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Sam Harris: The Unconverted

René Girard argues that all the great tales are conversion stories; the sinner redeemed. This is why Dostoevsky novels are ultimately uplifting. As someone commented, Crime and Punishment could be … Continue reading

19 August 2018 · 4 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

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

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 – 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

Socialism is Slaughter

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

31 July 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Joseph Sobran, “Pensées”

“Liberalism has come to stand for an obsession with the abnormal for its own sake—the minority, the dissident, the outsider, the deviant, and so on. One detects an actual preference … Continue reading

1 June 2015 · 1 Comment

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: Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, “Leftism Revisited”

“Democracy is a political form, not a system of government. It has no social content, although the word is frequently misused in that sense. It is wrong to say ‘Mr. … Continue reading

10 November 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 · 3 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

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: Peter Viereck, “Conservatism Revisited”

“What worries the conservative is not so much the liberal as his grandson. The liberal himself is a benign and beamish soul, as well behaved as you could wish, for … Continue reading

1 April 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: B. A. Santamaria “The Price of Freedom”

“There is an added irony. Since 1946 the European powers have relinquished control over a score of newly independent nations. Yet they are still largely execrated as oppressors: while the … Continue reading

7 May 2012 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Jack Lang, “Why I Fight”

“Before preparing its next election denunciation of the ‘Red Menace,’ the Sane Democracy League and similar organisations should carefully study the ‘most favored-nation’ Agreement signed in March, 1934, by representatives … Continue reading

30 April 2012 · Leave a comment

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