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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

The Year in Review: 2017, Year of the Hate Hoax, the Heckler’s Veto and the Persecuted ‘Oppressor’

Issues relating to identity and tribalism seemed to dominate cultural and political developments throughout 2017, whether explicitly or implicitly, at home and abroad. As the United States continues to dominate … Continue reading

29 December 2017 · 3 Comments

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 – Mark Richardson

The Future Belongs to Us (if we want it to) It is tempting for those on the traditionalist scene to think that conservatism is a spent force or that there … 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

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 – Paul Gottfried

A View of the Political Scene The election of Donald Trump and the decisive ways in which he has acted against the immigration lobby and other entrenched leftist interests since … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 2 Comments

The Year in Review: 2016, Year of the Pivot

If 2015 was the Year of the Quickening, as reported in our last annual review, then the year that has passed represented a period in which the political consensus throughout … Continue reading

2 January 2017 · 4 Comments

Guest Video: “A Moment of Reckoning”

This Saturday’s Guest Video is an excerpt from a speech given by US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, on 13 October 2016. Mainstream conservatives constantly barrage us with claims that Donald … Continue reading

15 October 2016 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Richard Viguerie, “Conservatives Betrayed”

“If conservative organizations emulate the Left in seeking and receiving taxpayers’ money, they will become like the Left in other ways too. They will orient themselves towards serving the interests and values of the … Continue reading

9 May 2016 · 2 Comments

Dear #Cuckservative …

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

26 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Peter King, “Reaction: Against the Modern World”

“Their greatest asset is the very ability they have to eviscerate the modern world and to point to its follies and contradictions. They may be commenting on the sidelines, but … Continue reading

1 February 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Richard Lebrun, “Joseph de Maistre: An Intellectual Militant”

“Much of the strength of a traditional society lies in the factor that its structure and values are unquestioned – indeed unquestionable. It is only when the status quo has … Continue reading

18 January 2016 · 2 Comments

Guest Video: “How the Left Conquered the Right”

This Saturday’s Guest Video is Prof. Paul Gottfried’s address to the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society of 23-26 May 2011 at Bodrum Turkey, “How the Left … Continue reading

16 January 2016 · 2 Comments

2015 Symposium – Frank Salter

Australian Conservatism after Abbott: The Need for Social Movements Following the replacement of Tony Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister, some conservatives are asking what can be done to … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · 1 Comment

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 – Luke Torrisi

Don’t Mention the War! Conservatives’ Forgotten Role The Paleoconservative or Traditionalist is a lonely soul.1 They often feel displaced, going about their business in a dissociative state. They are grateful … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

2015 Symposium – Johannes Ekjord

The Rise of the Right in Europe: The Need for Traditionalism I The Current Situation Ever since the end of the Second World War, the ideology that underpins social democracy and … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a 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

2015 Symposium – Alastair Hermann

The Abbott Aberration Tony Abbott was the most conservative Prime Minister in Australia’s recent history, yet when history writes up his tenure it will regard all his efforts as but … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · 1 Comment

Faux-Conservatism Alive and Well at Sydney University

Every so often I am provided with a piece of writing, where the author purports to be a “conservative”, so that I may offer comment as to its bona fides. … Continue reading

18 September 2015 · 4 Comments

Pearls of Wisdom from the Foreign Minister

To become a Minister of State, one has to be a cultivated professional with years of experience, and most importantly wisdom, strong character, a proven ability to both lead and serve … Continue reading

21 April 2015 · 1 Comment

“Principal Architect” of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, Dies at 84

Traditionally, one does not make disparaging or negative comments about the departed, so we will let the mainstream press do that for us instead. Hal Colebatch, writing in The Australian on 16 April 2008, … Continue reading

20 March 2015 · 2 Comments

Australian Establicons: Intentional Blindness is a Virtue

One could be forgiven for thinking that we have entered a new phase of collective political stupidity, where our national ‘leaders’ seem committed to manage – and not oppose – the … Continue reading

20 March 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

Quote of the Week: Enoch Powell, “Freedom & Reality”

“‘Why?’ the people used to ask me, ‘is the Government bringing these people into our country in ever-growing numbers? And where is it all going to end?’ I tried to explain that the law … Continue reading

19 January 2015 · 6 Comments

Quote of the Week: Robert Lewis Dabney, “Discussions”

“It may be inferred again that the present movement for women’s rights will certainly prevail from the history of its only opponent, Northern conservatism. This is a party which never … Continue reading

5 January 2015 · 1 Comment

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

The Bitter Fruit of Idiocracy

We’ve written previously about the rising specter of anarcho-tyranny in Australia. It seems that as every week passes by, there is yet another example of how this insidious dive into … Continue reading

24 September 2014 · 2 Comments

Anarcho-Tyranny Threat Levels Continue to Rise

Only four days ago, SydneyTrads noted the rise of anarcho-tyranny in Australia as a result of the Coalition government’s plans to demand that citizens returning from terror stricken regions of the globe may … Continue reading

6 August 2014 · 2 Comments

The Rise of “Anarcho-Tyranny” in Australia

Anarcho-tyrannny was a term coined by US paleoconservative journalist and social critic Sam Francis over a decade ago. It refers to the practice of governments cracking down on the law … Continue reading

1 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Quadrant Predicts Possible Voter Backlash Against Abbott Government

Some fifteen days ago, SydneyTrads noted a not too flattering report by Christopher Carr in which he claimed that conservative voters have been betrayed by the Abbott Government’s hesitation to … Continue reading

15 June 2014 · 1 Comment

“Establicons” Turning Away from Coalition?

One Christopher Carr, writing for Australia’s only periodical which is explicitly non-Marxist, Quadrant Magazine, has published a short reflection about the current Coalition government’s prevarications concerning the section 18C controversy.1 The debates … Continue reading

1 June 2014 · 2 Comments

A Question for “Conservatives”

It was drawn to my attention that this week’s episode of the ABC programme Q & A began with a rather “strong question”.1 Normally I regard this programme as a form … Continue reading

6 November 2013 · 2 Comments

Questions for Conservatives After the Electoral Victory

Last night, Tony Abbott, who has routinely been denounced as an ‘extremist’ by progressives of all stripes1 was elected the 28th Prime Minister of Australia. Since his role as a … Continue reading

8 September 2013 · 5 Comments

Come and See John, Tony and Arthur’s Shiny New Modern and Progressive Sydney!

A large group of Islamic activists yesterday demonstrated in the main arteries of Sydney’s central business district, blocking traffic and marching towards the local Town Hall on George Street. The … Continue reading

2 September 2013 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Jonathan Bowden, Interview at the Union Jack Club, 21 November 2009

“Q. Why aren’t you a liberal?” “A. Well, I think basically because liberalism is not a three dimensional view of life. I don’t think it’s at all deep or at all sincere […] … Continue reading

29 April 2013 · Leave a comment

Geert Wilders in Sydney a Success, Despite Far Left and Mainstream ‘Right’ Mendacity

Geert Wilders MP, founder and leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (Partij voor de Vrijheid) yesterday delivered a speech in Sydney’s Liverpool district to an audience of several hundred attendees. … Continue reading

23 February 2013 · 1 Comment

Conservative “Third Force”: Dying in Utero?

Reports of the counter-intuitive endorsement of a cultural Marxist candidate for ‘Katter’s Australian Party’ in the Australian Capital Territory’s upcoming elections, has cast a dark shadow over the prospects of … Continue reading

10 February 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: Sam Francis, “Shots Fired”

“The ‘Religious Right’ is merely the current incarnation of the on-going Middle American Revolution, a cultural and political movement that has underlain the political efforts of the American Right since … Continue reading

14 May 2012 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Sam Francis, “Beautiful Losers”

“‘Neoconservatism’ today is usually called simply ‘conservatism’, though it is sometimes known under other labeled as well: Fred Barnes’s ‘Big Government conservatism’; HUD Secretary Jack Kemp’s ‘progressive conservatism’; Representative Newt Gingrich’s ‘opportunity … Continue reading

5 March 2012 · Leave a comment

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