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American Renaissance 2017 a Triumph

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Last weekend’s 2017 American Renaissance conference was a triumph. There was a capacity crowd of 300 people, and many more had to be turned away. More than half the people present were attending their first AmRen conference. The average age of the crowd was significantly younger than at the last AmRen conference I attended in 2008.

Counter-Currents had a book table, which I manned along with Aedon Cassiel and George from Toronto. I also want to thank Sally and Jaenelle for filling in as well. I arrived with 5-and-a-half boxes of books and sold close to 80% of them, which is very good for conferences of this type. I also autographed books that I authored or edited and very much enjoyed meeting and talking with Counter-Currents readers and supporters as well as friends new and old.

Because of interviews, meetings, and networking, I could not attend all the sessions, but for me the high points were the talks by Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow as well as two new speakers, Martin Lichtmesz from Austria who writes for Sezession and Julian Langness who edits European Civil War and writes for Counter-Currents. (Aedon Cassiel will have a complete report on the speeches and other events.)

Despite the best efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center and those who share their agenda, as far as I could see, the conference was unmarred by movement drama and infighting.

The Tennessee State Police were out in force to contain the contingent of communist, anarchist, and Christian protesters, which was much larger and more obnoxious this year because of the election of Donald Trump, who has apparently slashed government funding for psychiatric medications and turned the patients of mental hospitals out on the streets. (The police could not be everywhere, however, and one attendee who broke protocol and engaged the protesters was assaulted by thugs.)

It is a shame that the AmRen conference has outgrown the facilities at Montgomery Bell State Park, because the setting is beautiful and the staff were unfailingly friendly and efficient. I made a point of thanking the police for their presence and tipping generously at meals, which should be our practice at all real-world meetups.

I want to thank Counter-Currents’ readers and donors for making this trip possible and everyone who stopped by our table to buy books and say hello. I also want to thank Jared Taylor and his staff and supporters for putting on another superb conference. Not only was the majority of the audience attending their first AmRen conference, some of the people I spoke to were attending their first real world White Nationalist gathering of any kind. AmRen 2017 could not have been a better introduction to our movement. I will definitely be back in 2018.

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  1. margot metroland
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    This is great news, and I look forward to SJT and the Northwest Forum.

  2. Mike D.
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    I swear I’ll eventually make it to one of these. Doesn’t look like I’ll be able to make it while still in my 20s, though. Just hit 29 and if I remember right, they’re bi-annual.

    I have had a chance to see pictures of both the attendees and the “protestors.”

    Gotta say, it’s going to be easier than we thought being winners if our opponents continue to look like such gigantic losers.

    • Dov
      Posted August 1, 2017 at 6:04 am | Permalink

      AmRen holds annual conferences – sometimes in the spring and sometimes in the summer.

    • J.R. Phillips
      Posted August 1, 2017 at 6:17 am | Permalink

      It’s annual, but they’ve had to cancel the conference a few times in the past when they were having them at private hotels because leftists would threaten the venues. That’s why it’s held at a state park – the same tactics don’t work there.

      I’ve never gone to AmRen because it always seemed a bit too conservative for my more radical tastes, but I may have to reconsider that. It sounds as if AmRen has changed a lot over the past few years and is now attracting a much different (and more appealing) crowd than it used.

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