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.
-G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.
This has been one of my favourite quotations from Chesterton. If we believe that everyone has a say, that everyone’s voice counts, why should we exclude those voices from the past? A democracy that ignores the voice of time-tested tradition is really no democracy at all, but an “oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.” And an arrogant one, at that.