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Recommended Literature

Carl Spitzweg BookwormAs the left continues its long march through the institutions of civil society, those who feel that something is not quite right increasingly find themselves in search of an antidote. This is no easy task as fallacies permeate all levels of contemporary ‘mainstream’ cultural expression.

The below is a selection of various books, booklets and periodicals which are unlikely to appear on the reading lists of any contemporary university syllabus (for obvious reasons). The categories are a rough subject guide; obviously, many of the entries could (and perhaps should) be listed under multiple topic headings. These lists are provided as a general index and a ‘lead’ for readers’ own further research.

We do realise that most of this content is heavily American and British; unfortunately, the domestic conservative press in Australia is rather small and as yet inconsequential (at least in the global, Occidental context). Nevertheless, many of the themes, ideas, and concepts that are energetically debated by our friends across the two ponds are no less relevant to our experience here in the antipodes. Australian traditionalists will find the below of great value.

♦ Books and Booklets 

Introduction to Conservatism

  • Cory Bernardi, The Conservative Revolution [purchase direct from publisher here]
  • John Kekes, A Case for Conservatism
  • Peter King, Reaction – Against the Modern World
  • Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind – From Burke to Eliot
  • Anthony Ludovici (John V. Day, ed.) The Lost Pholosopher
  • Jerry Muller (ed), Conservatism
  • Plinio Corrêa de Oliviera, Revolution and Counter-Revolution
  • Noel O’Sullivan, Conservatism
  • Joseph Scotchie (ed), The Paleoconservatives
  • Roger Scruton, The Meaning of Conservatism
  • Twelve Southerners, I’ll Take My Stand
  • Peter Vierek, Conservatism Revisited
  • Peter Vierek, The Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment

Critique of Modern Conservatism

  • Patrick Buchanan, Where the Right Went Wrong
  • Thomas Fleming, Socialism [recommended review]
  • Sam Francis, Beautiful Losers – Essays on the Failure of American Conservatism
  • Sam Francis, Shots Fired – Sam Francis on America’s Culture War
  • Paul Gottfried, Conservatism in America
  • Paul Gottfreid, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America [recommended review]
  • Justin Raimondo, Reclaiming the American Right
  • Peter Wilkinson, The Howard Legacy

Critique of Modern Liberalism

  • Theodore Dalrymple, In Praise of Prejudice
  • Paul Gottfried, After Liberalism
  • Paul Gottfried, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America
  • Paul Gottfried, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt
  • Paul Gottfried, The Strange Death of Marxism
  • James Kalb, The Tyranny of Liberalism
  • John Kekes, Against Liberalism
  • John Kekes, The Illusions of Egalitarianism
  • Roger Scruton, The Uses of Pessimism
  • Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences

Communism, Marxism, Western Radicalism

  • Stephané Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panné, Andrzej Paczkowski, Karel Bartošek, Jean-Louis Margolin, The Black Book of Communism
  • Leszek Kołakowski, Main Currents of Marxism
  • Rolf Wiggershaus, The Frankfurt School – Its History, Theories, and Political Significance

Culture, Identity, Demographics, Geopolitics

  • Lawrence Auster, Erasing America
  • Lawrence Auster, Huddled Clichés
  • Lawrence Auster, The Path to National Suicide [recommended review]
  • Peter Brimlow, Alien Nation
  • Patrick Buchanan, Suicide of a Superpower
  • Christopher Caldwell, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe
  • Theodore Dalrymple, Life at the Bottom
  • Theodore Dalrymple, Our Culture, What’s Left of It
  • Roger Kimball, The Long March
  • Philip Longman, The Empty Cradle
  • Steve Moxton, The Great Immigration Scandal
  • Melanie Philips, Londonistan
  • John Kenneth Press, Culturism
  • Howard Schwartz, Society Against Itself [recommended review]
  • Roger Scruton, England: An Elegy
  • Roger Scruton, Culture Counts
  • Roger Scruton, Modern Culture
  • Mark Steyn, America Alone
  • Mark Steyn, After America


  • John Horvat II, Return to Order

Higher Education and ‘for Conservative Students’

  • Mike Adams, Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel
  • Alan Bloom, Closing of the American Mind
  • Jim Nelson Black, Freefall of the American University
  • Kevin Donnely, Dumbing Down
  • Dinesh D’Sousa, Illiberal Education
  • Dinesh D’Sousa, Letters to a Young Conservative
  • Graham Hastings, It Can’t Happen Here
  • Roger Kimball, Tenured Radicals
  • James Panero and Stefan Beck (eds), The Dartmouth Review Pleads Innocent
  • Ben Shapiro, Brainwashed

Government and Law

  • John C. Calhoun, A Disquisition on Government
  • Patrick Devlin, The Enforcement of Morals
  • A. V. Dicey, Law and Public Opinion in England
  • Gordon Graham, The Case Against the Democratice State
  • Hans-Herman Hoppe, Democracy – The God That Failed
  • Erich Kofmel (ed.) Anti-Democratic Thought
  • Kenneth Minogue, The Servile Mind, How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life
  • John Papworth, Village Democracy
  • Craig Smith and Tom Miers, Democracy and the Fall of the West
  • David Smith, Head of State – the Governor General, the Monarchy, the Republic and the Dismissal

Art and the Built Environment

  • Kenneth Clarke, Civilisation
  • Paul Johnson, Art: A New History
  • Léon Krier, The Architecture of Community
  • Léon Krier, Architecture – Choice or Fate
  • Roger Scruton, Beauty
  • Roger Scruton, The Aesthetics of Architecture
  • Roger Scruton, Understanding Music
  • Roger Scruton, The Aesthetics of Music

The Natural Environment

  • Robert Carter, Climate: The Counter Consensus
  • Václav Klaus, Blue Planet in Green Shackles
  • Bjørn Lomberg, Cool It
  • Ian Palmer, Heaven + Earth
  • Roger Scruton, The Green Philosophy
  • Robert Spencer, Climate Confusion


  • Danielle Crittenden, What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us
  • Virginia Hussegger, Wonder Woman
  • Henry James, The Bostonians [recommended review and another]
  • Charles Eric Maine, A World Without Men [recommended review]
  • H. L. Mencken, In Defense of Women
  • Paul Nathasnson and Katherine Young, Spreading Misandry
  • Paul Nathasnson and Katherine Young, Legalising Misandry
  • Roger Scruton, Sexual Desire
  • Helen Smith, Men on Strike
  • Chistina Hoff Sommers, The War Against Boys
  • Katherine Young and Paul Nathasnson, Sanctifying Misandry

Aboriginal Policy (Australian)

  • Michael Connor, The Invention of Terra Nullius
  • Gary Jones, Aboriginal Self-Determination
  • Keith Windschuttle, The Fabrication of Aboriginal History (in 3 volumes, No. 2 forthcoming)

♦ Periodicals 



United States


Needless to say, we have no control over, and do not bear any responsibility for the content of the above periodicals. Although we are likely to find an article of high value in each issue, there may be something questionable there too. The above is provided as a source of information and debate on contemporary issues, affairs, controversies, and views that would rarely if ever find a voice in the “open-minded”, “tolerant” and “progressive” “mainstream”.

– SydneyTrads Editors

SydneyTrads is the internet portal and communication page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian paleoconservative, traditionalist conservative, and independent right.

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Frank Salter, "The Aboriginal Question" (2018)

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Frank Salter, “The War on Human Nature in Australia’s Political Culture” (2017)

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Paul Gottfried, "Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt - Toward a Secular Theocracy" (2004)

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Paul Gottfried, “After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State” (1999)

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