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Weblog of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum

2017 Symposium – Richard Cocks

Philosophy and The Crisis of the Modern World To find a way out of the current confusions and rifts in modern Western societies, and for its various countries to regain … 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

The Reflexive Problem in Analytic Philosophy: Illogical Logicians

On some topics, most analytic philosophers embrace assertions that involve gross violations of logic and common sense. For instance, determinism is either accepted as true, or it is at least … Continue reading

13 September 2016 · 15 Comments

Quote of the Week: Peter Viereck, “Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment”

“Conversely, the trade-union movement in the English Speaking world (see pages 84-87) often represents not the massman or Overadjusted Man but an anti-modern, unconsciously conservative protest against massman rootlessness and … Continue reading

23 May 2016 · 2 Comments

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 – 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 – 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

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

Quote of the Week: James Kalb, “Against Inclusiveness”

“It is very difficult for liberal public discussion to reject and suppress the clear indications of science and scholarship, but inclusiveness must do so in order to deny the stubborn difference among … Continue reading

11 April 2016 · Leave a comment

Human Nature News – Ways to Whiteness

Peter Baldwin, who served as a minister in the Hawke and Keating Labor governments, has written a fascinating assault on whiteness studies, a branch of “critical race theory”.1 There is … Continue reading

24 November 2015 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: HRH Prince of Wales, “Harmony”

“Official thinking is just as bad. There are constant efforts to introduce GM technology and to encourage ‘efficient,’ economy of scale systems of farming which, of course, means that small … Continue reading

17 August 2015 · 2 Comments

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: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“The principles which have guided mankind for centuries provide a very clear map of the path we should take. In fact, they should be entirely uncontroversial for the religious and … Continue reading

31 March 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: Juan Donoso Cortés, “Essays on Catholicism, Liberalism and Socialism”

“And what we have said of ages, can be said of men. Denying or granting them the faith, God denies or grants them the truth. He does not grant or … Continue reading

3 February 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Samuel Coleridge, “The Statesman’s Manual”

“Need I add the inherent unfitness, as well as the direful consequences, of making virtue … depend on talent – a gift so unequally dispensed by nature, the degree in … Continue reading

23 December 2013 · Leave a comment

Not Your Traditional Idea of Education

Some would regard it as a brilliant piece of modern advertising. It is personal, crisp, direct. It carries a simple and effective message: “Oh come all ye young aspirants and … Continue reading

2 October 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Matthew Crawford, “Shop Class as Soulcraft”

“Ironically, it is now the managerial elite of international capital that is likely to complain of the false consciousness of those workers on whom the idea of the nation retains … Continue reading

29 July 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: James Kalb, “Against Inclusiveness”

“When a tendency has gone to extremes, it is most evident that something must be done to oppose it. Opposing one aspect of it may not be enough to reverse … Continue reading

22 July 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Peter Viereck, “Unadjusted Man in the Age of Overadjustment”

“The meaningful moral choice is not between conforming and nonconforming but between conforming to the ephemeral, stereotyped values of the moment and conforming to the ancient, lasting archetypal values shared … Continue reading

3 December 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Russell Kirk, “The Conservative Mind”

“I think that there are six canons of conservative thought – Belief in a transcendent order, or body of natural law, which rules society as well as conscience. Political problems, … Continue reading

23 April 2012 · Leave a comment

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Cory Bernardi, "The Conservative Revolution"

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