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Marxism and Secularism’s Cultural Overreach

I God is the “Opiate of the People” For Karl Marx, God is what he calls the “opiate of the people.” That is, belief in God is a kind of … Continue reading

22 October 2018 · 1 Comment

The Year in Review: 2017, Year of the Hate Hoax, the Heckler’s Veto and the Persecuted ‘Oppressor’

Issues relating to identity and tribalism seemed to dominate cultural and political developments throughout 2017, whether explicitly or implicitly, at home and abroad. As the United States continues to dominate … Continue reading

29 December 2017 · 3 Comments

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

Aesthetic Knowledge

Aesthetic subjectivism, or “relativism,” is the view that beauty is solely in the eye of the beholder. The term “relativism” is sometimes used to indicate that beauty is relative to … Continue reading

23 October 2017 · 4 Comments

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

Guest Video, “The End Game: Why the West is Lost”

Today’s Guest Video is by the Black Pigeon, titled “The End Game: Why the West is Lost”. The seventeen minute presentation is a summation of a private exchange the Black … Continue reading

13 May 2017 · 2 Comments

Equal & Opposite – Catholic and Traditionalist Realignment in Australian Politics?

In 2015, STF published its first symposium. The theme: ‘Quo Vadis Conservatism; or, Do Traditionalists have a Place in the Current Party Political System?’1 Some of its contributors agreed that, … Continue reading

6 May 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

Why Exemptions only for the Religious?

The debate over whether or not to legalise same-sex “marriage” is predictably being portrayed as a tug-o-war between the purveyors of “freedom” on one side and the so-called “religious right” … Continue reading

23 April 2017 · 2 Comments

The Pagan Ordeal of Dominique Venner [Part II]

The limitations in Venner’s thought once established, it becomes possible to set forth in parallel an apology for his philosophical contribution. Venner’s active participation in an organized and at times … Continue reading

3 November 2016 · 1 Comment

What Really Happened to Poland’s Anti-Abortion Law?

The Western press has recently departed from its usual practice of ignoring the political developments occurring this year in Poland and instead dedicated much time and ink in decrying the … Continue reading

13 October 2016 · 4 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

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 – Krzysztof Urbanek

Adversus Haereses: Nicolás Gómez Dávila Against the Religion of Democracy¹ I Nicolás Gómez Dávila2 is primarily known for his authorship of the five volume work Scholia to an Implicit Text. … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 1 Comment

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 – 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

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

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

Faux-Conservatism Alive and Well at Sydney University

Every so often I am provided with a piece of writing, where the author purports to be a “conservative”, so that I may offer comment as to its bona fides. … Continue reading

18 September 2015 · 4 Comments

Australia Day 2015: Some French Reflections

It is no simple task to reflect on our nation this Australia Day, 2015. It seems that many of the items that have dominated the news cycle over the past … Continue reading

26 January 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Chilton Williamson Jr., “Chronicles Magazine”

“Partisans of the political vision and the moral ideal implied in the modern ‘version of the universal’ view the ultimate perfection of the European Union as the necessary foundation of … Continue reading

14 July 2014 · Leave a comment

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 · 3 Comments

Quote of the Week: John Michell, “Confessions of a Radical Traditionalist”

“The century now passing has been an age of dictatorships and tyrannies, producing more mass misery than has been known in any previous era. All these have been characterised by … Continue reading

24 March 2014 · Leave a comment

Dr. Edward Feser Lecture, “The Last Superstition” at the University of Notre Dame (Sydney)

On 25 July, members of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum attended a special lecture at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, with American academic Dr. Edward Feser. The focus of the lecture, … Continue reading

25 July 2012 · 2 Comments

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