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View Diary: The John Birch Society: A Household Name and a National Embarrassment (33 comments)

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  •  Thanks for sharing. (4+ / 0-)
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    JayRaye, Youffraita, walkshills, hnichols

    I was vaguely aware of the Birchers in the 60s (from newspapers)   The mainsream view was that they were crazy.   I understand the Koch Brothers father was a Bircher.  It appears they have used their fortune to revitalize the radical right.  Palin seems Bircheresque to me.  You don 't see the anti -semitism that used to be endemic in the radical right (jewish bankers controlling the world,  including the commies) .  Looking forward to your book and the story of how you rejected the belief system.

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    by TomP on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:20:31 PM PST

    •  Koch (6+ / 0-)
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      Tom P., Fred Koch, the father of the family, was one of the founding members of the Birch society. He served on the National Council until shortly before his death. While on the council, he and my father became friends. Koch's great interest was the "right to work" movement -- which is a force to reduce union power. Yes, the acorn didn't fall far from the tree in the Koch family.

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