I’ve spent a lot of time connecting the dots between old right-wing radicals, particularly John Birch Society radicals and today’s new radicals in the Republican party. At first, I felt like I was the only one who realized that the GOP absorbed so much Birch thought that they had become nearly identical twins. The GOP doesn’t like the comparison. The older establishment Republican types remember when the Birchers became such an embarrassment that they had to call out William F. Buckley, Jr., the conservative movement’s exalted leader, to banish the Birchers to the radical fringe.
The old-timers may not like to be compared to radical right-wingers, but that doesn’t change the facts. Today’s GOP sounds like, looks like, and talks like old radicals. I’m not alone in figuring this out. Here’s Rachel Maddow in 2009) talking about the John Birch Society being ushered onto the GOP stage.
Let me introduce you to the Koch Brothers and their father, Fred, infamous John Birch Society founding member.
This video is an outtake from my interview with Jen Senko, documentary filmmaker. Her new film, “The Brainwashing of My Dad” premieres on March 18, 2016. It is impossible to understand where the radical right got its mojo without knowing the Kochs. David and Charles are the architects of … More…
Intelligence Report, Spring 2013, Issue Number: 149
Bringing Back Birch
by Don Terry
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a hotel near the outer limits of California’s capital, just down the hall from the pain management conference and the baseball card show, three banquet tables along the back wall of the Cherrywood Room are covered with dozens of … Read more…
Growing Up in the John Birch Society
A new memoir exposes the trauma of growing up in an extreme-right-wing family—and the way those traumas were visited, politically, on the rest of us.
By Rick Perlstein
August 6, 2013
Old Enough to Save the Country
Claire Conner was about 13 years old when her parents handed her a John Birch Society membership … Read more…
. . . and Its Relevance Today
By Rachel Tabachnick, on January 21, 2014
Rachel Tabachnick is a PRA research fellow and member of the Public Eye editorial board. She researches the impact of the Religious Right on policy and politics in education, economics, the environment, and foreign policy.
The John Birch Society, Libertarians, and Nullification
Founded in 1958, the John Birch … Read more…
by Robyn E. Blumner, Columnist/Editorial Writer
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the John Birch Society, author Claire Conner of Dunedin can tell you. The radical right-wing group that was briefly a player in national conservative politics in the 1960s is back, under a different name: tea party.
She should know. Conner’s new memoir Wrapped in the Flag: A … Read more…