When the Revolution Comes | John B. Buescher | CWR blog
In 1911, as he was publishing his Father Brown stories and just before his intermittent debating opponent George Bernard Shaw would write, Pygmalion, the London magazine, The Sketch, published a series of Chesterton’s cartoons, all on the theme of “When the Revolution Comes.” Here’s a selection of three of them, illustrating his humor, as well as his unerring ability to find the absurd nub of the radical Progressivist cause.
Chesterton here is making fun of his own avoirdupois. However, under nationalized medicine, unhealthy activity, like smoking cigars or carrying excess weight, is positively anti-social and counter-revolutionary.
Shaw, Chesterton’s antagonist, the great socialist Progessive, is here hoist on his own petard, as one who refuses to stoop to the ritual of solidarity with the People.