Utopia of Usurers, and Other Essays

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Author: G. K. Chesterton

The Whole Loathsome Load

But I still stubbornly and meekly submit my point: that you cannot end war without asking who began it. If you think somebody else, not Germany, began it, then blame that somebody else: do not blame everybody and nobody. Perhaps you think that a small sovereign people, fresh from two triumphant wars, ought to discrown itself before sunrise; because the nephew of a neighbouring Emperor has been shot by his own subjects. Very well. Then blame Servia; and, to the extent of your influence, you may be preventing small kingdoms being obstinate or even princes being shot. Perhaps you think the whole thing was a huge conspiracy of Russia, with France as a dupe and Servia as a pretext. Very well. Then blame Russia; and, to the extent of your influence, you may be preventing great Empires from making racial excuses for a raid. Perhaps you think France wrong for feeling what you call "revenge," and I should call recovery of stolen goods. Perhaps you blame Belgium for being sentimental about her frontier; or England for being sentimental about her word. If so, blame them; or whichever of them you think is to blame. Or again, it is barely possible that you may think, as I do, that the whole loathsome load has been laid upon us by the monarchy which I have not named; still less wasted time in abusing. But if there be in Europe a military State which has not the religion of Russia, yet has helped Russia to tyrannise over the Poles, that State cares not for religion, but for tyranny. If there be a State in Europe which has not the religion of the Austrians, but has helped Austria to bully the Servians, that State cares not for belief, but for bullying. If there be in Europe any people or principality which respects neither republics nor religions, to which the political ideal of Paris is as much a myth as the mystical ideal of Moscow, then blame that: and do more than blame. In the healthy and highly theological words of Robert Blatchford, drive it back to the Hell from which it came.

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Chicago: G. K. Chesterton, "The Whole Loathsome Load," Utopia of Usurers, and Other Essays, trans. Garnett, Constance Black, 1862-1946 in Utopia of Usurers, and Other Essays (London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1831), Original Sources, accessed April 21, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKBZ7ESVWUJ9C3Z.

MLA: Chesterton, G. K. "The Whole Loathsome Load." Utopia of Usurers, and Other Essays, translted by Garnett, Constance Black, 1862-1946, in Utopia of Usurers, and Other Essays, London, Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1831, Original Sources. 21 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKBZ7ESVWUJ9C3Z.

Harvard: Chesterton, GK, 'The Whole Loathsome Load' in Utopia of Usurers, and Other Essays, trans. . cited in 1831, Utopia of Usurers, and Other Essays, Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, London. Original Sources, retrieved 21 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKBZ7ESVWUJ9C3Z.