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2017 H.L. Mencken Club Conference



NOVEMBER 3-4, 2017

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Friday, November 3rd

5:00-7:00 PM – Registration and Reception

7:00-10:00 PM – Banquet

Moderator – James Kalb

Presidential Address: Who Might Succeed the Conservative Establishment? Contenders: The Altright and the Populist Right – Paul Gottfried

Guest Speaker: Liberty and the Deep State- Tom Woods

Saturday, November 4th

9:00-10:30 AM- Panel: The Significance of the Trump Presidency after Almost a Year

Peter Brimelow: The Festering Immigration Problem
Marshall de Rosa: Trump and the Constitution
David Gordon: Does Trump Have a Foreign Policy?

10:45 AM-12:15 PM- Panel: The Altright: Its Appreciable Strengths and Continuing Glaring Weaknesses

John Derbyshire: Where the Altright Has Been Spot On
Keith Preston: The Altright Among Other Rights
Paul Gottfried: The Altright and Its Weakness

12:30-2:00 PM- Lunch:  Carl Horowitz: Why Have Corporations Become Bulwarks of the Cultural Marxist Left

2:30-4:30 PM- Panel: The Future of the Grievance Culture

Michael Hart: Partition As A Way Out
Ilana Mercer: Exceeding the Limits of Tolerable Grievances
Robert Weissberg: The Future of the Academic Jungle
Robert Paquette: Fighting Political Correctness on the Frontlines

6:00 PM- Reception and Banquet
Guest Speaker:
 The Media and The Right- Richard Pollock


Peter Brimelowis a British-born financial journalist, founder of Vdare.com, and the author of several books including Alien Nation: Common Sense about America’s Immigration Disaster (1995), which was the most widely read and most widely reviewed study of the immigration crisis in the US ever published. His examination of ethnic cleavages in Canada and their use as a political football, The Patriot Game (1986), may be nearly as famous as his work on American immigration.

John Derbyshire is a British-born American journalist, mathematician and longtime columnist for National Review. His multitude of publications range over such varied subjects as theoretical mathematics, socio-biology and current politics. He has produced numerous columns, all of them quite provocative, for Vdare.com, NRO and Takimag.com.

Marshall DeRosa is Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University, a Salvatori Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, a board member for the Abbeville Institute, and director of the Civics Education Project. His book publications include “The Confederate Constitution of 1861”, “The Ninth Amendment and the Politics of Creative Jurisprudence”, “The Redeeming of American Democracy: Lessons from the Confederate Constitution” and “The Enduring Relevance of Robert E. Lee: The Ideological Underpinnings of the American Civil War”. The views expressed by Dr. DeRosa are his own, and he does not pretend to speak on behalf of Florida Atlantic University.

Paul Gottfried is the author of twelve books including, “Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America” (2012), “Fascism: Career of a Concept” (2015), “Revisions and Dissents” (2017), and of countless scholarly articles in European intellectual history and in modern political ideologies. He has proudly remained over more than forty years an unmentionable thorn in the side of the political establishment.

David Gordon is a philosopher, historian, and Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute. He earned his PhD from UCLA, and is the author of several books including “Resurrecting Marx: The Analytical Marxists on Exploration, Freedom, and Justice”, “Critics of Marx”, “The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics”,  “An Introduction To Economic Reasoning”, and is the editor of “The Mises Review.”

Michael Hart is an American astrophysicist with a PhD from Princeton and a law degree from New York Law School.  He is the author of many books, most notably “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History” (1978), a work which has sold over 500,000 copies and is available in 15 languages. . Professor Hart’s essay “An Explanation for the Absence of Extraterrestials on Earth” was published in the Quarterly Journal of The Royal Astronomical Society in 1975 and received considerable attention. His latest project is an examination of partition in the United States.

Carl Horowitz is the Director of Organized Labor Accountability Project of the National Legal and Policy Center and has written for The Heritage Foundation, Investors’ Business Daily, FrontPage Magazine and the Townhall website. His explosive biography Sharpton: A Demagogue’s Rise (2014) is a yet undiscovered political classic.

Jim Kalb is an attorney (J.D., Yale Law School) and author, The Tyranny of Liberalism: Understanding and Overcoming Administered Freedom, Inquisitorial 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. Jim writes regularly for websites and is a frequent contributor to Chronicles. 

Ilana Mercer is the author of The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed (June 2016) & Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011). Begun in Canadian newspapers, circa 1999, Ilana’s paleolibertarian column featured on WND for 15 years, and currently appears in The Unz Review, TownHall.com, FrontPage Magazine, Constitution.com, the British Libertarian Alliance, UK’s Quarterly Review, and PRAAG (devoted to Afrikaner self-determination). For years, “The Paleolibertarian Column,” so titled, also featured on Russia Today and in Junge Freiheit, a German weekly of excellence.

Robert Paquette received his PhD from the University of Rochester. In 2008 he cofounded the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, N.Y.. As a scholar he has written widely on the slave trade in the Western hemisphere, and his books and essays reflect the continued influence of his mentors Eugene and Elizabeth Genovese. He is currently a professor of history at Hamilton College.

Richard Pollock has served as the senior investigative reporter at the Daily Caller News Foundation, the nonprofit reporting arm of the Daily Caller, a national news  organization based in Washington, D.C., for the past three years.  Prior to joining the DCNF, he was the founding investigative reporter with the Washington Examiner. Pollock’s earlier career took him into broadcast television. He was an Emmy award-winning producer for ABCs “Good Morning America,” a position he held for nearly a decade. During his tenure at GMA, the show moved from second to first place in the highly contested morning show slot. During that time he served both as the White House and Pentagon produce for GMA.  He covered Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton and covered  military conflicts in the Middle East and Central America. He also served as the senior producer for Fox News Sunday, catapulting the show to first place in Washington, DC within a year of his arrival at the show. Pollock also served as the Washington Bureau Chief of PJTV, an internet television news outlet. He lives in Washington.

Keith Preston is 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.” His dissections of power structures in modern liberal democracies continues traditions of thought going back to both leftist and rightist social critics of the past.

Robert Weissberg, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Illinois. He is the author of Pernicious Tolerance and many other books including Bad Students, not Bad Schools (2012). He has published profoundly sarcastic commentaries dealing with PC on among other websites Unz Review, Takimag, Vdare.com and NRO. Bob never ceases to offend those who deserve to be offended.

Tom Woods holds a baccalaureate from Harvard and a PhD from Columbia University. He is a libertarian scholar and a proponent of the Austrian School of Economics. He hosts two libertarian podcasts, The Tom Woods Show and Contra Krugman. Woods is a N.Y. Times Best Selling Author and has published twelve books including “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History”, “Meltdown”, and “Who Killed the Constitution?”.

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  1. Most Republicans don’t worked in factories and can care less about immigration. One reason why Trump’s polls are weak in the Midwest and even Texas. Trump and the alt-right are way dated. Republicans need to support mutual anarchy to kick the hell out of the lett than someone working for Bezos at Amazon or Ford through a temp factory jobs. Factory work doesn’t pay as much since employers hire workers mainly through temp agencies, gone are the days of 25 an hour. Thank God, Trump and Pat Buchanan and the alt-right are almost buried. The right could have supported helping people more through local churches and started a worker’s own factory that pays decent but is not apart of the state as much. Trump could have supported creating thousands of jobs by tax breaks for people to worked on 3-d printers at home.

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