Prophesy from the past…

By Philippe Kurlapski (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

By Philippe Kurlapski (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (, via Wikimedia Commons

..and prophesy in literature.  But then, Chesterton was good at it.

..Instead of seeing in the odd cases …the peril of their past generalizations, they will see them only as starting points for new generalizations. They will get yet another theory out of it. And they will begin acting on the theory long before they have done thinking about it.   They will start out with some new and crude conception that … the thing will be a clause in the programme of reform before it has begun to be a conclusion in a serious study of psychology. That is the practical problem about modern liberty in which the critics will not see; of which eugenics is one example and all this amateur child-psychology is another.

So long as the old morality was in black and white was like a chessboard, even a man who wanted more of it made white was certain that no more of it would be made black. Now he is never certain what vices may not be released, but neither is he certain what virtues may be forbidden.”   — “Fear of the Film”  G K Chesterton, Fancies versus Fads.

I argue that this is now equally true of the law and leadership in our nation.


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