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

‘Millennial Woes’ : We Need High Toryism Back

dow7112016dVideo blogger ‘Millennial Woes’ with his clarion call: ‘We Need High Toryism Back’:

The right has dropped the ball completely, what I am saying is the right has lost direction and identity, therefore it no longer knows what it represents or what it should defend, now we have to go back to a long time ago, two hundred years ago, and discuss High Toryism … We need High Toryism back. 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

The North American High Tory Tradition (2016) – A Review

br2992916But, you might ask, “Why write a book about High Toryism? In a time when liberalism and American republicanism so permeate every inch and corner of life, surely the concept and notion of High Toryism is fading away – is passé?” Such questions only serve to highlight the urgency of Dart’s task. He has recognized, only too clearly, that if we allow the “Moloch” of liberalism to remain unchecked and unquestioned, we will lose an important part of ourselves as Canadians at cultural, political and spiritual levels. Professor Dart has stated the matter succinctly: “In one sense there is a counter to cultural amnesia in my work. I’m putting the historical pieces of the drama back together again.” This statement highlights, in a graphic way, the importance of Dart’s latest book within the cannon of Canadian political thought. Continue reading

High Toryism Can Make Britain Great Again

mbga2992016… For me, as a strong Anglophile, the answer is clear: it is in the tradition of communitarian civic conservatism—High Toryism. In 1931 T. S. Eliot wrote in The Criterion, “The only hope [for Britain] is a Toryism which, though not necessarily distinct for parliamentary purposes, should refuse to identify itself philosophically with that ‘Conservatism’ which has been overrun first by deserters from Whiggism and later by businessmen.” … Continue reading

Grant Society on The North American High Tory Tradition

ggs2992016Review: The North American High Tory Tradition (2016), September 26, 2016. By Daniel Velarde

What can the Tory tradition mean for us today, in the age of multinationals and American hegemony, and half a century after we were taught “the impossibility of Canada in the modern age?” What would a 21st-century Tory philosophy look like, and what would be its historically new role or vocation? “Love,” it was written, “is inseparable from memory, which seeks to preserve what must pass away,” and it is to memory that Ron Dart turns in The North American High Tory Tradition Continue reading