James Edwards hosted a private conference in Memphis, TN this weekend for friends, family, and supporters to come together to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Political Cesspool. The event was more than a year in the making.
For understandable reasons, this conference was never open to the public. When the League of the South publicized our demonstrations in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville, a group called the “TN Anti-Racist Network” succeeded twice in getting our hotel reservations cancelled. The same group harassed the Southern National Congress when it held its annual conference in Fall Creek Falls State Park. They have also protested and harassed the last two Amren conferences in Montgomery Bell State Park near Dickson, TN. Finally, a EURO conference was cancelled near Memphis in 2008.
If this conference had been publicized on the internet like the recent NPI conference in Hungary, the hotel would have been harassed by the usual coterie of “anti-fa” slacktivists who would have made phone calls, a small handful of whom would have probably showed up to provide us with some entertainment. Rather than invite unnecessary harassment, the decision was made to keep this conference in-house at a nice, upscale private location where we could relax and enjoy a weekend of fellowship and camaraderie without any last minute disruption of anyone’s travel plans.
The conference began on Friday evening and culminated on Sunday morning at the Nathan Bedford Forrest memorial in Forrest Park. Because Renee and I were so late leaving St. Louis, we missed the events on Friday, and we were too exhausted to do anything on Sunday. On Saturday, there were five speakers who addressed a range of topics which included Nathan Bedford Forrest and the myth of the Fort Pillow Massacre, Christianity, ethnonationalism, and race realism in America, the Jewish Question, the problem of Americanism, and practical tips for our people on how to safeguard their social and financial well being (their jobs, their house, their children) while living in the context of an anti-White society. This was followed by a banquet and a live broadcast of the The Political Cesspool in which we sung “Dixie” at the end.
Approximately 90 people were in attendance. There was a flurry of cancellations in the weeks before the conference, but the ballroom was packed for an event that was invite only. Had more people been privately invited, I have no doubt that many more people would have come, but we would have needed a larger venue. Plus, a scheduling conflict meant that lots of people who were at the League demonstration in Cartersville, GA couldn’t come to Memphis this weekend, and vice versa.
The crowd in Memphis was a mixture of The Political Cesspool supporters, CofCC members, OD readers, League of the South members, and Amren attendees. The attendees were predominantly Southerners, but there were also people from New York, California, Canada, Vermont and Illinois there. Unsurprisingly, there was no infighting on display anywhere this weekend, as most of us are already known to each other from previous events, and we continue to coalesce around common ground.
The dysfunction that is always on display on the internet (see Beefs 1, Beefs 2, Beefs 3, Beefs 4, and Beefs 5) is a product of low trust/low social capital within the sphere that we call the movement which itself is a symptom of anonymity and overreliance on the internet. Generally speaking, online relationships are more fragile than real world relationships. The internet is a paradise for trolls, cranks, misfits, and losers who don’t last long in real life. It is great communications and networking tool, but it is also a place where paranoia and misunderstandings tend to flourish.
Beyond education and outrage, we have to build networks of our people who share the same beliefs, and after that we have to organize them around a common purpose, and finally we have to inspire them to take collective action, not on the internet, but in real life to bring about the changes in society we desire. Some will say that these information sharing and community building exercises are a waste of time, but I have my wife, son, and some of my best friends in the movement to thank for them. On Saturday and Sunday, we ate lunch at Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous Charcoal Ribs and The Pig on Beale, and Saturday night we had a blast in Memphis. I regret that I missed out on the civil rights tour of the Lorraine Motel.
We need less infighting, less isolation, less negativity, less fear, less apathy, and less disorganization. We need more unity, stronger networks, stronger organizations, more money, more courage, more action, a positive attitude and a more wholesome image. The movement needs to look like it is worth joining, not running away from. And once people jettison their old ideas to adopt our perspective, they need to be able to move quickly into real world social networks that reinforce and cements their loyalty to the cause.
What sustained the Confederate war effort? It was something as simple as loyalty to comrades. Men aren’t comrades in an e-foxhole.