The Chauntecleer was first
awarded in 1995 to Chauntecleer Michael Greene, to honor him for his many
years of inspired work as, among other things, facilitator of the Albert
J. Nock and H. L. Mencken Fora. The award, created by Samuel
Edward Konkin III, was intended as a one-time presentation.
Before accepting his award,
Greene passed away on April 19, 1996. Gail Higgins might have given
it to him before he died. She may now be in possession of it.
After SEK3 passed away (on
February 23, 2004), the three remaining KHC founders resurrected the award
-- while also renaming it in Sam's memory.
The Chauntecleer Award acknowledges
"meritorious service in the Cause of Freedom and advancement of Agorism." The Chauntecleer (another name for rooster) is a fitting symbol to honor
those whose work awakens a sleeping populace and introduces them to a new
day full of the promise of freedom and prosperity through agorism.
The first resurrected award
was presented in March 2006. It will continue to be awarded annually,
in March, provided that the three members of the KHC's award committee
agree unanimously on a recipient.
On February 18, 2013, the
KHC awarded the 2013 Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer to Howard Hinman.
On March 29, 2012, the
KHC awarded the 2012 Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer in memoriam to Chuck Hammill. Accepted by Charles P. Hammill.
On March 20, 2011, the
KHC awarded the 2011 Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer to
Los Angeles Libertarian Party activist Bob Weber.
In 2010, the
KHC awarded the 2010 Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer to
law professor and author Butler Shaffer.
On March 16, 2009, the
KHC awarded the 2009 Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer to
J. Neil Schulman. Schulman has tirelessly advanced agorism for many
years, especially through his highly regarded novels Alongside
Night and The
Rainbow Cadenza, two classics of libertarian literature. He has
organized agorist conventions, contributed to SEK3's New Libertarian Magazine,
and was the first speaker at the Karl Hess Club.
This same year, Schulman
founded the Samuel Edward Konkin III Supper Club, in Parump, Nevada. It will be an honor to regard this new organization as our Sister club.
No award was presented
On March 19, 2007, the
KHC awarded the 2007 Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer to
Professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Professor Hoppe is a highly regarded
Austrian school economist, anarcho-capitalist philosopher, and professor
at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
On March 20, 2006, the KHC awarded
the 2006 Samuel Edward Konkin III Memorial Chauntecleer to Wally
Conger. Conger has advanced agorism through his highly regarded
newsletter Out of Step, and related website and blog. Conger resides on California's central coast and was not able on short
notice to attend the meeting to accept the award in person.