The Purpose of Authority

By Rushdoony

“The symbolism of keys as authority is an ancient one. Keys unlock wealth, knowledge, property, and more. We use the symbol in a number of ways. A key man is a central person, a man of authority. A keyboard controls a piano’s music; a keystone is the uppermost and last-set stone in an arch which locks all the stones together; a key-note is a musical concept which has been transferred to other realms, such as a key-note speaker, and so on. The Phi Beta Kappa key is an example of the symbolism of the key in our time.”


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