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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

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

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 – 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

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

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 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

The Illogicality of Determinism – Further Considerations

In “The Illogicality of Determinism” (The Orthosphere, 19 March 2016) I point out the absurdity and contradictions of arguing for determinism.¹ The sheer pointlessness of the exercise is staggering. The … Continue reading

28 October 2016 · 6 Comments

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

St Justin Martyr on Truth and Judgement

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”).

4 October 2016 · 2 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

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

Juan Donoso Cortés on Progress

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”).

7 July 2016 · 1 Comment

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 – 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 – 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 – James Kalb

Liberalism as a Religion The strange and increasingly nonfunctional condition of Western political and social life cannot easily be changed, because its causes are quite basic. To endure any length … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 3 Comments

Ave Et Vale – Roderick Ian West

“Do not suppose, that in thus appealing to the ancients, I am throwing back the world two thousand years, and fettering Philosophy with the reasonings of paganism.” – Bl. John … Continue reading

26 January 2016 · 4 Comments

Beauty is God’s Handwriting

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”).

14 January 2016 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Thomas Carlyle, “The Latter Day Pamphlets”

“The Universe itself is a Monarchy and Heirarchy [sic]; large liberty of ‘voting’ there, all manner of choice, utmost free-will, but with conditions inexorable and immeasurable annexed to every exercise … Continue reading

21 December 2015 · 3 Comments

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

Quote of the Week: Eric Voegelin, “The Political Religions”

“When the heart is sensitive and the mind is perceptive, one look at the world will suffice to see the misery of the human creature and to guess at way … Continue reading

4 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

Quote of the Week: Giovan Battista Vico, “The New Science” (1774)

“So that if worship of providence were forbidden, the natural consequence would be their fall, for a nation of fatalists or casualists or atheists never existed in the world, and we saw … Continue reading

23 March 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Bryce Laliberte, “What is Neoreaction”

“In one sense it the refusal to dialogue with modernism that allows neoreaction to develop, for the very idea of modernism is that dialogue only occurs in the case that … Continue reading

16 March 2015 · 3 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

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Dolly Parton – The Seeker

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, 8 November 2010, and form the … Continue reading

2 June 2014 · Leave a comment

Poem: “Out of His Depth”

By the side of a pool, I can see a young child, By the look on his face, he appears rather riled. For his father and brother have told him … Continue reading

29 May 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Lonestar – My Front Porch Looking In

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, 27 September 2010, and form … Continue reading

19 May 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes

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, 6 September 2010, and form … Continue reading

28 April 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 · Leave a comment

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