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Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “The Queen’s Lament”

Boudicca looks down at her feet Weeps for her sons and daughters She did not suffer her defeat To stand idle by such slaughters In bronze cast solid, firm and … Continue reading

24 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “Stuck in a Rutte”

He shrinks yet he wins, He hails himself hero I’d give him a fiddle, And watch him play Nero A small patch of land, Much reclaimed from the sea Blessed … Continue reading

18 March 2017 · 1 Comment

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

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “Lost in the Wilder-ness”

From a window I can choose a whore Schnapps until I hit the floor Indulge myself with magic herb Nude on T.V. does not disturb What I do mustn’t matter … Continue reading

7 March 2017 · 2 Comments

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “How to Save Boiling Frogs”

I find that every now and then I am refresh’d by Marine Le Pen Once or twice, she cuts it fine Too much “1789″ But if I tire of such … Continue reading

5 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “Who Are You Mr. Powell?”

Enoch who? Enoch Powell? Why do you howl? Why do you scowl? I see the flood Smell Virgil’s blood Thames dry mud Execration! Ululation! Ha! My salvation! – Luke Torrisi … Continue reading

3 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Poetry by Luke Torrisi: “Rust Belt Lament”

Yes we can, yes we can We can what – I hear no plan? I am but a simple man I might feel pain But I don’t complain I just … Continue reading

1 March 2017 · 1 Comment

Introduction and Welcome to the 2017 Symposium of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum

“It’s been fourteen days since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump” – that was how we intended to commence our introduction to this latest Symposium of the Sydney Traditionalist … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 4 Comments

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

The “Cashless Society” – Opportunities and Risks

A Report into the 36th Round Table Forum of Western Heritage Australia, NSW Parliament House. On 9 August 2016, Luke Torrisi participated in the Round Table Forum organised by Western … Continue reading

21 September 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

Introduction and Welcome to the 2016 Symposium of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum

Though we inhabit an era marked by rapid scientific advance and technological proliferation, evidence of cultural decay and social rot dominates our experience of modern ‘civilisation’. While we are constantly … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 6 Comments

2016 Symposium – Luke Torrisi

Politics, Transcendence and the Corner Store These days I find far too many people, who profess to be on the side against progressive politics and Cultural Marxism, only capable of … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 2 Comments

Ave Et Vale – Roderick Ian West

“Do not suppose, that in thus appealing to the ancients, I am throwing back the world two thousand years, and fettering Philosophy with the reasonings of paganism.” – Bl. John … Continue reading

26 January 2016 · 4 Comments

2015 Symposium – Luke Torrisi

Don’t Mention the War! Conservatives’ Forgotten Role The Paleoconservative or Traditionalist is a lonely soul.1 They often feel displaced, going about their business in a dissociative state. They are grateful … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

2015 Symposium – Morgan Qasabian (Part 2)

Conservative Prospects in the Second Age of Malcolm Part Two [Return to: Part One] IV Tony Abbott went to the 2013 election promising to restore freedom of speech by repealing §18C … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

Introduction and Welcome to the 2015 Symposium of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum

If indeed the major consequence of a near-universal liberal hegemony in the cultural sphere has seen politics displaced by economics, perhaps noone ought to be surprised at the endemic mediocrity of the Western … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · 1 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

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

The ANZAC Tradition: Identity and Values

Instead of publishing our own message for this year’s ANZAC remembrance, we feel that the following exchange which occurred during the question and answer session at the 22 April 2015 Quadrant … Continue reading

25 April 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Luke Torrisi, Address at the University of Technology Sydney

“The word conservative is perhaps the most grossly misunderstood and misused word in current political dialogue. A lot of people are running around calling themselves conservatives, that quite frankly, aren’t. … Continue reading

13 April 2015 · Leave a comment

Tradition and Reaction in Quadrant

Readers of SydneyTrads will be interested to note the publication of Luke Torrisi’s “Tradition and Reaction in Conservative Politics” which appears in the January-February issue of Quadrant magazine.1 Torrisi is the host of Radio … Continue reading

1 January 2015 · 1 Comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Barlow Girl – Grey

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 11 April 2011, and form the … Continue reading

16 June 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Eric Clapton – My Father’s Eyes

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Dominik Giemza. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 6 September 2010, and form … Continue reading

28 April 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

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Steven Curtis Chapman – Fingerprints of God

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, 14 February 2011, and form … Continue reading

17 February 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Aaron Tippin – You Gotta Stand for Somethin’

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 last year and form the basis … Continue reading

10 February 2014 · Leave a comment

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

“The genuinely conservative government will not shy away from drawing necessary distinctions between what is compatible with a free society and what is not conducive to maintaining a stable body … Continue reading

13 January 2014 · Leave a comment

First “Shots Fired” in Australia’s Culture War, 2014

Cory Bernardi wrote a book late last year titled The Conservative Revolution (Connor Court, 2013). To most thinking Conservatives the more controversial element of the book would have been its … Continue reading

12 January 2014 · 4 Comments

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

A Question for “Conservatives”

It was drawn to my attention that this week’s episode of the ABC programme Q & A began with a rather “strong question”.1 Normally I regard this programme as a form … Continue reading

6 November 2013 · 2 Comments

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

William of Cloudeslee: Who is He?

In an effort to educate my eldest boy as to his heritage, I decided to read to him from a book that I ‘salvaged’ entitled Hero-Myths and Legends of the British … Continue reading

18 September 2013 · Leave a comment

Multiculturalism by Another Name

Subscription identity is but multiculturalism by another name. What do I mean by this term? The notion that regardless of one’s identity: by culture, race, religion or creed, one can … Continue reading

11 September 2013 · 4 Comments

Fifth Documentary Screening, Friday 9 August 2013

Last week, the Sydney traditionalists organised the fifth documentary screening for university students and young professionals who are active in the local conservative scene. The film was The Demographic Winter, which … Continue reading

16 August 2013 · Leave a comment

Fourth Documentary Screening with Honoured Guest, Sen. Cory Bernardi, 8 April 2013

Last month, on Monday 8 April 2013, the Sydney Traditionalist Forum hosted its fourth documentary screening, the first which was attended by an honoured guest: Senator Cory Bernardi of South … Continue reading

11 May 2013 · 1 Comment

Ideology In Our Vexicology

With great dismay, we have again seen the cast of usual suspects revising what should be  one of our most treasured national symbols – our national flag. However, on this … Continue reading

9 March 2013 · 7 Comments

Conservative Tales No.1: The Instruction of Tradition

A national or racial culture exists when the works (art, letters) of that nation do not and do not need to ask favours because they have been produced by a … Continue reading

29 October 2012 · 1 Comment

Recommended book:

Cory Bernardi, "The Conservative Revolution"

Cory Bernardi, "The Conservative Revolution" (Connor Court, 2013)

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Recommended book:

Derek Turner, "Sea Changes" (Washington Summit Publishers 2012)

RSS Thermidor Mag

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