As everyone knows by now, I actually did manage to attend the 2012 League of the South National Conference.
This conference was held nearby at the Alabama League of the South building outside of Wetumpka on 231 North.
I live here in Central Alabama and there is no way that I could miss such a gathering of Southern nationalists after pitching such a compelling case for the dissolution of the Union on a daily basis on this website.
(1) Unfortunately, I missed the last day of the conference because I was so exhausted from lack of sleep on Thursday and Friday that my alarm clock failed to wake me up. This is my biggest regret because I was hoping to be a lot more sociable on the last day on the conference. I wasn’t feeling so well because of sleep deprivation.
(2) There were about 200 people there from all across the South.
(3) There were no antifa or protesters.
(4) The Wetumpka chapter has been so successful at local organizing and networking within the community that it has raised a building to accommodate its meetings.
(5) The building was packed. I had to stand up through much of the conference because all the chairs were taken. They are going to have to expand the building if they keep this up.
(6) Unlike other conferences I have attended, the League of the South conference was more reminiscent of going to church. By that I mean there were lots of White families there. There were old people there, but all age groups were well represented.
(7) I didn’t see any blacks there.
(8) I did meet some hardcore OD readers there. You know who you are.
Race and the League:
(1) Michael Hill condemned the Rainbow Confederates both in his speech and in an interview with Palmetto Patriot on the last day of the conference. He has condemned them several times on the Facebook group too. So that’s not an issue anymore.
(2) In the video of the speech below, you will see that Michael Hill condemned miscegenation, and gave a thoroughly nationalist presentation, and mocked the idea of being ashamed of being White and whispering in private about our ethnic identity as if it were something to be ashamed of instead of a source of pride.
(3) In another presentation, a teenage boy gave a speech that mocked BRA’s racial etiquette about the Confederate flag. The speech was about the stupidity of White guilt, moral cowardice, and how it causes White Southern Christians to behave in absurd ways that are deferential to blacks.
(1) The highlight of the conference was easily the after hours networking and camaraderie. I spent most of my time at the conference hanging out with Palmetto Patriot and Matthew Heimbach.
(2) We had a great time occupying the SPLC, the Alabama State Capitol where Jefferson Davis and George Wallace stood, MLK’s church, and doing that podcast on The Secret History of the Rainbow Confederacy.
Any reservations that I might once have had about the League of the South and PC over the Rainbow Confederate issue were quickly dispelled after we paid tribute to MLK and the Civil Rights Movement. There are plenty of people within the League who see things pretty much as we do here.
(3) We learned that Maryland is still a Southern state. Never doubt the Southern patriotism of Maryland again. Matthew Heimbach will soon be joining OD as a co-blogger.
(1) More seriously, the theme of this conference was local organizing and networking, and nothing was said on this subject that I don’t wholeheartedly agree with.
(2) The enemy is less the Jews or blacks or some other menacing ethnic or ideological antagonist than it is things like demoralization, apathy, resignation, submission, timidity, cowardice, impatience, radical individualism, shattered communities, etc. It was good to be reminded of this.
Most people don’t believe that fundamental change is possible, so they don’t even consider it as a possibility, and adapt their daily lives to BRA’s status quo to live without the mental distress that animates people like us.
(3) Every Alt Right organization suffers from the same problem: too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Without any local power base, all we are doing is howling in the wilderness of the internet, but it is ultimately up to us to change that situation, and we can only do it by organizing at the local level.
(4) No organization whether it be the League or the CofCC is ever going to be effective without a mass membership at the state and local level. There is no such thing as a perfect organization either. It is a much better idea to join and support the existing organizations and work within them to make them better.
(5) HAC’s Northwest Front is a sideshow act compared to the League of the South as a secessionist organization.
I came away from the 2012 League of the South Conference with the impression that the every member of an organization doesn’t need to be as radical as its leaders. The general public is nowhere near as radical as our cultural elites. We just need the right elites in key positions to lead the masses in our preferred direction.
It is time to reconsider the “mainstreamers vs. vanguardists” debate. In the context of White Nationalism, the vanguardists are perpetually at odds with the mainstreamers, whereas that is not really the case in Southern nationalism, at least in so far as the League of the South is concerned.
The parallel in Southern nationalism would be Southern nationalists in the League of the South versus the Rainbow Confederates in the Southern Heritage Non-Preservation Group. Fortunately, this is not an issue that pits racialists against racialists as it does in White Nationalism.
If we had a Southern Rights vanguard with a more moderate mass following organized at the local level, we could really start to shake up state and local politics.