Russell Kirk, on page 474 of The Conservative Mind, defines conservatism as the “negation of ideology,” with there being “no simple set of formulas by which all the ills to which flesh is heir may be swept away.” To delineate this concept, it is prudent to clarify what the “negation of ideology” does not entail.… Continue reading Why conservatives reject ideology
Late last year I converted to Catholicism out of a firm belief in its truth. As such, I will below outline the logical basis for this conclusion. Introduction But first, a disclaimer: I only seriously began considering this field two years ago and have no particular expertise in Christian or Catholic apologetics. In evaluating the… Continue reading Why I converted to Catholicism
It is often claimed by leftists that conservative and nationalist dissidents are in fact ‘Nazis’. Because the left is so indiscriminate with the term, this brings about something of a shared plight among all those individuals so afflicted. Meaning, that traditional conservatives have more in common with legitimate National Socialists, than progressives bent on imposing… Continue reading Traditional Conservatism vs Social Darwinism
I received an interesting critical comment on my last post, ‘WHO Advances the Pedophile Agenda’: There’s never going to be normalisation of non-consenting relationships. This individual is not alone: as of 26 May 2020, most leftists probably object to pedophilia on the ground of consent. More or less, their reasoning (if pressed) would go along… Continue reading Will ‘Consent’ Prevent the Normalisation of Pedophilia?
An initiative that might ultimately arise out of coronavirus would be the implementation of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). This scheme could run along the following lines: all existing welfare is replaced with government instead providing each adult citizen a sum of, say $1,000 per month (the UBI). This sum could be fixed to inflation;… Continue reading In Favour of a UBI
The past week has been extraordinary, visiting widespread disruptions not seen since the close of the Second World War. With every single Australian being affected by the outbreak in some measure, coronavirus has shattered the post-war consensus that we can assuredly control our own lives. In a certain sense, the period from 1945 to 2020… Continue reading We Are Not in Control
In countering critics of liberalism, the establishment left and right tend to mirror each other. This shared defence ostensibly goes along the following lines: Liberalism may have caused significant social, economic and cultural disruption. But these changes must remain impeded lest we irrationally resist the inevitable arc of history. Whatever costs–imposed on the family, religion,… Continue reading Why Liberalism is Insufficient
As an ideology, Liberalism is most distinguishable in its conception of human nature. Liberals have an optimistic view of humanity, regarding it to have an abiding potential for good that augments over time. In Reflections of an Australian Liberal, F.W. Eggleston captures this idea: I am an optimist, for I believe that the human mind,… Continue reading Liberal Authoritarianism
We hear much about Scott Morrison’s ‘quiet Australians’, a description with some basis. There are many hard-working, decent people naturally directed to conservative ideas in the face of an ever-domineering, hubristic Left. Equally, it is inaccurate to conclude that conservatives are among the ascendant. Many Australians, particularly those in elite institutions, are resolutely Left wing.… Continue reading What Drives Leftist Belief
I recently attended a talk by Justice Thackray, a former Chief Judge of the Family Court of Western Australia. During which, Justice Thackray described his 2018-19 efforts, in delivering family law access to Aboriginals of the East Pilbara. Fulfilling the maligned ‘Boomer’ ethos, Justice Thackray vaunted his time spent aiding Aboriginal people for a license:… Continue reading The True White Privilege
Adam Smith, in The Theory of Moral Sentiments, set out what has since become a leading defence for Liberal, secularist morality. Smith opined it was individual self-interest that held together the moral order of society. As part of individual self-interest, humans–due to their value placed in social relationships–desire the approval of others. To acquire this… Continue reading Adam Smith on Morality
In December, I alluded to a better reply when nationalists are blood-libelled as “Nazis.” Rather than vociferously rejecting the label–and strengthening a tool which dehumanises us–we ought to respond: There is some common ground between National Socialism and today’s nationalists: including support for white identity and traditional gender roles. Some nationalists have more disagreement with… Continue reading Communism: A Necessarily Tyrannical Ideology
By Edward Feser, December 27, 2018: In two recent posts, we looked at philosopher Alex Byrne’s criticisms of claims made by some transgender activists to the effect that sex is not binary and that it is socially constructed. Byrne is by no means the only philosopher alarmed at the increasingly bizarre claims being made by such activists –… Continue reading The Sexual Revolution Devours its Children
Although I have previously outlined the positive racial, civilisational, political and cultural duties to practice nationalism, there is a separate critique often made in opposition. This is the view that nationalism causes war, which is ceaselessly trumpeted by our cultural, political and business elites. French President Emmanuel Macron conveyed this much in his speech on… Continue reading Does Nationalism Cause War?