2014 H.L. Mencken Club Conference Reply

Come hear Keith Preston, Sean Gabb, Paul Gottfried, and others speaks at the HLMC in Baltimore this year!

Find out more about the HLMC here.

The Seventh Annual H.L. Mencken Club Conference

The Left

October 31st – November 2nd, 2014

 

Friday, October 31st

5:00-7:00 PM – Registration

7:00-10:00 PM – Banquet

Introduction – Richard Spencer

Presidential address: “The Twilight of the Archaic Right” – Paul Gottfried

The European Right - Sean Gabb

 

Saturday, November 1st

9:00-10:15 AM – Panel: The Left and Human Nature 

Moderator: ByronRoth

John Derbyshire, Jim Kalb, Tito Perdue

10:45 AM-12:00 PM – Panel: The Left and the State

Moderator: Carl Horowitz

Paul Gottfried, Keith Preston, Edwin Rubinstein

12:30-2:00 PM –  Special Saturday Luncheon Speaker

2:30-4:00 PM – Panel: The Left and Education

Moderator: Fran Griffin

Robert Weissberg, Robert Jackall, David Frisk

6:00-7:00 PM - Reception

7:00-10:00 PM - Banquet & Debate: Should Immigration be the chief social issue for the Real Right?

Peter Brimelow, Paul Gottfried, Jim Kalb,John Derbyshire, Richard Spencer and special guest participant

 

Sunday, November 2nd

9:00-11:00 AM – Breakfast for H.L. Mencken Club Members Only

Robert Stark interviews John Robb Reply

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Robert Stark talks to John Robb of Global Guerrillas . John is an author, inventor, entrepreneur, technology analyst, engineer, and military pilot. He’s started numerous successful technology companies, including one in the financial sector that sold for $295 m and one that pioneered the software we currently see in use at Facebook and Twitter. John’s insight on technology and governance has appeared on the BBC, Fox News, National Public Radio, CNBC, The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek.

John served as a pilot in a tier one counter-terrorism unit that worked alongside Delta and Seal Team 6. He wrote the book Brave New War on the future of national security, and has advised the Joint Chiefs of Staff, NSA, DoD, CIA, and the House Armed Services Committee.

Topics include:

His new booklet The American Way: The Lost Secret to American Prosperity and How to Get it Back

America’s foreign policiy

Resilient Communities

The factors that lead to America’s unique prosperity

The problems of centralization of power and low social trust

Barriers to creating resilient communities

How to become economically independent

How to return production to a local level

Why We Need Hillary to Win: The Fire Rises 2

An interesting and, I suspect, accurate bit of analysis.

I think this commentator is correct that as U.S. society continues to move leftward, the right will become increasingly alienated from both the political establishment and the mainstream culture, and begin to adopt a more radical, militant, and anti-establishment stance. Hence, they will be less oriented towards “Defend America!” or “Take Back America!,” or more oriented towards “To Hell with America!”. Plus, as their numbers continue to dwindle, they will realize the impossibility of taking over the state, and begin to adopt ideas like secession and decentralization. Where it will go from there is anyone’s guess.

The majority of leftists, liberals, progressives, left-anarchists, and (probably) libertarians usually express horror at the idea of “right-wingers” seceding in order to practice allegedly reactionary values within the context of their own enclaves. While I am merely an anarchist (in the tradition of Stirner), and not any kind of right winger, I would consider mass secession by predominately rightist-leaning communities to be a means of weakening and destroying the American imperial empire, both internationally and domestic. Unfortunately, most cultural cosmopolitans and “progressives” apparently believe that making sure there’s an an abortion clinic and a gay bar on every street corner in every backwoods town is more important that overthrowing a genocidal imperialist regime and a global plutocratic tyranny.

By Jan Stadler

Traditionalist Youth Network

Given the endless coverage by FOX news and Bill O’Reilly of poll after poll after speculation with Charles Krauthammer over whether Hillary can win, will Hillary run and can Rand Paul beat Hillary, I am going to assume the 2016 election has already begun.

Of course in line with this excessively premature hysteria about Hillary Clinton, conservatives, libertarians, populists, Tea Partiers and Christian fundamentalists are all in a twit over the future prospects of Hilary Clinton become the next president of these states united.

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Robert Stark interviews Keith Preston on Chesterton & Belloc 2

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Robert Stark interviews Keith Preston of Attack the System

Topics include:

Keith’s interest in alternative economics that opposes both capitalism and socialism such as distributism

Why third way economics theories have limited influence but a large potential audience

NEITHER PROGRESSIVE NOR CONSERVATIVE: THE ANTI-MODERNISM OF G.K. CHESTERTON

HILAIRE BELLOC: THE SERVILE STATE AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DISTRIBUTISM

A Traditionalist critique of Capitalism

Chesterton and Belloc’s views on Nationalism, Eugenics, and Imperialism

How Marxist viewed Distributism as a Petit Bourgeois movement

The Distributist critique of the welfare state versus the modern conservative view towards poverty

Taxation policies such as a Negative Income Tax and Asset Tax

Is Market Anarchism eclipsing Anarcho-Marxism? 26

It seems to me that in the last couple of years “free market anarchism” in its various forms has grown to the point where it’s now starting to eclipse or even surpass the “anarcho-Marxists” in terms of size and influence. I base this observation on the number of public events sponsored by both, and the online presence of both. Am I right or wrong in this perception?

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How Libertarians Should — And Should Not — Approach Millennials Reply

This article from C4SS by Carson is fine in so far as the discussion of alternative economic paradigms and the falseness of the “big government vs big capital” dichotomy is concerned. Those are Carson’s primary areas of specialization. But this piece is more problematic for what it does not say. Notice there are only a few phrases in this lengthy piece expressing actual criticism of the state, and only one casual mention of the military industrial complex, and nothing about the police state. Instead, it’s all egalitarian, social justice, hipster culture stuff. Like the rest of the Left, “left-libertarianism” puts the cart before the horse.

Opposition to US imperialism has to be the flagship issue of any serious radical movement in North America, followed by opposition to the domestic police state, followed economic considerations (which is the area where left-libertarianism is the most helpful), followed by social issues (and there needs to be recognition of the complexity of these beyond what left-libertarianism allows for). 

Support for the left/right conservative/progressive libertarian/populist positions that ARV-ATS has long advocated for is starting to enter the political mainstream on the both the left and right, and not because there’s anything uniquely wonderful about us, but because more and more thoughtful people are realizing this is where the future of opposition politics in the US lies. Ditto the continued growth of interest in secession movements.  The goal is not to make libertarianism, or any other kind of radicalism, into a fad among hip and cool young people, but to engage in outreach towards those who are most under attack by the system and are therefore most likely to take action against the system.

By Kevin Carson

Center for a Stateless Society

n recent weeks both Thoughts on Liberty and Reason have published articles on the Millennial generation’s social and political attitudes, as they relate to libertarianism. One is a good example of how libertarians should approach Millennials. The other most decidedly is not.

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Students for Liberty: “The principle of foreign non-interventionism is not a precondition to being a libertarian” 3

Perhaps not. But opposition to American imperialism is certainly the first prerequisite for any kind of political radicalism worthy of the name, libertarian or otherwise. Apparently, some libertarians want libertarianism to be just another faction within the U.S. empire.

Students for Liberty

Over the past year, I have noticed a number of casual, though important, errors that libertarians often make. Knowing these things may save you from mild embarrassment or help you in your internship application.

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A New Look at Human Nature 1

By Pasquale Pulella

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Many times in the past we anarchists have heard the argument that human nature is what’s stopping humanity from being free, is this true? Could it be that maybe were asking the wrong question? Could it be that the statist are right in some sense? Could it be that our human nature is our strong point? Could we evolve past our human nature? Should we? Have we already?

Human Nature?

                Human Nature is defined as the psychological physical and behavioral characteristics of humankind. Let’s examine what psychological characteristics are prevalent to mankind. What psychological condition that the “human nature” argument is addressing is the capacity for violence that each individual has. The common ground is that all humans are capable of violence; it is a basic survival characteristic to be able to use violence. This capacity for violence is necessary even today. The human capacity for violence is necessary not just for protection against other humans trying to govern them but also against other more violent species. So is the capacity for violence keeping us from achieving a free society? No. More…

Secessionism is Growing: Plan To Split California Into Six States Closer To Reality 4

While I endorse this proposal, I would qualify my endorsement by pointing out that this is merely a plan for decentralizing the state of California. That by itself is a worthwhile ambition, but the wider aim of pan-secessionism is much more radical, i.e. the overthrow of the American empire domestically and the overthrow of neoliberalism internationally. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. If this succeeds, or even becomes widely publicized, it will most likely open the door for the growth of new and more radical secession movements.

By Travis H. Brown

Forbes

Thanks to the signatures of more than 807,000 concerned Californians, an ambitious idea has moved that much closer to becoming a reality. The “Six Californias” Initiative, sponsored by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper, seeks to create areas that are more governable, more productive, and more successful. As I wrote in this column back in February, the initiative would achieve the triumvirate goal of proportionately distributing California’s debts based on population, ending all tax collections and spending by the existing State of California, and creating new, more representative governments with the ability to enact public policies that make the most sense for the new state.

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How liberalism became an intolerant dogma 1

Required reading.

By Damon Linker

Liberals are increasingly religious about their own liberalism, treating it like a comprehensive view of reality and the human good.

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A lot of liberals are taking things very personally these days.
A lot of liberals are taking things very personally these days. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

At the risk of sounding like Paul Krugman — who returns to a handful of cherished topics over and over again in his New York Times column — I want to revisit one of my hobby horses, which I most recently raised in my discussion of Hobby Lobby.

My own cherished topic is this: Liberalism’s decline from a political philosophy of pluralism into a rigidly intolerant dogma.

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Why There Will Be No Revolution 1

By Gary North

I recently read an article on the Left-wing website in Great Britain, The Guardian. This has been the most consistently Left-wing publication in Great Britain. It was part of the organized Left as early as the 1920’s, and it has never varied in the slightest.

The author interviewed a former American spy. The spy is a very well read man. But he cannot think straight. He is a super Leftist. He talks about “the commons.” He does not like private property. He sees all of capitalism as an attempt to take away from the commons and privatize wealth. But there never was a state-free commons. The commons was always a state agency. Throughout men’s history, when there is common land, it is run by an agency that possesses political power. It possesses the power of coercion. Every time you see the word “commons,” think “commissars.” You don’t have commons without commissars.

This man is singing the same old song that he sang in his youth. He says there’s going to be a revolution. No, there isn’t. He says that the open source technology will create the revolution. No, it won’t.

The essence of revolution is centralized power. Engels knew this early, and reminded us of it for years. There is nothing more centralizing than a revolution. Every revolution in history has moved towards the centralization of power, including the American Revolution. This ex-spy, singing the songs of his youth, says that we are right at the edge of a revolution.

We are at the edge of a non-revolution.

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The Question is, Why Would ANYONE Trust the Government? Reply

By Kevin Carson

Center for a Stateless Society

The drastic long-term drop in Americans’ trust for government since the 1950s periodically evokes pearl-clutching on the center-left. Liberal radio talk show host Leslie Marshall recently tweeted, as apparent cause for concern, a Pew Research poll finding the percentage of the public that trusts government to “do the right thing” most of the time or “pretty much always” at 19% in 2013 (by way of background, it peaked at 77% in 1965). She linked to a piece by Julian Zelizer at CNN (“Distrustful Americans still live in age of Watergate,” July 7), lamenting the low level of faith in government (“which is necessary for a healthy society”) as a cultural inheritance from Vietnam and Watergate and calling for political forms to root out corruption, restore public trust and render the political system once again functional.

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Green, self-righteous – and still ruinous. Meet the new politically correct imperialism 1

By James Delingpole

The Spectator

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‘Why did you leave us?’ said the old Sudanese man in Omdurman market. ‘Things were so much better when you were here.’ He was talking about the British empire, of course, and apologies if I’ve told the story before, as I know I have. It’s just that it’s such a fantastically satisfying way of winding up all those guilt-ridden post-colonial types who find it a source of shame and embarrassment that the world’s atlas was once half-covered pink.

Sean Gabb On the Persecution of the Christian Bakers in Ulster 8

Libertarian Alliance

Note: See this news story for background: “A bakery owned by a Christian family is facing legal action after it declined to make a cake printed with a message supporting gay marriage.” (Belfast Telegraph, 8th July 2014)

Speaking in London today, Sean Gabb, Director of the Libertarian Alliance, made this statement:

I have spent much of my life denouncing the persecution of homosexuals. More recently, I have turned to denouncing the persecution of Christians by homosexuals. I do both on exactly the same grounds, of freedom of speech and freedom of association.

I urge our gay friends to join in these denunciations. The current persecution is wrong in itself, and is also undertaken without regard for its consequences. These, I have no doubt, will eventually include the recriminalisation – probably indirectly in the first instance – of homosexual acts. Homosexuals are the weakest element in the pc coalition of the oppressed. On the one hand, they are widely hated within the other groups. On the other, most of them have the option of creeping back into the closet the moment the winds shift direction – one whiff of persecution, and the gay lobby will become a leadership without a membership.

Now is the time for us all to take a stand for the traditional liberal values of freedom of speech and association. These cover the right of gay people to live as they please – and also of traditionalist Christians to have nothing to do with them.

The Struggle Continues Reply

“I believe that Herr Marx is a very serious if not very honest revolutionary, and that he really is in favour of the rebellion of the masses, and I wonder how he manages to overlook the fact that the establishment of a universal dictatorship, collective or individual, a dictatorship which would create the post of a kind of chief engineer of world revolution, ruling and controlling the insurrectionary activity of the masses in all countries, as a machine might be controlled – that the establishment of such a dictatorship would in itself suffice to kill revolution and warp and paralyze all popular movements.” – Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin (1814-1876)
Photo: "I believe that Herr Marx is a very serious if not very honest revolutionary, and that he really is in favour of the rebellion of the masses, and I wonder how he manages to overlook the fact that the establishment of a universal dictatorship, collective or individual, a dictatorship which would create the post of a kind of chief engineer of world revolution, ruling and controlling the insurrectionary activity of the masses in all countries, as a machine might be controlled – that the establishment of such a dictatorship would in itself suffice to kill revolution and warp and paralyze all popular movements." - Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin (1814-1876)

 

Robert Stark interviews Dick Smothers Jr. Reply

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Robert Stark interviews former Porn Star Dick Smothers Jr.

Topics include:

Growing up the son of Dick Smothers of the Smothers Brothers and how he had a fairy normal childhood

Why being a Porn Star was not his main dream growing up

His rock band Kamikaze and his 80′s tribute band

Why he likes to create what he performs

The corporate environment of the music franchise

Why there’s more independence in the Porn Industry

Why The Porn Industry resembles the Publication Industry rather than the Film Industry

How his first Porn debut was in a Showtime Soft Core series My First Time

The  Soft Core Genre

His preference for couples scene and the Genres he refused to act in

Abusive and degrading Genres of Porn and how girls are often coerced into those films

How guys like Max Hardcore harm the industry and appeal to a dark side of human nature

How the Porn Industry includes both kind and abusive individuals

His appearance on Howard Stern’s Show

Luke Ford and his observations on individuals in the industry

People who are traumatized or have long term psychological problems from porn

Dating women in Porn

A Dominatrix film he refused to act in

Why he was considered  straight-laced by the standards of the Porn Industry

Why he wanted to be a positive male representative of the Industry

The interview with Reuters were he said he wanted to be the Orson Wells of Porn

Why there needs to be more creativity in Porn

How Porn becoming more accessible has harmed the profits of the industry

Why there’s a mean streak in America and how that influences it’s Porn

Why he left the industry

The AIDS Scare and how the industry is regulated for STD’s

The types of men who act in porn

The Narcissistic celebrity culture in America

His advice to someone looking to get into porn

Robert Stark interviews Matt Forney on Bowden & Sade Reply

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Topics include:

Jonathan Bowden’s Mad

The theme of teenage angst and alienation with modern society

Jonathan Bowden’s Sade

How the Marquis de Sade symbolizes the dark side of the Enlightenment

Sade’s honest nihilism versus the politically correct moralistic degeneracy of modern liberal society

How human nature becomes animalistic once it is stripped of morality

How Bowden labeled Andrea Dworkin a female de Sade

Parallels between Dworkin, Sade, and Elliot Rodger’s manifesto

Camille Paglia as a dissident feminist

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Contra: Johnson 20

This is a reply to Greg Johnson’s “Moses the Egyptian” at Counter-Currents.

By Todd Lewis

Mr. Johnson’s Moses the Egyptian is yet another ill thought-out screed against Christianity worthy of the atheistkult. In fact most of Mr. Johnson’s claims are taken verbatim from atheistkult in this and other screeds. For the sake of brevity I will deal with his completely ridiculous gloss on paganism.

“Ancient polytheism did not just promote religious tolerance. It also helped promote peace between nations in an age of constant warfare and bloodshed. The idea of a universal divine order served as a foundation for international law and peace between nations. “

Despite the fact that you provide no evidence for this preposterous claim, there is absolutely no historical evidence to back it up.

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