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The Second Annual Meeting of the H.L. Mencken Club 

The West: Is It Dead Yet?

October 30 to November 1, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

7:15 p.m. - Dinner: 

Address by Paul Gottfried

Keynote address: "The Old Right vs. The Tyrants-Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" - Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

9:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m  

Radical Traditionalism

Moderator: Jim Russell

"The Future of Catholic Traditionalism" - Patrick Deneen

"The Future of Protestant Traditionalism" - Gene Edward Veith

"Julius Evola's Revolt Against the Modern World" - E. Christian Kopff

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

The Establishment, Old and New

"George Kennan and the Dilemmas of American Foreign Policy" -  Lee Congdon

"American Foreign Policy and 'The Elite': From Dulles and Kennan to Albright and Wolfowitz" - Paul Gottfried

12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m. Luncheon

"Back to the Future" - Political commentator, Patrick J. Buchanan

2:00 p.m.- 3:15 p.m. 

Debt, Demographics, and Disaster

"The Diversity Recession (or Depression?): Diversity is Strength and and Epic Economic Collapse" - Peter Brimelow

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Financial Crisis" - Richard Spencer

"The Diversity Depression" - Steve Sailer

3:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Man, Economy, and State

"Bailing on the Constitution" - Kevin Gutzman

"A National Economy" - George Csatary

Discussion: The American Economy - Disaster of Catastrophe?

Kevin Gutzman, George Csatary, Peter Brimelow, and Tom Piatak

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Reception

7:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Dinner

"We are Doomed! Rediscovering Conservative Pessimism" - John Derbyshire

Sunday, November 1, 2009

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Organizing the Youth

Kevin DeAnna

10:30 a.m. - 12 noon: 

The Post-Conservative Right

Kevin DeAnna, John Derbyshire, Paul Gottfried, Richard Spencer

Speaker Biographies

Paul Gottfried, author of eight books including,After Liberalism: Mass Democracy and the Managerial State (Princeton, 1999); and Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Towards a Secular Theocracy (2002)

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., the New York Times bestselling author of nine books including Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts will Make Things Worse; The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History; and Who Killed the Constitution? The Fate of American Liberty from World War I to George W. Bush

Jim Russell, author of The Germanization of Early Medieval Christianity

Patrick Deneen, Founding Director of the Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of American Democracy at Georgetown University and is the author of The Odyssey of Political Theory(2000) and Democratic Faith (2005).

Gene Edward Veith, the Provost of Patrick Henry College; a frequent contributor to WORLD magazine and author of books on literature, art, and religion.

E. Christian Kopff, author of The Devil Knows Latin: Why Americans Need the Classical Tradition (ISI Books, 1999); Director, the Center for Western Civilization at the University of Colorad

Lee Congdon, professor of history (emeritus), James Madison University; author of George Kennan: A Writing Life (2008), and numerous other books on central European cultural histor

Peter Brimelow, financial journalist, founder of Vdare.com, author of several books including Alien Nation: Common Sense about America's Immigration Disaster (1995)

Richard Spencer, managing editor, TakiMag.com, an online magazin

Steve Sailer, columnist for The American Conservative and VDare.com; and founder of the Human Biodiversity Institut

Kevin Gutzman, an American historian and New York Times bestselling author. He is an associate professor of the Department of History and Non-Western Cultures at Western Connecticut State University.

George Csatary, the co-founder and treasurer of the American Protectionist Societ

John Derbyshire, mathematician and cultural commentator will discuss his new book of the same title. He is the author of several other books includingPrime Obsession: Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics (2003).

Kevin DeAnna, founder of Youth for Western Civilization, a field representative for the Leadership Institute, and a graduate student at American University