Month: April 2019

Brexit and The Napoleon of Notting Hill

In G. K. Chesterton’s dystopian 1904 novel The Napoleon of Notting Hill, he presents the reader with a picture of a politically apathetic future Britain, which the leader is no longer elected by democratic vote. Instead, a rotational figurehead leader is decided by simply pulling names from a hat. This works well, for a time, since the lottery winner is typically an average Englishman, with average tastes and proclivities. All is well, until the name “Auberon Quinn” is plucked from the hat. (more…)