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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 · 7 Comments

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

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

Christopher Alexander on Art

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”).

7 September 2016 · 2 Comments

Christopher Alexander on Art

SydneyTrads is the internet portal and communication page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “dissident … Continue reading

18 August 2016 · 1 Comment

Every Aspect of Beauty is a Revolt Against the Modern World

SydneyTrads is the internet portal and communication page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “dissident … Continue reading

17 August 2016 · 1 Comment

The Free Mind: Festschrift for Prof. Barry Spurr

In Character and Culture (1940) Irving Babbitt wrote that “practicality pursued mechanically and one-sidedly may become a vice.”1 One might interpret this as a warning against the dangers of an … Continue reading

1 June 2016 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Irving Babbitt, “Character & Culture”

“The ultra-utilitarians are not only as completely lost for art and literature as the Puritans, but their point of view is far more catching. We see the waves of utilitarianism … Continue reading

30 May 2016 · 2 Comments

2016 Symposium – Gwendolyn Taunton

Nietzsche: The Physician of Culture Do not be afraid of the stream of things: this stream turns back on itself: it runs away from itself not only twice. Every ‘it … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 1 Comment

2016 Symposium – Kristor J. Lawson

The Social Contract with the Logos Society as manifest in all its organs and instruments – including the individual – is mediated by a web of agreements among disparate entities … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – Thomas F. Bertonneau

Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony: Art Transcending Politics The topic is not only compound but complex, associating itself with numerous difficulties.  The term transcendence, for example, is more often associated with religion … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

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

“If the European grows accustomed not to rule, a generation and a half will be sufficient to bring the old continent, and the whole world along with it, into mortal … Continue reading

21 March 2016 · 1 Comment

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: 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

Can the Internet Really Change the Language?

Linguists like David Crystal are now claiming that the Internet, that new, impersonal force of the 21st Century, is able to change the language over twenty to fifty years. No … Continue reading

14 May 2014 · 1 Comment

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 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

Quote of the Week: Bill Cunningham, “New York”

“Then the army came along, this is 1951, I was drafted, well they were appalled that I would go and their investment would be on hold, who knows what would … Continue reading

25 November 2013 · Leave a comment

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

TFP Lecture: Is Beauty Really ‘In The Eye of The Beholder’?

Yesterday, members of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum attended a lecture organised by the Tradition Family Property organisation on the topic of ‘Is beauty really “in the eye of the beholder”?’ … Continue reading

13 July 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “Beauty”

“[E]verything I have said about the experience of beauty implies that it is rationally founded. It challenges us to find meaning in its object, to make critical comparisons, and to … Continue reading

24 September 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Dinesh D’Souza, “What’s So Great About Christianity?”

“Consider the case of Western art. Have you been to the Sistine Chapel? Seen Michelangelo’s Pietà? Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper? Perhaps you are familiar with Rembrandt’s Christ at Emmaus … Continue reading

6 August 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Sam Francis, “Shots Fired”

“Earlier cultural elites – Periclean Athens, Augustan Rome, Renaissance Florence, Elizabethan England, 17th-century France, etc. – also often allied with the state, but the state in those regimes was not bureaucratic but a personal … Continue reading

2 July 2012 · Leave a comment

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