A General Meeting of the Edmund Burke’s Club of Australia will be held on Friday, 15 June 2018, at the Melbourne Savage Club – arrive at 6 pm for pre-drinks with the talk to commence from 6:30 pm, which will be delivered by one of our own club members, Mr Brendan Tam.
Brendan will be speaking on the topic of William Pitt the Younger and his role in the defeat of Revolutionary France in the Napoleonic Wars. This topic is of particular interest to our Club due to the importance of Pitt and the conflict with France to the historical context surrounding Edmund Burke and the spirit of the revolution.
Brendan has recently completed his honours thesis on this topic at the University of Melbourne.
As usual, we will have dinner at the RACV Club afterwards. RSVPs for those able to attend the meeting and/or the dinner are needed by Tuesday, 12 June and can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, the dress code will be tie and jacket for men and the equivalent for ladies.
The Edmund Burke’s Club of Australia’s annual conference for 2018 will be held on Saturday, 24th of February.
This important event will explore the meaning of conservatism in today’s world with the assistance of three eminent scholars in their fields.
A dinner will be held in the evening at Geppetto Trattoria in East Melbourne from 7 pm. No pre-payment is necessary.
Tickets for the conference are $40 and registration is now open through TryBooking from the link below:
Further information about the programme for the day can be found immediately below on this page.
The RSVP date for the event will be Monday, 19 February 2018.
Conference Venue: Clifton’s Conference Venue 1440 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
The Conference Program:
All presentations will be followed by a plenary discussion and questions from the audience.
9:00 am – 10:00 am:
10:00 am – 11:00 am:
What does it mean to be a conservative in a digital, post-Christian age? – Dr Kevin Donnelly
11:00 am – 11:30 am:
11:30 am -12:30 pm:
Conservatism today – Dr John Carroll
12:30 pm -1:30 pm:
1:30 pm -2:30 pm:
Understanding and challenging the discourse of the left – Dr Jennifer Webber
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm:
I would like to again thank those of you who attended our first meeting for 2017. The discussion and contributions made by attendees were all very illuminating and this bodes well for future meetings.
Our second meeting for 2017 will be held on Friday, 21 April.
We will once again be meeting at the Melbourne Savage Club. Our Vice President, Dr. Peter Janssen, will be presenting a paper on Edmund Burke and his thought with regards to England’s ‘Glorious’ Revolution.
There will be a slightly different format for this meeting. Rather than gathering for dinner at the RACV Club after the meeting we will instead be having unique evening at the Savage Club.
We will meet later (at 7:45pm) at the Savage Club for a 2 hour function including food and beverages.
The price of this event is $45.00 (beverages included). You are able to book through the Trybooking link below.
I hope you will be able to attend this interesting discussion. The RSVP date is Thursday 13 April. While there will be a Facebook page please reply to this email if you plan to attend.
Edmund Burke’s Club of Australia
This piece appeared in The New Criterion in April 2001. It has appeared regularly on the internet. It is worth repeating here.
On the role of radical feminism in the decline of civilization.
How do civilizations fall? Islamic thinkers had an image for it. Consider a civilization based upon a court in a thriving city— Baghdad, for example. Arts and the intellect flourish. But over several generations, as the great Islamic philosopher of the fourteenth century Ibn Khaldun put it, the civilized become decadent with luxury. They lose their sharpness and think only of the good and the beautiful. And then some tribe of fierce Bedouin, smelling out weakness, come thundering in from the desert and storm the city. As barbarians, they do not understand the usages of civilization. They stable their horses in the libraries and use sculptures as doorstops, pictures for target practice. Given a pillow, Ibn Khaldun tells us contemptuously, they suppose it to be a bundle of rags. In time, however, the power of a superior culture is felt, and these people adopt and sometimes extend the ways of civilization, until they too are overthrown in their turn. Continue reading
The media have replayed the Christmas greetings of many religious leaders, all of which are edifying – at least the number I have seen. I have the welcome impression that the general community is concerned to preserve the cultural aspect of Christmas, if not the religious foundations of the Christmas festivity. It is reassuring the cultural initiative has been taken. It indicates that the elitist purveyors of materialism have not succeeded in blotting out the natural feelings of the ordinary person.
One of the most inspiring Christmas greetings linking the feast day with the transcendent is that of the Rev. Robert A. Sirico, President of the Acton Institute. Fr Sirico’s greeting can be viewed here.
Yesterday I was reflecting that treason and sedition have always been considered the worst of civil offences, punishable by death. It was not with reference to Muslims in Western countries on this occasion. Then I came across the following on a Facebook page:
A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the carrier of the plague. You have unbarred the gates of Rome to him.”
A quote attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero – 107 BC – 43 BC. And so history repeats itself, so it would seem.
The Annual General Meeting of Edmund Burke’s Club welcomed quite a few new attendees whom the President Gerard Wilson warmly welcomed before beginning the business of the meeting. A special welcome was given to Dominick Bondar, Vice-President of Sydney University Liberal Club, who had just become the Club’s newest member. The President then gave an account – and an assessment – of the Club’s activities over the previous year.
Our membership not only remained steady but increased slightly. For various reasons we lost some but gained others. Our meetings with the supper afterwards continued to be thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. The presentations stimulated much discussion which carried over to the supper. Continue reading
Andrew Bolt’s portrait of Tony Abbott which appeared shortly after Abbott’s carefully planned assassination is not only objectively fair. It is true – true about Abbot’s qualities as a person, true about his loyalty, true about his achievements, true about the enormous obstacles that stood in the way of his administration, and true about the media’s unrestrained and shameless politicking to tear him down. When one is confronted yet again by a detailed account of Abbott’s demise, depicting Abbott as master of his own fall, one should return to this piece to be reminded of reality and not fantasy.
Loss of PM Abbott is a time of Sorrow
by ANDREW BOLT
NOW Tony Abbott is gone I can finally tell the truth about him. Folks, you made a big mistake with this bloke. No, no. The mistake wasn’t that you voted for him. In fact, you got one of the finest human beings to be Prime Minister.
In many ways he seemed too moral for the job, yet he achieved more in two years than the last two Labor prime ministers achieved in six. Compare. Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard left us with record deficits after blowing billions on trash — on overpriced school halls, “free” insulation that killed people, green schemes that collapsed, “stimulus” checks to the dead. Continue reading