The 2017 League of the South National Conference was the largest national conference that I have attended since I started coming in 2012. We had about 200 people this year.
I wouldn’t say it was the best national conference. The only wet blanket over this event was the fact that so many of my friends who have been at previous national conferences weren’t there. It is more fun when more of the people you run with show up. I’m not sure how it could have worked this year though because it was standing room only on Saturday. We’re going to need a larger building.
Looking back on my experiences in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, I realize that we have suffered from a lot of self-inflicted damage over the last two years. We seem to be moving beyond that though. The Trumpmania that overshadowed the 2015 and 2016 national conferences is over. Many of the bullshit feuds which were black-pills have run their course. We’ve returned to street activism and a new group of people have joined the League and are in the process of forming relationships.
It feels like we have picked up where we left off in 2015. The militant rhetoric has certainly cooled off a bit. Just as I predicted, we’ve entered a “post-Trump” phase where many of the people who were swept up by Trumpmania have become disaffected. They are moving beyond a Make America Great Again mindset and are searching for alternatives. I expect the next few years will be dominated by Trump’s wake as he implodes, disappoints his followers and they continue their political journey. The challenge for Southern Nationalists will be converting and integrating them into our network.
The big theme of the 2017 League of the South National Conference was our relationship with the Alt-Right and White Nationalism. We’ve decided to work together and find common ground. Dr. Hill spoke about how there is already an intense war going on in the streets – a war against White people, a war against the South, a war against Christianity – which is melting away our divisions. R.G. Miller spoke about working with other groups without losing our own identity. Dr. David Duke spoke about the salience of the Jewish Question. I spoke about how we are our own greatest enemy.
The Alternative South is coming to fruition. The idea was to create a space on the Right in the South where everyone who isn’t a mainstream conservative could interact and work together and become a new political center of gravity. That’s what we saw this weekend in Wetumpka and at previous events in Auburn, Pikeville, New Orleans, Charlottesville, Harrison, Orlando and Austin. White Nationalists and the Alt-Right are getting more active and we will be seeing them with us in the streets from now on. It was just us out there a few years ago, but that has changed since Trump’s victory in the election. Mike Enoch of TRS has been doing street activism for the last two weekends in a row.
I get the sense that a year from now we will be talking at our next national conference about how all of this, whatever label you want to call it, finally came offline in 2017. It seems like something is going on every weekend now and there is more unity in the movement than ever before. When the League of the South first started holding these demonstrations, I said the goal was to undermine the dominant taboos and build real world social networks. I believe those taboos are much weaker today than they were three years ago and that overall our network is far stronger. I’m old enough to remember a time when all of this energy was bottled up online. It is gradually becoming normalized now.
Remember the Southern Demographic Displacement rally in Uvalda, GA in 2013? It is a reminder that we were years ahead of the curve in so many ways.
Note: I will post all the videos from the conference here when they become available.