But he was later asked to talk in a series on Freedom as a Catholic and also to debate with Bertrand Russell on "Who should bring up our children." In this debate he was especially brilliant, says Maurice Baring; and another friend wrote "I have just been listening not without joy to your putting it across Mr. Bertrand Russell....In the Chesterton Review number (which is I think
V15N4/V16N1 in the Boyd system (Nov 1989/Feb 1990)
Pearce has it in his book - pg. 458
It was in London town the following month that Chesterton crossed swords with Bertrand Russell, one of the century's most gifted atheists. The occasion was a debate, broadcast by the BBC, on 'Who Should Bring Up Our Children?'. Russell was, during this phase of his life, a keen and controversial educationist. In 1927 he had established a progressive school near Petersfield with his second wife, Dora Winifred Black, having published his educationist theories in his book On Education during the previous year. In 1932 he published Education and the Social Order, and it was the principles set out in this book which Russell sought to defend, and which Chesterton challenged, in the BBC debate. Russell contended that poor parents could not give their children the food, clothing and space they needed, while rich parents spoilt their children by giving them too much and expecting too much in return. All children should therefore be put in the care of officials, such as doctors, nurses and teachers, in especially adapted institutions. Chesterton countered that the family was a natural institution and that parents were fitted by nature to bring up their children. Instead of spending money on the special institutions desired by Russell, it could be more properly and profitably spent by providing the poor with better living conditions. Maurice Baring, admittedly a biased judge, considered Chesterton 'especially brilliant' during the debate.This is from the Chesterton Review:here is the intro from the CR--
The following account of a radio debate between G.K Chesterton and Bertrand Russell, the well-known Mathematician and Philosopher, was first published in the B.B.C. magazine, The Listener on November 27, 1935. Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was known for his modern views about education and about the family. Part of Chesterton's criticism of him will be lost on readers who forget that Russell was also well known for his radical pacifism during the First World War. In the debate, Chesterton makes a teasing reference to Russell's inconsistent admiration for the "military loyalty" of those whom he would have had look after other people's children. Russell argued that "parents are unfitted by nature to bring up their own children"; Chesterton, of course, opposed that view. Although their debate has little direct connection with the themes developed in this special Bernanos issue, Chesterton is, nevertheless, defending a view dear to Bernanos. Both he and Chesterton were concerned with everything in modern life which threatened the child. The separation of the child from its natural protectors, the parents, was a modern development which both authors viewed with alarm.Thanks to Dr. Peter Floriani for help with the references.