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Utopia of Usurers

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For over thirty years, G. K. Chesterton has been one of my favorite authors, but this month has made me question my evaluation to some extent. First I read Lord Kitchener, which had the virtue of being short and crisp; but The Utopia of Usurers and Other Essays displayed the author as a fish out of water. He begins by describing a nebulous plot by rich capitalists to sap the rights of the common man. He tries to follow a closely reasoned approach -- which is exactly what this author should not d ...more
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As a relative newcomer to Chesterton it is none the less quite clear this work is a little atypical to his oeuvre in this provocative, sometimes prophetic if slightly uneven work. Certainly it's clear while the wit is a little less evident than usual, the righteous anger he feels against the capitalist 'usurer' is, whilst often present in his polemics, here most pronounced and a century on gives us a compelling reminder that Chesterton the Catholic and Chesterton the reactionary do not stand in ...more
Enjoyable enough. Chesterton's writing get's a little too twee at times though.
I usually enjoy Chesterton. This collection of essays had a few more out-dated allusions than usual. Also, I hadn't realized how much he hated Capitalists. He had no love for Socialists, either, so I'm left wondering what economic system he would espouse. He made good observations about the excesses of greed and exploitation of the common man.
One of the classic texts for anyone interested in the rich heritage of Catholic social doctrine. Reading it in the midde of the 2012 election season, I was amazed at how fresh and timely much of the book still is.
Chestertonian economics.
It's fine. I guess
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more
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