The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that the H. L. Mencken Club has invited AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette to speak at its Fifth Annual Conference, “Challenging the Historical Consensus,” November 9-11, at the Sheraton-BWI in Baltimore, Maryland.  Paquette will speak on Saturday, November 10 on “How Unique Was American Slavery?”

The founders of the Mencken Club “conceived of the organization as representative of the spirit of the “Sage of Baltimore,” Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956), the brilliant iconoclast, satirist and columnist who founded The American Mercury – a figure who questioned the egalitarian creed, siren calls for democratic crusades, and welfare statism with which American democracy was already identified during his lifetime.”

Founded in 2008, the H.L. Mencken Club addresses controversial topics that the academy refuses to address seriously and honestly. It provides a forum for independent thinkers to address a wide range of topics in the spirit of the Club’s namesake.  In particular, Mencken Club members seek to combat “ignorance, wishful thinking and obscurantism.”