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Update: Melbourne Traditionalists Conference

Late last year we gave advance notice of the Melbourne Traditionalists Conference which will be held in October this year. It is just seven weeks away from the event and … Continue reading

12 September 2018 · 1 Comment

Poetry by Carl Hildebrand: “The Trothing Supper”

I O Italy! When winter groweth young and dies, When grim leans gay and dirges merrily, And corpsey-husks late wan burst blossoming, And dip and dance upon forgetful sighs Of … Continue reading

7 July 2018 · 1 Comment

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. II

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 · 1 Comment

Vincent d’Indy, le Wagnerisme, & Tradition

Vincent d’Indy (1851 – 1931), a close contemporary of Sir Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934), studied under César Franck (1822 – 1890) at the Paris Conservatory. On Franck’s death, d’Indy … Continue reading

30 November 2017 · 1 Comment

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

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 – M. W. Davis

Fogeyism: in Theory and Practice “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · 2 Comments

2017 Symposium – James Kalb

Identity and the Civilization of the West Identity has become a problem today. No one seems sure where it comes from, what it is for, or what difference it should … Continue reading

11 February 2017 · Leave a comment

Julius Evola on Myth

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15 December 2016 · 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

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

Prepare for a Long and Cold Winter

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”).

20 September 2016 · 1 Comment

Every Act of Beauty is a Revolt Against the Modern World

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”).

14 September 2016 · 2 Comments

Edmund Burke on our Ancestors and Posterity

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”).

11 September 2016 · 1 Comment

Low Time Preference

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 September 2016 · 2 Comments

Low Time Preference

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

26 August 2016 · 1 Comment

Yvon Chouinard on Progress and the Simpler Life

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

4 August 2016 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Daniel Friberg, “The Real Right Returns”

“Always strive to improve yourself within the framework of your naturally given gender role, and thus your natural role in society and the community. You may live in a depraved, … Continue reading

1 August 2016 · 1 Comment

Low Time Preference

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

13 July 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Yukio Mishima “Sword”

“He would just have to put up with it; if you couldn’t bear even one single thing through to the end, then you might as well give up entirely.” ▪ … Continue reading

13 June 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 – Luke Torrisi

Politics, Transcendence and the Corner Store These days I find far too many people, who profess to be on the side against progressive politics and Cultural Marxism, only capable of … Continue reading

30 April 2016 · 2 Comments

What Would Your Ancestors Do?

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 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Robin Waterfield, “René Guénon and the Future of the West”

“Tradition was essentially the body of knowledge and self understanding which is common to all men in all ages and nationalities. Its expression and clarification forms the basis of all traditional wisdom … Continue reading

15 February 2016 · 1 Comment

Dean Abbott: The Traditionalist Dives Deep into the Romance of Life

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

11 February 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Richard Lebrun, “Joseph de Maistre: An Intellectual Militant”

“Much of the strength of a traditional society lies in the factor that its structure and values are unquestioned – indeed unquestionable. It is only when the status quo has … Continue reading

18 January 2016 · 2 Comments

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

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 – Johannes Ekjord

The Rise of the Right in Europe: The Need for Traditionalism I The Current Situation Ever since the end of the Second World War, the ideology that underpins social democracy and … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

2015 Symposium – Michael Tung

Ride That Tiger Or, The Party’s an Ass “… I do not expect ‘history’ to be anything but a ‘long defeat’— though it contains (and in legend may contain more … Continue reading

17 October 2015 · Leave a comment

Radio Carpe Diem Website Launched

Friends and supporters of the Sydney Traditionalist Forum will be interested to note the launch of Radio Carpe Diem‘s new website. Carpe Diem, which broadcasts in Sydney Australia at 88.9FM … Continue reading

15 October 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: Léon Krier, “The Architecture of Community”

“Just like artists, experimental scientists generally make discoveries not by systematic thought but by leaps of intuition. Yet it is only through logical deduction and proof that intuitions can become … Continue reading

3 August 2015 · 2 Comments

Quote of the Week: T. S. Eliot, “After Strange Gods”

“I hold – in summing up – that a tradition is rather a way of feeling and acting which characterises a group throughout generations; and that it must largely be, or … Continue reading

22 June 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Stark Young, “I’ll Take My Stand”

“For such of us as wish to sustain certain elements out of the Southern life, our backs must be against the wall. The diverse and most manifest excellences, such as … Continue reading

2 March 2015 · 1 Comment

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: Yukio Mishima, “Spring Snow”

“For everything sacred has the substance of dreams and memories, and so we experience the miracle of what is separated from us by time or distance suddenly being made tangible. … Continue reading

5 May 2014 · 1 Comment

Timeless Truth: Review of “A Love that Spans the Ages” (Emile Joseph)

Emile Joseph has written several short pieces for SydneyTrads over the years, mostly fiction for the young at heart and a few dissertations about the use and misuses of the … Continue reading

10 April 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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 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

The Maximal Monarchy: A Monarchist’s Case Against Crowned Republicanism

¶ It’s now been almost two months since Tony Abbott’s Liberal government came to power over the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd-led Labor Party. The relative swing from left to right is one of the … Continue reading

13 November 2013 · Leave a comment

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: G. K. Chesterton, “Orthodoxy”

“Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking around. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of … Continue reading

16 September 2013 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Russell Kirk, “Heritage Foundation Lecture”

“The great line of demarcation in modern politics, Eric Voegelin used to point out, is not a division between liberals on one side and totalitarians on the other. No, on … Continue reading

9 September 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Jonathan Bowden, Interview at the Union Jack Club, 21 November 2009

“Q. In what sense to you understand men and women to be different and in which way should societal and other institutional discrimination reflect those differences?” “A. I think life determines the … Continue reading

26 August 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: James Kalb, “Against Inclusiveness”

“When a tendency has gone to extremes, it is most evident that something must be done to oppose it. Opposing one aspect of it may not be enough to reverse … Continue reading

22 July 2013 · Leave a comment

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