G. K. Chesterton had it right. No doubt in response to such social progressives as Mill, he wrote in 1908 that “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 the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”

Every issue of Salvo has what we call a Decode department, where senior editor Bobby Maddex takes a closer look at a specific word and gets to the root of its meaning and discovers how it has evolved over time. It is one of my personal favorite sections. This time Mr. Maddex takes a look at the word tradition. All of the Decodes are available online. Check them out!

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  1. Jerry,
    Great post, especially the link to DECODE. Tradition has its wonderful place I think we would all agree for remembering life and spectacular events, like “Lest We Forget” in the military to remember fallen warriors. Yet “Ancestor Worship” is not good for making decisions, as you said it begets the re-invention of the wheel. The great movie “Fiddler on the Roof” comes to mind on Traditions!
    Again well done and thank you for enlightening me on the hazards of traditional decision making.

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