Elites: Propelling Forces of True Progress and Guardians of Tradition

July 22, 2013

Photo of the Conde de Margaride, Luís Cardoso Martins da Costa Macedo, by José Couceiro

Portrait of Luís Cardoso Martins da Costa Macedo, Count of Margaride, Portugal, by José Couceiro

There is a link between nobility and tradition. The former is the natural guardian of the latter. In temporal society, the nobility is par excellence the class entrusted with keeping alive the link whereby the wisdom of the past guides the present without, however, paralyzing it.

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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), 50.

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