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The Red Badge of Remembrance

At this year’s February Symposium, Mr. M. W. Davis issued a rousing call for Traditionalist men and women to return to traditional, national dress as an indispensable act of counterrevolution.1 … Continue reading

10 July 2017 · 1 Comment

Equal & Opposite – On Dispositionalism

In a recent post for The Spectator Australia I signaled the end (perhaps prematurely) of my willingness to put up with the endless stream of disappointments issuing forth from the … Continue reading

16 June 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Equal & Opposite – Pharyngula and the Future of Christianity in the West

Every Sabbath, Christians in the Middle East face the too-real possibility of martyrdom. As they wash their face in the morning, they catch themselves in the mirror and ask, am … Continue reading

29 April 2017 · 2 Comments

Equal & Opposite – Much Ado About Marriage

Does anyone know what ‘marriage’ is anymore, let alone why they think gays should (or shouldn’t) be part of it? The answer is, basically, ‘No’ on both counts. For our … Continue reading

22 April 2017 · 3 Comments

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 – 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

The Free Mind: Festschrift for Prof. Barry Spurr

In Character and Culture (1940) Irving Babbitt wrote that “practicality pursued mechanically and one-sidedly may become a vice.”1 One might interpret this as a warning against the dangers of an … Continue reading

1 June 2016 · 3 Comments

2015 Symposium – M. W. Davis

Voting Traditionalists are Here to Stay, And so is Party Politics In light of the recent Liberal Party leadership spill, traditional conservatives in Australia have favoured one of two courses … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · 1 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

Australian Establicons: Intentional Blindness is a Virtue

One could be forgiven for thinking that we have entered a new phase of collective political stupidity, where our national ‘leaders’ seem committed to manage – and not oppose – the … Continue reading

20 March 2015 · 1 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

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 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

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

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

Essays on the Frankfurt School, Part I: Cultural Marxism

The Right-Wing Slogan of the Year for 2013 was Smash Cultural Marxism (followed shortly by Anti-Racist is a Code Word for Anti-White). It’s unclear if anyone can account for the … Continue reading

1 January 2014 · 2 Comments

Pied Noir

¶ When Venner shot himself Jean and I went to see Papa because we knew he’d be a wreck. When we made it to the house Annette, our stepmother, shook her … Continue reading

23 October 2013 · Leave a comment

Classicism: Its Theory and Practice

I. The Question Anyone possessed with a literary enthusiasm has read a poem written in the last half-century or so that made them wince with pain—a poem written by someone … Continue reading

9 October 2013 · 1 Comment

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