Weblog of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum
Supporters and friends of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum will recall that in January this year we became a fellow organisation of the Hestia Society for Social Research.1
One of the problems with being based in the Antipodes is that we tend to be relatively isolated from the affairs of the rest of the West; this is true even in the era of the internet. The tyranny of distance can have its benefits, mostly in that the cultural advances of liberalism are often delayed here, though the delays do tend to be shorter with each passing year. Yet with this distance (and Australia’s essentially laid-back culture) also comes a kind of provincialism where the shenanigans of the social and political vanguard overseas are observed at arms length. The result is that we rarely play a significant (or any) role in shaping those developments, and many of the prominent actors abroad tend to view us as parochial at best, or largely irrelevant.
Thus, we note with some interest (but limited comprehension) that recent schisms within the neoreactionary online universe appear to be settling into a new status quo. We say ‘limited comprehension’ because we have played no role in the recent disturbances and have no vested interest in any internal conflict within the Sidestream.2 Our policy has always been one of default-benevolence to kindred groups within the Orthosphere and other camps of the Dissident Right. For this reason, and the additional fact that none of our members felt qualified enough to comment on those disturbances, we withheld reporting about them here. Indeed, as a sign of good faith and in an attempt to promote the work of what we assessed as promising advocates of contemporary reactionary thought, this year we broke with tradition3 and included two quotes from neoreactionary texts: one from the work of Bryce Laliberte4 and another from Michael Anissimov.5
Nevertheless, we learn from the recent broadcast of “Ascending the Tower”6 that the Hestia Society appears to be formalising its operations after a period of unfortunate infighting among some prominent personalities within the online neoreactionary community. The fact that a new equilibrium is being established is of course a positive thing, and we welcome news that our compatriots on the other side of the Pond are planning for the future. We wish them all the best in their upcoming projects and endeavours and look forward to the year ahead.
– SydneyTrads Editors