14 May, 2015

Anecdote About Birchers

Posted by Socrates in Ayn Rand, Ayn Rand philosophy, individualism, John Birch Society, Klan, Socrates at 12:59 pm | Permanent Link

In the article below, Dr. Pierce mentions the John Birch Society. That reminded me of a funny anecdote about the JBS.

One day, years ago, I went to a JBS meeting. At one point during the meeting, a Bircher warned me that I should avoid associating with groups such as the KKK and neo-Nazis, because, he said, “they are left-wing radicals.” This sounded odd to me, since I never thought of the KKK as left-wing. When I asked him “how is the Klan left-wing?,” he said “the Klan is collectivist, and all collectivist groups are left-wing.” That was my first, and last, JBS meeting.


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  7. 3 Responses to “Anecdote About Birchers”

    1. fd Says:

      The original Klan was leftist racism (solid South democratic racism). They fought the black republicans. National Socialist Germany was also leftist racism. Big Uncle wanted to move forward, not backward.

      Dunning School said of the South: “. . . the Democrats, as the group which included the vast majority of the whites, standing for decent government and racial supremacy, versus the Republicans, the Negroes, alien carpetbaggers, and renegade scalawags, standing for dishonest government and alien ideals.”

    2. fd Says:

      The original Klan was to the left. Same with the 1930s NS of Germany. Big Uncle focused on Germany. Had he chose backward right wing ideology which goes nowhere, the NS party would be nothing more than a foot note in history.

      The original Klan was collective in the sense it represented the blood and soil kinfolk states. The Solid South was completely democrat and so was the Klan (hard-case collectivism).

      Dunning School on Southern resistance: “. . . the Democrats, as the group which included the vast majority of the whites, standing for decent government and racial supremacy, versus the Republicans, the Negroes, alien carpetbaggers, and renegade scalawags, standing for dishonest government and alien ideals.”

    3. Tim Harris Says:

      Yes the “collectivist” canard is von Mises straight up. It fooled me for 20 years. Living to maximize your personal gain –even if if it means tricking Grandma — is what these people are all about.