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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

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 · 4 Comments

Globalism, Don Juan and the Perennial Philosophy

The perennial philosophy involves the notion that there are certain metaphysical truths that transcend any particular culture: that there is essentially just one wisdom tradition and it identifies a hierarchy … Continue reading

20 February 2017 · 5 Comments

René Girard – Imitation and Life Without God

In preparation for teaching a literature course in the 1950s, René Girard reread some of the classic novels. In the process he realized that the novelists had had profound insights … Continue reading

4 January 2017 · 4 Comments

The Illogicality of Physicalism – A Response to Cocks

In a series of essays at SydneyTrads and The Orthosphere, Prof. Richard Cocks has developed a fascinating account of the “illogicality of determinism.”1 It’s refreshing to see scientism under such … Continue reading

6 November 2016 · 2 Comments

The Pagan Ordeal of Dominique Venner [Part III]

The BBC obituary for Venner begins with the following sentence: “Dominique Venner, the far-right French essayist who shot himself before the altar of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, … Continue reading

4 November 2016 · 2 Comments

The Pagan Ordeal of Dominique Venner [Part II]

The limitations in Venner’s thought once established, it becomes possible to set forth in parallel an apology for his philosophical contribution. Venner’s active participation in an organized and at times … Continue reading

3 November 2016 · 1 Comment

The Pagan Ordeal of Dominique Venner [Part I]

Dominique Venner (born 16 April 1935) ended his life publicly and dramatically by shooting himself in the mouth before the altar of Our Lady of Notre Dame in Paris three … Continue reading

2 November 2016 · 3 Comments

The Illogicality of Determinism – Further Considerations

In “The Illogicality of Determinism” (The Orthosphere, 19 March 2016) I point out the absurdity and contradictions of arguing for determinism.¹ The sheer pointlessness of the exercise is staggering. The … Continue reading

28 October 2016 · 6 Comments

The Reflexive Problem in Analytic Philosophy: Illogical Logicians

On some topics, most analytic philosophers embrace assertions that involve gross violations of logic and common sense. For instance, determinism is either accepted as true, or it is at least … Continue reading

13 September 2016 · 15 Comments

Feminism, Children and the Future

During World War I, Serbia had the most casualties of any country as a percentage of the population; between 16.67% to 27.78%.1 This meant that subsequently there was a very … Continue reading

20 August 2016 · 5 Comments

Political Correctness and the Death of Education – Requiem for a Dream

In The One By Whom Scandal Comes (2014) René Girard writes: “Every culture takes a dim view of anyone who does not unconditionally prefer the native to the foreign, the inside … Continue reading

13 August 2016 · 2 Comments

René Guénon and Eric Voegelin on the Degeneration of Right Order [Part II]

I Guénon, Voegelin, and the Modern Crisis. The concupiscent subject’s response to the Siren Song of the ecumene, to conquer and possess it, qualifies as Voegelin’s privative exodus in at … Continue reading

26 July 2016 · 4 Comments

René Guénon and Eric Voegelin on the Degeneration of Right Order [Part I]

I Introduction The Diadochic Kingdoms No area of Western history is quite as recondite as that of the Diadochic empires, the successor-kingdoms that sprang up in the wake of Alexander … Continue reading

19 July 2016 · 6 Comments

A Reflection on Joseph Pearce’s “A Christian Response to Europe’s Crisis”

Joseph Pearce recently had a provocative article published in the UK’s Catholic Herald, titled “A Christian Response to Europe’s Crisis.”1 Some might not know who he is, but he comes … Continue reading

5 June 2016 · 5 Comments

Plan White – Redux

… now in Rainbow Pantyhose. Germany’s code name for the strategic plan of its September 1, 1939 invasion of Poland was Fall Weiss—“Plan White.” The plan envisioned a three-month long … Continue reading

12 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Faux-Conservatism Alive and Well at Sydney University

Every so often I am provided with a piece of writing, where the author purports to be a “conservative”, so that I may offer comment as to its bona fides. … Continue reading

18 September 2015 · 4 Comments

Tradition and Reaction in Quadrant

Readers of SydneyTrads will be interested to note the publication of Luke Torrisi’s “Tradition and Reaction in Conservative Politics” which appears in the January-February issue of Quadrant magazine.1 Torrisi is the host of Radio … Continue reading

1 January 2015 · 1 Comment

The Sacred Grove: Natural Space and the Numinous

I A pervasive interest in the association of natural space with the sacred is a noticeable tendency in the work of some important Traditionalists. Tolkien, for instance, epitomises this tendency, … Continue reading

24 December 2014 · 1 Comment

The Great Man of History and the Fallacy of Equality

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? [Where is the Great Man?] (1 Corinthians 1:20, English Standard Version) Many … Continue reading

16 July 2014 · 2 Comments

Won’t Someone Please Think of the Cancer?

The phrase ‘I’m only intolerant of intolerance’ seems as silly as ‘the only thing we have to fear is fear itself’. They’re both sort of catchy rhetorical phrases, but they’re … Continue reading

9 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part V: Distributism

The final essay in this series will address the question of government. And, of course, more will be left unsaid than said thereby: we’ve not spoken at all about, say, … Continue reading

19 March 2014 · 1 Comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part IV: Natural Rights

“I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.” — Robert Frost One of the most confusing developments of the late … Continue reading

5 March 2014 · Leave a comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part III: Carl Jung

As to the previous essay on Existentialism, it could be surmised that man’s obligation to construct meaning in his own life is limited only to physical, concrete realities. Jung calls … Continue reading

19 February 2014 · Leave a comment

First “Shots Fired” in Australia’s Culture War, 2014

Cory Bernardi wrote a book late last year titled The Conservative Revolution (Connor Court, 2013). To most thinking Conservatives the more controversial element of the book would have been its … Continue reading

12 January 2014 · 4 Comments

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part II: Existentialism

I. Introduction If we’re going to tackle the Frankfurt School, we ought to understand their ideas. In order to understand their ideas, we have to confront their basic assumptions. This … Continue reading

8 January 2014 · 1 Comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part I: Cultural Marxism

The Right-Wing Slogan of the Year for 2013 was Smash Cultural Marxism (followed shortly by Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White). It’s unclear if anyone can account for the … Continue reading

1 January 2014 · 2 Comments

Classicism: Its Theory and Practice

I. The Question Anyone possessed with a literary enthusiasm has read a poem written in the last half-century or so that made them wince with pain—a poem written by someone … Continue reading

9 October 2013 · 1 Comment

Elegant English: How to Communicate like a Gentleman or a Lady

Whenever I have lamented the poor use of English grammar, lexicon or semantics in the present age, people have told me that I was over-reacting, and that English, like all … Continue reading

16 February 2013 · 14 Comments

T. S. Eliot and Reactionary Modernism in the Early Twentieth Century

T. S. Eliot is best known as the greatest poet of the twentieth century. Less known, at least in the popular imagination, is his substantial contribution to the rich legacy … Continue reading

9 February 2013 · 2 Comments

All Things Being Equal – The Madness of Egalitarianism in Australia

Introduction Anyone who has lived in Australia for even one day would notice how fiercely egalitarian this culture is, or how everyone strives for equality at every level and at … Continue reading

2 February 2013 · 7 Comments

Award for National Self-Effacement at Sydney University’s Student Paper

Universities in Australia have been hot-beds of radicalism for decades since the social revolt of the 1960’s permeated all facets of academic and student life. Leftist politics has therefore dominated … Continue reading

12 October 2012 · Leave a comment

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