John Birch Society

5 Who Are The Birchers Today? (Claire Connor)

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 18:03
"Published on Apr 29, 2013

The lurch to the right in 2010 is the unholy coalition of Tea Party, libertarian, big business, the gun lobby, the religious right and the newly reborn John Birch Society. It took 50 years, but these folks are back and they are strong. See more at www.claireconner.com. In my new book, Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right (coming from Beacon Press on July 2, 2013), you be able to read all about this right wing gang."

 

 

4 What Do These People Want? (Claire Connor)

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 17:58
"Published on Apr 29, 2013

These right wingers have an agenda. Listen to this video to discover how wealthy men built tax free foundations based on Birch ideas and partnered with the religious right. Discover more about this powerful right wing coalition. You'll learn much more about these folks in my book, Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right, coming July 2 from Beacon Press. You can pre-order today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indie Press. See more at www.claireconner.com."

 

3 What About The Koch Family And Why Do They Matter? (Claire Connor)

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 17:54
"Published on Apr 29, 2013

Say the word KOCH and people pay attention. Here's a short version of their story from Fred Koch, an original John Birch Society member to today's infamous David and Charles who are determined to change our government into a tiny, weak, powerless system where rich folks and businesses pay no taxes and face no regulations. Read more at www.claireconner.com."

 

 

2 I Never Hear About The Birchers, Aren't They All Dead? (Claire Connor)

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 17:36
"Published on Apr 29, 2013

Follow me at www.claireconner.com. Read my blog, check out the family photo album and read all the endorsements of Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right, coming July 2 from Beacon Press. You can also share your ideas with me on facebook: Wrapped in the Flag by Claire Conner. I'm twittering @wrappedinflag."

 

 

1 Why Did I Write This Book? (Claire Connor - Wrapped in the Flag)

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 17:33
"Published on Apr 29, 2013

Because of the accident of my birth, I watched the rise of the John Birch Society in the late 1950s and 60s. Because of my own experiences, I had to share the reality that John Birch ideas are dominating right wing politics today. Read more at www.claireconner.com."

 

 

Wrapped In The Flag Part 1 (Claire Connor)

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 17:17

"Uploaded on Feb 1, 2012

Claire Conner knows about the radical right. She was a member of the John Birch Society in 1959 at age 13, photographed in a Birch photo spread in LIFE magazine at 14, a good little Bircher for many years. Her father was in Birch leadership for 32 years. Claire hears old John Birch ideas in the rhetoric of today's right wing Republicans.These ideas are taking us down a dangerous path to a country controlled by big business, fundamentalist religion, anti-government libertarians. A place with a weak central government, no safety net and no regulation. A place most Americans don't want."

 

 

Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 07/25/2015 - 19:46

"A narrative history of the John Birch Society by a daughter of one of the infamous ultraconservative organization’s founding fathers. A Kirkus best nonfiction book of 2013.
 
Long before the rise of the Tea Party movement and the prominence of today’s religious Right, the John Birch Society, first established in 1958, championed many of the same radical causes touted by ultraconservatives today, including campaigns against abortion rights, gay rights, gun control, labor unions, environmental protections, immigrant rights, social and welfare programs, the United Nations, and even water fluoridation.

Worshipping its anti-Communist hero Joe McCarthy, the Birch Society is perhaps most notorious for its red-baiting and for accusing top politicians, including President Dwight Eisenhower, of being Communist sympathizers. It also labeled John F. Kennedy a traitor and actively worked to unseat him. The Birch Society boasted a number of notable members, including Fred Koch, father of Charles and David Koch, who are using their father’s billions to bankroll fundamentalist and right-wing movements today.

The daughter of one of the society’s first members and a national spokesman about the society, Claire Conner grew up surrounded by dedicated Birchers and was expected to abide by and espouse Birch ideals. When her parents forced her to join the society at age thirteen, she became its youngest member of the society. From an even younger age though, Conner was pressed into service for the cause her father and mother gave their lives to: the nurturing and growth of the JBS. She was expected to bring home her textbooks for close examination (her mother found traces of Communist influence even in the Catholic school curriculum), to write letters against “socialized medicine” after school, to attend her father’s fiery speeches against the United Nations, or babysit her siblings while her parents held meetings in the living room to recruit members to fight the war on Christmas or (potentially poisonous) water fluoridation. Conner was “on deck” to lend a hand when JBS notables visited, including founder Robert Welch, notorious Holocaust denier Revilo Oliver, and white supremacist Thomas Stockheimer. Even when she was old enough to quit in disgust over the actions of those men, Conner found herself sucked into campaigns against abortion rights and for ultraconservative presidential candidates like John Schmitz. It took momentous changes in her own life for Conner to finally free herself of the legacy of the John Birch Society in which she was raised.

In Wrapped in the Flag, Claire Conner offers an intimate account of the society —based on JBS records and documents, on her parents’ files and personal writing, on historical archives and contemporary accounts, and on firsthand knowledge—giving us an inside look at one of the most radical right-wing movements in US history and its lasting effects on our political discourse today."