1560s, from Middle French aristocracie (Modern French aristocratie), from Late Latin aristocratia, from Greek aristokratia "government or rule of the best," from aristos "best" (originally "most fitting," from PIE *ar-isto-, superlative form of *ar- "to fit together;" see arm (n.1)) + kratos "rule, power" (see -cracy).
At first in a literal sense of "government by those who are the best citizens;" meaning "rule by a privileged class" (best-born or best-favored by fortune) is from 1570s and became paramount 17c.
Originally, leadership by a small privileged class or a minority thought to be best qualified to lead. Plato and Aristotle considered aristocrats to be those who are morally and intellectually superior, and therefore fit to govern in the interests of the people. The term has come to mean the upper layer of a stratified group. Most aristocracies have been hereditary, and many European societies stratified their aristocratic classes by formally titling their members, thereby making the term roughly synonymous with nobility.
- A hereditary ruling class; nobility.
- Government by a ruling class.
- A state or country having this form of government.
- Government by the citizens deemed to be best qualified to lead.
- A state having such a government.
- A group or class considered superior to others.
1570s, from Middle French oligarchie (14c.), from Greek oligarkhia "government by the few," from stem of oligos "few, small, little" (see oligo-) + arkhein "to rule" (see archon).
Rule by the few, often seen as having self-serving ends. Aristotle used the term pejoratively for unjust rule by bad men, contrasting oligarchy with rule by an aristocracy. Most classic oligarchies have resulted when governing elites were recruited exclusively from a ruling class, which tends to exercise power in its own interest.
- Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.
- Those making up such a government.
- A state governed by a few persons.
In ancient times within the Serpent Bloodline tribes the aristocracy did mean just that, the tribe leaders were chosen on merit, knowledge, wisdom and spiritual attainment, and therefore were the best leaders. It was nothing to do with who had won a war and who was the most nasty and brutal. It was about who was noble, fair, kind and balanced. Maybe now you can see how the aristocracy has truly been taken over by the frauds of oligarchy.
You do not have to be of the Serpent Bloodline to be part of the aristocracy, you simply have to be the right kind of person, who is doing the Great Work, wishes to improve themselves and help others. To encourage the noble ideals of Chivalry and to promote “Nobility through deeds of Charity & Honour”. To support the poor, the sick, the unjustly accused, to stand against oppression and to protect Freedom & Liberty. That is what makes a good leader, and a member of the aristocracy, nothing else.
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