This panel co-sponsored by The Mencken Society (TMS) and the Mencken House (MH) took place the day before Mencken Day 2022 (Sept. 10). The discussion explores the dimensions of Mencken’s views, their conventional labeling as conservative, and how they might relate to contemporary political stances.
The panel included Darryl Hart, president of TMS and author of Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken, and K. W. James Rochow, long-time Mencken aficionado and author of a political memoir in process that travels between the poles of conservatism and liberalism, Confessions of a Second Grade Liberal. Robert J. Brugger, former TMS president and retired American history editor at the Johns Hopkins University Press, moderated the panel.
All of the videos (six in all thanks to constraints of websites) are at the Mencken Society channel at YouTube. For convenience, all six are linked below: