Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute, who achieved national infamy last year after he conducted a “Hail Trump” display that was seized upon by the mainstream media, sparked a large display of outrage at the International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) – just by merely showing up at the hotel bar!
Invited by the recently-formed Hans Hermann Hoppe Caucus, Spencer appeared for an impromptu “breakout session” in the hotel bar where ISFLC was taking place. Receiving well over 50 attendees, Spencer’s appearance ended up being one of the most well-attended breakout sessions of the entire weekend, and created controversy, rocking the entire conference off its axis.
“We started the Hoppe Caucus with just a small group of people to spread diversity of conversation into the libertarian movement,” said Mitchell Steffen, founding member of the Hoppe caucus. “We don’t agree with what Spencer believes in a lot of ways, but we still wanted to hear his point of view,” Steffen said.
The event started off well with a small group of onlookers engaging in a pleasant discussion with Spencer. Spencer expressed his concerns with libertarianism, and described how his proposed idea for an ethnostate may unfold. As more people started to attend, the event descended into a circus. Liberty activist Cesar Subervi helped organize the event, and was ashamed of how attendees of the ISFLC conducted themselves.
“Richard Spencer is a white identitarian, and most on the left and right are wholly opposed to that because it’s given a bad name,” Subervi said. He sat next to Spencer and appeared prominently in the video footage. “It’s understandable, but as a Dominican, Spencer and I were able to have a discussion and even see eye-to-eye on certain things. I really enjoyed the dialogue we shared, and see no problem with Spencer advocating on behalf of his own ethnicity.”
This chance to find common ground was brought to an abrupt halt after outraged individuals gathered, started a ruckus, and began threatening violence. Spencer appeared at a public bar in the hotel lobby of the Marriott Wardman Park, and was not an official attendee of the ISFLC. A mob of leftists, who were even joined by Jeffrey Tucker at one point, were warned repeatedly about their noise-level, but refused to calm down. Eventually, hotel security dispersed the entire mob and assisted Spencer in evacuating unscathed.
“It was really unfortunate how it turned out,” Steffen said. “I think the Hoppe Caucus did a good job of pushing the envelope and exposing hypocrisy though. Spencer’s ideas should be challenged with better libertarian ideas. He should not be bullied.” The Hoppe Caucus plans to burn a United Nations flag to finish up their ISFLC operations.
The Liberty Conservative will continue to have further updates, including extensive video coverage, regarding any new developments happening at the ISFLC as the weekend comes to a close.