Benefits of Traditionalism

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. CS Lewis
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around. GK Chesterton
“That a good man be ‘free’, be permitted to unfold himself in works of goodness and nobleness, is surely a blessing to him, immense and indispensable; – to him and to those about him. But that a bad man be ‘free’, – permitted to unfold himself in his particular way, is the fatallest curse you could inflict on him; curse and nothing else, to him and all his neighbors.” Thomas Carlyle
“For any country it is better to have a monarch than an elected president of the republic…monarchies provide the continuity of states, while prime ministers come and go. Elections are all very well for the designation of the prime minister or of the party which should take power, but not for the Head of State, who should be above party. (Unlike a president) in all probability the monarch who succeeds to the throne has been trained for this exalted post by having spent many years by the side of his predecessor. A monarch, however, cannot declare that he is ready to throw in his hand. The personal conveniences of sovereigns are of little importance. What is important is that Great Britain needs them.” George Brown
My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs)—or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inanimate real of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! JRR Tolkien
A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. CS Lewis
Grant me a king whose chief interest in life is stamps, railways, or race-horses; and who has the power to sack his Vizier (or whatever you dare call him) if he does not like the cut of his trousers. And so on down the line. But, of course, the fatal weakness of all that—after all only the fatal weakness of all good natural things in a bad corrupt unnatural world—is that it works and has only worked when all the world is messing along in the same good old inefficient human way… JRR Tolkien
“Progress is Providence without God. That is, it is a theory that everything has always perpetually gone right by accident. It is a sort of atheistic optimism, based on an everlasting coincidence far more miraculous than a miracle.” GK Chesterton
“It does mean, if this is the idea, the end of Britain as an independent European state…it means the end of a thousand years of history.” Hugh Gaitskell
False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing. Joseph de Maistre
Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death. Hillaire Belloc
“Those who imagine that a politician would make a better figurehead than a hereditary monarch might perhaps make the acquaintance of more politicians.” Baroness Thatcher
They cannot understand as yet that we are not fighting a political party but a sect of murderers of all contemporary spiritual culture. Baron Roman Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg
“Modern monarchs neither have nor need executive power. Integrity and continuity are their stock in trade. These qualities are becoming more precious when European political parties, many of them in power for a decade or more, are increasingly judged arrogant or corrupt or both. Politicians could with profit learn not to treat modesty as merely a royal prerogative” Times Editorial 2nd Aug 1993
“Monarchy can easily be debunked, but watch the faces, mark well the debunkers. These are the men whose taproot in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach – men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire mere equality they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.” C.S. Lewis
“So I would like you to consider very seriously today whether a big part of the solution to all of our worldwide “crises” does not lie simply in more and better technology, but in the recovery of the soul to the mainstream of our thinking. Our science and technology cannot do this. Only sacred traditions have the capacity to help this happen.” HRH Prince Charles of Wales
“Liberty, equality, fraternity, or death; – the last, much the easiest to bestow, O Guillotine!” Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities
“Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions. Benjamin Disraeli
“When the tyrant is the anonymous law, modern man believes he is free.” Don Colacho
“To the Jacobins of this epoch [the French Revolution], as well as to those of our times, this popular entity constitutes a superior personality possessing attributes peculiar to the gods of never having to answer for their actions and never making a mistake. Their wishes must be humbly acceded to. The people may kill, burn, ravage, commit the most frightening cruelties, glorify their hero today and throw him into the gutter tomorrow, it is all the same; the politicians will not cease to vaunt the people’s virtues and to bow to their every decision. Gustave Le Bon
“…more men and women were slaughtered in a couple of weeks of the terror of the atheistic French Revolution than in a century of the Inquisition.” Michael Coren
“The three most ancient opinions about God are atheism (or anarchy), polytheism (or polyarchy), and monotheism (or monarchy). The children of Greece played with the first two; let us leave them to their games. …. Both these lead in the same direction – to disorder; and disorder leads to disintegration; for disorder is the prelude to disintegration. What we honour is monarchy…” St. Gregory the Theologian
“I am not a ‘democrat’, if only because ‘humility’ and equality are spiritual principles corrupted by the attempt to mechanize and formalize them, with the result that we get not universal smallness and humility, but universal greatness and pride, till some Orc gets hold of a ring of power–and then we get and are getting slavery.” J.R.R. Tolkien
“I think it is a misconception to imagine that the monarchy exists in the interests of the monarch. It doesn’t. It exists in the interests of the people.” HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
“In democracies, the option of taking the easy solution over the right solution has always prevailed.” Dr. Marc Faber
“Power is never good, unless the one who has it is good.” King Alfred the Great
“A collective insanity seemed to have seized the nation and turned them into something worse than beasts. The princess de Lamballe, Marie Antoinette’s intimate friend, was literally torn to pieces; her head, breasts, and pudenda were paraded on pikes before the windows of the Temple, where the royal family was imprisoned, while a man boasted drunkenly at a cafe that he had eaten the princess’ heart, which he probably had.” J Christopher Herold
“The monarchy will always have a role in our society because it is part of our history. The Crown helps to define who we are, where we came from and where we are going.” David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
When we had monarchy [in Greece]–never mind what these communists tell you, they are all communists and atheists–we had order. You saw the policeman, you respected him. You saw the priest on the opposite corner, you ran across to get his blessing. You saw elderly on the bus; you gave them your seat.” Anonymous
“There is nothing about which I am more anxious than my country, and for its sake I am willing to die ten deaths, if that be possible.” Queen Elizabeth I
“Monarchy requires intelligence from its leaders. A Democracy requires popularity from its leaders. Which one will most likely have the better government?” Unknown
“A better world is possible, but it all depends on what your definition of better is, doesnt it? From 1789 onwards, we’ve had any number of people tell us that a better world was possible for everyone, and if everyone didn’t want that better world then the people offering us all this chance at utopia would shoot the dissenters until we all got the message and marched forward into paradise together.” Akaky Bashmachkin
The monarchy is a political referee, not a political player, and there is a lot of sense in choosing the referee by a different principle from the players. It lessens the danger that the referee might try to start playing. Earl Russell
“But for all those who don’t want the Queen there are easily as many who don’t want a President and even more who certainly would not want one if they knew who it would be. As you can readily see, I have given more thought to this subject than most and I have reached my own conclusion. God save the Queen.” Dalton Camp
“We …..never cease to be surprised by the enthusiasm aroused by the election of a handful of incapable men by a heap of incompetent men.” Don Colacho
“As long as they do not take him seriously, the man who says the truth can live for a while in a democracy. Then, the hemlock.” Don Colacho
“I would rather be ruled by people who think they will fry in Hell forever, if they rule me poorly; than by people for whom I am merely a convenient economic cipher, who can be milked like a cow.” Charles Coulombe
“Monarchies have lost much of their ability to serve their people through acceptance of the myth that the politicians really do speak for the people….or for that matter, that whatever the majority of the people want at any given time ought to be given preference over objective right and wrong.” Charles Coulombe
“[A] king is a king, not because he is rich and powerful, not because he is a successful politician, not because he belongs to a particular creed or to a national group. He is King because he is born. And in choosing to leave the selection of their head of state to this most common denominator in the world – the accident of birth – Canadians implicitly proclaim their faith in human equality; their hope for the triumph of nature over political manoeuvre, over social and financial interest; for the victory of the human person.” Jacques Monet, Canadian historian.
“If I must be enslaved let it be by a King at least, and not by a parcel of upstart lawless Committeemen. If I must be devoured, let me be devoured by the jaws of a lion, and not gnawed to death by rats and vermin.” Samuel Seabury
This war would never have come unless, under American and modernising pressure, we had driven the Habsburgs out of Austria and the Hohenzollerns out of Germany. By making these vacuums we gave the opening for the Hitlerite monster to crawl out of its sewer on to the vacant thrones. No doubt these views are very unfashionable… Winston Churchill
“Better British liberty than American equality.” Danielle Smith
“Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and, always discontented with what he has, loves only what he has not. People complain of the despotism of princes; they ought to complain of the despotism of man.” Joseph de Maistre
“In a non-hereditary republic or democracy, the governors must seek out power, and that for me is enough not to trust them an inch. In a hereditary monarchy, the ruler is invested with power which typically he did not seek. With the latter, there is always a fair chance of a good ruler; with the former, almost none at all.” Deogolwulf
“ When a man says he is free under a democracy because he can choose his government, already the falsehood is fully grown. He cannot do any such thing. He is given a say in how his country is to be governed, but this degree of power is so tiny as to be almost non-existent…”  Deogolwulf
“Many a man is so impressed with the idea that the next despots will be wearing jackboots, that he will fail to hear the gentle flap of sandals.” Deogolwulf
“The belief that democracy will choose good governors, or be to the public good, may be bolstered by an egoistic and flattering delusion of one’s own role in that choice and by a further and vicariously flattering belief that one’s fellows with whom one identifies will likewise choose wise and ethical governors who would typically forgo immediate political advantage for long-term responsibility. For even if one really is discerning enough to know what a good governor looks like before he assumes the power he seeks, and given that such a man could be found more than once in a million, one’s share in the choice is tiny; and even if one appreciates the insignificance of one’s role, then, to maintain one’s belief in the public good of democracy, one has to believe that one’s fellows are en masse similarly perspicacious to discern a good governor from the charming connivers, manipulators, ne’er-do-wells, narcissists, psychopaths, and ruthless egoists who are typically drawn to power, and who competitively make irresponsible grants and promises to gain it.” Deogolwulf
I write by the light of two eternal truths: religion and monarchy, those twin essentials affirmed by contemporary events, and towards which every intelligent author should seek to direct our country. Honore de Balzac
“The oath to the Queen is fundamental to the administration of the law in this country. It signifies that, here in Canada, justice is done–not in the name of the Prime Minister, or the Mayor, or the Police Chief, as in totalitarian nations–but by the people, in the name of the Queen.” Mike Harris
“Constitutions become the ultimate tyranny. They’re organized power on such a scale as to be overwhelming. The constitution is social power mobilized and it has no conscience. It can crush the highest and the lowest, removing all dignity and individuality. It has an unstable balance point and no limitations. I, however, have limitations.” Frank Herbert, in ‘Dune’
“The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That’s one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population — the intelligent ones or the fools?” Henrik Ibsen
“Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all.” Aristotle
“As you can see, just like a monarchy is similar to a private property owner, democracy is similar to mob rule with a kingpin mobster in charge. They try their best to amass enough power to be able to challenge the other kingpin mobsters (called Democrats or Republicans in the U.S.) all the while enriching themselves and their kinfolk (political and corporate leeches). It is a form of nepotism.” – Bruce Koerber
“Remember that life is made up of loyalty: loyalty to your friends; loyalty to things beautiful and good; loyalty to the country in which you live; loyalty to your King; and above all, for this holds all other loyalties together, loyalty to God.” Queen Mary in 1923
“Facts ruin — as they so often do — a perfectly good theory. A cursory vetting of the evidence reveals that elected representatives are no more deliberative, nor sapient, nor any less rapacious than the plebeians whose vote they seek. It is understandable, really: the plebeians, theoretically and in fact, are the ultimate judge of all ideas and the source of all power; thus, they demand a representative who excels in nullity and mediocrity in order to best reflect majority opinion. The plebeians demand a mirror, even if it is cracked.” Stephen Mauzy
“Better be secure under one king, than exposed to violence from twenty millions of monarchs, though oneself be one of them.” Herman Melville
“Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.” H.L. Mencken
“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule — and both commonly succeed, and are right.” H.L. Mencken
“Democracy is the theory that intelligence is dangerous. It assumes that no idea can be safe until those who can’t understand it have approved it.” H.L. Mencken
“Democracy is the pathetic belief in the wisdom of collective ignorance.” H.L. Mencken
“I would like to remind you that H.R.H. the Prince of Wales visited Afghanistan. It was not like Blair, Brown and Cameron, in flack-jackets over shirts, goggle-eyed with fear, it was as a Prince, Colonel of a Regiment in military gear. He laid a wreath and he addressed the men. They did not have to listen to the politicians’ lie that they defended the freedom of our way of life … He spoke to them, man to man, about their fallen comrades and his concern for their families at home. It mattered.” Sheikh Abdalqadir as Sufi
“The essence of elected government is that it gives power to those who are able to persuade the populace to give it to them. In an elected government, the chief prerequisites for power inevitably become such things as charm and a willingness to pander. The American Monarchist
It is only to be expected that such people manage to quite thoroughly persuade that same populace that elected government is in their own best interests, against all the evidence.” The American Monarchist
“There is no such thing as the consent of the governed, unless you count “not blowing up Capitol Hill” as “consent”. Government is about force. The talk about “the consent of the governed” is rhetoric intended to make the subjects of a democracy feel as if they are not sheep being shorn until time for the barbecue. Time for adherents of elected government to come up with a better argument.” The American Monarchist
“I don’t think I’ve been very ambiguous about the fact that I am a monarchist who thinks revolutionaries should be drug out into the street and shot…” The Mad Monarchist
“Any constitution strong enough to prevent a monarch from doing wrong is also strong enough to prevent a monarch from doing what is right.” The Mad Monarchist
“There are no guarantees in politics as in life but the odds are greatly in favor of one trained from birth being able to do the job required of them than the odds would be that 51% of the public will choose the best candidate based solely on their ability to do the job rather than being able to talk a good game, have lots of money for advertising and telling the people what they want to hear…” The Mad Monarchist
“…one patriarch in a patriarchate, one metropolitan in a metropolia, one bishop in a bishopric, one abbot in a monastery, and in secular life…one king, one regimental commander, one captain on a ship. And if one will did not rule in all this, there would be no law and order in anything, and it would not be for the best, for a multiplicity of wills destroys everything.” St. Theodore the Studite
“Sometime in the coming century, people will rack their brains pondering how nations with tremendous scientific and intellectual achievements could have given uninstructed and untrained men and women the right to vote equally uninstructed and untrained people into responsible positions.”
“Even 51 per cent of a nation can establish a totalitarian and dictatorial règime, suppress minorities, and still remain democratic; there is, as we have said, little doubt that the American Congress and the French Chambre have a power over their respective nations which would rouse the envy of a Louis XIV or a George III were they alive today.”
“For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution.” Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
Politicians debating the future of our monarchy resemble a poachers’ convention deliberating on the future role of the gamekeeper. Malcolm Winram
“In Belgium there is a King. In Denmark there is a King. In Norway there is a Queen. In Morocco there is a King. In the Gulf there is a King. In the Oman there is a King. In Saudi there is a King. In Spain there is a King. Maybe there are only 20 countries which have Kings now and at the beginning of the century there was an Ottoman Empire, a Russian Empire, a French Empire, a German Empire, an Austrian Empire, a Bulgarian Kingdom, a Rumanian Kingdom, a Greek Kingdom, an Italian Kingdom, an Egyptian Kingdom, a Persian Kingdom, a Libyan Kingdom, a Sudanese Kingdom, an Afghan Kingdom, an Iraqi Kingdom, a Jemenite Kingdom, an Abyssinian Kingdom, an Eritrean and Somali Kingdom. All African States were Kingdoms. China was a Kingdom, Indonesia was a Kingdom, Madagascar was a Kingdom, India was a Kingdom. Sansibar was a Kingdom. In this century 40 Kingdoms have been destroyed and the people who came after were not good. Always when Kings go, bad people come up. Kings weigh them down like a heavy cover. They are like heavy stones on them. When Kings are thrown away, everything which is under that rock gets out. This is the case now, and we are surrounded by bad people” Sheikh Nazim of Cyprus
We could not have parliamentary sovereignty with a European Parliament.” Hugh Gaitskell
“Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy,and newspaper paragraphs.” Sir Robert Peel (Tory Prime Minister 1834-5 and 1841-6)
“Statistics are the triumph of the quantitative method, and the quantitative method is the victory of sterility and death.” Hilaire Belloc writer and thinker (d. 1953)
One might as well legalise sodomy as recognize the Bolsheviks” Winston Churchill, British Leader
“All tyranny needs to get a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Edmund Burke
“In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.” Edmund Burke
“But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. “ Edmund Burke
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an un-pitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Edmund Burke
“They’ve got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side, but no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen.” Huey Long Radical Redistributive Democrat (d. 1935)
It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it.” George Washington
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” George Washington
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” George Washington
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” George Washington
Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.” Confucius
“An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.”  Confucius
“The pole of Western politics is greased with lard.”Timothy Winters, British Muslim Academic
“I personally have always voted for the death penalty because I believe that people who go out prepared to take the lives of other people forfeit their own right to live. I believe that that death penalty should be used only very rarely, but I believe that no-one should go out certain that no matter how cruel, how vicious, how hideous their murder, they themselves will not suffer the death penalty.” Baroness Thatcher
“We have not overthrown the divine right of kings to fall down for the divine right of experts.” Harold Macmillan, Tory Prime Minister
“I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.” Benjamin Disraeli
“the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter“ Winston Churchill
“Various forces have attempted to set up a defense against the disorder of our age. This is a useless effort, unless the disease is dealt with at its very roots. These roots are to be found in the subversion introduced in Europe by the revolutions of 1789 and 1848. The subversion has long since taken root, so much so as to appear obvious and natural in the majority of existing institutions.” Julius Evola
“Modern capitalism is just as subversive as Marxism. The materialistic view of life on which both systems are based is identical…” Julius Evola
“What is a constitution? Is it not the solution to the following problem: to find the laws that are fitting for a particular nation, given its population, its customs, its religion, its geographical situation, its political relations, its wealth, and its good and bad qualities?” Joseph de Maistre

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