror or thundered with applause. Most of these Dutchmen have always felt like slave-owners. For that purpose he established the excellent democratic principle that the private citizen, as such, might protest against public corruption. I do not fear any such finality, for I happen to believe in the kind of men who fight best with bayonets and whose fathers hammered their own pikes for the French Revolution. There is an element of Capitalism in all modern countries, as there is an element of illiteracy in all modern countries. And the point I have in mind is practical to the extent of deadly peril.
They want to destroy the womanhood. It would have appeared a miracle in the Stone Age. A sensitive politician if there is such a thing would, I should think, want to murder the man who snapshots him at those moments. We had held safe your parks; but when Men taunted you with bribe and fee, We only saw the Lord of Men Grin like an Ape and climb a tree; And humbly had we stood without Your princely barns; did we not see In pointed faces peering out What Rats now own the granary. It is a war for the Irish Hearth, the Irish Home, and - ultimately - the integrity of the Irish Soul. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. It might be Roman Catholicism or Mahometanism or Materialism; but, if strongly held, it would be a thorn in the side of the Servile State.
The same way it was done in the past: repentance. His great book, The Everlasting Man, names opponents who are now long forgotten. Do you believe in Trades Unionism? In this regard, we find Chesterton articulating a truth that is hidden from public sight by the jargon of Liberalism. But more food, leisure, and money would also mean a more independent workman. It is when you really perceive the unity of mankind that you really perceive its variety.
Against these there is a formless mob of human beings, wearing red caps and seemingly insane, who all blindly follow ruffians who are also rhetoricians; some of whom die repentant and others unrepentant towards the end of the fourth act. Aidan Mackey points out in his introduction this is the only book that Chesterton wrote that has never been published in England. The Moslem veto upon intoxicants cuts across all classes. There, and there alone, Capitalism would be able to point to something done successfully for a whole nation—done as it would certainly maintain better than small free States or natural democracies could have done it. But even those who deplore it seldom try to reverse it. And the road ahead looks rougher than ever.