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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

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 – 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 – 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

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

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

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

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

Is Western Civilization Misogynistic?

Resentment combines hatred and love/desire. Self-hatred and dissatisfaction often leads to imagining that someone else has it better and to resentfully desiring to be that someone. That other person is … Continue reading

19 February 2017 · 6 Comments

2017 Symposium – James Kalb

Identity and the Civilization of the West Identity has become a problem today. No one seems sure where it comes from, what it is for, or what difference it should … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Saint Jerome on What we have Preserved by War

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17 December 2016 · 1 Comment

H. L. Mencken on the Architecture of the Cathedral

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2 December 2016 · 1 Comment

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

Retreat to Hell or Advance to Heaven

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”).

5 October 2016 · 2 Comments

Guest Video: Milo Yiannopoulos on the Bolt Report

Today’s Guest Video is an interview with Milo Yiannopoulos that recently broadcast on Australia’s Bolt Report (Sky News): “Gay politicians, the gay establishment generally and gay charities in particular, are highly … Continue reading

16 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Classic Cathedrals Inspire Faith

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”).

17 June 2016 · 2 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

2016 Symposium – Krzysztof Urbanek

Adversus Haereses: Nicolás Gómez Dávila Against the Religion of Democracy¹ I Nicolás Gómez Dávila2 is primarily known for his authorship of the five volume work Scholia to an Implicit Text. … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 1 Comment

2016 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

The failure of Utopian Europe The great advantage of seeing things from afar is that the whole can be appreciated without the observer being distracted with irrelevant or trivial details. … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

El Fracaso de la Europa Utopista. La gran ventaja de ver las cosas de lejos es que fácilmente observamos el conjunto y no nos distraemos en los detalles. Un árbol, … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

The Beauty of Cathedrals Prepare Our Souls for the Eucharist

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”).

31 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Brazilian Founder of Femen renounces Feminism, Embraces Christianity

The founder of Brazil’s ‘chapter’ of the international pornographic protest movement Femen has renounced feminism, embraced pro-life politics, apologised to Christians and expressed a desire to reenter communion with the Catholic … Continue reading

17 January 2016 · 6 Comments

2015 Symposium – Thomas F. Bertonneau

Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs On Baudelairean Traditionalism I The Prelude Edwin Dyga invites a response to the question, Whither Conservatism – or rather “Quo Vadis, Conservatism,” a nicely history-minded verbal … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · 1 Comment

2015 Symposium – Michael Tung

Ride That Tiger Or, The Party’s an Ass “… I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’— though it contains (and in legend may contain more … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

“Filial Appeal” to Pope Francis Underway

Catholic supporters of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum will be interested to note that we have received correspondence from the Associazione Supplica Filiale concerning the Vatican’s position on marriage and homosexual unions. Supplica Filiale … Continue reading

1 August 2015 · 4 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

An Open Mind

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 right” … Continue reading

9 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

Australian Establicons: Expressions of European Identity must be Qualified

There are times when we have to wonder whether or not the Tony Abbott Experiment is not some complex trolling initiative a la the Manchurian Candidate. Not having been satisfied with his string … Continue reading

18 March 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

Quote of the Week: Hilaire Belloc, “The Crisis of Civilization”

“Status arose from the strong, instinctive demand of a Catholic society for stable social relations between men, and, what was much more important, for a stable sufficiency of livelihood attaching … Continue reading

25 August 2014 · Leave a 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

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Brian Elliot and Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Dominik Giemza. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 4 July 2011, and form … Continue reading

21 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Gwen Stefani – A Simple Kind of Life

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Dominik Giemza. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 19 July 2010, and form … Continue reading

14 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Delores O’Riordan – The Icicle Melts

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Dominik Giemza. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 25 October 2010, and form … Continue reading

31 March 2014 · 3 Comments

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

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Steven Curtis Chapman – Fingerprints of God

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Luke Torrisi. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 14 February 2011, and form … Continue reading

17 February 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Juan Donoso Cortés, “Essays on Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism”

“And what we have said of ages, can be said of men. Denying or granting them the faith, God denies or grants them the truth. He does not grant or … Continue reading

3 February 2014 · Leave a comment

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

The Maximal Monarchy: A Monarchist’s Case Against Crowned Republicanism

¶ It’s now been almost two months since Tony Abbott’s Liberal government came to power over the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd-led Labor Party. The relative swing from left to right is one of the … Continue reading

13 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

Quote of the Week: Michael Whelan, “Without God All Things Are Lawful”

“There is, if you like, an inescapable logic implicit here. It goes something like this: ♦ when God (the transcendent, the ultimate, the divine dimension) recedes from the consciousness of … Continue reading

20 May 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: John Horvat II, “Return to Order”

“Contrast Between the Modern and Organic States “The modern State accomplishes its role by instituting an all-powerful bureaucratic system of legal norms to safeguard and regulate the private interests of its citizens. The … Continue reading

4 March 2013 · Leave a comment

Lawrence Auster: Dignity and Poise

U.S. Traditionalist commentator and essayist Lawrence Auster, who is suffering the painful and debilitating consequences of metastasized cancer, has published a moving post on his weblog, View From the Right. Our readers … Continue reading

22 February 2013 · Leave a comment

Inaugural Cardinal Newman Dinner, 16 February 2013

Yesterday, the Australian Catholic Students Association hosted the inaugural “Cardinal Newman Dinner” in honour of the prominent leader of the nineteenth century New Oxford Movement which strove to return the Anglican Church … Continue reading

17 February 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Kenneth Clark, “Civilisation”

“Historians usually consider the tenth century almost as dark and barbarous as the seventh. That is because they look at it from the point of view of political history and … Continue reading

31 December 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Thomas Fleming, “The Morality of Everyday Life”

“Henceforth, any project of constructing a global empire would be seen as a second global rebellion against God. Although the punishment for Babel was cancelled at Pentecost, when every man … Continue reading

3 September 2012 · Leave a comment

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