DICKSON, TN – A multinational roster of activists, luminaries and icons of the dissident right addressed a gathering of nearly 150 patriots and liberty-loving Americans this weekend at the Nationalist Solutions Symposium. The venue was the idyllic and somewhat secluded Montgomery Bell State Park, which features a hotel and adjoining conference center with a capacity of around 300 people, making it ideal for medium to sizable group gatherings. The event is the first large-scale conference of its kind that is jointly sponsored by the American Freedom Party and The Council of Conservative Citizens.
A “high energy” (in the vernacular of dissident right subculture) crowd of attendees was addressed by a veritable who’s who of renowned scholars, public figures and maverick academics, comprising a lineup of speakers that has seldom, if ever in the history of the truth movement at large, shared a stage at a single event. The speakers addressed topics dealing with virtually every aspect and nuance of the plight of the Anglosphere in the long war of populism vs globalism and included scholarly heavy-weights such as Dr. Virginia Abernathy, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Anthropology at Vanderbilt University and author of numerous books on the subject of immigration, Dr. Adrian Krieg, the prolific author of numerous books dealing with the conspiratorial machinations of the globalist agenda on multiple fronts throughout history, Dr. Kevin MacDonald, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at California State University, author, and editor of the Occidental Observer, and Dr. Tomislav Sunic, a former Croatian Diplomat, University Professor, and author of numerous widely circulated books.
Comparably as notable in their own right were numerous other speakers including Dr. Michael Hill, leader of the southern nationalist activist organization, League of the South, Bill Johnson, head of the American Freedom Party, Earl Holt, head of the Council of Conservative Citizens, James Edwards, the host of the unabashedly anti-establishment AM radio show, The Political Cesspool, Tom Kawczynski, the town manager of Jackman, Maine who made headlines recently as one of the latest 1st Amendment casualties in postmodern America after being fired from his position despite his stellar job performance after some of his right-leaning political views were noticed on his Twitter account. The famed southern, right wing author, Tito Perdue addressed the crowd as well, along with Mrs. Rachel Pendergraft, spokeswoman of the Knights Party and daughter of Pastor Tom Robb. Foreign nationalist organizations sharing common goals in the cause contra globalism with the American dissident right were represented at the event as well. Dominic Luthard was in attendance with a delegation from his organization, The Swiss Nationalist Party as a featured speaker, and Mr. Makoto Sakurai spoke on behalf of the Japan First Party. Dr. David Duke was the featured speaker at the Saturday evening banquet, during which he recounted a great many of his experiences and observations throughout his 4 decades of activism.
The event was organized for the AFP and CoCC by Rick Tyler, a Pastor and 30+ year veteran of right wing activism and the man behind the Make America White Again billboard which made international news nearly two years ago. Mr. Tyler informed this writer that his aspirations for the conference were for it to function as a sort of intellectual “Unite the Right” that would bring individuals and organizations from across the right wing spectrum together to fellowship and discuss not just the problems being faced by traditionalists, but tangible solutions for them. By all accounts from dozens of attendees, speakers, and conference staffers alike spoken with by this writer, the event was very successful in that regard. Not merely because it boasted an impressive turnout for any event, let alone a first outing, but a high-octane speaker roster and numerous movement persons of interest in attendance.
This writer met and spoke with Don Wassall, creator of the Caste Football website and publisher of the Nationalist Times, saw representatives of The Barnes Review, the historical revisionist journal, The National Alliance, and representatives of the fast-growing, international Alt Right publishing powerhouse, Arktos to name but a few. If pan-spectrum participation of this magnitude is to be the norm for this event and it becomes the annual phenomenon that The American Freedom Party is intending it to be, it might just be destined to become the go-to happening of the year for activists wanting to network with other movers and shakers in the movement. While there are numerous excellent events well worth saving your money to attend each year, many of which this writer has been able to personally participate in and occasional report on for AFP, they are by nature somewhat exclusive and insular and are not usually characterized by the vision and scope of The Nationalist Solutions Symposium. Truly uniting the right in any capacity is no lean feat, and that this is one of the central ambitions for this event is perhaps the most newsworthy aspect of it all.
Of further interest is the heightened levels of security at the Montgomery Bell State Park venue since Charlottesville. No less than 100 law enforcement personnel were deployed on the scene, and the protest organized by the local Anti Fascist faction, Jam City Antifa was completely and thoroughly segregated from conference attendees. As if to attempt to lessen the accusations commonly made by leftists that the police are in league with the right, the area in which they were cordoned off with metal barricades was underneath the shade of trees and multiple porta-potties were placed inside the enclosed area. The “free speech zone” looked more like a concert venue than a designated protest area. Numerous mounted police officers patrolled the area on horses, snipers were positioned on the roof of the conference center and every single person, even conference attendees were scanned by guards with handheld metal detectors outside the front door every time they exited and re-entered the building.
The whole scene was surreal on the one level – offering a glimpse into what a police state really looks like, dramatically offsetting the otherwise very tranquil and serene setting of the secluded nature retreat. On the other hand, that the police and Tennessee government would take such measures in the wake of Charlottesville to keep Antifa and BLM separate from conference attendees could certainly be argued to be a tacit admission on the part of officialdom that these groups truly are terrorist organizations, violently opposed to free speech when such timeless principles do not align with their Communist agenda. As would be hoped such a show of force by the state would accomplish, the event transpired without a single incident or disruption from its detractors.
Predictably, the SPLC and the ADL ran hit pieces on the symposium. In their customary fashion, the articles played fast and loose with the facts and copiously utilized the usual buzzwords and ad-hominem attacks while feigning dismissiveness and disinterest in the gathering’s high profile status and remarkable success. Despite this, their concern about the multinational collaboration between nationalist groups that was facilitated by The American Freedom Party was palpable in the words of the SPLC article’s author:
“American hate groups and their leaders are redoubling their longstanding efforts to create an international network of far-right extremists amid a surge in right-wing populism in Europe and elsewhere around the world. This weekend’s conference, featuring groups from Europe and Japan, is just one example of that effort.”
Coming from an organization with such an outstanding track record of shameless undermining of and opposition to the principles of liberty and traditional American values and standards of journalistic integrity, that sounds like a ringing endorsement.
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