The Fifth Annual H.L. Mencken Club Conference

Challenging the Historical Consensus

November 9-11, 2012


Friday, November 9

7:00 p.m. - Banquet:

Greetings - Richard Spencer

Remembering Sam Francis - Fran Griffin

The Ellis Island Syndrome: The Real and Illusionary History of Immigration in America - Peter Brimelow

President's Remarks - Paul Gottfried

Saturday, November 10

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

Rethinking the American Founding

Moderator: Jim Kalb

A Protestant Founding - Barry Shain

A Peculiar Founding; or the Neocons Are Right about America being a Propositional Nation. - Richard Spencer

A Mixed Founding - Robert Heineman

10:45 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Fascism & the Right

Moderator: Stanley Payne

The Cultural-Literary Setting of Fascism - Thomas Bertonneau

Fascism as a Counter-Revolutionary Imitation - Paul Gottfried

The Authoritarian Right: An Appreciation of Francisco Franco- James Kurth

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.


Mencken's Mind - Special Guest Speaker

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Revising Key Historical Turning Points

Moderator: Dr. Kenneth McIntyre

How Good Was 'The Good War'? - Keith Preston

The Republicans' Record in the Spanish Civil War - Stanley Payne

How Unique was American Slavery? - Robert Paquette

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Education—Hope for Revival?

Moderator: Jim Kalb

Club Med University - Bob Weissberg

The Setting for a Scientific Awakening - Michael Hart

Can History still be taught as a serious discipline? - Kenneth McIntyre

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.


Greetings - Richard Spencer

What a Conservative Movement Needs - John Derbyshire

Debate & Discussion “Was the Conservative Movement Destined to Go Bad?

Sunday, November 11

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Member's Breakfast and Roundtable

Speaker Biographies


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

Thomas Bertonneau, visiting Professor of English at the State University of New York College, Oswego, New York.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. He has contributed to numerous journals and websites including Alternative Right, and is co-author of The Truth Is Out There: Christian Faith and the Classics of TV Science Fiction.

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).

Paul Gottfried, author of nine books including, Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America (2012)

Fran Griffin, founder of Griffin Communications and the Fitzgerald Griffin Foundation, publisher of Shots Fired, Sam Francis on America's Culture War (2007) and an upcoming collection of essays by Joe Sobran

Michael Hart, author of three books on history, various scientific papers, and controversial articles on various other subjects. His best known book is The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History. His most recent book is Understanding Human History, which is a history of humanity beginning about 100,000 years ago and going through the 20th century.

Robert Heineman, Professor of Political Science at Alfred University, author of many articles and books on political science, including Authority and the Liberal Tradition: From Hobbes to Rorty

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)

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

Dr. Kenneth McIntyre, professor of political science at Sam Houston State University.  He is the author of two books, The Limits of Political Theory: Oakeshott’s Philosophy of Civil Association and Herbert Butterfield:  History, Providence, and Skeptical Politics, and has published articles on social contract theory, the philosophy of history, the concept of ideology, and Orwell’s political thought.  He has a Ph.D. in political science from Tulane University, a Master’s from the University of Wales, and a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Robert Paquette, professor of American history at Hamilton College, he received his Ph. D. with honors in 1982 from the University of Rochester. He has published dozens of books and articles on the history of slavery. His Sugar Is Made with Blood (Wesleyan University Press, 1988) won the Elsa Goveia Prize, given every three years by the Association of Caribbean Historians for the best book in Caribbean history.

Stanley Payne, Professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Michigan, author of nineteen books on modern Spain and Fascism. His most recent book is Spain: A Unique History.

Keith Preston, chief editor of, 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."

Barry Shain, Professor of Political Science at Colgate University, former member of the board of editors for Modern Age and Political Science Reviewer

Richard Spencer, former assistant editor at The American Conservative and executive editor at Taki's Magazine (, he is the founder and co-editor of and the executive director of the National Policy Institute and Washington Summit Publishing

Bob Weissberg, author of Pernicious Tolerance and other books including Bad Students, not Bad Schools (2012); Professor of Political Science, New York University; Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois