thoughts following the 2018 h.l. mencken club conference


The eleventh annual gathering of the H. L. Mencken Club was by all accounts a rousing success; and we look forward to holding another meeting next year that will offer attendees as much food for thought, stimulating conversation, and elegant dining. Our numbers are growing; and our meetings are eliciting widespread favorable comment. Although Conservatism, Inc. still does not consider us part of their authorized Right, we’ve no trouble attracting first-rate speakers. Perhaps even more importantly, we have shown remarkable staying power. Having worked to establish this organization, I can say with certainty that we are likely to be around for a long time.

As the leading forum of the Independent Right, the Mencken Club offers a home to those who want to discuss a wide range of issues completely free of concerns about political correctness. While mainstream conservatives fret about offending the Left, we run to take on hard questions.

Further, although the present conservative movement has certainly not been our friend, we do not categorically reject those who are associated with it. We have no PC litmus tests for those who wish to join us. Indeed we welcome people from diverse backgrounds and with differing opinions and encourage debate from many perspectives. Unlike others, we thrive on open discussion. The club revels in its unique ability to represent a diversity of thought within the Right that is rarely addressed elsewhere.

Information regarding the 2019 conference will be posted on this website late next summer. I hope to see you there!


Paul Gottfried
The HL Mencken Club