September 17 at 10:07am ·
“The wisest thing in the world is to cry out before you are hurt. It is no good to cry out after you are hurt; especially after you are mortally hurt.
People talk about the impatience of the populace; but sound historians know that most tyrannies have been possible because men moved too late.
It is often essential to resist a tyranny before it exists.
It is no answer to say, with a distant optimism, that the scheme is only in the air.
A blow from a hatchet can only be parried while it is in the air.”
From his book, “Eugenics and Other Evils“, found in Volume 4 of “The Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton”
The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, Vol. 4
What’s Wrong with the World, Superstition of Divorce, Eugenics and Other Evils
The first of two volumes devoted to Chesterton’s political, sociological, and economical writings.
Gilbert K. Chesterton staunchly opposed any assaults by the trendsetters on the common man.