Tradition (Latin tradition, from tra’dere, forward, not backward as Leftists blabber), or Traditional values refer to those beliefs, moral codes, and mores that are passed down from generation to generation within a culture or community. Since the late 1970s in the USA, the term "traditional values" has become synonymous with "family values" and imply a congruence with tradition and Christianity. For example, tradition is the handover from generation to generation of:
- historical memories,
- religious doctrines,
- sagas about individuals,
- ancient legends,
- folk tales,
- family memories,
- inherited customs,
- inherited ways of culture, like ways of performing art and music pieces.
- Benjamin Franklin: "Tradition does not mean guarding the ashes, but fanning the embers."
- Jean Jaurès: "Tradition is not guarding the ashes, but stirring up the flames."
- Gustav Mahler: "Tradition is the spreading of fire and not the veneration of ashes."
- Ricarda Huch: "Tradition is the passing along of red-hot embers, not cold ash."
- Julius Evola: "A culture or a society is 'traditional', then, if if guides itself towards principles that transcend foolishly-individualistic ones in which people care only about and are shaped only by selfish concerns." (Ride The Tiger)
- "Tradition is revolution, etymologically and in-earnestness. 'Rev-volve' is to return to the source, but not before the cycle has run full-circle. True tradition is not conservative, but revolutionary: It aims for brining the cycle to completion, towards a new beginning." (Carlo Terracciano, "Revolt Against the Modern World")
Certain ethnic groups oppose the right of their enemies to propagate their own traditions. (See Jews).
- For the intellectual movement associated with Guénon, see Perennial Traditionalism.
Traditionalism (called reaction or counter-revolution, usually by opponents) in Europe after the Revolution in France of 1789 refers to advocates of throne and altar; absolutists, legitimist monarchists and theocrats who oppose completely the liberal project. Counter-revolutionaries reject the validity of the progressive narrative in history, which distinguishes them from mere conservatives, who believe in gradual modernism and guided "reformism". While advocating patriotism and sympathizing with regional rights and traditions, counter-revolutionaries are not nationalists. They regard sovereignty as coming from above; from God and vested in the person of the monarch; rather than the subjects.
The traditionalists did not consider themselves as "ideologues", but simply a continuation of a normal and healthy society, as defined by natural law, which was deviated by liberal philosophes, Freemasons and other corrosive cosmopolitan elements of modernity. Perhaps the two most famous movements in this tradition are the Carlists of Spain and the ultra-royalists of France. The former engaged in a series of Carlist Wars against the usurper Isabelline line, while the latter had their ascent during the reign of Charles X and his Chambre introuvable. Though similar movements existed elsewhere, such as the Miguelists in Portugal, Cavaliers and Old Tories in England and the Sanfedisti in Italy. Outside of Western Europe, the Black Hundreds of Russia can be considered a rough equivalent.