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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

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

Roger Scruton on Le Corbusier

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14 December 2016 · 1 Comment

Roger Scruton on Beauty

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 December 2016 · 2 Comments

Roger Scruton on Modernism and High Culture

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”).

4 December 2016 · 2 Comments

Roger Scruton on Modernity and High Culture

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”).

18 October 2016 · 2 Comments

Roger Scruton on Purpose

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”).

13 October 2016 · 1 Comment

Political Correctness and the Death of Education – Requiem for a Dream

In The One By Whom Scandal Comes (2014) René Girard writes: “Every culture takes a dim view of anyone who does not unconditionally prefer the native to the foreign, the inside … Continue reading

13 August 2016 · 2 Comments

Roger Scruton on the Political Experience and the ‘First Person Plural’

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

19 May 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Peter King, “Reaction: Against the Modern World”

“Their greatest asset is the very ability they have to eviscerate the modern world and to point to its follies and contradictions. They may be commenting on the sidelines, but … Continue reading

1 February 2016 · 2 Comments

2015 Symposium – Morgan Qasabian (Part 2)

Conservative Prospects in the Second Age of Malcolm Part Two [Return to: Part One] IV Tony Abbott went to the 2013 election promising to restore freedom of speech by repealing §18C … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Aesthetics of Architecture”

“Contemporary architects often speak of ‘design problems’ and ‘design solutions’, and in that notion of design is encapsulated, as a rule, precisely the attempt to which I have referred, the … Continue reading

10 August 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Andrew Fraser, “The WASP Question”

“Sooner or later, self-respecting Anglo Saxons who take pride in the blood of Alfred the Great running in their veins, must wake up to smell the smoke of the biocultural … Continue reading

9 March 2015 · 2 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: Roger Scruton, “The Meaning of Conservatism”

“Of course, the old aristocratic society has vanished. But the vision of culture and public spirit survived for a while the society that engendered it. This vision animated our universities … Continue reading

11 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “Gentle Regrets”

“Ideas, in the Tory vision, are fleeting by products of the social and political process, which are no sooner produced than forgotten. In this and other respects the Tory Party … Continue reading

19 May 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 · Leave a comment

First “Shots Fired” in Australia’s Culture War, 2014

Cory Bernardi wrote a book late last year titled The Conservative Revolution (Connor Court, 2013). To most thinking Conservatives the more controversial element of the book would have been its … Continue reading

12 January 2014 · 4 Comments

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

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

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Need for Nations”

“It is my contention that people need to identify themselves through a first person plural if they are to accept the sacrifices required by society. As  I have tried to … Continue reading

23 September 2013 · Leave a comment

Fourth Documentary Screening with Honoured Guest, Sen. Cory Bernardi, 8 April 2013

Last month, on Monday 8 April 2013, the Sydney Traditionalist Forum hosted its fourth documentary screening, the first which was attended by an honoured guest: Senator Cory Bernardi of South … Continue reading

11 May 2013 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “Green Philosophy”

“Even if we thought, as Peter Singer and his followers seem to think, that there is a class of uniquely reasonable people who will be both adept at utilitarian reasoning … Continue reading

6 May 2013 · Leave a comment

T. S. Eliot and Reactionary Modernism in the Early Twentieth Century

T. S. Eliot is best known as the greatest poet of the twentieth century. Less known, at least in the popular imagination, is his substantial contribution to the rich legacy … Continue reading

9 February 2013 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “Beauty”

“[E]verything I have said about the experience of beauty implies that it is rationally founded. It challenges us to find meaning in its object, to make critical comparisons, and to … Continue reading

24 September 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Meaning of Conservatism”

“Nevertheless, before discussing the issue of Church and State, we must look a little more closely at the motive of religion, if only because some might think that religion is … Continue reading

13 August 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Meaning of Conservatism”

“The common law, for example, contains information that could not be contained in a legislative programme – information about conflicts and their resolution, about the sense of justice in action, and about … Continue reading

4 June 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Uses of Pessimism”

“I am aware that I belong to a kind, and that this kind has a place in nature. I am also aware that I depend upon others in countless ways … Continue reading

26 March 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Roger Scruton, “The Meaning of Conservatism”

“It is a limp definition of conservatism to describe it as the desire to conserve; for although there is in every man and woman some impulse to conserve that which … Continue reading

1 January 2012 · Leave a comment

Recommended book:

Cory Bernardi, "The Conservative Revolution"

Cory Bernardi, "The Conservative Revolution" (Connor Court, 2013)

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Recommended book:

Frank Salter, "The War on Human Nature in Australia's Political Culture"

Frank Salter, "The War on Human Nature"

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Recommended book:

Derek Turner, "Sea Changes" (Washington Summit Publishers 2012)

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