An expanded version of the speech Bob Weissberg delivered to the the 2011 H.L. Mencken Club Conference.Read More
After a long delay, the H. L. Mencken Club is delighted to announce that audio recordings of all 2011 H. L. Mencken Club Conference Speeches are available. This is a remarkable collection of speeches from some of the keenest minds of the independent right. Please visit the following link to access the the recordings, or if you prefer, subscribe to the RSS feed. An iTunes link will be coming soon.
We are delighted to make these recordings available, and we hope that you will find them entertaining and enlightening.
Paul Gottfried responds to a review of his book "Conservatism in America", on FrontPage Magazine.
"We have had American thinkers on the Right in the past, like Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver and Robert Nisbet, who had some conception of what classical conservatism was. But their influence on the current conservative movement has been nil, and even the occasional homage to them found in conservative publications, as I show in my work, has become weaker and weaker over time."
Paul Gottfried on the right's timid response to leftist lawbreakers:
"There are historical rules bordering on inevitability about what happens to well-dressed, timid people who react with excessive restraint to their enemies’ plans."
In the aftermath of the presidential election of 2000, a map of the United States was published in which the counties that had voted for the Republican candidate (George W. Bush) were colored red and the counties that had voted for the Democratic candidate (Al Gore) were colored blue. The result was striking: The “Blue counties” made up only a small fraction of the area of the United States, but they included roughly half of the total population.Read More
By James Kurth
Some 75 years ago – long ago and far away – there was an event which is almost totally forgotten today, but which at its time and for decades thereafter captured the attention and haunted the memory of most of the Western world – the Spanish Civil War.
By Paul Gottfried
As we enter Holy Season, going from Kwanza through Martin Luther King’s epiphany to Black History Month and then Women’s Month, it may be useful to recall a resounding commentary that Bill O’Reilly offered on his show last week in response to critic.
By Paul Gottfried
As the year comes to an end, I feel compelled to call attention to certain silly usages. Those that have annoyed me of late are “politically in the middle,” “right of center,” and “moderate liberal.” Those who are fond of these phrases never tell us where exactly the “middle” is situated or in relation to what center someone is on the right.Read More
Frequent H.L. Mencken Club speaker Thomas Bertonneau's most recent address to the H.L. Mencken Club, entitled "The Master Spirit Takes Flight", on the subject of H.G. Wells, has been published by the always excellent Brussels Journal.
By Robert Weissberg
The American people are increasingly become docile, ever dependent on government largess, and there is no end in sight. Since a Nobel Prize winning geneticist of my acquaintance tells me that to understand humans, study dogs, so we’ll begin with dachshunds. Mencken described the breed, "A dachshund is a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long."Read More
At tonight’s fifth anniversary meeting of the H.L. Mencken Club, it seems appropriate to focus on History as the transmitted picture of our past. This picture determines how we see ourselves as members of communities and of a shared civilization.Read More