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What is your opinion of this man?
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Like him tbqh
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Napoleon of Notting Hill is genuinely my favourite book of all time.
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>>7649010

One of the great essayists of the English language. His Father Brown stories are also quite good, and are the ones that started the subgenre of the "priest detective". Haven't read his novels but want to. Which one should I start with?
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Pretty good pop apologist, I liked his poetry in general. I've never read any Father Brown, though.
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>>7649010
He was right about everything.
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>>7649010
I like his novels a lot more than his philosphy. He is a fantastic writer but a mediocre philosopher.
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>>7649142
This.

He even managed to make the only non muh-good-feelings literally-Hitler case against eugenism I have read.
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>>7649010

I have a strong personal dislike of him. The more I learn about him, the more I dislike him. I'll be charitable enough to those who would jump all over me, to provide them with the ammunition that I have never read him, so there's that.

My understanding of Chesterton was based on flipping through TV channels until watching EWTN out of sheer curiosity on several occasions, and later wiki. The priests are big fanboys of this autist, and what I remember of the programs where they variously played/portrayed/explored Chesterton and his ideas, were these incredibly smarmy, maudlin, un-clever witticisms. What we, had they been made today on this Balinese puppet show, would correctly describe as "Reddit" (when even I am getting sick of that appellation).

I don't even need to cherry pick particularly hard, and just browsing through the below page vindicates my above assertion. Here are a few real corkers:

http://www.chesterton.org/quotations-of-g-k-chesterton/

-Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
-The only defensible war is a war of defense.
-The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.
-The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.

See what this faggot does? Now I know he did it /all the time/. "Harumph-harumph I'm so very clever I shall reverse the thing and say 'well the trouble about x and y is that y and x' harumph harumph dear me I'm so fat honey where's my cape and muumuu." It's not even that he's always /wrong/ (he often is), but that this little taste of him I've just had again, by way of illustration, is /fucking insufferable/. The literal Fedora of Christians, I'd take the bureaucrats or a Sam Harris over him any day of the week.
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>>7649010
>btfo women
>btfo blacks
>btfo jews
>btfo atheists
>btfo socialists

he's a god to me
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>>7649836
lmao cant /believe/ people still do this
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>>7649836
You're a faggot

How's that for a witticism?
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>>7649899
he's probably a liberal

BUILD WALL
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his arguments against Nietzsche were embarrassing
combine that with his fatness and he reminds me of Ignatius J Reilly
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>>7649840
He was avowedly "anti-racist." He didn't actually BTFO blacks, he just said nigger, which was normal at the time. He hated Hitler and racial nationalism and mocked racial science.

He was a total race-traitor cuck, just like you.
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>>7649966
what a libcuck
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>>7649836
I was expecting some of his other statements, but these are actualyl really great.
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>>7649010
I think he seems confused.
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>>7649010
He was a fat Anglo Christian so that's a terrible start.
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Hopeful internet trolls need to study him. His essays often argue for the most ridiculous positions in an incredible and highly convincing way.
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>reading genre fiction
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>>7649966
He said that bringing the Negroes to America was definitely a mistake, and that saving them by destroying the Southern white man would prove to be a greater mistake.
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>>7650320
Well he was absolutely right. The US has never really recovered from the legacy of slavery.
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Strongest critiq of modernity before the post-modernists. Extremely quotable. Sometimes has weak arguments. Is not boring.
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>>7650320
How is that racist and how is that not right?
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The first two chapters of Orthodoxy is mandatory reading.
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>>7650323
Between him and Kipling (Kipling BTFO in Heretics btw) I've been astonished at just how not-racist late Victorians seem to be. They don't even care. Chesterton says so what if blacks aren't as smart, they're still God's children. Kipling says so what if they're not as smart, if they can build the Empire we'll take them.

>>7650344
Not saying it's wrong, just that it's in the broad category of "things that will get you warned for saying in a university."
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>>7650340
>post-modernists
>critiquing modernity with any amount of strength
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"People did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her."

On not being an oikophobe. Most of my fellow European cucks could do with reading this about now.
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>>7650359
>Anglo-Saxon
>posting
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>>7650349
dude just turn your brain off lmao
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>>7650355
Thank God I'm from a Catholic county where universities aren't liberal echo chambers.
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>>7650366
Phobias are irrational fears.

Writing a catchy little phrase doesn't validate them.
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He was a crypto-socialistic revolutionary authoritarian; he is no better than Marx, Lenin, Keynes, and other authoritarian subversives.
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>>7649010
Lmfao he looks really sassy
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He was a bit of a cunt, apparently:

http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/03/memories-of-g-k-chesterton/
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A couple months ago, I got really into Chesterton. My university has his complete works, so I was able to blaze through a ton of his stuff. I truly think he is one of the most original and under-appreciated writers of the 20th century. Wonderfully critical of modernity.
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>>7649836

>My understanding of Chesterton was based on flipping through TV channels until watching EWTN out of sheer curiosity on several occasions, and later wiki.

Usually it is considered more sporting to let us figure out you have never read an author by the inane ramblings of your comment, rather than admitting it upfront.
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>>7650813

Ah, but you've been pre-emptively cucked by my intellectual honesty. And of course, it is literally and half after-the-fact not true that I have not read Chesterton, as wiki contains quotes (as did my above link). I found nothing not correctly confirming my preceding bias.

My fondest wish: imagining a perfectly ordered, depraved post-christian future with unending abortions - forever.

All to spite the fat faggot Chesterton in his false christ.
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