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Marxism and Secularism’s Cultural Overreach

I God is the “Opiate of the People” For Karl Marx, God is what he calls the “opiate of the people.” That is, belief in God is a kind of … Continue reading

22 October 2018 · 1 Comment

Sam Harris: The Unconverted

René Girard argues that all the great tales are conversion stories; the sinner redeemed. This is why Dostoevsky novels are ultimately uplifting. As someone commented, Crime and Punishment could be … Continue reading

19 August 2018 · 4 Comments

Poetry by Carl Hildebrand: “The Trothing Supper”

I O Italy! When winter groweth young and dies, When grim leans gay and dirges merrily, And corpsey-husks late wan burst blossoming, And dip and dance upon forgetful sighs Of … Continue reading

7 July 2018 · 1 Comment

Keats’ Negative Capability and Ontological Mystery

In December 1817 the romantic poet, John Keats (1795-1821), wrote a letter to his two brothers, George and Thomas, where his now famous expression negative capability first appeared. Keats was … Continue reading

18 June 2018 · 1 Comment

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 – 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 – 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

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 · 6 Comments

Globalism, Don Juan and the Perennial Philosophy

The perennial philosophy involves the notion that there are certain metaphysical truths that transcend any particular culture: that there is essentially just one wisdom tradition and it identifies a hierarchy … Continue reading

20 February 2017 · 5 Comments

2017 Symposium – James Kalb

Identity and the Civilization of the West Identity has become a problem today. No one seems sure where it comes from, what it is for, or what difference it should … Continue reading

11 February 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 – Alastair Paynter

Whither Albion? Whither Europe? 2016 showed itself to be the year of possibility. Things which seemed unlikely or nigh impossible a mere two or three years ago have come to … 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

Roger Scruton on Le Corbusier

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14 December 2016 · 1 Comment

G. K. Chesterton on Progress and Growth

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13 December 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 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 · 7 Comments

Roger Scruton on Purpose

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13 October 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Howard S. Schwartz, “Society Against Itself”

“Political correctness has to generalize. Meaning is structured around the pursuit of a fantasy, and that fantasy is never realized. This means that, in principle, meaning cannot be verified directly. … Continue reading

10 October 2016 · 1 Comment

The Reflexive Problem in Analytic Philosophy: Illogical Logicians

On some topics, most analytic philosophers embrace assertions that involve gross violations of logic and common sense. For instance, determinism is either accepted as true, or it is at least … Continue reading

13 September 2016 · 15 Comments

Bertrand Russell on Love and the Human Condition

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2 September 2016 · 1 Comment

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

Dominique Venner on Identity

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”).

30 June 2016 · 2 Comments

A Reflection on Joseph Pearce’s “A Christian Response to Europe’s Crisis”

Joseph Pearce recently had a provocative article published in the UK’s Catholic Herald, titled “A Christian Response to Europe’s Crisis.”1 Some might not know who he is, but he comes … Continue reading

5 June 2016 · 5 Comments

Titus Livius Patavinus on the Nature of the Multitude

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26 May 2016 · 2 Comments

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 – Peter King

Of the World Some scientists tell the story that we are all made of matter that has existed since the beginning of the universe, and which will remain after we … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

The failure of Utopian Europe The great advantage of seeing things from afar is that the whole can be appreciated without the observer being distracted with irrelevant or trivial details. … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

El Fracaso de la Europa Utopista. La gran ventaja de ver las cosas de lejos es que fácilmente observamos el conjunto y no nos distraemos en los detalles. Un árbol, … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a 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

2016 Symposium – Barry Spurr

“Falling towers”: T.S. Eliot, the Decline of the West and the Doctrine of the Incarnation I Central to T.S. Eliot’s Anglo-Catholic faith and practice, which he pursued from the time … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 6 Comments

Quote of the Week: J. R. R. Tolkien, Letter to his Son Concerning Women, Courtship and Romance

“You may meet in life (as in literature) women who are flighty, or even plain wanton — I don’t refer to mere flirtatiousness, the sparring practice for the real combat, … Continue reading

28 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Gérard Zwang, “La Fonction Érotique”

“The human condition is lived only as a man or woman. From the moment of fertilization, the die is cast. Some people prate about the bisexualism of every human being. Such a notion does not exceed the … Continue reading

7 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Thomas Molnar, “The Counter-Revolution”

“The ideological energy this doctrine was able to generate was immense, it was Christian energy redirected towards purely secular and utopian ends. First of all, it satisfied the individual’s appetite … Continue reading

22 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Freedom and Equality

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7 January 2016 · 1 Comment

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: Ezra Pound, “An Introduction to the Economic Nature of the United States”

“Man has been reduced not even to a digestive tube, but to a bag of money that gradually is losing its value. This cycle has lasted three centuries; from the … Continue reading

29 June 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: 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

The Great Man of History and the Fallacy of Equality

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? [Where is the Great Man?] (1 Corinthians 1:20, English Standard Version) Many … Continue reading

16 July 2014 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Yukio Mishima, “Spring Snow”

“For everything sacred has the substance of dreams and memories, and so we experience the miracle of what is separated from us by time or distance suddenly being made tangible. … Continue reading

5 May 2014 · 1 Comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part V: Distributism

The final essay in this series will address the question of government. And, of course, more will be left unsaid than said thereby: we’ve not spoken at all about, say, … Continue reading

19 March 2014 · 1 Comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part II: Existentialism

I. Introduction If we’re going to tackle the Frankfurt School, we ought to understand their ideas. In order to understand their ideas, we have to confront their basic assumptions. This … Continue reading

8 January 2014 · 1 Comment

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