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Victim Privilege and its Consequences

Several recent events have highlighted the increasingly influential role that identity politics have played in shaping the West’s cultural and political discourses. While the only voices of lamentation seem to … Continue reading

31 August 2018 · 2 Comments

Recently, on the “Bip & Bap Show”…

We feel compelled to say at least something about the passing scene, now that Australia has involuntarily welcomed its 30th Prime Minister (and the sixth in the last eleven years). … Continue reading

24 August 2018 · 1 Comment

The Inherent Racism of SBS’s Multiculturalism: The Academic Experts [Pt. I]

Contents Part 1 (appears on this page) Part 2 (scroll to end for link) I. Introduction II. The Academic “Experts” III. Discussion IV. Conclusion and Policy Implications I Introduction This … Continue reading

15 June 2018 · 1 Comment

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

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

2017 Symposium – Luke Torrisi

The Unspoken Moral Questions of Identity Myself against my brother. Myself and my brother against my cousin. Myself, my brother and my cousin against the foreigner. — Arab proverb. At … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Guest Video: “Woman Accusing a Man of ‘Mansplaining’ Gets as Good as She Gives”

This Saturday’s Guest Video is provided courtesy of the YouTube account of “Greg Graham”, and shows Australian Senator Mitch Fifield demolishing Labor Senator Katy Gallagher who accused Fifield of “mansplaining” during a … Continue reading

4 June 2016 · 2 Comments

New Zealanders vote to Keep Their Flag

In a setback to “progressives” in New Zealand, the push to belittle and erase the traditional symbols of national identity has been defeated in the country’s recent referendum to replace the … Continue reading

25 March 2016 · 1 Comment

“The Politics of Disarmament is Suicidal”

While the Rest of the West moves towards incremental civilian disarmament, some are beginning to realise that the policies that enfeeble a nation are not the way to face an … Continue reading

30 January 2016 · 4 Comments

2015 Symposium – Morgan Qasabian (Part 2)

Conservative Prospects in the Second Age of Malcolm Part Two [Return to: Part One] IV Tony Abbott went to the 2013 election promising to restore freedom of speech by repealing §18C … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a 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: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“Indeed, there is no model conservative due to the inherently variable nature of the human condition and the particular traditions that it creates. This will naturally result in a wide … Continue reading

8 December 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: John C. Calhoun, “A Disquisition on Government”

“If man had been differently constituted in either particular ;– if, instead of being social in his nature, he had been created without sympathy for his kind, and independent of … Continue reading

24 November 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

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

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”

“The survival instinct of our political representatives will never diminish, but history shows us that leaders who demonstrate conviction generally fare better than those without it. They are also more … Continue reading

21 July 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

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: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“Historically the male role has been seen to be one of protector and breadwinner. In many instances they have also served as the authority figure within a household. This is … Continue reading

28 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Sydney Traditionalists Introduce Sen. Bernardi at Quadrant Dinner

Senator Cory Bernardi, author of The Conservative Revolution and outspoken critic of modern liberal politics in Australia and abroad, was the guest speaker at the April Quadrant Dinner. The Convenor of the Sydney … Continue reading

2 April 2014 · Leave a comment

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

“The principles which have guided mankind for centuries provide a very clear map of the path we should take. In fact, they should be entirely uncontroversial for the religious and … Continue reading

31 March 2014 · 3 Comments

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

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part III: Carl Jung

As to the previous essay on Existentialism, it could be surmised that man’s obligation to construct meaning in his own life is limited only to physical, concrete realities. Jung calls … Continue reading

19 February 2014 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Hugh Cecil, “Conservatism”

“The championship of religion is therefore the most important of the functions of Conservatism. It is the keystone of the arch upon which the whole fabric rests. As long as … Continue reading

20 January 2014 · Leave a comment

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

“The genuinely conservative government will not shy away from drawing necessary distinctions between what is compatible with a free society and what is not conducive to maintaining a stable body … Continue reading

13 January 2014 · Leave a comment

First “Shots Fired” in Australia’s Culture War, 2014

Cory Bernardi wrote a book late last year titled The Conservative Revolution (Connor Court, 2013). To most thinking Conservatives the more controversial element of the book would have been its … Continue reading

12 January 2014 · 4 Comments

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

Quote of the Week: Enoch Powell, “The Devil Was Sick, The Devil a Monk Would Be.”

“The trouble about the Conservative Party is that nobody can still suppose there will be any resemblance between what they say before an election and what they do afterwards if … Continue reading

28 October 2013 · Leave a comment

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: Edmund Burke, “Speech at the Conclusion of the Poll in Bristol”

“Certainly, Gentlemen, it ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. … Continue reading

3 June 2013 · Leave a comment

Fourth Documentary Screening with Honoured Guest, Sen. Cory Bernardi, 8 April 2013

Last month, on Monday 8 April 2013, the Sydney Traditionalist Forum hosted its fourth documentary screening, the first which was attended by an honoured guest: Senator Cory Bernardi of South … Continue reading

11 May 2013 · 1 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

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: Benjamin Disraeli

“I have no apprehension myself that, if you had manhood suffrage to-morrow, the honest, brave and good natured people of England would resort to pillage, incendiarism and massacre. Who expects that? But though I … Continue reading

8 October 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: Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

“A civil right is a right that is asserted and is therefore protected by some law. It may be asserted by the common law, or by local or federal statutes, … Continue reading

27 August 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: William Gladstone, “The State in its Relation with the Church”

“Wherever there is power in the universe, that power is the property of God, the king of that universe – his property of right, however for a time withholden or abused. … Continue reading

20 August 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Robert Menzies, “Central Power in the Australian Commonwealth”

“I am, particularly for a large continent with widely scattered communities, with great regional or local problems and understandable local prides and patriotisms, a Federalist. At our present stage of … Continue reading

30 July 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

“I agree with lobbyists for federal school aid that education is one of the greatest problems of our day. I am afraid, however, that their views and mine regarding the nature of the … Continue reading

23 July 2012 · Leave a comment

Book Launch: Bob Katter MHR, “An Incredible Race of People”

On Friday, 22 June 2012, members of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum attended North Sydney’s Stanton Library for the launch of Bob Katter’s brief history of Australia, An Incredible Race of People (Pier 9, … Continue reading

22 June 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Edmund Burke “Reflections on the Revolution in France”

“Prejudice is of ready application in the emergency; it previously engages the mind in a steady course of wisdom and virtue, and does not leave the man hesitating in the … Continue reading

18 June 2012 · Leave a comment

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