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 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....

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...

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