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on 21 February 2016
Three stars because it's interesting, though not enough for me to finish it outright. Now and again it reminds me of Thoreau's philosophy but often his points are obscured by reference to ephemeral politics of his day, couched in a sense of humour that often makes it even more obscure. As with many authors who are religious converts, Chesterton has an axe to grind. He blames the Reformation for the injustices of the enclosures acts centuries later, which seems somewhat far-fetched - if one looks to Catholic countries such as Spain for agrarian injustice just at the time he was writing, it's not at all convincing. Like William Morris, he looks nostalgically back to the England of the Middle Ages as an ideal, but much cherry-picking has to be done for that. The sceptic Voltaire made a better case that early Quaker Pennsylvania probably came the closest ever to a golden age, though that too certainly had imperfections.
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on 10 May 2015
excellent
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on 25 March 2015
OK. Not gripping.

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on 8 August 2015
Capitalists and commies
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on 9 October 2013
Anything by Chesterton is bright, so I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to have his brain exercised. R O Connor
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on 6 December 2014
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