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Keats’ Negative Capability and Ontological Mystery

In December 1817 the romantic poet, John Keats (1795-1821), wrote a letter to his two brothers, George and Thomas, where his now famous expression negative capability first appeared. Keats was … Continue reading

18 June 2018 · 1 Comment

Poetry by Carl Hildebrand: “Epitaph for a Neo-Con”

¶ So fearful of a hell he claimed to scorn, He longed to bring to foreign lands The living hell of war. ¶ — Carl Hildebrand  is a Latin Old Calendarist … Continue reading

16 June 2018 · 1 Comment

The Inherent Racism of SBS’s Multiculturalism: The Academic Experts [Pt. II]

Contents Part 1 (click here to return) Part 2 (appears on this page) I. Introduction II. The Academic “Experts” III. Discussion IV. Conclusion and Policy Implications III Discussion The four … Continue reading

15 June 2018 · 1 Comment

The Inherent Racism of SBS’s Multiculturalism: The Academic Experts [Pt. I]

Contents Part 1 (appears on this page) Part 2 (scroll to end for link) I. Introduction II. The Academic “Experts” III. Discussion IV. Conclusion and Policy Implications I Introduction This … Continue reading

15 June 2018 · Leave a comment

The Sexes: Complementary, Not “Equal”

A key component of the ideology currently dominant in the West is the “equality” of the sexes and the consequent struggle to eliminate “discrimination” between them. If this doctrine seems … Continue reading

11 March 2018 · 2 Comments

The Year in Review: 2017, Year of the Hate Hoax, the Heckler’s Veto and the Persecuted ‘Oppressor’

Issues relating to identity and tribalism seemed to dominate cultural and political developments throughout 2017, whether explicitly or implicitly, at home and abroad. As the United States continues to dominate … Continue reading

29 December 2017 · 3 Comments

2017 Symposium II – Frank Salter Pt. II

Strategic Considerations for Anglo-Australian Identitarians Abstract This paper argues that Anglo patriots should use a dual political-cultural strategy to defend the historic Australian nation and reestablish the liberal nationalist state … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium II – Frank Salter Pt. I

Strategic Considerations for Anglo-Australian Identitarians Abstract This paper argues that Anglo patriots should use a dual political-cultural strategy to defend the historic Australian nation and reestablish the liberal nationalist state … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 5 Comments

2017 Symposium II – Valdis Grinsteins

Ideas are for Action as the Bow is for the Arrow I had the honour of being with Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, founder of the Societies for the Defense … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium II – Mark Richardson

The Future Belongs to Us (if we want it to) It is tempting for those on the traditionalist scene to think that conservatism is a spent force or that there … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium II – Kristor J. Lawson

Toward A New Aristocracy It is easy to show by a gedanken policy test¹ that, everything else held perfectly equal, a society ruled by its best – by its aristoi … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 2 Comments

2017 Symposium II – James Kalb

Dissolving the Black Hole of Modernity What should traditionalists do about the situation in which we find ourselves? The problems go deep, and our response must be determined by the … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 4 Comments

Introduction and Welcome to the Second 2017 Symposium of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum

The last three years have been, to put it mildly, eventful. Cultural and political developments seem to have accelerated at a pace previously unimaginable: at home, throughout the Anglosphere and … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 3 Comments

2017 Symposium II – Thomas F. Bertonneau

Is Practicality Practical? Is practicality practical? The answer is, probably not, or at least that it is hard to tell, and that practicality, in any field, might only be practical … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium II – Barry Spurr

Reclaiming the University The tolerance practised by modern elites is tyrannical. They say: ‘You must listen to what I am going to say. Then you must either praise my virtue … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 3 Comments

Melbourne Traditionalists Conference

We are happy to announce the Melbourne Traditionalists Conference, which is planed to be hosted next year, on 21 October 2018. The Conference is being organized through the Upon Hope blog and will … Continue reading

1 December 2017 · 1 Comment

Vincent d’Indy, le Wagnerisme, & Tradition

Vincent d’Indy (1851 – 1931), a close contemporary of Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934), studied under César Franck (1822 – 1890) at the Paris Conservatory. On Franck’s death, d’Indy … Continue reading

30 November 2017 · 1 Comment

Aesthetic Knowledge

Aesthetic subjectivism, or “relativism,” is the view that beauty is solely in the eye of the beholder. The term “relativism” is sometimes used to indicate that beauty is relative to … Continue reading

23 October 2017 · 3 Comments

Commemoration of the Anniversary of T. S. Eliot’s Baptism and Confirmation

T.S. Eliot described himself as “Anglo-Catholic in religion” and was one of the best-known lay representatives of Anglo-Catholicism in the 20th century. The 90th anniversary of his adult baptism and … Continue reading

30 August 2017 · 2 Comments

All Dissent is Hate Speech

SydneyTrads is the web page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “non-aligned right”).

29 August 2017 · 1 Comment

The Cultural Revolution: Red China and the United States Compared in Iconic Events

SydneyTrads is the web page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “non-aligned right”).

28 August 2017 · 1 Comment

Guest Video: “Why Modern Architecture Sucks”

Today’s Guest Video is from Paul Joseph Watson and titled “Why Modern Architecture Sucks.” The image above does not feature in Watson’s video, but would have been a good candidate … Continue reading

26 August 2017 · 1 Comment

Thomas Sowell in “Intellectuals and Race”

In The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine, James Le Fanu provides a devastating instant visual refutation of Ancel Key’s claim that the consumption of animal fat was responsible for … Continue reading

21 August 2017 · 5 Comments

Poetry by E. Antony Gray: “The Death Song of Brother Jonathan”

Perish, shining republic — taller than the sky; You are a white-washed tomb, In you dead men lie; You had ate the world from your seven-hilled home; You have eaten … Continue reading

20 August 2017 · 1 Comment

Guest Video: “Can Foreigners Wear Kimono?”

Today’s Guest Video is by Yuta (“That Japanese Man Yuta” on YouTube) and is titled “Can Foreigners Wear Kimono?” This is an interesting digression from the more explicitly political, cultural … Continue reading

19 August 2017 · 1 Comment

The Red Badge of Remembrance

At this year’s February Symposium, Mr. M. W. Davis issued a rousing call for Traditionalist men and women to return to traditional, national dress as an indispensable act of counterrevolution.1 … Continue reading

10 July 2017 · 1 Comment

The Impact of Father Absence

SydneyTrads is the web page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “non-aligned right”).

20 June 2017 · 6 Comments

Equal & Opposite – On Dispositionalism

In a recent post for The Spectator Australia I signaled the end (perhaps prematurely) of my willingness to put up with the endless stream of disappointments issuing forth from the … Continue reading

16 June 2017 · 2 Comments

Equal & Opposite – Charles Wooley is a Clever Chap

Charles Wooley, as you may have heard, is a clever chap. The 60 Minutes reporter has written a very clever piece in The Australian about the clever things he would’ve … Continue reading

8 June 2017 · 2 Comments

Getting Hammered at Notre Dame

The ink is still drying on my last piece of writing about the London terror attack, and before I can pick up my pen to write about the terrorist shooting … Continue reading

8 June 2017 · 1 Comment

The “Pay Gap” Myth

SydneyTrads is the web page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “non-aligned right”).

6 June 2017 · 1 Comment

London: Apocalypse at Airstrip One

I have been conditioned by the world of fiction to regard London as an impregnable fortress. In Skyfall, MI6 could be blown up by terrorists yet keep on working from … Continue reading

5 June 2017 · 9 Comments

Guest Video, “The End Game: Why the West is Lost”

Today’s Guest Video is by the Black Pigeon, titled “The End Game: Why the West is Lost”. The seventeen minute presentation is a summation of a private exchange the Black … Continue reading

13 May 2017 · 2 Comments

Equal & Opposite – Catholic and Traditionalist Realignment in Australian Politics?

In 2015, STF published its first symposium. The theme: ‘Quo Vadis Conservatism; or, Do Traditionalists have a Place in the Current Party Political System?’1 Some of its contributors agreed that, … Continue reading

6 May 2017 · 2 Comments

Equal & Opposite – Pharyngula and the Future of Christianity in the West

Every Sabbath, Christians in the Middle East face the too-real possibility of martyrdom. As they wash their face in the morning, they catch themselves in the mirror and ask, am … Continue reading

29 April 2017 · 2 Comments

Consciousness: What is it, and Where is it Found?

It is a common-place assumption that brains generate consciousness. The fact that brain damage, drug use, sleep deprivation, etc., impair thinking seems to confirm the brain’s generative capacity. However, how a physical mechanism … Continue reading

26 April 2017 · 5 Comments

Against FrontPage’s Neocon Interventionism

The word ‘FrontPage‘ is used in the title because praise for Donald Trump’s recent military attack on Syria is the editorial position and the consensus view of that website magazine. … Continue reading

24 April 2017 · 1 Comment

Why Exemptions only for the Religious?

The debate over whether or not to legalise same-sex “marriage” is predictably being portrayed as a tug-o-war between the purveyors of “freedom” on one side and the so-called “religious right” … Continue reading

23 April 2017 · 2 Comments

Equal & Opposite – Much Ado About Marriage

Does anyone know what ‘marriage’ is anymore, let alone why they think gays should (or shouldn’t) be part of it? The answer is, basically, ‘No’ on both counts. For our … Continue reading

22 April 2017 · 3 Comments

Guest Video, “Trump’s Machiavellian Tomahawk Kabuki Theatre”

Today’s Guest Video is a short piece presented by the Black Pigeon, titled “Trump’s Machiavellian Tomahawk Kabuki Theatre”. The recent US President’s actions against the Syrian goverment of Bashar al … Continue reading

8 April 2017 · 2 Comments

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “Circle of Enrichment: The Refugee and The German Woman”

Refuge Sneaker Lost Station Bowed Dread Stalking Fright Park Falling Sleazing Yelp Dying Steeple Fumble Tree Pain Abused Blame Why Near Daunting Refuge Seeker Tossed Nation Crowd Head Walking Night … Continue reading

29 March 2017 · 2 Comments

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “What Would Enoch Say”

I see the Tiber foaming, or is that the Thames I spy? It’s hard for me to tell these days – it’s all red to my eye. That wisp of … Continue reading

25 March 2017 · 2 Comments

Guest Video: Enoch Powell, 1968 Speech to the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre

Today’s Guest Video is an extract from Enoch Powell’s 1968 speech to a meeting of the West Midlands Area Conservative Political Centre. More commonly known as the “Rivers of Blood” … Continue reading

25 March 2017 · 1 Comment

“Our Democracy” under attack by “Lone Wolves”?

The mainstream press can no longer deny the “new normal” of progressive Europe, which now evidently involves the slow-burn effect of the consequences of decades-old idiocrat immigration and citizenship policies … Continue reading

24 March 2017 · Leave a comment

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “The Queen’s Lament”

Boudicca looks down at her feet Weeps for her sons and daughters She did not suffer her defeat To stand idle by such slaughters In bronze cast solid, firm and … Continue reading

24 March 2017 · 3 Comments

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “Stuck in a Rutte”

He shrinks yet he wins, He hails himself hero I’d give him a fiddle, And watch him play Nero A small patch of land, Much reclaimed from the sea Blessed … Continue reading

18 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Guest Video: Jordan Peterson Recounts a Story about Egyptian Gods

This week’s Guest Video is presented by Dr. Jordan Peterson, who here recalls an ancient Egyptian myth as an allegory for the cycle of life and death and the battle … Continue reading

18 March 2017 · 2 Comments

Meeting Mark Latham – A Curious Identitarianism for Australia

A contingent of STF stalwarts attended an event organised by dissidents within mainstream party politics that featured guest speakers Mark Latham and Ross Cameron. They shared ideas about many things, … Continue reading

15 March 2017 · 2 Comments

Guest Video: “How Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy”

This Saturday’s Guest Video is from a talk given by Dr. Jordan Peterson at Ryerson University, and is provided by the “Vertigo Politix” YouTube channel. The video is a short … Continue reading

11 March 2017 · 3 Comments

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