John Birch Society
SOURCE: Texas Public Radio
Edward Miller on the Resurfacing of Bircher Conspiratorialism on the Right Today
Today, the society itself and its beliefs are growing. North Texas is the center of its resurgence. Welch’s legacy continues to live on in modern day conservatism.
SOURCE: Texas Observer
The John Birch Society's North Texas Renaissance
The ideas and conspiratorial mindset central to Bircherism have become part of mainstream conservatism, with booming popularity in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. Historian Edward H. Miller explains the group's ideas have been more tenacious than the organization itself.
SOURCE: The Nation
Ultras: The Rise of America's Far Right (Review)
by Kim Phillips-Fein
Kim Phillips-Fein reviews John Huntington's "Far-Right Vanguard," calling his history of the far right a needed reminder of the porousness of boundaries between the right-wing fringe and mainstream conservatism in the 20th century.
SOURCE: The New Republic
We All Live in the John Birch Society's World Now
Edward Miller's new book presents the case that the John Birch Society was not a retrograde reactionary force but the vanguard of modern conservative culture war politics.
SOURCE: The New Republic
The John Birch Society Never Left
by Rick Perlstein and Edward H. Miller
Journalists are calling for the Republicans to follow the lead of William F. Buckley and stand up to far-right extremists in their ranks. The problem is that neither Buckley nor the GOP of the 1960s did any such thing, instead perfecting the technique of speaking to two audiences.
SOURCE: New York Times
Marjorie Taylor Greene Knows Exactly What She's Doing
by Jamelle Bouie
Historians Lisa McGirr, Sara Diamond, and Daniel Schlozman and Sam Rosenfeld argue that the Republican Party has always had to keep a porous border between itself and the hard right groups who led its activist base since the Goldwater years. The borders today seem to be dissolving.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
How the GOP Surrendered to Extremism
by Ronald Brownstein
Historian Matthew Dallek says that the prominence of conspiracy theorists and the far right in the Republican Party's base means that there will be no move to push extremists out like there was after Barry Goldwater's 1964 candidacy.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
A TV Documentary Shows the Deep Roots of Right-Wing Conspiracy
New Yorker critic Richard Brody discusses the 1964 broadcast of "Danger on the Right" on the John Birch Society.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
A Major Business Ally Called for Trump’s Removal. It’s also a Problem for the GOP
by Jennifer Delton
The National Association of Manufacturers called for Trump's removal from office after January 6. The business lobbying group has faced controversies in the past ove the presence of John Birch Society members in its ranks.
SOURCE: USA Today
Trump and Republicans are Following the Goldwater Model with Qanon. That Didn't End Well
by Jonathan Zimmerman
Is that the future Republicans want? To borrow from William F. Buckley, is the GOP willing to acquiesce quietly in QAnon's falsehoods? The answer, for the moment, would seem to be yes.
SOURCE: Daily Beast
Phyllis Schlafly, ‘Mrs. America,’ Was a Secret Member of the John Birch Society
by Ronald Radosh
Schlafly denied to the end that she ever was a JBS member. After that, perhaps it was too late for her to admit the deception now fully exposed by the new documents shared by reseacher Ernie Lazar.
SOURCE: The Conversation
The John Birch Society is still influencing American politics, 60 years after its founding
by Christopher Towler
Today, while much of the John Birch Society exists online and through its bimonthly magazine, The New American, some conservatives are trying to reboot local chapters of the nonprofit corporation.
The Far-Right’s 50-Year Project to Make America Great Again
by Tula Connell
The rightward shift of the United States since Reagan didn’t happen by accident.
The Secrets of Charles Koch’s Political Ascent
Two new documents reveal the political blueprint the billionaire developed 40 years ago, heavily influenced by the ultraconservative John Birch Society.
SOURCE: The Weekly Standard
The overestimation of the John Birch Society
by Steven F. Hayward
"Liberals loved the John Birch Society—almost as much as Moscow must have loved it. Liberals secretly enjoy being terrified of right-wing-extremist threats."
America’s fluoride wars
“A few things remain constant in America – death, taxes, baseball and, since the 1950s, widespread, often successful efforts by a passionate minority to keep fluoride out of drinking water,” Donald R. McNeil wrote in Wilson Quarterly. McNeil has written one of the more complete histories of the fluoridation wars that I was able to find. It starts on Jan. 26, 1945 when the city of Grand Rapids, Mich. became the first city to fluoridate its water supply. It was meant to be a public health experiment, to test whether fluoridation could protect against tooth decay, especially among younger children.It would take decades to have any results and, therefore, ”the pioneers of fluoridation were generally a cautious lot,” McNeil writes, noting that they thought “that communities should at first fluoridate only on a test-batch basis.”...
The Tea Party Isn't Conservative
by Christopher S. Parker
Credit: Wiki Commons.Who, or what, is the Tea Party? Its leaders claim to be conservative, yet the regularity with which the movement and its supporters stray from traditional American conservatism is, frankly, shocking.This claim isn’t based on wild presumption or anecdotal evidence. Rather, this conclusion is based upon the most complete empirical study of the Tea Party, and its supporters, to date.The Tea Party, and its supporters, claim they’re about core conservative principles such as small government and fiscal responsibility. They claim to resist the policies of the Obama administration on ideological grounds: Government, they say, is too big and spends too much.
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