The Formation of Elites Even in Countries Without a Monarchical or Aristocratic Past

July 8, 2013

The formation of traditional elites with an aristocratic note is so profoundly natural that it occurs even in countries without a monarchical or an aristocratic past.

Colonel Richard Lee I "the Founder" of the Lee family in the U.S.

Colonel Richard Lee I “the Founder” of the Lee family in the U.S.

“Even in democracies of recent date that have no vestiges of a feudal past behind them, a kind of new nobility or aristocracy has been forming by force of circumstances. It consists of the community of families that by tradition place all their energies at the service of the State, its government, its administration, and whose loyalty it can always count on.” (1947 allocution to the Roman Patriciate and Nobility.) Robert Edward Lee

This splendid definition of the essence of nobility reminds us of the great lineages of colonizers, pioneers, and planters who for centuries contributed to the progress of the Americas, and who, remaining faithful to their traditions, constitute a precious moral resource for their societies.

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Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII: A Theme Illuminating American Social History (York, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, 1993), 49-50.

 

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