Nobody disputes the fact that we face a crisis of leadership. Everyone is looking for the answers we need to unite the country and present real solutions.
The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) has entered into this debate with the launching of a new website called “Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites” found at nobility.org. The site is centered on a book of the same name written by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in 1993.
The American TFP has entered into the debate because of the great backlash against the false and bad elites associated with the liberal establishment. While many have rightly expressed outrage against this liberal establishment, others have suggested that the solution is to rid the country of all elites. The American TFP rejects this “solution” as throwing the baby out with the bath water.
The solution lies in true leadership, that is, the promotion of those Americans who form an elite by excelling and putting the public interest over their own. Indeed, our history is full of such figures born of great sacrifice. They are the statesmen, generals, soldiers, religious, artists, professors, and so many others who embody those admired and sturdy virtues that built and still build our great nation. We might also observe more local figures such as extraordinary community leaders, farmers, businessmen, police chiefs, and other figures that make the great sacrifice of embodying the values of the community. The mere fact that our nation has prospered and continues to produce great wealth points to flourishing elites who have sustained our system not only now but over generations.
The nobility site shows how this function of promoting excellence in society has always been the role of nobility and analogous traditional elites.
To explore this fascinating topic, the nobility website has collected texts, stories and other resources showing the need for elites in society. The centerpiece of this collection is a complete transcription of all the allocutions of Pius XII to the Roman nobility.
These inspiring speeches are an appeal to elites to fulfill their arduous functions in society. The English translation of this collection is now made available for the first time online (click here to access them).
In addition to these texts, there are also beautiful stories of dedication and social harmony that show the human side of the social relationship that should prevail in a Christian society. Readers are invited to subscribe to a blog with these stories and other timely entries. (click here for more)
Finally, it is worth while to note that a society without elites is necessarily a socialist society. Take away those who excel from governing and all that is left is a soulless and mediocre government bureaucracy.
Tired of our leadership crisis caused by professional politicians, jet-set celebrities and media tycoons? Why not explore a refreshing alternative – elites at www.nobility.org?
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