The H.L. Mencken Club will be holding its eighth annual meeting near Baltimore on November 6 and 7. This year’s program, which will center on the stimulating, timely theme “The Elites and the Rest of Us,” promises to be one of the most absorbing gatherings we’ve ever held.
As usual, I would stress that we are not a Beltway political organization, and that we have no professional connections to either national party. Although most of those who come to our meetings identify, broadly speaking, with the intellectual Right, we are beholden to no special interest and welcome serious discussion from all sides of every issue we engage. None of our members will be lining up for government patronage, no matter which party wins the next presidential race. In this sense, we are what the late Samuel T. Francis, whose work I shall be addressing in my presidential remarks, called “beautiful losers.” In fact most of us take pride in not being in the winner’s circle, given those who are likely to turn up there.
We fully expect to have an impressive turnout this year. It may therefore be useful to register for this event as soon as possible, particularly if someone is interested in finding hotel accommodations. (We’ve only been able to reserve a limited block of rooms, and so it will be first come, first serve.) Directions for registration can be found here.
I look forward to seeing the usual crowd and many more at this year’s Mencken Club event.
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