Tuesday, November 12, 2019

On The Political Significance of a Nation’s Traditions

A nation’s traditions can be viewed as a cultural and political principle which distributes authority between the past, present, and future; it takes into account the three possible cultures: the culture that existed in the old times, the new culture of the contemporary period, and the culture that is possible in the time that is yet to come. By distributing authority between the past, present, and future, the principle of tradition prevents a nation’s politics from taking a totalitarian turn. A consensus between the past, present, and future cannot be achieved by a totalitarian regime—only a democratic or republican government, elected by popular mandate, may achieve it.

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