Unfurling the Right Banners
On Christmas and the restoration of right order.
Consider carefully the following words, which enter into our minds from a Spanish century past, and you, in your post-liberal search for right order, will find everything necessary for understanding the new banners which unfurl from all our great municipal houses — but more importantly, you will see our need for Christmas, for those banners which unfurl from Bethlehem.
In the political, families are associated in different groups; each group of families constitutes a municipium: each municipium is the participation in common by the families who form it of the right of worshiping their God, of administering their own affairs, of giving food to the living and sepulture to the dead. Hence, each municipium has a temple, symbol of its religious unity; and a municipal house, symbol of its administrative unity; and a territory, symbol of its jurisdictional and civil unity; and a cemetery, symbol of its right of sepulture. All these different unities constitute the municipal unity, which has also its symbol, in the right of using its coat of arms and unfurling its banner. From the variety of the municipia is formed the national unity…
— Juan Donoso Cortés