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Daniel Friberg, The Real Right Returns: A Handbook for the True Opposition (Arktos, 2015)

This book is primarily a collection of essays by Daniel Friberg, who has long experience within the Right, despite his relative youth, and is presently CEO of Arktos Media Ltd., … Continue reading

25 June 2018 · 1 Comment

2017 Symposium II – Frank Salter Pt. I

Strategic Considerations for Anglo-Australian Identitarians Abstract This paper argues that Anglo patriots should use a dual political-cultural strategy to defend the historic Australian nation and reestablish the liberal nationalist state … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 7 Comments

Poetry by E. Antony Gray: “The Death Song of Brother Jonathan”

Perish, shining republic — taller than the sky; You are a white-washed tomb, In you dead men lie; You had ate the world from your seven-hilled home; You have eaten … Continue reading

20 August 2017 · 1 Comment

The Pagan Ordeal of Dominique Venner [Part I]

Dominique Venner (born 16 April 1935) ended his life publicly and dramatically by shooting himself in the mouth before the altar of Our Lady of Notre Dame in Paris three … Continue reading

2 November 2016 · 3 Comments

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

I Guénon, Voegelin, and the Modern Crisis. The concupiscent subject’s response to the Siren Song of the ecumene, to conquer and possess it, qualifies as Voegelin’s privative exodus in at … Continue reading

26 July 2016 · 4 Comments

Quote of the Week: Slavoj Žižek, “The Sublime Object of Ideology”

“When a discipline is in crisis, attempts are made to change or supplement its theses within the terms of its basic framework – a procedure one might call ‘Ptolemization’ (since when data … Continue reading

2 May 2016 · 3 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 – 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 – Barry Spurr

“Falling towers”: T.S. Eliot, the Decline of the West and the Doctrine of the Incarnation I Central to T.S. Eliot’s Anglo-Catholic faith and practice, which he pursued from the time … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 6 Comments

C. S. Lewis on the Debunkers of Monarchy

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 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Bad Democracy vs Bad Monarchy

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”).

10 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Bonus Quote No.4 (Special March ’16 Mardi Gras Edition): Masha Gessen, Sydney Writers’ Festival, 2012

“I also think equally that it’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist […] fighting for gay marriage generally involves lying about what we are going to … Continue reading

4 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Denounce Tradition and all you have left is Rootless Radicalism

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”).

2 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week (Special March ’16 Mardi Gras Edition): Roz Ward, “The Role of the Left in the Struggle for LGBTI Rights” Marxism Conference 2015

“LBGTI oppression and hetronormativity are woven into the fabric of capitalism […] This push to fit people into these physical and social gender constructs that promote heterosexuality is still incredibly strong … Continue reading

29 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Jean Starobinski, “Action and Reaction”

“Recall that in their use of force the tyrannies of the twentieth century all tried to pass themselves off as revolutions and that they sought, systematically or incidentally, to discredit … Continue reading

25 January 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Irving Babbitt, “Democracy and Leadership”

“The remedy for such a failure of the man at the top to Curb his desires does not lie, as the agitator would have us believe, in inflaming the desires … Continue reading

9 November 2015 · 2 Comments

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

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 – Paul Edward Gottfried

Paleoconservatism: A Vanishing Traditional Right The apparent discontent and turmoil among Australian traditionalists after the ousting of the former Prime Minister by the socially liberal Malcolm Turnbull, as reported in … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Francis Graham Wilson, “The Case for Conservatism”

“The chaos of the day is a reflection of the failure of the consolidated liberalism of another era to reach its goal in the immediate present. In the nature of … Continue reading

7 September 2015 · 2 Comments

“She May Look Clean… But”

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 right” … Continue reading

15 May 2015 · 1 Comment

Reactionaries Demand: That The Revolution Stop

“Reactionaries demand that the revolution stop because the Guillotine has done enough.” (Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries; Radish Magazine) “That a good man be ‘free’, be permitted to unfold himself … Continue reading

13 March 2015 · 3 Comments

Reactionaries Know: Political “Progress” is a Myth

“Reactionaries know political ‘progress’ is a myth: technological advances hide societal decay. ” (Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries; Radish Magazine) “Various forces have attempted to set up a defense against … Continue reading

27 February 2015 · 1 Comment

Reactionaries Demand: That The Reign of Terror Stop

“Reactionaries demand that the reign of terror stop because the Guillotine has done enough.” (Thomas Carlyle Club for Young Reactionaries; Radish Magazine) “That a good man be ‘free’, be permitted … Continue reading

13 February 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Thomas Molnar, “The Counter-Revolution”

“Gradually, the counter-revolutionaries came to the realization that they were the real revolutionaries in the sense of the word that is compatible with the reaction to the doctrines of the … Continue reading

15 December 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Thomas Molnar, “Utopia, the Perennial Heresy”

“In his desire to start from the ‘unspoiled beginning,’ the utopian feels he must clear away what has gone before, that is, everything from the customary meaning of words to … Continue reading

16 June 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

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

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

Third Documentary Screening, Friday 8 March 2013

Last Friday, 8 March 2013, the Sydney Traditionalist Forum held its third documentary broadcast in its series of conservative educational films. This was the first function for this year organised … Continue reading

10 March 2013 · Leave a comment

Australia Day 2013

There is much to reflect on this Australia Day, 26 January 2013. This Antipodean island continent that has remained, so far, strongly part of the Anglosphere (subject of course to … Continue reading

26 January 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, “Revolution and Counter-Revolution”

“Everything that has been said herein provides grounds for a practical observation. “Spirits marked by this interior Revolution might conserve a counter-revolutionary attitude in respect to one or many points … Continue reading

5 November 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Edward Shils “Tradition”

“Some of the ideals of the Enlightenment have not been realised. Others have been realised and are contradictory, and as a result, evil potentialities have been brought into reality. The … Continue reading

22 October 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: John Kekes, “A Case for Conservatism”

“Some liberals start with a contract that rational and self-interested agents would supposedly arrive at in a hypothetical situation, and evaluate political arrangements on the basis of how closely they … Continue reading

9 July 2012 · Leave a comment

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