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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

2017 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

Identity and the New Nationalism. Where is it going in Eastern Europe? I During the refugee crisis in 2015, it was clear that a huge difference existed in the immigration … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · Leave a comment

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 – M. W. Davis

Fogeyism: in Theory and Practice “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 2 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 – Tomislav Sunić

European or Ethnic Identity? In light of the mass migrations of non-Europeans to Europe we must redefine the notion of the political. The notion of the political is eternal, although … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 3 Comments

Poetry by Emile N. Joseph: “Poetic Speech”

Sometimes when you start to speak idiomatically, You’ll start to be poetic automatically. This is because idioms are mostly metaphorical, And contain, to your surprise, some elements rhetorical. For example, … Continue reading

24 July 2016 · 2 Comments

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

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

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 – Alain de Benoist

Irreplaceable Communities Communities, whether they are ancient or recent, of an ethno-cultural, linguistic, religious, sexual nature or other, are natural dimensions of membership. No individual can exist without membership, even … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 3 Comments

2016 Symposium – Alain de Benoist

Irremplaçables Communautés Les communautés, qu’elles soient anciennes ou récentes, de nature ethno-culturelle, linguistique, religieuse, sexuelle ou autre, sont des dimensions naturelles d’appartenance. Aucun individu ne peut exister sans appartenance, fût-ce … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Progress is the name Moderns give to the Destruction of what our Ancestors Nurtured

SydneyTrads is the internet portal and communication page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “dissident … Continue reading

31 December 2015 · Leave a comment

Who Has Ever Seen the “Individual”?

SydneyTrads is the internet portal and communication page of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum: an association of young professionals who form part of the Australian independent right (also known as “dissident … Continue reading

25 December 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Jean-Pierre Changeux, “What Makes Us Think?”

“On the other hand, what is true for language is also true, by implication, for a particular system of cultural representations, of legal and ethical rules. If, on his arrival … Continue reading

2 November 2015 · 2 Comments

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

Divided by a Common Language

The following article is a fictionalized account of an American teacher of English at a French university, as he attempts to justify his dialect before a class of hostile anti-American students. The … Continue reading

25 March 2015 · 1 Comment

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

Quote of the Week: Thomas Molnar, “Utopia, the Perennial Heresy”

“In his desire to start from the ‘unspoiled beginning,’ the utopian feels he must clear away what has gone before, that is, everything from the customary meaning of words to … Continue reading

16 June 2014 · Leave a comment

Poem: “Accents”

In this world, there are various accents around, And each speaker emits a particular sound. Did you know that your accent reveals who you are? If you’re conscious of that, … Continue reading

22 May 2014 · Leave a comment

Poem: “Modern Life or Modern Death?”

They stare at Windows all the livelong day, Yet breathe in no fresh air. Despite new means of contact now in play, Communication’s rare. They trap their fragile hearts inside … Continue reading

15 May 2014 · Leave a comment

Can the Internet Really Change the Language?

Linguists like David Crystal are now claiming that the Internet, that new, impersonal force of the 21st Century, is able to change the language over twenty to fifty years. No … Continue reading

14 May 2014 · 1 Comment

Poem: “The English Tongue Today”

Once upon a time the English tongue, Used to be like rhythmic music sung. What has happened to this speech today? Tortured it has been in every way. Many ulcers … Continue reading

8 May 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

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: Simon Heffer, “Strictly English”

“George Orwell, perhaps the finest stylist in English in the 20th century, argued in the late 1940s that our language was declining thanks to ‘political and economic causes’. In his … Continue reading

21 October 2013 · Leave a comment

My Education in Australia

When I look back on my life in Australia, I feel truly grateful for the education which I received, and which forms an integral part of my identity. I am … Continue reading

25 May 2013 · Leave a comment

Elegant English: How to Communicate like a Gentleman or a Lady

Whenever I have lamented the poor use of English grammar, lexicon or semantics in the present age, people have told me that I was over-reacting, and that English, like all … Continue reading

16 February 2013 · 15 Comments

T. S. Eliot and Reactionary Modernism in the Early Twentieth Century

T. S. Eliot is best known as the greatest poet of the twentieth century. Less known, at least in the popular imagination, is his substantial contribution to the rich legacy … Continue reading

9 February 2013 · 2 Comments

All Things Being Equal – The Madness of Egalitarianism in Australia

Introduction Anyone who has lived in Australia for even one day would notice how fiercely egalitarian this culture is, or how everyone strives for equality at every level and at … Continue reading

2 February 2013 · 7 Comments

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