Noblesse oblige; or, superior advantages bind you to larger generosity.
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class – whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
The patterns, ahhh, the patterns. Liberal bigots are the ones who trouble me most. I distrust the extremes. Scratch a conservative and you find someone who prefers the past over any future. Scratch a liberal and find a closet aristocrat. It’s true! Liberal governments always develop into aristocracies. The bureaucracies betray the true intent of […]
I hope we shall take warning from the example of England and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our Government to trial, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
Let us in education dream of an aristocracy of achievement arising out of a democracy of opportunity.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents; for with these it would belong to the first class.
Aristocracies never believed in cheap weaponry when it came along. What could make an aristocrat reach for the smelling salts faster than the idea of a whole population armed to the teeth with an affordable means for killing them all?… There are times when military technology is expensive and there are times when it is […]
An aristocracy must constantly justify its existence. In other words, there must be no artificial conversion of its present strength into perpetual rights. The way must be always open for the admission of strong men from the lower orders, and the way must be always open, too, for the expulsion of men whose strength fails.
What is aristocracy? A corporation of the best, of the bravest.