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Victim Privilege and its Consequences

Several recent events have highlighted the increasingly influential role that identity politics have played in shaping the West’s cultural and political discourses. While the only voices of lamentation seem to … Continue reading

31 August 2018 · 2 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

2017 Symposium II – Mark Richardson

The Future Belongs to Us (if we want it to) It is tempting for those on the traditionalist scene to think that conservatism is a spent force or that there … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 1 Comment

Equal & Opposite – Charles Wooley is a Clever Chap

Charles Wooley, as you may have heard, is a clever chap. The 60 Minutes reporter has written a very clever piece in The Australian about the clever things he would’ve … Continue reading

8 June 2017 · 2 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

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

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

Guest Video: “How the Left Conquered the Right”

This Saturday’s Guest Video is Prof. Paul Gottfried’s address to the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Property and Freedom Society of 23-26 May 2011 at Bodrum Turkey, “How the Left … Continue reading

16 January 2016 · 2 Comments

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: Justin Raimondo, “Reclaiming the American Right”

“In the post-Cold War world, libertarians and authentic conservatives are rediscovering their common Old Right heritage not in order to satisfy some purely scholarly impulse, but out of political necessity. … Continue reading

23 November 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: George Nash, “The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945”

“For radical libertarianism (or anarchism, or radical capitalism – the names seemed interchangeable) drew most of its support not from established right-wing intellectuals but from college students – for example, … Continue reading

16 November 2015 · 2 Comments

2015 Symposium – Paul Edward Gottfried

Paleoconservatism: A Vanishing Traditional Right The apparent discontent and turmoil among Australian traditionalists after the ousting of the former Prime Minister by the socially liberal Malcolm Turnbull, as reported in … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

Faux-Conservatism Alive and Well at Sydney University

Every so often I am provided with a piece of writing, where the author purports to be a “conservative”, so that I may offer comment as to its bona fides. … Continue reading

18 September 2015 · 4 Comments

Deconstructing ‘Progress’: Review of “The War on Human Nature in Australian Political Culture” (Frank Salter)

Dr. Frank Salter has been a critic of the progressive social project in Australia for at least the past several decades. It is rare to find an academic applying the skills … Continue reading

28 January 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Hans-Hermann Hoppe, “Democracy – The God that Failed”

“Let me now come to an evaluation of contemporary conservatism, and then go on to explain why conservatives today must be antistatist libertarians and, equally important, why libertarians must be … Continue reading

1 December 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Theodore Dalrymple, “Our Culture, What’s Left of It”

“Even Mill came to see the limitations of his own principle as a guide for policy and to deny that all pleasures were of equal significance for human existence. It … Continue reading

18 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Won’t Someone Please Think of the Cancer?

The phrase ‘I’m only intolerant of intolerance’ seems as silly as ‘the only thing we have to fear is fear itself’. They’re both sort of catchy rhetorical phrases, but they’re … Continue reading

9 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Anthony Ludovici, “A Defence of Conservatism”

“The opposition of a great conservative like the Seventh Earl of Shaftsbury to the Reform Bills of 1832 and 1867, and the Ballot Act of 1872, was … not due … Continue reading

7 April 2014 · Leave a 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

The Dangers of “Enlightened” Foolery

“If two consenting adults want to live together in close union and can find a consenting minister of religion to bless their union, who are we to object? The same … Continue reading

9 March 2014 · Leave a comment

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part IV: Natural Rights

“I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.” — Robert Frost One of the most confusing developments of the late … Continue reading

5 March 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“The very notion of true liberty is often difficult to grasp because it tends to be measured according to subjective values that can differ widely between individuals and cultures. When … Continue reading

24 February 2014 · Leave a comment

The Demise of Being Independent

Today I had the misfortune of finding out that yet another independent book seller is on the brink of closure. It seems to me that the more money people make, … Continue reading

25 September 2013 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Irving Babbitt, “Democracy and Leadership”

“Now the doctrine of enlightened self-interest is not itself superficial. It has been held by profound thinkers like Aristotle and Buddha. But the self that these thinkers have in mind … Continue reading

12 August 2013 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Jesse Helms, “The Ramparts We Watched”

“So, in a very real sense, the character of government is largely an inverse reflection of the character of the people. The weaker the people, the more powerful the government.” … Continue reading

15 July 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Theodore Dalrymple, “In Praise of Prejudice”

“Rights expand to meet the egos of those for whom freedom is nothing but unconstrained action (The only good that deserves the name, says Mill, is that of pushing our … Continue reading

15 April 2013 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Arthur Bryant, “Set in a Silver Sea”

“Rome had grown out of greatness of individual character. It became a community in which individual character counted for nothing compared with an abstraction which proved, in the hour of … Continue reading

24 December 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Sean Gabb, Address to Conservative Future

“A Cameron Government, as I have said, seems willing to try coexistence with the Establishment. The Thatcher Government set out to fight and defeat an earlier and less confident version … Continue reading

12 November 2012 · Leave a comment

Bernardi Takes Knife for Excessive Honesty

South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi was recently forced to resign from the Opposition front bench, where he served as Parliamentary Secretary, after delivering an apparently controversial speech staunchly opposing the Marriage Amendment (No. … Continue reading

22 September 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Quintin Hogg, “The Case for Conservatism”

“The aim of politics, as of all else, is the good life. But the good life is something which cannot be comprehended in some phrase or formula about any political or social order, and … Continue reading

9 April 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Theodore Dalrymple, “In Praise of Prejudice”

“But, as the great historian Lord Acton said, ‘Ideas have a radiation and a development, an ancestry and posterity of their own, in which men play the part of godfathers … Continue reading

2 April 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Uses of Pessimism”

“I am aware that I belong to a kind, and that this kind has a place in nature. I am also aware that I depend upon others in countless ways … Continue reading

26 March 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Thomas Fleming, “The New Right Papers”

“The struggle for power, then, is not a bilateral conflict between ‘liberals’ like Ted Kennedy and conservatives like Ronald Reagan. It is a trilateral (pardon the expression) war going on among … Continue reading

22 January 2012 · Leave a comment

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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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