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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

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 – Valdis Grinsteins

Identity and the New Nationalism. Where is it going in Eastern Europe? I During the refugee crisis in 2015, it was clear that a huge difference existed in the immigration … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · Leave a comment

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

2017 Symposium – Urho Lintinen

Restraint: An Heroic Tale in Three Acts Every now and then, a social phenomenon reported by the omnipresent media drives me to engage with a recurring cycle which begins with … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 2 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

G. K. Chesterton: In this World, Heaven is Rebelling Against Hell

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11 October 2016 · 2 Comments

Retreat to Hell or Advance to Heaven

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5 October 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Gerhart Niemeyer, “Modern Age”

“It is an experience that later befell Mustapha Kemal, the father of ‘modern’ Turkey, and Nehru, the leader of India’s ‘modernization.’ Moved by this experience strong groups within a number … Continue reading

26 September 2016 · 1 Comment

Lee Kuan Yew on Multicultural Democracy

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”).

8 September 2016 · 2 Comments

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

Guest Video: Milo Yiannopoulos on the Bolt Report

Today’s Guest Video is an interview with Milo Yiannopoulos that recently broadcast on Australia’s Bolt Report (Sky News): “Gay politicians, the gay establishment generally and gay charities in particular, are highly … Continue reading

16 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Carl Schmitt, “The Concept of the Political”

“A religious community, a church, can exhort a member to die for his belief and become a martyr, but only for the salvation of his own soul, not for the … Continue reading

4 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, Australia Voted…

After knifing Tony Abbott and assuming leadership of the Liberal Party, Malcolm Turnbull promised to usher in an age of fiscal discipline, tax cuts and deregulation, which would inevitably lead … Continue reading

3 July 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

2016 Symposium – Gwendolyn Taunton

Nietzsche: The Physician of Culture Do not be afraid of the stream of things: this stream turns back on itself: it runs away from itself not only twice. Every ‘it … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 1 Comment

2016 Symposium – Kristor J. Lawson

The Social Contract with the Logos Society as manifest in all its organs and instruments – including the individual – is mediated by a web of agreements among disparate entities … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – Thomas F. Bertonneau

Shostakovich’s “Leningrad” Symphony: Art Transcending Politics The topic is not only compound but complex, associating itself with numerous difficulties.  The term transcendence, for example, is more often associated with religion … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

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 – Valdis Grinsteins

The failure of Utopian Europe The great advantage of seeing things from afar is that the whole can be appreciated without the observer being distracted with irrelevant or trivial details. … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · Leave a comment

2016 Symposium – Valdis Grinsteins

El Fracaso de la Europa Utopista. La gran ventaja de ver las cosas de lejos es que fácilmente observamos el conjunto y no nos distraemos en los detalles. Un árbol, … 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

The Beauty of Cathedrals Prepare Our Souls for the Eucharist

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31 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Flannery O’Conner on the Cost of Religion

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17 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Arthur Versluis “Antimodernism”

“If the essence of modernism is progress, a belief that technological development means socioeconomic improvement, the heart of antimodernism is a realization that ‘progress’ has an underbelly – that technological industrial development has destructive consequences … Continue reading

8 February 2016 · Leave a comment

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: Robert Lewis Dabney, “Discussions”

“These attempts to do the impossible illustrate the most absurd enterprise of all: the attempt of our modern materialistic infidels to abolish religion. The Commune shouted, ‘Down with property and … Continue reading

14 December 2015 · 3 Comments

2015 Symposium – Frank Salter

Australian Conservatism after Abbott: The Need for Social Movements Following the replacement of Tony Abbott by Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister, some conservatives are asking what can be done to … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · 1 Comment

2015 Symposium – Thomas F. Bertonneau

Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs On Baudelairean Traditionalism I The Prelude Edwin Dyga invites a response to the question, Whither Conservatism – or rather “Quo Vadis, Conservatism,” a nicely history-minded verbal … 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

Quote of the Week: Eugene Genovese, “The Southern Tradition”

“Still, whatever may go on in New York and the Bay Area, in Dixie and across much of the American heartland a lot of folks, black and white, still attend … Continue reading

27 July 2015 · 3 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: Joseph de Maistre, “Generative Principle of Political Constitutions”

“Those who have been happy to corrupt old institutions while preserving their external forms have perhaps done as much damage to mankind. Already the influence of modern universities on morals … Continue reading

22 December 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

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Dolly Parton – The Seeker

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, 8 November 2010, and form the … Continue reading

2 June 2014 · Leave a comment

The Liberal Culture Olympics

One could say that the Eurovision song contest is the Liberal Olympics except that the Olympics have themselves become so attuned to the zeitgeist it is more accurate to refer … Continue reading

27 May 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

Ark de Triumph: Review of “Noah” (Darren Aronofsky)

The Biblical epic of Noah and his Ark has been a childhood staple for generations of Sunday school going youngsters – the felt board classic, replete with cute animals sticking … Continue reading

3 April 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Don Cook and John Barlow Jarvis – Born & Raised in Black & White

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Dominic Giemza. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 30 August 2010, and form … Continue reading

24 March 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Mark Topham and Karl Twigg – Pray

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, 9 August 2010, and form … Continue reading

10 March 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

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 · 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: 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

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