Fr Michael Gollop has written Politics without vision – and a defence of trees in the context of the upcoming British General Election, which will certainly influence the turn of things in France for our upcoming local elections and the Présidentielles in 2017. He quotes Chesterton:
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have two great types — the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins.
We find this in churches as well as in secular politics. We in France are dying of socialism and its cancerous tendency to consume and prey on any effort in family life, work and just getting on. Fr Gollop’s article is profound and shows a real understanding of our political morass in the light of Catholic social teaching and the English democratic tradition.
Thank you for linking this! Do you (or does anyone among the other readers) happen to know the source of the Chesterton quotation? It would be good to read the context of this keen observation (and I’m not sure how the comments work at Fr Michael Gollop’s blog, though I attempted – with I am not sure what eventual success – to submit the question, there).
“The Blunders of Our Parties”, Illustrated London News, 1924-04-19.
With apologies if this is not the likeliest place for it, but I just read a very interesting piece by Paul Blair which seems generally apposite to much matters attended to here on your blog: