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Secret Notes Out In The Open = so very interesting

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A paper Charles wrote in1976 and an unpublished history of Charles’ political evolution—Charles began planning his ambitious remaking of American politics 40 years ago, transitioning from libertarian ideologue to conservative power broker. For his new movement, which aimed to empower ultraconservatives like himself and radically change the way the U.S. government worked, he analyzed and then copied what he saw as the strengths of the John Birch Society, the extreme, right-wing anti-communist group to which he, his brother David and their father, Fred Koch, had belonged.

Charles Koch might claim that his entry into politics is new, but from its secrecy to its methods of courting donors and recruiting students, the blueprint for the vast and powerful Koch donor network that we see today was drafted four decades ago.

By the 1970s, Charles had broken from an early political influence—the John Birch Society (of which his father had been a founding member)—over his opposition to the Vietnam War. Charles had also been skeptical of the group’s more far-fetched conspiracy theories, which included a belief that many prominent Americans, including President Dwight D. Eisenhower, were communist agents.


In contrast, Charles had been drawn to a radical libertarian thinker with a checkered past named Robert LeFevre, who opened what he called the Freedom School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, offering immersion courses in “the philosophy of freedom and free-enterprise.” The school had numerous ties to the John Birch Society, but its preoccupations were slightly different. LeFevre, who called himself an “autarchist” because he didn’t like the label “anarchist,” was almost as adamantly opposed to the modern American government as he was to communism.

Charles Koch was a major funder and trustee of the school by 1966. Brian Doherty, who chronicled the rise of American libertarianism in his book Radicals for Capitalism, described the school as “a tiny world of people who thought the New Deal was a horrible mistake.” The school taught a revisionist version of American history in which the robber barons were heroes, the Gilded Age actually was the country’s golden age and the Civil War shouldn’t have been fought.

In 1965, the New York Times described the school as so implacably opposed to the U.S. government, it was proposing that the Constitution be scrapped in favor of one that limited the government’s authority to impose “compulsory taxation.”

The Secrets of Charles Koch’s Political Ascent

Two new documents reveal the political blueprint the billionaire developed 40 years ago, heavily influenced by the ultraconservative John Birch Society.
www.politico.com
 

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An obscure conference subsidized by Charles Koch laid out much of the road map for the Kochs’ future attempted takeover of American politics. In 1976, with a contribution of some $65,000 from Charles Koch, the Center for Libertarian Studies in New York City was launched and soon held a conference featuring several leading lights of the libertarian movement. Among those delivering papers on how the fringe movement could obtain genuine power was Charles Koch.

The papers are striking in their radicalism, their disdain for the public and their belief in the necessity of political subterfuge(deception). Speakers proposed that libertarians hide their true antigovernment extremism by banishing the word “anarchism,” because it reminded too many people of “terrorists.” To attract a bigger following, some suggested, they needed to organize synthetic “grassroots” groups and issue meaningless titles to volunteers, without yielding any real control.

Charles Koch’s contribution was a paper that methodically analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of a group he knew intimately, the John Birch Society, as a model for his budding movement’s future enterprise. His assessment was clear-eyed and businesslike. He pointed out that despite the fringe group’s shortcomings, it boasted 90,000 members, 240 paid staffers and a $7 million annual budget. While these numbers were impressive, he faulted the John Birch Society’s obsession with conspiracies, as well as the unchecked cult of personality that the society’s founder Robert Welch had built up.

He noted that Welch’s ownership of the organization’s stock had centralized control in his hands, making him impervious to constructive criticism. (Interestingly, Charles would go on to issue stock in his own nonprofit think tank, the Cato Institute, in much the same way.) But he also found much to admire. In particular, he argued in favor of copying the John Birch Society’s secrecy.

“In order to avoid undesirable criticism, how the organization is controlled and directed should not be widely advertised,” Charles wrote, arguing for stealth in his future plans to influence American politics.

He also wrote that to fund their future political enterprise, the organization’s leaders should, like the John Birch Society, make use of “all modern sales and motivational techniques to raise money and attract donors … including meeting in a home or other place the prospect enjoys being.” The Kochs’ donor summits would follow this marketing approach, transforming fund-raising into exclusive, invitation-only social events held in luxurious settings.

The Secrets of Charles Koch’s Political Ascent

Two new documents reveal the political blueprint the billionaire developed 40 years ago, heavily influenced by the ultraconservative John Birch Society.
www.politico.com
 

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Secret Notes Out In The Open = so very interesting

First the very idea that Charles "only came to politics recently and kicking and screaming" is the laugh of the century.

Then there is the John Birch Society. There was a bunch of cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs whack jobs that actually might make today's Qanon whacks seem almost normal.
 

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Who were the members of the John Birch Society?
  • One of the first members of the John Birch Society was Fred Koch, who became one of its primary financial supporters. According to investigative journalist Jane Mayer, Koch's sons, David and Charles Koch were also members of the John Birch Society.
 

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  1. www.dailykos.com › stories › 2013/8/7INSIDER Proof: Tea & Libertarian Parties ARE The John Birch ...


    Aug 07, 2013 · We now have INSIDER proof that today's Tea & Libertarian Parties are just a repackaging of the John Birch Society. Here's a must read book written by Claire Connor (one brave woman I might add...
  2. claireconner.com › kochs-selling-america-libertarian-hoaxThe Kochs: Selling America the Libertarian Hoax


    Mar 14, 2016 · The agenda of the Koch Brothers and their anarcho-libertarian allies, the John Birch Society and a large part of the GOP is to repeal every major piece of legislation that’s been signed into law over the past 80 years. That includes every piece of legislation that has assisted the middle class, the elderly, children, sick folks, poor folks and working Americans.
  3. jbs.org › education › the-new-americanThe New American - The John Birch Society


    American Opinion was a monthly journal that began as One Man’s Opinion back in 1954 by Robert Welch, four years before he founded The John Birch Society. Review of the News was started in 1965 as a weekly round-up of news. JBS members have access to every issue of these magazines in our archives. The solid track record of The New American and ...
  4. www.alternet.org › 2013 › 09The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony ...


    Sep 06, 2013 · The FEE’s board included the future founder of the John Birch Society, Robert Welch; the most powerful figure in the Mormon church at that time, J Reuben Clark, a frothing racist and anti-Semite ...
  1. www.dailykos.com › stories › 2015/01/20John Birch Society (R): America's Third Major Political Party ...


    Jan 20, 2015 · The Birchers need to win only another 50 seats to reach majority status in the House of Representatives. They hold 168 seats now. That's 50 more seats to reach majority status without support from ...
  2. www.newyorker.com › magazine › 2016/01/11The John Birch Society’s Lasting Influence | The New Yorker


    Jan 03, 2016 · Claire Conner, in “Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right” (2013), tells of growing up in Chicago during the fifties and sixties after “the John BirchSociety ...
 
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  1. www.dailykos.com › stories › 2013/8/7INSIDER Proof: Tea & Libertarian Parties ARE The John Birch ...


    Aug 07, 2013 · We now have INSIDER proof that today's Tea & Libertarian Parties are just a repackaging of the John Birch Society. Here's a must read book written by Claire Connor (one brave woman I might add...
  2. claireconner.com › kochs-selling-america-libertarian-hoaxThe Kochs: Selling America the Libertarian Hoax


    Mar 14, 2016 · The agenda of the Koch Brothers and their anarcho-libertarian allies, the John Birch Society and a large part of the GOP is to repeal every major piece of legislation that’s been signed into law over the past 80 years. That includes every piece of legislation that has assisted the middle class, the elderly, children, sick folks, poor folks and working Americans.
  3. jbs.org › education › the-new-americanThe New American - The John Birch Society


    American Opinion was a monthly journal that began as One Man’s Opinion back in 1954 by Robert Welch, four years before he founded The John Birch Society. Review of the News was started in 1965 as a weekly round-up of news. JBS members have access to every issue of these magazines in our archives. The solid track record of The New American and ...
  4. www.alternet.org › 2013 › 09The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony ...


    Sep 06, 2013 · The FEE’s board included the future founder of the John Birch Society, Robert Welch; the most powerful figure in the Mormon church at that time, J Reuben Clark, a frothing racist and anti-Semite ...
Mar 14, 2016 · The agenda of the Koch Brothers and their anarcho-libertarian allies, the John Birch Society and a large part of the GOP is to repeal every major piece of legislation that’s been signed into law over the past 80 years. That includes every piece of legislation that has assisted the middle class, the elderly, children, sick folks, poor folks and working Americans.

kochs-selling-america-libertarian-hoaxThe Kochs: Selling America the Libertarian Hoax

 

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while the politicians and pundits declared the Birchers dead and buried, the moneyed Birch leadership went to Plan B
redirecting their cash and their influence into THINK TANKS and FOUNDATIONS.
Fred Koch
, on of the original Birch founding members..
invested a small fortune on his pet projects, including the so-called RIGHT-TO-WORK laws, designed to hamper union organizing.

We now have INSIDER proof that today's Tea & Libertarian Parties are just a repackaging of the John Birch Society. Here's a must read book written by Claire Connor (one brave woman I might add) that connects the dots from 1934 to the present of right wing extremism:
Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right

I learned of this book from a tweet connecting to this The Nation article:
Growing Up in the John Birch Society

The book is listed with Amazon.com and, based on the comments, is a must read for anyone wanting to better understand both the Tea Party and todays so-called Libertarian movement.
However, when I went to the Amazon link, the customer reviews are what really grabbed my attention. (click on the "5 Star link on the left to view the entire text of each review)

Apparently, the author, Claire Connor, is the first to write an insider account of being raised by John Birch Society devotees. Her father was a national JBS operative.
Many of the commenters are also recovering adult children raised within the JBS culture and they clearly state and warn us that todays Tea & Libertarian Parties resemble the John Birch Society teachings they were bullied as children to believe.

Here's what they have to say. I searched the customer reviews for "Tea Party" and found 7 references. The following are just these excerpts:
(from a recovering adult child of JBS parents)
The tea party extremists are the modern shoots of the JBS, and, in fact, some of the big private money that fueled the early JBS now underwrites the fiery extremism of the modern tea party. Fred Koch - father of David and Charles - was a founding member and funder of the JBS. Like the JBS, the tea party and many parts of the libertarianmovement there is a nasty authoritarian streak running right up the spine of the modern right wing movement. It is a rigid authoritarian rule that can be scaled up from the family, to a business or school, projected further to a political party (as it has) and onward to an entire nation, as is happening.
(from another recovering adult child of JBS parents)
There are many reasons, after reading the book, to see very similar ugliness in the Tea Party of today. Some of the same Birch members are fanning their flames of utter fear of some conspiratorial world domination by communists, Islam and whatever else is the fear of the day.
From her conservative upbringing to her current political views, the story she tells is riveting and helped me to understand today's Tea Party movement and the influence the John Birch Society had on our society. I highly recommend Wrapped In The Flag to anyone who is interested in the real motivations behind today's extreme right wing conservatives.
The author skillfully connected the dots starting back with the American Liberty League despising the efforts of FDR, through the Birchers and Posse Comitatus and the connections to the ultra-scary Koch Brothers' father, Fred. ..... When the Republicans maintained radio silence in the days immediately following Obama's election in '08, an updated version of the JBS was conceived and born - the Tea Party.
Just in case the reviews are not convincing enough to connect JBS with the Tea Party, here's an excerpt from the Preface, page x, that helps explain how think tanks and foundations have taken over legislators:

www.dailykos.com › stories › 2013/8/7INSIDER Proof: Tea & Libertarian Parties ARE The John Birch ...

 

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Secret Notes Out In The Open = so very interesting

Koch's are scum. Dancing on David's grave is on my list of things to do next time I'm in Ontario.
 

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  1. www.dailykos.com › stories › 2015/01/20John Birch Society (R): America's Third Major Political Party ...

    Jan 20, 2015 · The Birchers need to win only another 50 seats to reach majority status in the House of Representatives. They hold 168 seats now. That's 50 more seats to reach majority status without support from ...
  2. www.newyorker.com › magazine › 2016/01/11The John Birch Society’s Lasting Influence | The New Yorker

    Jan 03, 2016 · Claire Conner, in “Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right” (2013), tells of growing up in Chicago during the fifties and sixties after “the John BirchSociety ...
 

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The Birchers need to win only another 50 seats to reach majority status in the House of Representatives. They hold 168 seats now. That's 50 more seats to reach majority status without support from Business Republicans.

We see fractures in both the Democratic and Republican parties. This diary addresses the observed breakage of the Republican Party into two pieces. The Hard Right piece might as well call themselves "The Birch Society."

Some apply the "Tea Party" tag. But when it comes to voting this is anything but the populist, working class "Tea Party" that offered a conservative/libertarian alternative in 2009.

Republican seats in the House of Representatives have been taken over by ultraconservatives through a well-funded infiltration that goes back to 1980. These election campaigns have been supported by the same family and the sources of money that financed the John Birch Society all the way to back its founding in 1959.

This is Bircherism, plain and simple. Birchers in the House recycle long-time JBS slogans. When they act they pursue the long-established Bircher agenda as you will see below.

Let's count heads for affinity groups in the House. Based on fiscal sanity votes and "Keystone" and self-identifications, we have four distinct sub-caucuses:

· Regular Democrats(now 160 Members)
· Business Democrats (28 Members)
· Business Republicans (78 Members)

· Birch Society Republicans
(168 Members)
The Birchers vote anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-compromise, anti-tax and anti-business fees. The Birchers' pro-billionaire agenda is not the mainstream Republican businessmen's agenda. They differ with the Business Members on matters related to campaign financing, selections for SCOTUS, individual tax loop holes, most federal regulations, thinking that Democrats are commies/Sharia-ists, and generally believing whether or not a No Governance Model should be inflicted on America.

They do agree with Business Republicans where it comes to vote suppression schemes. They vote for high military budgets.

more:​

www.dailykos.com › stories › 2015/01/20John Birch Society (R): America's Third Major Political Party ...

 

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An obscure conference subsidized by Charles Koch laid out much of the road map for the Kochs’ future attempted takeover of American politics. In 1976, with a contribution of some $65,000 from Charles Koch, the Center for Libertarian Studies in New York City was launched and soon held a conference featuring several leading lights of the libertarian movement. Among those delivering papers on how the fringe movement could obtain genuine power was Charles Koch.

The papers are striking in their radicalism, their disdain for the public and their belief in the necessity of political subterfuge(deception). Speakers proposed that libertarians hide their true antigovernment extremism by banishing the word “anarchism,” because it reminded too many people of “terrorists.” To attract a bigger following, some suggested, they needed to organize synthetic “grassroots” groups and issue meaningless titles to volunteers, without yielding any real control.

Charles Koch’s contribution was a paper that methodically analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of a group he knew intimately, the John Birch Society, as a model for his budding movement’s future enterprise. His assessment was clear-eyed and businesslike. He pointed out that despite the fringe group’s shortcomings, it boasted 90,000 members, 240 paid staffers and a $7 million annual budget. While these numbers were impressive, he faulted the John Birch Society’s obsession with conspiracies, as well as the unchecked cult of personality that the society’s founder Robert Welch had built up.

He noted that Welch’s ownership of the organization’s stock had centralized control in his hands, making him impervious to constructive criticism. (Interestingly, Charles would go on to issue stock in his own nonprofit think tank, the Cato Institute, in much the same way.) But he also found much to admire. In particular, he argued in favor of copying the John Birch Society’s secrecy.

“In order to avoid undesirable criticism, how the organization is controlled and directed should not be widely advertised,” Charles wrote, arguing for stealth in his future plans to influence American politics.

He also wrote that to fund their future political enterprise, the organization’s leaders should, like the John Birch Society, make use of “all modern sales and motivational techniques to raise money and attract donors … including meeting in a home or other place the prospect enjoys being.” The Kochs’ donor summits would follow this marketing approach, transforming fund-raising into exclusive, invitation-only social events held in luxurious settings.

The Secrets of Charles Koch’s Political Ascent

Two new documents reveal the political blueprint the billionaire developed 40 years ago, heavily influenced by the ultraconservative John Birch Society.
www.politico.com
Charles Koch laid out much of the road map for the Kochs’ future attempted takeover of American politics and ALEC's belief in the necessity of political subterfuge(deception).....Subterfuge = Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal. Can we say lying? Yes we can.
 

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FROM : The Secrets of Charles Koch's Political Ascent - Politico​

https://www.politico.com › magazine › story › 2016/01

Among those delivering papers on how the fringe movement could obtain genuine power was Charles Koch. The papers are striking in their radicalism, their disdain for the public and their belief in the necessity of political subterfuge aka the art of deception.

What exactly does subterfuge mean? ALEC is centered around deception apparently which may also indicate ALEC lies.

Choose the Right Synonym for subterfuge​

DECEPTION, FRAUD, DOUBLE-DEALING, SUBTERFUGE, TRICKERY mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives. DECEPTION may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource. magicians are masters of deception FRAUD always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice. indicted for fraud DOUBLE-DEALING suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude. a go-between suspected of double-dealing SUBTERFUGE suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end. obtained the papers by subterfuge TRICKERY implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat. resorted to trickery to gain their ends

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We now have INSIDER proof that today's Tea & Libertarian Parties are just a repackaging of the John Birch Society. Here's a must read book written by Claire Connor (one brave woman I might add) that connects the dots from 1934 to the present of right wing extremism:
Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right

I learned of this book from a tweet connecting to this The Nation article:
Growing Up in the John Birch Society

The book is listed with Amazon.com and, based on the comments, is a must read for anyone wanting to better understand both the Tea Party and todays so-called Libertarian movement.
However, when I went to the Amazon link, the customer reviews are what really grabbed my attention. (click on the "5 Star link on the left to view the entire text of each review)

Apparently, the author, Claire Connor, is the first to write an insider account of being raised by John Birch Society devotees. Her father was a national JBS operative.
Many of the commenters are also recovering adult children raised within the JBS culture and they clearly state and warn us that todays Tea & Libertarian Parties resemble the John Birch Society teachings they were bullied as children to believe.

Here's what they have to say. I searched the customer reviews for "Tea Party" and found 7 references. The following are just these excerpts:




Just in case the reviews are not convincing enough to connect JBS with the Tea Party, here's an excerpt from the Preface, page x, that helps explain how think tanks and foundations have taken over legislators:


www.dailykos.com › stories › 2013/8/7INSIDER Proof: Tea & Libertarian Parties ARE The John Birch ...


I read the first line.

This is an obvious lie.
 

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I read the first line.

This is an obvious lie.
ALEC is a lie as is The Tea Party as is the Libertarian Party as is today's GOP. They are under the same umbrella. Thus they are all trying to overturn the USA.

Knauss Koch Machine


The Koch Machine is the problem as is Newt as is Rump as is the effort to take over the entire voting mechanism in each state. All of this is a very real threat as we speak. It is underway.
“The Coming Coup”: Republican Efforts to Steal Future Elections = How Republicans Are Laying the Groundwork to Steal Future Elections
Democrats are nearly out of time to stop them.
 
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ALEC is a lie as is The Tea Party as is the Libertarian Party as is today's GOP. They are under the same umbrella. Thus they are all trying to overturn the USA.

Knauss Koch Machine


The Koch Machine is the problem as is Newt as is Rump as is the effort to take over the entire voting mechanism in each state. All of this is a very real threat as we speak. It is underway.
“The Coming Coup”: Republican Efforts to Steal Future Elections = How Republicans Are Laying the Groundwork to Steal Future Elections
Democrats are nearly out of time to stop them.

The idiotic lies you post are too crap-like to read.
 
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