The Upper Classes Must Set the Tone, not Vulgarize Their Manners

2012_the_upper_classes_must_set_the_tonenot_vulgarize_their_mannersAn aristocracy and a bourgeoisie that vulgarize their manners and dress in order to disarm the Revolution harm themselves. A social authority that degrades itself is comparable to the salt that has lost its savor. It is good for nothing save to be cast out and trodden on by men (cf. Matt. 5:13). In most cases, the scorning multitudes will do just that.Although maintaining their station in life with dignity and energy, the upper classes should have direct and benevolent contact with the other classes. Charity and justice practiced at a distance are inadequate to establish links of truly Christian love among the social classes.

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Revolution and Counter-Revolution (York, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, 1993), Part II, Ch. XI, pp. 109-110.


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