The 2014 League of the South conference was held in Wetumpka, AL this weekend.
Compared to the 2012 and 2013 national conferences, the 2014 conference was a consolidation of the changes that have occurred within the League over the past two years: an ideological shift toward ethnonationalism and a strategy of aggressive street activism. Both were on prominent display at the 2014 national conference.
The League debuted its new website: leagueofthesouth.com. The new website is aesthetically superior to its predecessor, a rarely updated dinosaur from the 1990s, and will be frequently updated with fresh articles, blog posts, book reviews, podcasts, photos, and videos. A FAQ will be compiled which will address issues that tend to come up in media interviews. We plan to spend a lot of time over the next year adding content – particularly photos and video from our street demonstrations – to the new website.
As expected, there were noticeably more young people at the 2014 national conference. The League is growing younger, more radical, and more aggressive with each passing year. There seemed to be more people at the 2014 conference from Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, and Louisiana than at previous conferences. This indicates to me that the League is expanding out of its base in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. There hasn’t been any activism yet in the Western South, but we have people there who are getting organized.
A camera crew from the BBC which is making a documentary on the rise of nationalism in Europe and North America filmed much of the 2014 conference. There was also a camera crew from WSFA, the local NBC affiliate, at League headquarters on Saturday morning. The media, which has taken a greater interest in the League this year, was another striking change over the 2012 and 2013 national conferences. My speech on “Southern Nationalism and the Media” explored how the League’s relationship with the media has changed over the last two years and how we expect it will continue to evolve in year ahead.
Mike Tuggle spoke about the Civil Rights Revolution. Dr. Michael Hill gave a speech that addressed leftists about the consequences of their victory in the United States and elsewhere in the Occident. Michael Cushman’s speech was about how to hold a Southern Nationalist street demonstration. He closed his speech with the “Southern Nationalist address.” Finally, Mike Crane gave a speech about winning state and local elections.
As always, the “real conference” kicked off after the official conference was over with two nights of drinking, socializing, dining at local restaurants, and touring local historical sites in the Montgomery area. Compared to previous years, our conversations this year felt anti-climatic: there seemed to be a consensus that the post-Rainbow League was on the right track and no bold shift in direction emerged from our discussions. There wasn’t any debate about taking what we are already doing to the next level.
What lies ahead? I expect to see more, larger, and better organized street demonstrations, a vastly improved website, more publicity from the media, more activism in the Western and Upper South, and more young people with families joining the movement. I expect to see more people I know getting married, having children and raising them in the movement. I expect to hear less from Rainbows and more from disaffected conservatives who are starting to realize that reform is impossible.