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Scientism, Existential Reflection and God

I Scientism, Science and Technology Scientism is not science. Instead, scientism is an ideology that reduces man’s hope and aspirations to the scientific method. Scientism promises postmodern man an alarming … Continue reading

10 January 2019 · 1 Comment

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

2017 Symposium II – Kristor J. Lawson

Toward A New Aristocracy It is easy to show by a gedanken policy test¹ that, everything else held perfectly equal, a society ruled by its best – by its aristoi … Continue reading

24 December 2017 · 2 Comments

René Girard – Imitation and Life Without God

In preparation for teaching a literature course in the 1950s, René Girard reread some of the classic novels. In the process he realized that the novelists had had profound insights … Continue reading

4 January 2017 · 4 Comments

Leo Tolstoy on the Good Life

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10 December 2016 · 1 Comment

Thomas Merton on Suffering

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 September 2016 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Irving Babbitt, “Character & Culture”

“The ultra-utilitarians are not only as completely lost for art and literature as the Puritans, but their point of view is far more catching. We see the waves of utilitarianism … Continue reading

30 May 2016 · 2 Comments

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

Don’t Be Afraid

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”).

3 March 2016 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Mark Steyn, “After America”

“Two generations ago, America, Canada, Australia, and the rest of the developed world took it as read that a sovereign nation had the right to determine which, if any, foreigners … Continue reading

6 July 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the Week: Alisdair MacIntyre, “After Virtue”

“It is always dangerous to draw too precise parallels between one historical period and another; and among the most misleading of such parallels are those which have been drawn between … Continue reading

25 May 2015 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“Those who challenge the reality that our Western worldview is infused with a behavioural code that stems from our Christian ethos would quickly point out that individuals are largely free … Continue reading

20 October 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Theodore Dalrymple, “Our Culture, What’s Left of It”

“Even Mill came to see the limitations of his own principle as a guide for policy and to deny that all pleasures were of equal significance for human existence. It … Continue reading

18 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Barlow Girl – Grey

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Luke Torrisi. The notes were produced for a broadcast of 11 April 2011, and form the … Continue reading

16 June 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Cory Bernardi, “The Conservative Revolution”

“Thus when the conservative discusses freedom, he accepts that while maximising it is a worthy goal, it must nevertheless always be balanced by the broader need for a cohesive and … Continue reading

9 June 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Don Cook and John Barlow Jarvis – Born & Raised in Black & White

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Dominic Giemza. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 30 August 2010, and form … Continue reading

24 March 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Yamamoto Tsunetomo, “Hagakure”

“According to a certain person, a number of years ago, the late Matsuguma Kyōan told this story: “In the practice of medicine there is a different treatment according to the … Continue reading

10 March 2014 · 1 Comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Aaron Tippin – You Gotta Stand for Somethin’

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Luke Torrisi. The notes were produced for a broadcast of last year and form the basis … Continue reading

10 February 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Alan Jackson, “Hard Hat and a Hammer”

What follows are programme notes for the “Conservative Song” segment of Radio Carpe Diem compiled by Dominic Giemza. The notes were produced for a broadcast of Monday, 17 January 2011, and form … Continue reading

27 January 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Elvis Presley, “Only The Strong Survive”

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, 24 January 2011, and form … Continue reading

20 January 2014 · Leave a comment

Thinking Right About Pop Culture: Wilbert Harrison, “Let’s Stick Together”

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, 31 May 2010 … Continue reading

6 January 2014 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Samuel Coleridge, “The Statesman’s Manual”

“Need I add the inherent unfitness, as well as the direful consequences, of making virtue … depend on talent – a gift so unequally dispensed by nature, the degree in … Continue reading

23 December 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Bill Cunningham, “New York”

“Then the army came along, this is 1951, I was drafted, well they were appalled that I would go and their investment would be on hold, who knows what would … Continue reading

25 November 2013 · Leave a comment

Conservative Tales No. 2: Tradition as Language

Last Christmas I had to undertake the awful task of combing the bowels of a ‘shopping centre’ to find some inexpensive ‘stocking fillers’ for my children. I wanted to obtain … Continue reading

20 November 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Kenneth Minogue, “Conservative Realism”

“This drive to manage society is in our time so pervasive that it has spread beyond the area of political debate and is now enthusiastically carried on, more or less … Continue reading

1 July 2013 · Leave a comment

Inaugural Cardinal Newman Dinner, 16 February 2013

Yesterday, the Australian Catholic Students Association hosted the inaugural “Cardinal Newman Dinner” in honour of the prominent leader of the nineteenth century New Oxford Movement which strove to return the Anglican Church … Continue reading

17 February 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Paul Elmer More, “Aristocracy and Justice”

“There is, in fact, a terrible confusion hidden in the New Morality, an ulcerous evil that is ever working inward. Sympathy, creating the desire for even-handed justice, is in itself … Continue reading

21 January 2013 · Leave a comment

Quote of the Week: Edmund Burke “Reflections on the Revolution in France”

“Prejudice is of ready application in the emergency; it previously engages the mind in a steady course of wisdom and virtue, and does not leave the man hesitating in the … Continue reading

18 June 2012 · Leave a comment

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