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The Red Badge of Remembrance

At this year’s February Symposium, Mr. M. W. Davis issued a rousing call for Traditionalist men and women to return to traditional, national dress as an indispensable act of counterrevolution.1 … Continue reading

10 July 2017 · Leave a comment

Equal & Opposite – On Dispositionalism

In a recent post for The Spectator Australia I signaled the end (perhaps prematurely) of my willingness to put up with the endless stream of disappointments issuing forth from the … Continue reading

16 June 2017 · 2 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

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

Equal & Opposite – Much Ado About Marriage

Does anyone know what ‘marriage’ is anymore, let alone why they think gays should (or shouldn’t) be part of it? The answer is, basically, ‘No’ on both counts. For our … Continue reading

22 April 2017 · 3 Comments

Meeting Mark Latham – A Curious Identitarianism for Australia

A contingent of STF stalwarts attended an event organised by dissidents within mainstream party politics that featured guest speakers Mark Latham and Ross Cameron. They shared ideas about many things, … Continue reading

15 March 2017 · 2 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

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 – Thomas F. Bertonneau

Identity: The Future of a Paradox When Publius Virgilius Maro, more familiarly Virgil, accepted the commission from Augustus, formerly Gaius Octavius, to create an identity for the Roman people by … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium – M. W. Davis

Fogeyism: in Theory and Practice “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 2 Comments

2017 Symposium – Richard Cocks

Philosophy and The Crisis of the Modern World To find a way out of the current confusions and rifts in modern Western societies, and for its various countries to regain … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium – Brett Stevens

Y3K Western identity never knew itself. Men of the West understood themselves as tribes and later nations, but never saw a need to unify as a civilization until they faced … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · Leave a comment

2017 Symposium – Tomislav Sunić

European or Ethnic Identity? In light of the mass migrations of non-Europeans to Europe we must redefine the notion of the political. The notion of the political is eternal, although … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 3 Comments

2017 Symposium – Alastair Paynter

Whither Albion? Whither Europe? 2016 showed itself to be the year of possibility. Things which seemed unlikely or nigh impossible a mere two or three years ago have come to … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 1 Comment

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

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 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 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

Roger Scruton on Purpose

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13 October 2016 · 1 Comment

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

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Drive (for Daddy Gene)

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

15 August 2016 · 4 Comments

Poetry by E. Antony Gray: “Ode to a Burning Car”

A chariot without a charioteer ¶A car without a driver Of this contest we must fear ¶And who then is survivor –? Anarchy and a thought police ¶Is what this … Continue reading

14 August 2016 · 1 Comment

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

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

Yesterday, Australia Voted…

After knifing Tony Abbott and assuming leadership of the Liberal Party, Malcolm Turnbull promised to usher in an age of fiscal discipline, tax cuts and deregulation, which would inevitably lead … Continue reading

3 July 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

G. K. Chesterton on Christianity

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27 May 2016 · 2 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 – 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

2016 Symposium – Michael Tung

A World Turned Upside Down: Finding True North in the Last Hour In this essay I will attempt to sketch out the Traditionalist view of the cosmos and the framework … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 1 Comment

2016 Symposium – Barry Spurr

“Falling towers”: T.S. Eliot, the Decline of the West and the Doctrine of the Incarnation I Central to T.S. Eliot’s Anglo-Catholic faith and practice, which he pursued from the time … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 6 Comments

Guest Video: Viktor Orbán, “Shall we be slaves or men set free — That is the question, answer me!”

Today’s Guest Video is provided courtesy of “Vlad Tepes” and the transcript is available at the website of the Prime Minister of Hungary. Other than the occasional video posted in … Continue reading

26 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Thomas Molnar, “The Counter-Revolution”

“The ideological energy this doctrine was able to generate was immense, it was Christian energy redirected towards purely secular and utopian ends. First of all, it satisfied the individual’s appetite … Continue reading

22 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Guest Video: “What is Cultural Marxism?”

This Saturday’s Guest Video is provided by user “Thorium” who writes that “to understand the emergence of political correctness, social justice, modern feminism, etc., one must first understand the history … Continue reading

9 January 2016 · 2 Comments

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

2015 Symposium – M. W. Davis

Voting Traditionalists are Here to Stay, And so is Party Politics In light of the recent Liberal Party leadership spill, traditional conservatives in Australia have favoured one of two courses … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · 1 Comment

Pro-Marriage Rally Planned in Sydney for 20 September 2015

At the conclusion of National Marriage Week, non-political pro-marriage rallies and marches will be held on Sunday 20th September 2015 in all Capital Cities across Australia. The public displays of … Continue reading

12 September 2015 · 3 Comments

Poem: “No More Brothers’ Wars”

There is an old expression that ‘charity begins at home’ But so does fighting with your siblings… “Oi! Leave him alone.” Mum’s the great peacekeeper And calls us all indoors … Continue reading

28 April 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: H. P. Lovecraft, “The Conservative”

“Aversion to just war can arise from one of four causes; (1) unconscious physical cowardice engendered by long years of peace, (2) hysterical idealism produced from incomplete training in pure science, (3) … Continue reading

9 February 2015 · 1 Comment

Acknowledgment of Nation

Earlier today, we made the point of emphasizing the importance of asserting a robust and unapologetic national identity in the face of external threats, that this was not the path our … Continue reading

26 January 2015 · 1 Comment

Acknowledgment of Nation

“I acknowledge the Federal Commonwealth, created by the nation under the Crown to defend its undivided sovereignty over all Australia’s lands and waters. “I acknowledge the Christian Anglo-Celtic pioneers and … Continue reading

27 December 2014 · 2 Comments

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: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“Those who challenge the reality that our Western worldview is infused with a behavioural code that stems from our Christian ethos would quickly point out that individuals are largely free … Continue reading

20 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Irving Babbitt, “Literature and the American College”

“The humanism of the Renaissance was a protest against the excesses of the ascetic. Now that science aspires to be all in all, somewhat after the fashion of theology in … Continue reading

29 September 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

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