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The Year in Review: 2018, Year of Rage, Year of Hope

  As this summary of issues for 2018 is being drafted, possibly the biggest event on the political landscape is the Government shutdown threatened by US President Donald Trump should … Continue reading

31 December 2018 · 2 Comments

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

Quote of the Week: Peter Viereck, “Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment”

“Conversely, the trade-union movement in the English Speaking world (see pages 84-87) often represents not the massman or Overadjusted Man but an anti-modern, unconsciously conservative protest against massman rootlessness and … Continue reading

23 May 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Paul M. Weyrich and William S. Lind, “The Next Conservatism”

“Through Retroculture, the next conservatism should seek to rebuild our old culture from the bottom up, one individual or family at a time. That is slow. But there is no … Continue reading

16 May 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Hans-Hermann Hoppe “Democracy: The God that Failed”

“It should be obvious then that and why libertarians must be moral and cultural conservatives of the most uncompromising kind. The current state of moral degeneration, social disintegration and cultural … Continue reading

25 April 2016 · 1 Comment

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

2015 Symposium – Urho Lintinen

Impressions from the Old Continent I Introduction 2015 has seen steadily escalating polarization of political lines dividing European public sphere due to the re-emergence of the Greek financial crisis, rapidly … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

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: 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: Hans-Hermann Hoppe, “Democracy – The God that Failed”

“Let me now come to an evaluation of contemporary conservatism, and then go on to explain why conservatives today must be antistatist libertarians and, equally important, why libertarians must be … Continue reading

1 December 2014 · Leave a 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: Cory Bernardi, Address to the National Press Club (17 July 2014)

“Many of us are involved in politics because we have an interest in the future of our community […] we want to make a positive contribution to it, and if politics … Continue reading

1 September 2014 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“Thus when the conservative discusses freedom, he accepts that while maximising it is a worthy goal, it must nevertheless always be balanced by the broader need for a cohesive and … Continue reading

9 June 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Anthony Ludovici, “A Defence of Conservatism”

“The opposition of a great conservative like the Seventh Earl of Shaftsbury to the Reform Bills of 1832 and 1867, and the Ballot Act of 1872, was … not due … Continue reading

7 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“The very notion of true liberty is often difficult to grasp because it tends to be measured according to subjective values that can differ widely between individuals and cultures. When … Continue reading

24 February 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: James Kalb, “Against Inclusiveness”

“When a tendency has gone to extremes, it is most evident that something must be done to oppose it. Opposing one aspect of it may not be enough to reverse … Continue reading

22 July 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Jesse Helms, “The Ramparts We Watched”

“So, in a very real sense, the character of government is largely an inverse reflection of the character of the people. The weaker the people, the more powerful the government.” … Continue reading

15 July 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Patrick Buchanan, “1992 Republican National Convention Speech”

“There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one … Continue reading

8 April 2013 · Leave a comment

T. S. Eliot and Reactionary Modernism in the Early Twentieth Century

T. S. Eliot is best known as the greatest poet of the twentieth century. Less known, at least in the popular imagination, is his substantial contribution to the rich legacy … Continue reading

9 February 2013 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Lawrence Auster, “Erasing America”

“In the traditional or Classical-Christian view, life is experienced as participation in (or as rebellion against) a comprehensive order of existence – natural, social and divine – that precedes the … Continue reading

14 January 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Sean Gabb, Address to Conservative Future

“A Cameron Government, as I have said, seems willing to try coexistence with the Establishment. The Thatcher Government set out to fight and defeat an earlier and less confident version … Continue reading

12 November 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Theodore Roosevelt, Address to the National Convention of Mothers

“No piled-up wealth, no splendor of material growth, no brilliance of artistic development, will permanently avail any people unless its home life is healthy, unless the average man possesses honesty, … Continue reading

1 October 2012 · Leave a comment

Bernardi Takes Knife for Excessive Honesty

South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi was recently forced to resign from the Opposition front bench, where he served as Parliamentary Secretary, after delivering an apparently controversial speech staunchly opposing the Marriage Amendment (No. … Continue reading

22 September 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: John Kekes, “A Case for Conservatism”

“Some liberals start with a contract that rational and self-interested agents would supposedly arrive at in a hypothetical situation, and evaluate political arrangements on the basis of how closely they … Continue reading

9 July 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Russell Kirk, “The Conservative Mind”

“I think that there are six canons of conservative thought – Belief in a transcendent order, or body of natural law, which rules society as well as conscience. Political problems, … Continue reading

23 April 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Meaning of Conservatism”

“It is a limp definition of conservatism to describe it as the desire to conserve; for although there is in every man and woman some impulse to conserve that which … Continue reading

1 January 2012 · Leave a comment

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