Paul Gottfried


Paul Gottfried
Paul Gottfried (1941 in the Bronx)[1] is the founder and President of the H. L. Mencken Club, "an organization for independent-minded intellectuals of the Right that meets annually near Baltimore".[2] Jared Taylor has described the H. L. Mencken Club as a "political discussion group".[3] Paul coined the term "paleoconservative" in 1986.[4] According to "Forward", the paleoconservative favors "restrictions on immigration and controls on free trade" and differs from the neoconservative in that the latter emphasises "an interventionist United States over most other policies."[5]


Paul is a Hungarian Jew whose father fled Budapest for the US after the assassination of Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuß in the July Putsch in 1934, in which NSDAP sympathisers attempted to install an NSDAP-friendly government in Austria.[6][1]

The term "alternative Right"

Paul claims he invented the term "alternative Right" during a speech he made before fifty people at an H. L. Mencken Club meeting in November 2008. In that speech he spoke about the need for an alternative Right "to combat the high degree of neoconservative control over the intellectual Right".[2] Someone from the Associated Press called Paul and told him he had invented the term in that speech he made in November 2008,[2] which was titled "The Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right" and was republished in "Taki's Magazine" on 1 December 2008.[7][8] According to "Mother Jones", Richard Spencer was the one who coined the term when he used it in a "Taki's Magazine" article titled "The Conservative Write" on 6 August 2008.[9][10] In the very last sentence of the article, Richard writes:

The intellectual bankruptcy of neoconservatism as well as the current stagnation of the movement conservatism should give paleos, traditionalists, and anyone else on the alternative Right some cause for optimism… Or at least, this is what everyone I know in Manhattan is saying.[9]

Relationship with Richard Spencer

The Jewish magazine "Tablet" has called Paul Richard Spencer's "former mentor".[1] Paul has said that he knows Richard.[2] "Salon" says the two men have grown apart. During a phone interview with "Salon" in October 2016, Paul said: "Richard, I think, has gone on out on a limb to create a more extreme, racialist right."[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jacob Siegel (29 November 2016). "The Alt-Right’s Jewish Godfather". Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Paul Gottfried (30 August 2016). "SOME OBSERVATIONS FROM THE MAN WHO CREATED ALT-RIGHT". Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. Jared Taylor (29 August 2016). "What Is the Alt-Right?" Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  4. Jacob Siegel (29 November 2016). "The Alt-Right’s Jewish Godfather". Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. "Meet the Jewish 'Paleoconservative' Who Coined The Term 'Alternative Right'". Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  6. "Adolf Hitler 'personally planned 1934 putsch in Vienna'". 20 October 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  7. Paul Gottfried (1 December 2008). "The Decline and Rise of the Alternative Right". Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  8. Osita Nwanevu (23 March 2017). "How National Review Helped Build the Alt-Right" Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Richard Spencer (6 August 2008). "The Conservative Write". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  10. Josh Harkinson (27 October 2016). "MEET THE WHITE NATIONALIST TRYING TO RIDE THE TRUMP TRAIN TO LASTING POWER". Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  11. Matthew Sheffield (8 December 2016). "A history of hate: How the alt-right became racist (Part 1)". Retrieved 5 May 2017.