Conservatism and the John Birch Society

A.D. just sent me an excellent article by the brilliant late Mr. Buckley chronicling the schism between Conservatism and the John Birch Society. The John Birch Society is the seeming historical precursor (by exactly 50 years) to the Ron Paul rEVOLution. It’s interesting to draw some parallels between the two. They both have unusually high amounts of shadow grassroots membership, they both believe that they have inherited the mantle of Conservatism, and they both seem to flirt with conspiracy. And, what it all boils down to, is, they both bring up excellent issues as well, but in the wrong fashion.

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