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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 – Frank Salter Pt. II

Strategic Considerations for Anglo-Australian Identitarians Abstract This paper argues that Anglo patriots should use a dual political-cultural strategy to defend the historic Australian nation and reestablish the liberal nationalist state … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium II – Frank Salter Pt. I

Strategic Considerations for Anglo-Australian Identitarians Abstract This paper argues that Anglo patriots should use a dual political-cultural strategy to defend the historic Australian nation and reestablish the liberal nationalist state … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 7 Comments

Vincent d’Indy, le Wagnerisme, & Tradition

Vincent d’Indy (1851 – 1931), a close contemporary of Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934), studied under César Franck (1822 – 1890) at the Paris Conservatory. On Franck’s death, d’Indy … Continue reading

30 November 2017 · 1 Comment

Aesthetic Knowledge

Aesthetic subjectivism, or “relativism,” is the view that beauty is solely in the eye of the beholder. The term “relativism” is sometimes used to indicate that beauty is relative to … Continue reading

23 October 2017 · 4 Comments

“Our Democracy” under attack by “Lone Wolves”?

The mainstream press can no longer deny the “new normal” of progressive Europe, which now evidently involves the slow-burn effect of the consequences of decades-old idiocrat immigration and citizenship policies … Continue reading

24 March 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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 – 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

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

G. K. Chesterton on The Age of the Theoretical Minority

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19 December 2016 · 1 Comment

Tremors in the Overton

One of the interesting aspects of living towards the outer edges of the civilised world is that the Cathedral1 signal is far more refined than it is in the United … Continue reading

18 November 2016 · 5 Comments

Oswald Mosley on Nationalism, Banking and War

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19 October 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: James Allan, “Democracy in Decline”

“Users of the word democracy who opt for this fat, morally repugnant usage want it to convey two things. The first is a claim about how decisions are made. The … Continue reading

17 October 2016 · 1 Comment

Lee Kuan Yew on Multicultural Democracy

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8 September 2016 · 2 Comments

Christopher Alexander on Art

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7 September 2016 · 2 Comments

Poetry by E. Antony Gray: “Forward the Foundation”

Tongue-in-cheek, the writers speak of what thing might befall them A serious joke, the tone is weak As if it might forestall them; Such is the joke itself, you see … Continue reading

3 September 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Thomas Molnar, “Authority and Its Enemies”

“If we admit that the State possesses the ultimate authority without which other institutions would lack theirs, we understand that this authority may be threatened or at least challenged by … Continue reading

29 August 2016 · 1 Comment

Christopher Alexander on Art

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18 August 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

Candour Magazine on the Centralisation of the Press and its effect on Democracy, 1956

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1 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Francis Fukuyama, “After the Neocons”

“I did not like the original version of Leninism and was skeptical when the Bush administration turned Leninist. Democracy in my view is likely to expand universally in the long run. … Continue reading

6 June 2016 · 2 Comments

Titus Livius Patavinus on the Nature of the Multitude

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26 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

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: Alain de Benoist, “The Problem of Democracy”

“Democracy has changed. It was initially intended to serve as a means for the people to participate in public life by appointing representatives. It has instead become a means for … Continue reading

18 April 2016 · Leave a comment

C. S. Lewis on the Debunkers of Monarchy

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16 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Plan White – Redux

… now in Rainbow Pantyhose. Germany’s code name for the strategic plan of its September 1, 1939 invasion of Poland was Fall Weiss—“Plan White.” The plan envisioned a three-month long … Continue reading

12 March 2016 · 1 Comment

“Will Trade Racists for Rapists”

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11 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Bad Democracy vs Bad Monarchy

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”).

10 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Guest Video: “Why Women Destroy Nations / Civilizations – and Other Uncomfortable Truths”

This Saturday’s Guest Video is provided by an individual known on YouTube as the “Black Pigeon”. The video, which is provocatively titled “Why Women Destroy Nations / Civilizations – and … Continue reading

27 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy Makes Every Man Forget His Own Ancestors

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17 February 2016 · Leave a comment

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

“Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew … Continue reading

11 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: Thomas Carlyle, “The Latter Day Pamphlets”

“Unanimity on board ship ; yes, indeed, the ship’s crew may be very unanimous, which doubtless, for the time being, will be very comfortable to the ship’s crew, and to their Phantasm Captain … Continue reading

19 October 2015 · 1 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

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: Keith Preston, “Aristokratia” (Vol. 3, 2015)

“The guiding principles of contemporary liberal democracies are an all-pervasive consumerism and loudly proclaiming one’s own status as an official victim of historic or cosmic injustices, whether real or imaginary. … Continue reading

28 September 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Mircea Eliade, “The Portugal Journal”

“My lack of interest for sociology, Marxism, and so forth is owing to the statement often made that these disciplines give you the illusion of having global explanations of history, … Continue reading

21 September 2015 · 4 Comments

Quote of the Week: José Ortega y Gasset, “Revolt of the Masses”

“The mass-man regards himself as perfect. The select man, in order to regard himself so, needs to be specially vain, and the belief in his perfection is not united with … Continue reading

31 August 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Bryan Caplan, “The Myth of the Rational Voter”

“In the end, apologists for democracy often fall back on Winston Churchill’s slogan, ‘Democracy is the worst form of government, except all those other forms that have been tried from … Continue reading

15 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Alain de Benoist, “The Problem of Democracy”

“All ancient authors who have extolled democracy have praised it not because it is an intrinsically egalitarian regime, but because it is a regime in which competition is open to … Continue reading

8 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America”

“Democracy not only gives the industrial classes a task for letters but also brings an industrial spirit into literature. “In aristocracies readers are few and fastidious; in democracies they are … Continue reading

18 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Theresa Amato, “Grand Illusion”

“For the better part of last century, we have all been steamrolled into a big consensus pot, harmonized into the middle, so we don’t cause any revolutions. Stability über alles. … Continue reading

11 May 2015 · 1 Comment

The Opposite of Quality is Equality

▪ Republished with permission of the Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries and Radish Magazine. SydneyTrads is the internet portal and communication page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young … Continue reading

1 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Reactionaries Read: “The Latter-Day Pamphlets” (1850)

“Reactionaries read The Latter-Day Pamphlets (1850) because  it”s never too late to get it right.” (Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries; Radish Magazine) “Your ship cannot double Cape Horn by its excellent … Continue reading

10 April 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Michael Anissimov, “A Critique of Democracy”

“The first step to being able to consider democracy as an option, rather than a mandatory necessity for any civilized country, is to go back to the Enlightenment and look … Continue reading

6 April 2015 · 1 Comment

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Frank Salter, "The Aboriginal Question" (2018)

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Frank Salter, “The War on Human Nature in Australia’s Political Culture” (2017)

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Paul Gottfried, "Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt - Toward a Secular Theocracy" (2004)

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Paul Gottfried, “After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State” (1999)

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