THE EIGHTH ANNUAL H.L. MENCKEN CLUB CONFERENCE

THE ELITES AND THE REST OF US

NOVEMBER 6-7, 2015

 

Friday, November 6th

5:00-7:00 PM - Registration

7:00-10:00 PM - Banquet

Introduction - James Kalb

Presidential address: “Sam Francis: A Prophet of Our Time” - Paul Gottfried

Saturday, November 7th

Panel: Politics and Elitism  
Moderator: Paul Gottfried

David Frisk: “Marginalization of Non-Elite Conservatives”
Jack Kerwick:  “Media Elites and the Reconstructed American Right”
Bob Weissberg: “Elections as Means of Elite Control”

Panel: Socio-economic Elitism
Moderator: Peter Brimelow

Keith Preston: “The Alliance of Transnational Capitalism and the Managerial Therapeutic State”
Raymond Wolters: “Elitism and School Reform: A Case In Point”
Edwin Rubenstein: “Don’t Panic Over the Hispanics”

Lunch:  Carl Horowitz will discuss his recent book on Al Sharpton

Panel: Elites and Masses in Culture
Moderator: James Kalb

Michelle Kamhi : “Today’s Art: Clueless Critics Right and Left”
Tulio Borges: “Reactionary Chic: Les Hussards and the Fate of France’s Literary Right After WWII”
Wm. Cawthon:  “The Elites and Southern Identity”

Banquet: Peter Brimelow will discuss “ American Elites and the Immigration Problem

 

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

 

Tulio Borges  is a Brazilian author, critic, and translator. He is a former resident of both New York and Los Angeles who now resides in his native Brasilia, Brazil. He interned at National Review, and is now writing a book on the French literary Right in the twentieth century. He will be speaking on the relevance of his subject for our own Right. 

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

William Cawthon has a B.A. in history from Emory University, an M.A. in history from the University of Georgia, and a J. D. from the University of Georgia. At the University of Georgia he was very active with The Culture of the South Association, a registered student association, and later with the effort to retain the 1956 Georgia Flag with the Confederate Battle Flag emblem. He has written various articles concerning the defense of Southern Culture and Heritage.  For a brief period he practiced law in Macon, Georgia.  He is an independent scholar, residing on an ancestral plantation in Alabama, where he is working to establish an arboretum.  

David Frisk, resident fellow of the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. He is the author of If Not Us, Who? William Rusher, National Review, and the Conservative Movement (2012)

Paul Gottfried, author of ten books including, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America (2012) and Fascism: Career of a Concept (2015)

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

Jim Kalb, 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 (2013).

Michelle Marder Kamhi is an independent scholar and critic, and co-edits Aristos (An Online Review of the Arts). She is the author of Who Says That’s Art? A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts, and co-authored What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand. Articles by her have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Art Education, and Arts Education Policy Review, among other publications.

Jack Kerwick   has his doctorate degree in philosophy from Temple University. His areas of specialization are ethics and political philosophy.  His work has appeared in both scholarly journals and popular publications.  He is currently a lecturer in philosophy at Rowan College at Burlington County College in Mount Laurel, NJ where he resides with his wife and son. 

Keith Preston, 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."

Edwin Rubenstein, President of ESR Research Economic Consultants and regular contributor to VDARE.

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).

Raymond Wolters received a B.A. degree from Stanford (1960) and a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley (1967).  He was a member of the history department at Delaware from 1965 until his retirement and is the author of six books, among them Du Bois and His Rivals (2002); and Race and Education, 1954-2007 (2009). Professor Wolters is Thomas Muncy Keith Professor Emeritus at the University of Delaware.