H.L. Mencken Club Gathering Brings White Nationalists Together Again

At a hotel near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, white nationalists will again gather this weekend for the sixth annual H.L. Mencken Club confab. The event has become a significant annual gathering of academic racists, white nationalists, and paleo-conservatives.

The program for the 2013 Mencken event includes several notable figures: Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute; Robert Weissberg, recently kicked out of the conservative National Review after IREHR exposed his racism; John Derbyshire, also fired from National Review after a racist column; William Regnery II, publisher of the racist and anti-Semitic journal, The Occidental Quarterly; Michael Hart, the academic racist who organized the 2009 Preserving Western Civilization conference.

Past Mencken Club gatherings featured names familiar to IREHR readers, including British expatriate Peter Brimelow of the white nationalist group VDARE, and Derek Turner of The Quarterly Review (formerly of Right Now! magazine, and the Irish neo-Nazi group, Social Action Initiative).

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White Nationalists Descend on D.C. for National Policy Institute Conference

Just blocks away from the White House, North American and European white nationalists of various stripes are scheduled to convene at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC on October 25 to 27 for the 2013 Leadership Conference of the racist "think-tank," The National Policy Institute.

Fresh off a recent visit to Europe where he spoke again at a meeting of the Traditional Britain Group on October 19, National Policy Institute director Richard Spencer claims the event “will explore the future of identity for European peoples around the world.” There is very little new, however, to Spencer’s calls for “peaceful ethnic cleansing” to create a white homeland in North America.  IREHR takes a look at Spencer and the National Policy Institute. 

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Tea Party Dominates CPAC 2013 Agenda

For decades, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) has been a barometer of the different political tendencies inside the right-wing. In the 1980s, Reagan administration officials and Reaganite New Rightists dominated the podium.  Pres. Reagan spoke at CPAC in both 1984 and 1988.  In the 1990s, culture warriors like Pat Buchanan and the Rev. Pat Robertson joined Republican regulars such as Sens. Bob Dole and Phil Gramm. At this years’ CPAC13, Tea Party leaders and Tea Party-supported politicians will dominate the proceedings.  The result is an agenda filled with bigots, conspiracy mongers, and publicity hounds.

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The Birthers and the 14th Amendment

Taking umbrage at the attention that the Doonesbury comic strip has drawn to a "Birther Bill" sitting in a House committee, Texas congressman Louie Gohmert (Republican) recently told Washington Post blogger Mary Ann Akers that the bill, H.R. 1503, has nothing to do with needling President Obama. If it ever was voted up and signed, Gohmert says, the bill would not take effect until the next presidential election in 2012. It would mandate that the campaign committees of the various contenders for president submit birth certificates and "other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility..."

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