“The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right.” – G.K. Chesterton (For M.R.)
He was a very large and vocal opponent of a lot of bad ideas, like women voting. Uh oh…I suddenly feel like my pen name is not anonymous enough.
But seriously, I am always surprised by how timely his hundred-year-old essays are. It’s amazing to me.
He did oppose the suffragettes though. Not because women weren’t smart enough, but because he felt women and the home were too sacred to be distracted and brought down by such things.
Interesting. I might oppose it too, under duress, ha, ha. My sense of Chesterton would be that he’d probably have the same, if more unpopular, opinions today.
Actually, my biggest concern in regard to women voters is the general (and demonstrable) tendency of them (today’s decendants of the suffragettes) to support what, in practice, has typically been detrimental to the survival and unity of the family. In other words, the women’s rights movement has often (and occasionally with good cause, mind you) promoted the exchange of expected support from their all too human husbands for the impersonal and generally destructive “sugardaddy” of government. Dance with the devil…..
Of course, that exchange has led to a number of “unintended consequences”, notably the increase in un-wed mothers. I might also conclude it hasn’t added a wit of improvement in the character of actual husbands, but that’s another subject for another day.
My “practical and reasonable” solution has tended to be one vote per household, regardless of the gender of a primary “householder”. In this arrangement, at least, the material necessities of survival and, say, the burden of taxation would be given heed by the person (he or she) responsible for putting food on the table and paying the bills.
But, truthfully, the real problem isn’t merely one of gender, it’s also position in life. What we’re often witnessing is the clash between the “haves and the have nots”. There is danger either way, but we have tended recently to err on the side of allowing those who pay no taxes control the taking of taxes from others. We’re now very near the end game of this strategy. Once a majority of the nation is effectively “on the dole”, there’s little hope of a productive and free society surviving.
So I don’t really care which gender or class a “voter” might belong to, so long as they are paying for the privelidge, or pulling their weight, as it were. That’s just one of the reasons I’d be in the flat sales tax brigade. But then I don’t really care that someone else might pay a lower percentage of their income. So long as they are paying for what they use.
Good deal. I really liked the quote. By the way, his name came up in my recent research of the eugenics topic. Apparently he was a rather vocal opponent. Good on him.
Thank you! You know how it makes my heart thump to see those initials: G.K.C.
Chesterton changed my life, you know.
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