History is full of those who became tyrants or aspired to become one. Even in a country like the United States in the fairly enlightened 20th century, there were those who thought that, well, actually, their vision of how things should be was the best one, and that they should probably just be in charge. And if you opposed them, they said all sorts of disagreeable things about you. And sometimes they just outright lied.
Welcome to the John Birch Society, where anything and everything goes in the life and death struggle against international Communism. And they are kind of the foundation of today's far right.
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02:10 - Candy-Coated Commie Hater - Candy maker Robert Welch Jr. was a smart guy, but also a hardcore Baptist and rabid anti-Communist
04:37 - Birch the Baptist Spy - Angry Baptist zealot John Birch became a spy in China during WWII, getting killed by Communists just after Japan surrendered; Welch was inspired, founding the John Birch Society in 1958 along with Fred Koch, Robert Waring Stoddard, Harry Lynde Bradley and anti-Semite Revilo P. Oliver, who went pretty much full Nazi later on
09:32 - Red Scares - Marxism's beginnings, the First Red Scare (1919-1920), bans and deportations, the Immigration Act of 1924, the Second Red Scare (1947-1958), loyalty oaths, the Communist Party outlawed, the Black List
15:04 - JBS BS - Conspiracy theories aplenty, America was "great" in the year 1900, created the water fluoridation freakout, Dr. Strangelove, membership grew while Welch got weirder, other far righter groups not so supportive, Barry Goldwater set the stage for Reagan, the Soviet Negro Republic pamphlet
23:28 - Go Your Own Way - The Birchers started to lose supporters in the 70s and 80s, the ultra-conservative US Taxpayers Party splits off and then becomes the Constitution Party, the American Heritage Party split from them and then became the Christian Liberty Party - both foundational to the Tea Party movement
29:48 - Fellow Travelers - Jim Gilchrist is a fan of the American Heritage Party, so is Alex Jones lapdog Jerome Corsi, who eats heartily from the conspiracy buffet; the JBS pushes Agenda 21 CTs, keeps records on political voting records; some think Trumpism is basically Bircherism
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