Author Archives: Mitre and Crown

The Northern Dawn Symposium

nds5417… we are pleased to announce that we are accepting submissions for the 1st Northern Dawn Symposium. The theme of this symposium is: Canada: Who Are We? … Northern Dawn has begun to detail a radical rethinking of what Canada represents in the 21st century. Unlike the liberal conception, this vision of Canada is tied into what it represented in 1867, and in 1776. Despite decades of rewritten history, Canada retains an institutional and historical memory of its true mission … The common theme of this symposium is the recovery of the true Canadian tradition and elaborating how it can inform our future. Continue reading

Anglo Retro-Culture and Western Revival

mwdftp1022017I tell you now that there will be no Cultural Counter-Revolution until the counter-revolutionaries choose to set themselves apart in the way they dress. Until we stridently adopt the traditional costume of the Anglo-Saxon peoples – the suit, blazer, sport coat, dress trouser and tie, as it happens – we will see no social improvement … They’re a tool of goodwill, commonweal, and social order. Continue reading

The Meaning of Monarchy

1812017ndbIn Canada, one is hard-pressed to conceive of any form of nationalism that is not royalist to the core. Likewise, we ought not be surprised that those who seek to erase Canada’s ethnic foundations and political heritage also seek the destruction of its monarchic foundation. Yet for many Canadian defenders of the monarchy, arguments in its defence will fall back on cultural attachment, or perhaps personal admiration of Her Majesty. While these are unquestionably healthy sentiments, it is vital to understand the power of our monarchy as an incarnation of the realm, a symbol of those forces which have shaped our civilization. The monarchy is at once the state’s foundation stone, compass, and embodiment. Continue reading

Invitation to Monarchy

rac712017And so, after this interlude of well-meant but futile democracy of the modern sort, we should do well to return to the old kingship. Not that of the Renaissance autocracies, which was the debasement of sovereignty, but to the elder sort under which a real democracy was not only possible but well assured. There may be liberty under a right monarchy: there has come a sort of slavery under the democracies of the modern form where a political oligarchy and a money oligarchy, now in alliance, now in conflict, have brought about grave disorder, social chaos, and the negation of the free and the good life, under the forms of a free commonwealth founded on assumptions that are baseless biologically, philosophically, historically, and from the standpoint of plain commonsense. Continue reading

Cushman on Traditionalist Conservatism in the South

calhoun712017Southern leaders such as, ‘[John C.] Calhoun rejected the radical individualism often associated with social contract theorists. … Calhoun’s defense of an authentic, moral community was based upon acknowledging that the only natural state is the political and social one to which a person is born’. Fitzhugh was in full agreement on this point, writing that ‘universal liberty has disintegrated and dissolved society, and placed men in isolated, selfish, and antagonistic positions … Continue reading

Locating the Tory Tradition in American History

rk812017bWe ought to locate the basis of American conservatism in our colonial past, at a time when the English Tory variant of the old order of Europe had a real presence in our civilization, and we ought to remember that the old Tory order survived in the American historical tradition despite the Revolution of ’76, and not because of it … Continue reading

Keeping The Flame: The Telos of Canada

nde7122016The nationalist in Canada has always played a unique role in the battles of political thought and geopolitics. His opposite and opponent is the liberal internationalist. Canada’s defenders opposed the proposition nation, along with the atomizing individualism and chaotic divisions in sovereignty it promoted. They believed that society must be well-ordered and governed, and that human nature was particular and rooted. But in the very fact that Canada was established as a defence of British and French America against liberalism, it was imbued with a mission: to build North America as it ought to be, conscious of its roots and its inheritance. Continue reading

Consider a Monarchy, America

cntm1172016bAs a foreigner with dual British and Russian citizenship, it is not for me to comment at length on the merits of the rival candidates for the presidency of the United States. But it seems uncontroversial to say that neither appears to be a Washington or a Lincoln, and that the elective presidency is coming under increasingly critical examination … After all, our American cousins have only to direct their gaze toward their northern neighbor to find, in contented Canada, a nation that has for its head of state a hereditary monarch. That example alone demonstrates that democracy is perfectly compatible with constitutional monarchy. Continue reading

Neo-Reaction: Review of Star-Spangled Crown

ssc7112016Coulombe’s work is well worth reading for two reasons. First, the author’s deep knowledge of American traditions, rituals, and heritage allows him to present a holistic and detailed vision. Star-Spangled Crown makes clear that while America may be today the center of a liberal world order, the roots of its culture and many republican institutions themselves lie in a civilization which precedes that liberalism. The reader interested in political thought will find this engagement not only educational, but practical. Not only is Coulombe’s future America monarchic, but the monarchy in turn is American in body and soul. Continue reading

The Patriarchal Kingdom of Sir Robert Filmer

wcr29102016… Anyone who has studied political theory at school or university will be familiar with the work of John Locke. Study of (parts of) his Two Treatises of Government often form the first engagement with political philosophy for the young student of politics. What however is rarely imparted to students is that this work was written as a reply to the treatise by Sir Robert Filmer entitled Patriarcha: or the Natural Power of Kings. Even rarer is actual study of this work, which as the title suggests is an exposition on the essential rightness of monarchy. Continue reading