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Quote of the Week: Richard Lebrun, “Joseph de Maistre: An Intellectual Militant”

“Much of the strength of a traditional society lies in the factor that its structure and values are unquestioned – indeed unquestionable. It is only when the status quo has … Continue reading

18 January 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Edmund Burke, “Reflections on the Revolution in France”

“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew … Continue reading

11 January 2016 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: René Guénon, “An Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines”

“Europeans, since the days when they began to believe in ‘progress’ and in ‘evolution’, that is to say since a little more than a century ago, profess to see a … Continue reading

4 January 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Kenneth Minogue, “The Servile Mind”

“Political correctness is not merely the imposition of rules of sensitivity on us; it is also the demand that incorrect thoughts expressing the forbidden attitudes must be stigmatized and abolished. For reasons … Continue reading

28 December 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Thomas Carlyle, “The Latter Day Pamphlets”

“The Universe itself is a Monarchy and Heirarchy [sic]; large liberty of ‘voting’ there, all manner of choice, utmost free-will, but with conditions inexorable and immeasurable annexed to every exercise … Continue reading

21 December 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Robert Lewis Dabney, “Discussions”

“These attempts to do the impossible illustrate the most absurd enterprise of all: the attempt of our modern materialistic infidels to abolish religion. The Commune shouted, ‘Down with property and … Continue reading

14 December 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Eugene Genovese, “The Southern Tradition”

“But most conservatives have distrusted ideological crusades, especially those which remind them of Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman and profess to stand at Armageddon and battle for the Lord. “For these … Continue reading

7 December 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Adam L. Tate (on Nathaniel Tucker), “Conservatism and Southern Intellectuals”

“Moral behavior, a central component of society, rested on the strength of the will. Tucker called the human will ‘the master of DESTINY.’ For Tucker, knowledge alone, the realm of … Continue reading

30 November 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Justin Raimondo, “Reclaiming the American Right”

“In the post-Cold War world, libertarians and authentic conservatives are rediscovering their common Old Right heritage not in order to satisfy some purely scholarly impulse, but out of political necessity. … Continue reading

23 November 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: George Nash, “The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945”

“For radical libertarianism (or anarchism, or radical capitalism – the names seemed interchangeable) drew most of its support not from established right-wing intellectuals but from college students – for example, … Continue reading

16 November 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Irving Babbitt, “Democracy and Leadership”

“The remedy for such a failure of the man at the top to Curb his desires does not lie, as the agitator would have us believe, in inflaming the desires … Continue reading

9 November 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Jean-Pierre Changeux, “What Makes Us Think?”

“On the other hand, what is true for language is also true, by implication, for a particular system of cultural representations, of legal and ethical rules. If, on his arrival … Continue reading

2 November 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Lawrence Auster, “The Path to National Suicide”

“As we all know by now, racism, like witchcraft, is a difficult accusation to defend oneself against. The reason is that the word no longer has a defined meaning. I … Continue reading

26 October 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Thomas Carlyle, “The Latter Day Pamphlets”

“Unanimity on board ship ; yes, indeed, the ship’s crew may be very unanimous, which doubtless, for the time being, will be very comfortable to the ship’s crew, and to their Phantasm Captain … Continue reading

19 October 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Paul Gottfried, “Encounters”

“Of all political attitudes, antimonarchism in the modern age has always struck me as the most bizarre. How can one get annoyed over a middle aged maternal figurehead symbolizing imperial … Continue reading

12 October 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Luke Torrisi, Address at the University of Technology Sydney

“The first thing about the enduring moral order is that […] it’s got to be something that is permanent, it’s got to be something that continues throughout time as a … Continue reading

5 October 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Keith Preston, “Aristokratia” (Vol. 3, 2015)

“The guiding principles of contemporary liberal democracies are an all-pervasive consumerism and loudly proclaiming one’s own status as an official victim of historic or cosmic injustices, whether real or imaginary. … Continue reading

28 September 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Mircea Eliade, “The Portugal Journal”

“My lack of interest for sociology, Marxism, and so forth is owing to the statement often made that these disciplines give you the illusion of having global explanations of history, … Continue reading

21 September 2015 · 4 Comments

Quote of the Week: Hugh Cecil, “Conservatism”

“The centre of the Constitution is the Monarchy. Probably everyone would agree in naming the Monarchy as an institution which is was desirable to preserve, and the preservation of which … Continue reading

14 September 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Francis Graham Wilson, “The Case for Conservatism”

“The chaos of the day is a reflection of the failure of the consolidated liberalism of another era to reach its goal in the immediate present. In the nature of … Continue reading

7 September 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: José Ortega y Gasset, “Revolt of the Masses”

“The mass-man regards himself as perfect. The select man, in order to regard himself so, needs to be specially vain, and the belief in his perfection is not united with … Continue reading

31 August 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: George Santayana, “The Sense of Beauty; being The Outlines of Æsthetic Theory”

“§14. The function of reproduction carries with it not only direct modifications of the body and mind, but a whole set of social institutions, for the existence of which social … Continue reading

24 August 2015 · 4 Comments

Quote of the Week: HRH Prince of Wales, “Harmony”

“Official thinking is just as bad. There are constant efforts to introduce GM technology and to encourage ‘efficient,’ economy of scale systems of farming which, of course, means that small … Continue reading

17 August 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Aesthetics of Architecture”

“Contemporary architects often speak of ‘design problems’ and ‘design solutions’, and in that notion of design is encapsulated, as a rule, precisely the attempt to which I have referred, the … Continue reading

10 August 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Léon Krier, “The Architecture of Community”

“Just like artists, experimental scientists generally make discoveries not by systematic thought but by leaps of intuition. Yet it is only through logical deduction and proof that intuitions can become … Continue reading

3 August 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Eugene Genovese, “The Southern Tradition”

“Still, whatever may go on in New York and the Bay Area, in Dixie and across much of the American heartland a lot of folks, black and white, still attend … Continue reading

27 July 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Mary Eliza Haweis, “The Art of Beauty”

“Alas, when people complain of men not marrying (even they who are able), they forget how little women offer in exchange for all they get by marriage. Girls are so … Continue reading

20 July 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: George Orwell, “As I Please”

“Nationalism is universally regarded as inherently Fascist, but this is held only to apply to such national movements as the speaker happens to disapprove of. Arab nationalism, Polish nationalism, Finnish … Continue reading

13 July 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Mark Steyn, “After America”

“Two generations ago, America, Canada, Australia, and the rest of the developed world took it as read that a sovereign nation had the right to determine which, if any, foreigners … Continue reading

6 July 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Ezra Pound, “An Introduction to the Economic Nature of the United States”

“Man has been reduced not even to a digestive tube, but to a bag of money that gradually is losing its value. This cycle has lasted three centuries; from the … Continue reading

29 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: T. S. Eliot, “After Strange Gods”

“I hold – in summing up – that a tradition is rather a way of feeling and acting which characterises a group throughout generations; and that it must largely be, or … Continue reading

22 June 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Bryan Caplan, “The Myth of the Rational Voter”

“In the end, apologists for democracy often fall back on Winston Churchill’s slogan, ‘Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other forms that have been tried from … Continue reading

15 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Alain de Benoist, “The Problem of Democracy”

“All ancient authors who have extolled democracy have praised it not because it is an intrinsically egalitarian regime, but because it is a regime in which competition is open to … Continue reading

8 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Joseph Sobran, “Pensées”

“Liberalism has come to stand for an obsession with the abnormal for its own sake—the minority, the dissident, the outsider, the deviant, and so on. One detects an actual preference … Continue reading

1 June 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Alisdair MacIntyre, “After Virtue”

“It is always dangerous to draw too precise parallels between one historical period and another; and among the most misleading of such parallels are those which have been drawn between … Continue reading

25 May 2015 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America”

“Democracy not only gives the industrial classes a task for letters but also brings an industrial spirit into literature. “In aristocracies readers are few and fastidious; in democracies they are … Continue reading

18 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Theresa Amato, “Grand Illusion”

“For the better part of last century, we have all been steamrolled into a big consensus pot, harmonized into the middle, so we don’t cause any revolutions. Stability über alles. … Continue reading

11 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Eric Voegelin, “The Political Religions”

“When the heart is sensitive and the mind is perceptive, one look at the world will suffice to see the misery of the human creature and to guess at way … Continue reading

4 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Till Kinzel, Introduction, “Scholia to an Implicit Text”

“Man is an animal that cannot find restfulness in this life, since he cannot just live in a state of self-oblivion within the passing of time. In every instant, Gómez-Dávila … Continue reading

27 April 2015 · 1 Comment

The ANZAC Tradition: Identity and Values

Instead of publishing our own message for this year’s ANZAC remembrance, we feel that the following exchange which occurred during the question and answer session at the 22 April 2015 Quadrant … Continue reading

25 April 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Mark Butterworth, “Aryndell”

“It was not their only joy, but it was a source of quiet pleasure and a tender delight; the kind any man or woman might have in observing their own … Continue reading

20 April 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Luke Torrisi, Address at the University of Technology Sydney

“The word conservative is perhaps the most grossly misunderstood and misused word in current political dialogue. A lot of people are running around calling themselves conservatives, that quite frankly, aren’t. … Continue reading

13 April 2015 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Michael Anissimov, “A Critique of Democracy”

“The first step to being able to consider democracy as an option, rather than a mandatory necessity for any civilized country, is to go back to the Enlightenment and look … Continue reading

6 April 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: John Stuart Mill, “On Liberty”

“Let us suppose, therefore, that the government is entirely at one with the people, and never thinks of exerting any power of coercion unless in agreement with what it conceives … Continue reading

30 March 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Giovan Battista Vico, “The New Science” (1774)

“So that if worship of providence were forbidden, the natural consequence would be their fall, for a nation of fatalists or casualists or atheists never existed in the world, and we saw … Continue reading

23 March 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Bryce Laliberte, “What is Neoreaction”

“In one sense it the refusal to dialogue with modernism that allows neoreaction to develop, for the very idea of modernism is that dialogue only occurs in the case that … Continue reading

16 March 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Andrew Fraser, “The WASP Question”

“Sooner or later, self-respecting Anglo Saxons who take pride in the blood of Alfred the Great running in their veins, must wake up to smell the smoke of the biocultural … Continue reading

9 March 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Stark Young, “I’ll Take My Stand”

“For such of us as wish to sustain certain elements out of the Southern life, our backs must be against the wall. The diverse and most manifest excellences, such as … Continue reading

2 March 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Robert H. Dierker Jr., “The Tyranny of Tolerance”

“In The Time Machine, H. G. Wells hypothesized a world after what amounted to nuclear war. There were two strains to the populace, the Eloi and the Morlocks. The former were peaceful children … Continue reading

23 February 2015 · 1 Comment

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