Friday, March 02, 2018

Quote of the day...

Tradition is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death.

-G.K. Chesterton


lannes said...

A less macabre way of making his point would have been for Chesterton to say
tradition is the democracy of those who have gone before.

Tom B. said...

At the same time, while the dead get a vote, they don't get a veto, which is the opposite danger inherent in "traditionalism" (in the negative, Pelikanian sense).