Contrary to socialist utopian thinking, there will never be a classless society. In any society a small group of elites will rise to the top and become its leaders. There are many ways in which one could become a leader, but it essentially boils down to two paths; ethical or unethical. Since there are an unlimited number of unethical paths, I will write today about the ethical, or the virtuous path.
The moral high ground in leadership is the road less traveled, the thorny road of challenge, growth and character building. It is the road that men choose. Being an unethical leader is easy, being an ethical leader is not. What are some of the things that make up an ethical leader and what are the societal structures that can help or hamper him?
Corporatism (what most people think is capitalism), and socialism do not provide the framework for ethical leadership to blossom. Ethical leadership requires societal norms, practices and structures in place to hold those in power accountable. These norms have developed over centuries, they are such things as “noblesse oblige” and chivalry. These norms take into account a ruling class who is expected to be virtuous and rule justly. Such norms gave birth to the ideal of the “Rex justus”. While socialism and republicanism aim to “level the playing field” they take away the obligations of a nobility towards those whom they rule over. A congressman or senator has no legal or moral obligation towards those whom they rule over, an aristocrat does.
In a democratic/socialistic society, leaders are “ruled by the people” rather than the people being ruled by a ruler. When a ruler rules, he has the responsibility over the financial, physical and spiritual well being of his subjects. He must take care of them, he must put in place structures in society which facilitate virtue and the progress in virtue. He must be a father figure. “Holy Rus” was such, not because the men in power or those ruled over where any “holier” than at other times or other places, but that the societal structure was in place for people to attain “holiness”.
Alas, people are people and rulers are also subject to the faults, inadequacies and problems of everyone else. They must constantly be waging war on themselves and their shortcomings in order to become a better leader and a better man. Hereditary nobility allows men to work on the betterment of themselves and then pass the baton to their sons, teaching them from an early age the elements of leadership and instructing them in attained wisdom.