Saturday, February 10, 2007

TMWWT, A Discussion Question

A rather random question from last night's discussion:

Was this book written to be mainly about (and against) anarchy?

Please post answers, thoughts and possible further discussion questions in comment box.


Lewis the Editor said...

I think it is, in one sense: in the sense of what the policeman of Chapter IV called, “the inner circle” and the “sacred priesthood” of anarchists—the intellectual pessimists.

“They are under no illusions; they are too intellectual to think that man upon this earth can ever be quite free from original sin and the struggle. And they mean death. When they say that mankind shall be free at last, they mean that mankind shall commit suicide. When they talk of a paradise without right or wrong, they mean the grave. They have but two objects, to destroy first humanity and then themselves. That is why they throw bombs instead of firing pistols. The innocent rank and file are disappointed because the bomb has not killed the king; but the high-priesthood are happy because it has killed somebody.” [The Man Who Was Thursday: Special Annotated Addition, p. 84]

Ria said...

I think you're right, I never thought of it that way.
The question we discussed last week was if Chesterton intended to write a book about Anarchy and happened to put a bunch of interesting things in it, or if he wrote it about Anarchy just to illustrate his points.
But as I said before I think you have a good point.
Thanks for commenting!!!