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The Sixth Annual H.L. Mencken Club Conference

I’ll be moderating a panel on social decadence at this years H.L. Mencken Club conference. I’m particularly looking forward to hearing Richard Spencer’s defense of decadence.

The Sixth Annual H.L. Mencken Club Conference


November 1-3, 2013

Friday, November 1

5:00-7:00 PM – Registration

7:00-10:00 PM – Banquet

Introduction – Richard Spencer

Presidential Address – Paul Gottfried

Life on the Traditionalist Fringe – Tito Perdue


Saturday, November 2nd

9:00-10:15 AM – Panel 1: Decadence and the Family

Moderator: Byron Roth

Dysgenics and Genetic Decline – Henry Harpending

The War on Masculinity and the Traditional Family – Steven Baskerville

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM – Panel 2: Social Decadence

Moderator: Keith Preston

The “Inclusion” Obsession – James Kalb

In Defense of Decadence – Richard Spencer

An Introduction to Decadence – Thomas Bertonneau

12:30-2:00 PM – Lunch

The Normalization of Perversity – Special Guest

2:30-4:00 PM – Panel 3: Political Decadence

Moderator: Robert Weissberg

Decadence and Democracy – Michael Hart

The End of Citizenship – Carl Horowitz

Politics and Intelligence – John Derbyshire

7:00-10:00 PM – Banquet: Thrown off the Bus

William Regnery, John Derbyshire, Paul Gottfried, Robert Weissberg


Saturday, November 3rd

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



Speaker Biographies


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Steven Baskerville

Stephen Baskerville is Associate Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College and Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, the Independent Institute, and the Inter-American Institute.  He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has taught political science and international affairs at Howard University, Palacky University in the Czech Republic, and most recently as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Russian National University for the Humanities. More recently, he has turned his full attention to the politics of the family in global perspective, and his most recenty book is Taken Into Custody: The War against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family (Cumberland House, 2007).

Thomas Bertonneau, visiting Professor of English at the State University of New York College, Oswego, New York.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. He has contributed to numerous journals and websites including Alternative Right, and is co-author of The Truth Is Out There: Christian Faith and the Classics of TV Science Fiction.


Thomas Bertonneau


John Derbyshire

John Derbyshire is a mathematician and cultural commentator. He is the author of several other books including Prime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics (2003). He writes for VDare.com and TakiMag.com.

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Paul Gottfried is the President and Co-founder of the H.L. Mencken Club, and the author of nine books including Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America (2012)


Paul Gottfried


Henry Harpending

Henry Harpending is distinguished professor of anthropology and Thomas Chair at the University of Utah, and co-author of the book The 10,000 Year Explosion (2009). Together with Gregory Cochran, he contributes to the blog “West Hunter“.

Michael Hart is the author of three books on history, various scientific papers, and controversial articles on various other subjects. His best known book is The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. His most recent book is The Newon Awards: A History of Genius in Science and Technology , published this year by Washington Summit Publishers.


Michael Hart

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Carl Horowitz

Carl F. Horowitz is affiliated with the National Legal and Policy Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in public life. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning, and specializes in labor, immigration and housing policy issues. Previously, he had been Washington correspondent with Investor’s Business Daily, housing and urban affairs policy analyst with The Heritage Foundation, and assistant professor of urban and regional planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Jim Kalb is a lawyer (J.D., Yale Law School) and author, The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisatorial Tolerance, and Equality by Command (2008). His latest book is Against Inclusiveness: How the Diversity Regime Is Flattening America and the West and What to Do about It .


James Kalb


Tito Perdue 

Tito Perdue is the author of several works of fiction. He has been dubbed “one of the most important contemporary Southern writers” by the New York Press, and his iconic character Lee Pefley has been called “a reactionary snob” by Publisher’s Weekly.

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Keith Preston is the chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com. He was awarded the 2008 Chris R. Tame Memorial Prize by the United Kingdom’s Libertarian Alliance for his essay, “Free Enterprise: The Antidote to Corporate Plutocracy.”


Keith Preston

William Regnery is the founder of the Charles Martel society, publisher of The Occidental Quarterly and a past chairman of the National Policy Institute, which he co-founded with Sam Francis.


Byron Roth is Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Dowling College and is author, most recently, of The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature.  His work has appeared in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Public Interest, Academic Questions, and Encounter. His books include, Decision Making: Its Logic and Practice, co-authored with John D. Mullen and Prescription for Failure: Race Relations in the Age of Social Science.

Richard Spencer is a former assistant editor at The American Conservative and Executive Editor at Taki’s Magazine (takimag.com); he was the founder and Editor of AlternativeRight.com (2010-2012). Currently, he is President and Director of the National Policy Institute and Washington Summit Publishing and Editor of Radix Journal.


Richard Spencer

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Robert Weissberg

Robert Weissberg is author of Pernicious Tolerance  and other books including Bad Students, not Bad Schools (2012). He is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Illinois

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    • Well, they do have a point that Mencken, while no fan of PC, was certainly not a ‘paleoconservative’ by any stretch of the imagination. The Alternative Right has serious problems dealing with radical anarchism and existentialism, mainly because they’re intellectually lazy and like to wank on about exploded old fantasies like constitutions and republican government. Despite the intellectual acuity some AltRight types show in critical analysis, their own positive political views are scarcely less retarded than the HumaNazis they revile. And they certainly aren’t those of Mencken.

      • At this point it’s-at best-nothing more than an Unpopular Front against the current regime. The old Popular Front had the Soviets around to provide some intellectual coherence.

  1. Where are the less distinguished, though no less informative, street afficianados?

    I’d rather get my anarchism from somebody that got his supper for free than from somebody that is beholden to the system for his own.

    • Intellectual nerds don’t give a shit about non-intellectuals, as a rule. You’re not going to see Adam Kokesh invited to speak on Objectivism; it’s as true in PaleoCon circles as it is Objectivist ones. As an intellectual nerd myself, I can confirm this. I really have zero interest in how ‘teh common man’ views anything.

      • The common man is who we struggle to free. If you insist on excluding the viewpoints of those that live on the streets and only admit those that meet your government approved educational creditials you exclude the very people that us ‘intellectual nerds’ are trying to free from the traps of capitalism.

        Personally I would much rather hear how to panhandle efficiently so that I can live outside the system than to hear another rehash of what some dead guy said 50 or more years ago.

        Stop being a snob and find those that live free now so that they can help free YOU from the system you purport to abhor.

        I mean, what kind of anarchist profits from the system? Do you really doublethink the fact that your money comes from taxes that have been taken from the common man at the point of a gun to support your upper middle class lifestyle?


        • If you think the fellow you are replying to cares about educational credentials, you clearly don’t know him very well.

          I’m also not clear how exactly panhandling helps you live outside the system; there’s certainly truth to there being libertarian elements in hobo culture: http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=1644

          But unless you’re doing it for love (and I don’t have any problems with that), why would doing so help the cause of liberty, or, as RJ would put it, yourself for that matter? Are you going to organize an “Arm the Homeless” insurgency plan or something? A secret informant network for the ARV? Are you going for some new type of agorism?

          Your next paragraph seems to imply agorism, which is interesting, but I frankly doubt all of the folks involve in that are hobos. Some of them would be, or at least appear to be, but if you’re really making an impact, you’d only, at most, be the latter.

          Also, RJ means “intellectual” in a general sense of he or I, people who enjoy discussion for the sake of discussion. He’s not referring to the Brahmin priesthood in the Ivy Leagues nor any of the propagandists populating the Cathedral outlets. He doesn’t work at a government-funded university, but even if he did, why would it matter? Hoppe does so as well. Do you think they wouldn’t vote to privatize education in a heartbeat? How much does their tax money (from things other than income) go to fund their own salaries? Read Block on this, if you want details.

          I think your comment is interesting, but you might want to consider those issues before accusing RJ of being in the wrong. He might be an “intellectual snob”, but he has provided extensive evidence for his contentions on numerous occasions, though I personally disagree with the extent to which he carries his conclusions.

  2. Ah! I’ve long wanted to speak with you. Following your prolific postings on the Internet has been an edifying treat, and a great influence in my own political-philosophical perspective. It’s such a shame I took a hiatus from the LVMI forums before you arrived; you were by far my favorite poster and seemed, to put it extremely mildly, one hell of a cut above even the likes of William or Prateek.

    Even after pouring through your 15+ aliases (I’m still not entirely sure how many are aliases and how many are friends or exes. I wouldn’t have thought you the type to date Romanian-Canadian Orthodox Christians ravers with an affinity for Austrian-influenced Third Positionist neo-feudalism, but nor would I have figured you to “smoke more weed than Harold”, either.) and only sometimes succesful attempts at caching your blogs, I’ve never come across your contact information.

    I realise this must sound a little bit ridiculous, but I would truly relish the opportunity to converse with you via Skype. I don’t have the equipment to voice chat and me being in NZ and you in Washington State would present some difficulties, but at the bare minmum, I’d love to Gmail you or even get into that private forum you were planning, assuming it exists and what I’ve written doesn’t come across to you as the social-signaling of a herd-ape that you seem to have dealt with throughout your on and offline life. My Skype address is the same as my username here and elsewhere.

    I concur with your thoughts on the AltRighties. There’s another site I’ve discovered that, quite frankly, is to them what VNN is to Stormfront, but that’ll have to wait for private communique. It frankly amazes me how you and so many others of a post-libertarian/neocameralist/techno-commercialist bent (not saying they’re the same, but there is definitely considerable Venn overlap between em’.) have managed to write down what I’ve been thinking for years, long before I read of Austrianism and even during my “neolibertarian” phase. I had the same objection to democracy as Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn well before reading Hoppe, much less the man himself. There is truly nothing new under the Sun. Anyway, one last question; why do you capitalize Hell and spell connection “connexion”? I know you have quite a keen interest in linguistics; is the former spelling the case of a mistake which has simply bled it’s way into the common speech, or a simple attempt at abbreviation on your part? The former seems more likely to me, but I’d be interested to hear your thoughts nonetheless, be it here or on some other channel. Thanks.

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