In between the two great wars, the topic of “the coming peril” was brandied about and all sorts of people addressed it. After the Second World War, the subject narrowed considerably as it became the sole property of Senator Joseph McCarthy and his band of terrible men. But it its heyday, the topic was wide as the world that fretted over it.
One man who addressed the subject was G.K. Chesterton, whose wit and wisdom highlighted his pugnacious Catholicism. The coming crisis, he told listeners in Toronto, was “the intellectual, educational, psychological, artistic overproduction which, equally with economic overproduction, threatened the wellbeing of civilization. People were inundated, blinded, deafened, and mentally paralyzed by a flood of vulgar and tasteless externals, leaving them with no time for leisure, thought, or creation from within themselves.”