A Journal of Nationalist Thought & History
Volume XI Number
P. 50. JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY EXPOSED? Michael
In this highly controversial article, the author
tells of his "membership" in the John Birch Society, perhaps
the shortest "membership" on record, since it only took
him a matter of minutes to realize that something seemed to be seriously
amiss with the patriotic group...
'One-Minute' Membership In the
John Birch Society
In what is sure to be one of TBR's most controversial articles ever,
an American nationalist reflects on his experiences with the John
Birch Society and his increasing doubts about its effectiveness
as a voice for independent-minded American patriots.
By Michael Collins Piper
Many questions about the John Birch
Society (JBS) have passed through my own mind since I first became
aware of the existence of the JBS when I was a 16-year-old high
school student. Honestly, I'm fully aware that there will be many
good people who will be utterly inflamed by my remarks, but let's
let the chips fall where they may.
My first awareness of the JBS came at a time when I was becoming
embroiled, for better or worse, in political affairs. Having pretty
much determined (on my own, with no input from friends or family)
that I was some sort of "conservative," I quickly began
the process of trying to learn as much as I could about various
"right wing" political organizations.
That led me to my local libraries, where I savored all the standard
conservative writings that were available. However, I did not restrict
my reading to literature that reflected my own point of view. Always
open-minded, I was curious to see what "the other side"
had to say.
As a consequence of that, I zipped through a wide variety of volumes
coming from what might be described as the "liberal-left,"
and I continually came across references to a mysterious and controversial
'John Birch Society" and its founder, Robert Welch. In my own
mind, I said, "If the liberals consider the JBS and its founder
to be to be so bad, then they
must be pretty good."
No sooner had I made up my mind to try to find the address and contact
the JBS than there — lo and behold — in my own local
public library — I spotted a copy of the JBS publication,
American opinion, sitting right on the shelf, side-by-side with
so-called mainstream publications.
At that moment — having only had a JBS
publication in my hand for the first time ever, for less
than several minutes, in fact — I realized that something
here was very much amiss.
With great excitement,
I began leafing through the professionally produced JBS journal,
thrilled to have access to the "forbidden" facts and "hidden"
information that I just knew I couldn't get from Time
or Newsweek or even in the pages of the
conservative weekly U.S. News & World Report.
That particular issue of American Opinion
had a chart that captured my attention. It was an overview —
country by country — of "communist influence" (by
percentage) in the various countries of the world.
I knew, of course, that communists were in control of the Soviet
Union and Eastern Europe and that they also had widespread influence
throughout the rest of the West. I was acutely aware that communist
influence, in one form or another, had gained a toehold in my own
United States of America.
However, I was surprised to see that, according to the JBS, communist
strength in America was far more powerful than I would have estimated.
I don't recall the exact percentage, but I recall that it was extraordinarily
'Thank God," I thought, as I studied the chart, "that
there are a few countries, such as Argentina and Chile, that are
in the hands of anti-communist military leaders." But when
I turned to those two republics, I found that the JBS listed communist
influence there to be in the range of 70 to 90 percent. I was startled,
needless to say. "Maybe they know something I don't know,"
I thought. I continued to read on.
Next I turned to the state of Israel. Based on my own earlier research.
I knew that Israel's economy was based on a strictly socialist model,
funded by billions in U.S. tax dollars. In addition, I was also
aware of the predominant influence of Russian and Eastern European
Jews in the worldwide communist movement and knew that many Jews
of a Marxist bent had been involved in establishing the Jewish state.
What's more, I also knew that not only had Israel been strategically
assisted, in its founding years, with arms and support from the
communist bloc, but also that tiny Israel was the only nation in
the Middle East with a flourishing communist party.
With all of this in mind, imagine how surprised I was to learn —
at least according to the JBS in its American Opinion
chart-that communist influence in Israel was hardly more than 10
to 20 percent!
Photograph of Robert Welch at podium
Caption: "Robert Welch
(above) blamed "agents provocateurs hired by
the insiders" for infiltrating his John Birch Society
and sowing anti-Semitism to convince the public that the Birchers
hated Jews. In the mid-1960s, Robert dePugh and journalist
Westbrook Pegler were dropped from the society because they
were considered anti-Semitic. Revilo P. Oliver was eased out
in 1966 after he said: "The conspiracy that is destroying
us, we are told, is a conspiracy of communists or of Illuminati
or of Jews. Most writers on this subject are so anxious to
convince readers that they imply that the conspiracy they
identify is the root of all evil and that if only (by some
miracle) all the Bolsheviks or Illuminati or Jews were vaporized,
we'd have nothing more to worry about. The trouble with that
vision, of course, is that every educated man knows it can't
At that moment — having only had a JBS publication
in my hand for the first time ever, for less than several minutes,
in fact-I realized that something was very much amiss.
Skimming the rest of the chart, I soon saw that, in the Birch worldview,
Israel was probably the only serious bastion of anti-communism on
the entire face of the planet. Not even the anti-communist regimes
in Argentina and Chile seemed to qualify.
It was then I knew, pure and simple, that those at the highest levels
of the JBS had fallen under the influence — perhaps the outright
control — of the insidious force of political Zionism.
That was enough for me. I knew then that the JBS was not for me.
My "membership" in the JBS, truth be told, lasted little
more than a minute.
Little did I know at that time, however, that I had learned. quite
fast and quite easily, what thousands of good, honest members of
the JBS had to learn with much more pain over a long period of years.
I had no idea that there were disillusioned former members of the
JBS all over the United States who had, in one fashion or another,
figured out just what I had discovered on my own, without ever even
having been a member of the JBS.
Some four years later, when I went to work for Liberty Lobby, the
populist institution in Washington, D.C. that published the weekly
national newspaper The Spotlight, I learned
the full history of the Zionist infiltration and manipulation of
the JBS. At The Spotlight I gained access
to fascinating archives researchers had accumulated over the years,
pointing to the strange origins — and directions — of
I also discovered the facts about the little-known "Rockefeller
connection" to the JBS. In the August 1965 edition of Capsule
News, Morris Bealle (now deceased) laid it bare. He
Robert Welch (and his brother Jimmy) received
a tremendous payoff from the House of Rockefeller two years ago,
for organizing the John Birch Society and sitting on the communist
lid for the past seven years. The total pay-off was $10,800,000,
less the value of the family candy company, which is reputed to
be maybe $100,000 or $200,000.
On October 1, 1963, Rockefeller's National Biscuit Company announced
the "purchase" of the James O. Welch Candy Company of
Cambridge, Massachusetts. In Moody's Manual of Industrials,
and in Standard-and-Poor's Business
Index, NBC gave the alleged purchase
price as "200,000 shares of National Biscuit common stock."
According to The Wall Street Journal
for Oct. 1, 1963, NBC common stock was selling for $54 a share
on the New York Stock Exchange. Today it is selling for $58. Thus
the Welch brothers were given $10,800,000 'Just like that."
Candy people say the whole family business, with plants and five
sales offices, [was] hardly worth $200,000. Welch will tell those
dopes who will believe him that National Biscuit is not a Rockefeller
Again, Moody's Manual will trip him
up. It lists as two of the directors the names of Roy E. Tomlinson
and Don. G. Mitchell. [Both are] members of the Council on Foreign
Relations. Further, they are a pair of Rockefeller's "professional
directors." Tomlinson is also a director of their Prudential
Life and American Sugar Refining.
It was American Sugar that was directly concerned with the financing
and embargoing into the hands of Communist Russia of Cuba in 1959.
They made the deal with Castro, which ended freedom on the island
of Cuba and made possible those Havana missile bases designed
to wipe out American eastern seaboard cities.
It also appears that the Rock Mob financed and promoted the organization
of the John Birch Society. How else could it have gotten millions
of dollars worth of newspaper publicity by the phony "attacks"
on Welch that came with dramatic suddenness.
And, for the record, in more recent years, famed
populist historian Eustace Mullins, author of The Federal
Reserve Conspiracy, The World Order
and other classics, has said publicly — more than once —
that his research led him to the conclusion that the Birch Society
was indeed a creation of the Rockefeller empire, based on precisely
the same data that led Bealle to reach his assessment. So Bealle
was not standing alone, by any means, in making these allegations.
In the matter of the privately owned Federal Reserve banking monopoly,
the JBS took some mighty peculiar positions. In the September 1964
issue of American Opinion, one of Birch's
favorite economists, Hans Sennholz, wrote an article about the Federal
Reserve System. The article stated as follows:
The control rests absolutely and undividedly
in the hands of the U.S. president ... They [the people who run
the Federal Reserve System] are agents of the government, not
corporate officials with the proprietorship rights and powers
customarily of stockholders of corporations. The Federal Reserve
System is not, nor has it ever been, a "private banking institution"
that is busily filling the pockets of the bankers, nor is it the
evil product of an international conspiracy of foreign bankers
The late Norbert Murray, an outspoken Montana
patriot who was a career journalist in the mainstream media and
a former New York publicist for major business interests, and Dun's
Review, succinctly described the article as a "pack
of lies" that "protected the fraud of the system."
Publication of such an article could only mislead good members of
the JBS who were trying to puzzle out the myths — from the
facts — about the nature of the Federal Reserve and of the
powerful international banking houses that played such a major role
in the manipulation of U.S. foreign policy.
In any event, while working for The Spotlight,
I did indeed learn much more about the JBS than I would have ever
It was at that point — in the late 1970s and early 1980s —
that the JBS shed perhaps any pretense of indifference and began
actively promoting the interests of the state of Israel and its
powerful lobby in Washington, abandoning any ambiguity about where
the Birch Society's controllers stood on the issue of U.S. policy
toward the Middle East.
Much to the dismay of longtime JBS loyalists, The Spotlight's
hard-hitting senior journalist, the legendary Andrew
St. George, reported at length and in devastating detail on the
mysterious maneuverings of one John Rees, a Britisher by birth and
one with quite a murky past, who had squirreled his way into the
inner circles of the JBS, establishing himself as the real "power
behind the throne" during Robert Welch's declining days.
The Spotlight pinpointed Rees's amazing
role in operating his own intelligence and spying operation which
was, in many respects, quite akin to that of the Anti-Defamation
League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith, an important adjunct of Israel's intelligence
agency, the Mossad.
For my own part, as a student of the JFK assassination, I discovered
the amazing fact that like Robert Welch in his heyday, the John
Birch Society — to this day — endorses the much-discredited
Warren Commission fraud that "one lone nut" assassinated
The late Morris Bealle, pointed out early on (on June 19, 1965)
in his rambunctious newsletter, Capsule News,
that Robert Welch had declared Bealle's book, The Guns
of the Regressive Right — which pointed a finger
in the direction of the CIA — to be "all wrong"
and told his followers that it was not the CIA but Lyndon Johnson
behind the JFK assassination.
According to Bealle, "We examined thoroughly all of his 1964
bulletins ... [which] were filled with attacks on Earl Warren and
curious expressions of hearty agreement with him on the myth that
'a communist [meaning the Decoy Man Oswald] killed Kennedy.'"
In fact, as I pointed out in Final Judgrnent,
my own book on the JFK assassination, Birch founder Welch played
a major part in directing conservative attention away from a possible
role by the CIA in the JFK assassination and in the direction of
the Soviet KGB. This was the very propaganda line of top CIA figure
James J. Angleton, the CIA's devoted liaison to the Mossad.
So while the Birchers think that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone-nut
communist under the direction of the Soviet KGB — the theory
put forth by Mossad loyalist Angleton — they are very careful
to avoid pointing toward the culpability of the CIA and certainly
never ever dare mention the likelihood — as I carefully documented
in Final Judgrnent — that the Mossad
also played a critical role in the assassination conspiracy.
On Nov. 21,1988, the Birch Society's New American
magazine touted the Warren Commission Report, saying that "evidence
demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt" that Lee Harvey Oswald
— one lone communist nut — killed JFR.
In any case, however, the JBS's dedication to the obviously dubious
claim that one lone communist "nut" killed JFK remains
in force. In 1995, I sent a copy of the second edition of my book
to a vast array of individuals inviting them to debate and refute
the thesis of the book with me — on radio or in writing or
in any public forum.
One of those to whom I sent a copy of the book was William F.Jasper,
senior editor of the Birch Society's New American.
To this day — 10 years later, and following the sale of some
50,000 copies of Final Judgment to enthusiastic
readers across the country — I have yet to hear from Mr. Jasper.
My experiences with the JBS — as far as the issue of the JFK
assassination is concerned — were certainly instructive. But
my discoveries regarding the Birch position on this issue came many
long years after I had already figured out that the Birch Society
was not for me, based on my other research and that of others and
based on the study of Birch publications.
Certainly there are many fine American patriots who are supporters
of the JBS. Indeed, some of my best friends are Birchers. But my
own "one minute membership" in the John Birch Society
was enough for me •
MICHAEL COLLINS PIPER is a frequent
contributor to THE BARNES REVIEW and the
author of Final judgment: The Missing Link in
the JFK Assassination Conspiracy, called the
definitive work on the JFK political execution. He is also
the author of The New Jerusalem: Zionist Power
in America and The High Priests
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