A Former John Birch Society Member Describes Life in the Movement and Warns that the Ideology Is Again on the Rise

03/16/12 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Today we’ll hear from Claire Conner who is writing a new book about growing up in a prominent John Birch Society family in Chicago.

During it’s hey day in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s the Birch Society was an influential right wing group. It saw traitors and communist conspiracies everywhere, even accusing Republican President Dwight Eisenhower of being a communist sympathizer. The group wanted the US to leave the UN and thought water fluoridation was an effort by communists to control the minds of young people. The group was satirized in songs by Bob Dylan and and the Chad Mitchell Trio and in such films as Dr. Strangelove and The Manchurian Candidate.

Claire Conner’s father was a leader in the John Birch Society working closely with it’s founder Robert Welch and Fred Koch- father of the now famous Koch brothers.

Over twenty-five years, Claire evolved from a loyal Bircher into an outspoken critic of the society. And she is alarmed by the mainstreaming of Birch Society ideology today by some politicians and talk show hosts. She joins us now in the studio.

Her upcoming book is Wrapped in the Flag: What I Learned Growing Up in America’s Radical Right and Why It Matters Now. She'll speak at the Open Issues Forum at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2012.

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FBI on Birch Society

FBI FILES ON BIRCH SOCIETY AND ITS ASSERTIONS: This 157-page report explains why J. Edgar Hoover and senior FBI officials within the Bureau’s Domestic Intelligence Division concluded in FBI memos that the JBS was “extremist”, “irrational” and “irresponsible” http://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/jbs-1 CONSERVATIVE CRITICS OF ROBERT WELCH and BIRCH SOCIETY: Contrary to claims made by the Birch Society about the alleged "left-wing" origins of JBS criticism, the most potent adverse comments about the JBS have always originated from the right-side of the political spectrum. This report presents a representative sample of such comments. http://sites.google.com/site/ernie124102/jbs-4 DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY: This report presents documents which, generally, have never been previously publicly available -- including private correspondence between Robert Welch and numerous individuals and correspondence by JBS National Council members during the formative years of the Birch Society. This report is a work-in-progress and considerable new material will be added over the next few months. https://sites.google.com/site/ernie1241/Home