Theme: The Egalitarian Temptation

November 21-23, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

7:30 p.m. - Banquet: 

Address by Paul Gottfried, Mencken Club President

Keynote address: "Equality and Immigration" - Peter Brimelow

Saturday, November 22, 2008

9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m  

The First World War and the Crusade for Democratic Equality

Moderator: Tom Piatak

The War and the Collapse of the Old Order - James Kurth

The Costs of the Great War - T. Hunt Tooley

The Disintegration of the Hapsburg Empire - Lee Congdon

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 


Equality: The Elusive Ideal - John Derbyshire

2:00 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. 

Education and Intelligence

The War on Gifted Education - Robert Weissberg

Classical Education: Tradition & Excellence in the 21st Century - E. Christian Kopff

The American Views of Civics Education - Marshall DeRosa

Nurture vs. Nature - Charles Murray

4:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Mencken, Nietzsche and their American Disciples

The Nietzsche Reception in America - Richard Spencer

Nietzsche and the Left: A Poor Fit - Paul Gottfried

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

Speaker: Taki Theodoracopulos

Sunday, November 1, 2009

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Panel: Descent of Liberalism into Madness

Moderator: im Kalb


Speaker Biographies

eter Brimelow, financial journalist, founder of, author of several books including Alien Nation: Common Sense about America's Immigraion Disaster (1995)

om Piatak, Cleveland attorney and writer for Chronicles magazine and

James Kurth, The Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, widely published author on international affairs and connection between politics and religio

T. Hunt Tooley, Professor of History at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, specializing in modern European histor

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 history

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

Robert Weissberg, author of Pernicious Tolerance and other books; Professor of Political Science, New York University; Professor Emeritus, University of Illinoi

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

Marshall DeRosa, Professor of Political Science, Florida Atlantic University; author of Redeeming American Democracy: Lessons from the Confederate Constitution (2007)

Charles Murray, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, frequent contributoro to the Wall Street Journal, and author of numerous best-selling books including The Bell Curve (1994) and The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 (2003)

Richard Spencer, managing editor,, an online magazine, and author of a forthcoming book on Nietzsche

Paul Gottfried, author, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt: Towards a Secular Theocracy (2002)

Taki Theodoracopulos, founder of the on-line magazine,, founder of The American Conservative magazine, columnist for The Spectator of Londo

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); Stephen Sniegoski, author, The Transparent Cabal (2008)