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Guest Video: Jordan Peterson Recounts a Story about Egyptian Gods

This week’s Guest Video is presented by Dr. Jordan Peterson, who here recalls an ancient Egyptian myth as an allegory for the cycle of life and death and the battle … Continue reading

18 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 – 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

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

2017 Symposium – Paul Gottfried

A View of the Political Scene The election of Donald Trump and the decisive ways in which he has acted against the immigration lobby and other entrenched leftist interests since … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Julius Evola on Man and Woman, King and Farmer

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”).

7 October 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Plato, “Republic”

“For when your guardians are ignorant of the law of births, and unite bride and bridegroom out of season, the children will not be goodly or fortunate. And tough only … Continue reading

5 September 2016 · 1 Comment

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

René Guénon and Eric Voegelin on the Degeneration of Right Order [Part I]

I Introduction The Diadochic Kingdoms No area of Western history is quite as recondite as that of the Diadochic empires, the successor-kingdoms that sprang up in the wake of Alexander … Continue reading

19 July 2016 · 6 Comments

Quote of the Week: Julius Evola, “Heathen Imperium”

“Besides, as we have already stated, although we assert uncompromisingly the necessity of hierarchy, we maintain that this hierarchy should be built dynamically and freely, through natural relations of individual … Continue reading

27 June 2016 · 2 Comments

Alexis de Tocqueville on Aristocratic Society

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”).

16 June 2016 · 4 Comments

2016 Symposium – Michael Tung

A World Turned Upside Down: Finding True North in the Last Hour In this essay I will attempt to sketch out the Traditionalist view of the cosmos and the framework … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 1 Comment

2016 Symposium – James Kalb

Liberalism as a Religion The strange and increasingly nonfunctional condition of Western political and social life cannot easily be changed, because its causes are quite basic. To endure any length … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 3 Comments

“I nourish the good and extinguish the bad”

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 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Alexis de Tocqueville on Power, Corruption and Legitimate Rule

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

21 January 2016 · 2 Comments

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: Thomas Carlyle, “The Latter Day Pamphlets”

“The Universe itself is a Monarchy and Heirarchy [sic]; large liberty of ‘voting’ there, all manner of choice, utmost free-will, but with conditions inexorable and immeasurable annexed to every exercise … Continue reading

21 December 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: Adam L. Tate (on Nathaniel Tucker), “Conservatism and Southern Intellectuals”

“Moral behavior, a central component of society, rested on the strength of the will. Tucker called the human will ‘the master of DESTINY.’ For Tucker, knowledge alone, the realm of … Continue reading

30 November 2015 · 2 Comments

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

Quote of the Week: Alain de Benoist, “The Problem of Democracy”

“All ancient authors who have extolled democracy have praised it not because it is an intrinsically egalitarian regime, but because it is a regime in which competition is open to … Continue reading

8 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Eric Voegelin, “The Political Religions”

“When the heart is sensitive and the mind is perceptive, one look at the world will suffice to see the misery of the human creature and to guess at way … Continue reading

4 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Giovan Battista Vico, “The New Science” (1774)

“So that if worship of providence were forbidden, the natural consequence would be their fall, for a nation of fatalists or casualists or atheists never existed in the world, and we saw … Continue reading

23 March 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Bryce Laliberte, “What is Neoreaction”

“In one sense it the refusal to dialogue with modernism that allows neoreaction to develop, for the very idea of modernism is that dialogue only occurs in the case that … Continue reading

16 March 2015 · 3 Comments

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: John C. Calhoun, “A Disquisition on Government”

“If man had been differently constituted in either particular ;– if, instead of being social in his nature, he had been created without sympathy for his kind, and independent of … Continue reading

24 November 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Sophocles, “Ajax”

“[…] I have learned my lesson, To obey the gods – and not be disrespectful To the sons of Atreus; they are in command, And we are under them; that … Continue reading

13 October 2014 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Hilaire Belloc, “The Crisis of Civilization”

“Status arose from the strong, instinctive demand of a Catholic society for stable social relations between men, and, what was much more important, for a stable sufficiency of livelihood attaching … Continue reading

25 August 2014 · Leave a comment

The Great Man of History and the Fallacy of Equality

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? [Where is the Great Man?] (1 Corinthians 1:20, English Standard Version) Many … Continue reading

16 July 2014 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Guillaume Faye, “Archeofuturism”

“Moreover, as the philosopher Raymond Ruyer, detested by the left-bank intelligentsia, foretold in his two important works, Les nuisances idéologiques and Les cents prochains siècles, once the historical digression of … Continue reading

7 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Neil Peart – The Trees

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, 20 January 2014, and form … Continue reading

9 June 2014 · 2 Comments

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: René Guénon, “Crisis of the Modern World”

“Finally, there remains one direct consequence of the democratic idea to consider, and this is the negation of the idea of an elite; it is not for nothing that a … Continue reading

10 February 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Julius Evola, “Revolt Against the Modern World”

“Prior to the advent of the civilization of the Third Estate (mercantilism, capitalism), the social ethics that was religiously sanctioned in the West consisted in realizing one’s being and in … Continue reading

6 January 2014 · 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

Quote of the Week: Jonathan Bowden, Interview at the Union Jack Club, 21 November 2009

“Q. Why aren’t you a liberal?” “A. Well, I think basically because liberalism is not a three dimensional view of life. I don’t think it’s at all deep or at all sincere […] … Continue reading

29 April 2013 · Leave a comment

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