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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

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

Contents Part 1 (click here to return) Part 2 (appears on this page) I. Introduction II. The Academic “Experts” III. Discussion IV. Conclusion and Policy Implications III Discussion The four … Continue reading

15 June 2018 · 2 Comments

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 Sexes: Complementary, Not “Equal”

A key component of the ideology currently dominant in the West is the “equality” of the sexes and the consequent struggle to eliminate “discrimination” between them. If this doctrine seems … Continue reading

11 March 2018 · 2 Comments

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

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 II – Barry Spurr

Reclaiming the University The tolerance practised by modern elites is tyrannical. They say: ‘You must listen to what I am going to say. Then you must either praise my virtue … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 3 Comments

Meeting Mark Latham – A Curious Identitarianism for Australia

A contingent of STF stalwarts attended an event organised by dissidents within mainstream party politics that featured guest speakers Mark Latham and Ross Cameron. They shared ideas about many things, … Continue reading

15 March 2017 · 2 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 – 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

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

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

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19 December 2016 · 1 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

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 Inherent Futility of Utopian and Abstract National Projects

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22 September 2016 · Leave a comment

Irving Babbitt on the Conceits of Progressive Ideologues

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”).

15 September 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Jonathan Bowden, “Western Civilization Bites Back”

“If you look at mass popular culture, the heroic is still alive. It’s still alive in junk films, in comic books, in forms that culturally elitist society and intellectuals disprivilege. … Continue reading

22 August 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Peter Viereck, “Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment”

“Conversely, the trade-union movement in the English Speaking world (see pages 84-87) often represents not the massman or Overadjusted Man but an anti-modern, unconsciously conservative protest against massman rootlessness and … Continue reading

23 May 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Slavoj Žižek, “The Sublime Object of Ideology”

“When a discipline is in crisis, attempts are made to change or supplement its theses within the terms of its basic framework – a procedure one might call ‘Ptolemization’ (since when data … Continue reading

2 May 2016 · 3 Comments

2016 Symposium – Thomas F. Bertonneau

Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony: Art Transcending Politics The topic is not only compound but complex, associating itself with numerous difficulties.  The term transcendence, for example, is more often associated with religion … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: James Kalb, “Against Inclusiveness”

“It is very difficult for liberal public discussion to reject and suppress the clear indications of science and scholarship, but inclusiveness must do so in order to deny the stubborn difference among … Continue reading

11 April 2016 · 1 Comment

Francis Bacon on Utopian and Abstract Thinkers

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23 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

The Petty Circular Firing Squads of Feminist Journalism in Australia

Over the past few days, a furore has erupted in the Australian media over an interview on Sydney-based Channel 7 breakfast show Sunrise on Thursday 11th of February 2016, with … Continue reading

16 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Brazilian Founder of Femen renounces Feminism, Embraces Christianity

The founder of Brazil’s ‘chapter’ of the international pornographic protest movement Femen has renounced feminism, embraced pro-life politics, apologised to Christians and expressed a desire to reenter communion with the Catholic … Continue reading

17 January 2016 · 6 Comments

Quote of the Week: Eugene Genovese, “The Southern Tradition”

“But most conservatives have distrusted ideological crusades, especially those which remind them of Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman and profess to stand at Armageddon and battle for the Lord. “For these … Continue reading

7 December 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Francis Graham Wilson, “The Case for Conservatism”

“The chaos of the day is a reflection of the failure of the consolidated liberalism of another era to reach its goal in the immediate present. In the nature of … Continue reading

7 September 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Robert R. Reilly, “Making Gay Okay”

“There are two fundamentally different conceptions of science – one that is scientific and one that is not. In the first, science properly deals with reality, mostly in its physical … Continue reading

15 September 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Ken Tamplin – Living for the Lord

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Luke Torrisi. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 21 February 2011, and form … 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: Juan Donoso Cortés, “Essays on Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism”

“And what we have said of ages, can be said of men. Denying or granting them the faith, God denies or grants them the truth. He does not grant or … Continue reading

3 February 2014 · Leave a comment

Conservative Tales No. 2: Tradition as Language

Last Christmas I had to undertake the awful task of combing the bowels of a ‘shopping centre’ to find some inexpensive ‘stocking fillers’ for my children. I wanted to obtain … Continue reading

20 November 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Humberto Fontova, “Exposing the Real Che Guevara”

“Christopher Hitchens recalls that ‘1968 actually began in 1967 with the murder of Che. His death meant a lot to me, and countless like me, at the time. He was … Continue reading

11 November 2013 · 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

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