1. Some Stand And Some Desert
"There are forces in the United States working against us. . . . They must be publicly whipped, subjected to the torments of Hell!"
Nikita Khrushchev, 1959
This book assumes you know about the Conspiracy.* We don't assume you're an expert on the subject, but we do assume that you have a basic understanding. You understand that a conspiracy is, by definition, a combination of persons working in secret for an evil or unlawful purpose. You know that the rulers of the Great Conspiracy intend to enslave the world, that they wield influence or control to varying degrees in every country of the world, and certainly to a high degree in the United States. You understand the extreme danger the Conspiracy presents not only to your own freedom but to the very existence of western civilization. You understand the problem.
You also understand the solution. You understand that a conspiracy, by definition, must depend for its existence and effectiveness upon secrecy and deception. You understand that any conspiracy, no matter how large and entrenched it may be, can be destroyed by sufficient exposure. You understand that the way to destroy the Conspiracy, and to save American freedom, is simple but not easy.
In its two hundred years of existence, the Conspiracy never has been able to maintain absolute secrecy. In many times and places, individuals of conscience and character have learned about various aspects of the Conspiracy and have exposed them to the light of day. From John Robison, who in 1798 published the book "Proofs of a Conspiracy"1 (a book read, incidentally, by George Washington)§ to Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950's, most of these individuals acted essentially alone in their efforts to combat this evil. While their efforts were heroic and in some cases effective, and while overall they have provided us with a mountain of information about the Conspiracy, still none of them was able to expose the Conspiracy sufficiently to destroy it, or even to slow it down more than temporarily.
During the twentieth century many people, realizing the danger, have recognized the need for organization and concerted action, and dozens of "conservative" and "anti-Communist" organizations have been formed. Many have foundered on human weaknesses, or have succumbed to systematic attacks from the Conspiracy, which always has recognized and practiced the truism that the best defense is a good offense. Some organizations have survived but accomplished little. A few have survived and made significant progress.
In the late 1950's many knowledgeable persons were of the opinion that the Conspiracy's schedule called for achieving complete control of the United States, and thereby of the entire world, by the early 1970's.3 The goal of the Conspiracy appeared to be to establish firmly its "New World Order" by its two-hundredth anniversary, May 1, 1976. Obviously the goal was not achieved. Although many factors may have been involved in this providential development, it is this author's firm opinion that one of the chief factors has been the existence and success, since its founding in late 1958, of The John Birch Society. This opinion is based not only upon the accomplishments of the Society, but also upon the nature and volume of the opposition directed against it.
In late 1960, instructions emanating from a Congress of the Communist parties of the world, meeting in Moscow, ordered the Communist Party USA and its satellites to initiate a strong attack upon the renewed anti-Communist movement in the United States. The brunt of this attack was borne by The John Birch Society.4
In February, 1961 and continuing throughout that year, Americans suddenly were bombarded with "information" about a "fascist", "anti-Semitic", "anti-Negro", "anti-Catholic", anti-just-about-everything-good organization called The John Birch Society, which most Americans never had heard of until then. The bombardment alternated between the theme that the Society was dangerous to "democracy" and the theme that it was a collection of ridiculous but harmless ignoramuses. The recipient could take his choice between these two ideas, but was not to realize that they were mutually contradictory. Many Americans swallowed the bait. But from the Conspiracy's standpoint the propaganda had one serious flawit emanated almost entirely from recognizable left-wing sources. Many Americans, recognizing this, surmised correctly that an organization engendering such vitriol from such sources must be good. They investigated for themselves and became members.
In early 1962 the Conspiracy, recognizing its mistake, changed tactics. Now the attack came from what had been built up over the years in the public mind as "responsibly conservative" individuals and publications. The theme now was that most John Birchers were well-intentioned, good people, but that they were being mis-led into irresponsible activities by that irresponsible ogre, Robert Welch. The verbal shelling centered on Mr. Welch, and the effort was not only to discourage patriots from joining the Society, but also to encourage existing members to drop out. The former objective met with some success, but the latter with hardly any. If anything, the effect was to confirm Birchers in their admiration and support for Robert Welch.
In the politically turbulent year 1964, the Conspiracy returned briefly to its original propaganda line, but this time it backfired even worse than before. Conservatives supporting Barry Goldwater were influenced by the thousands to join the Society because of the obviously false attacks directed at the Society from the Left.
Since the mid-1960's the propaganda line has been more subtle. Mostly the "news" media have been completely silent about the Society, breaking the silence only occasionally for stories about how the Society was "going broke" or "disintegrating." The line has been to create the impression that the Society was no longer of any significance.
Propaganda in the "news" media was by no means the only obstacle faced by the Society. Throughout the years from 1961 to the present, The John Birch Society has weathered a continuous gale of "dirty tricks" far more vicious and extensive than those which wrecked the aspirations of "Tricky Dick"! included, among a host of other forms of harrassment, were well-executed whispering campaigns to the effect that the Society is a Communist organization.
It would be untrue to say that the Society was not hurt by all this opposition, but, in spite of it all, the Society continued to reach good patriotic Americans and to turn them into informed fighters for America. Birchers refined their techniques and tools by experience and built a core of battle-hardened veterans whose chests would be covered with combat ribbons if such awards were to be given out in this war for men's minds and loyalties. In the late 1970's The John Birch Society stands as one of the few remaining obstacles to the completion of the Conspiracy's world-wide slave empire.
In the early years of the Society, Robert Welch estimated that one million members would be required to achieve success, but after a few years' experience he revised his estimate downward to 400,000. It is this author's opinion, without the benefit of any inside information from Society headquarters, that, if the Society still retained as active members all those who have ever been active members, the 400,000 level would have been surpassed and the Conspiracy by now would be well on its way to oblivion. But obviously this is not the case, and this brings to mind the question of why many Birchers over the years have dropped out of the Society or, to put it in the military terms appropriate for an army battling for the survival of civilization, "Why have so many soldiers deserted?"
Not all have deserted, of course. A few literally have fought until they burned themselves out emotionally or physically, and can be termed truly to be casualties of the war. Others have grown old and are no longer capable of effective help. Some have died.
But many have deserted. Some, expecting that we could destroy in a few months a Conspiracy that has been entrenching itself for two hundred years, became discouraged because we did not win quickly. Others, failing to learn enough about the problem or the solution to become fully motivated, soon lost interest. Their attitude might be summarized in the phrase, with apologies to Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me softball." Still others were too shallow in character or unequipped intellectually for the work which needed to be done. But many others were lured away by what Robert Welch has termed "the neutralizers."
In a pamphlet entitled "The Neutralizers"5 published in 1963, Mr. Welch enumerated several ways in which Birchers were being distracted from effective opposition to the Conspiracy. He listed these as follows: (a) anti-Semitismbeing misled into believing that the Conspiracy is Jewish, and that all efforts are useless unless the Jews are attacked: (b) political neutralismthe pursuit of politics to the extent that all work toward exposing the Conspiracy is abandoned; (c) academic neutralismbecoming so involved in "ivory tower" ideological speculation that exposure of the Conspiracy is abandoned; (d) "tangentitis"getting involved in tangential or minor issues to the point of losing sight of the main objective; (e) the "guns and groceries" syndromestocking up on basic necessities and fleeing to some supposed hideaway in the wilderness; (f) the "it's too late, all is lost" excuse for doing nothing; and (g) religious neutralism.
The extent to which agents of the Conspiracy have been active in promoting these neutralizers is of course impossible to determine, although examples are given in Mr. Welch's article where their presence is beyond question. Normal human frailties certainly are involved in all of them. But the controllers of the Conspiracy are, above all else, masters of human nature, experts at manipulating people through both their vices and their virtues. In view of all the other weapons directed by the Conspiracy against the Society over the years, it would be totally unrealistic to assume that the Conspiracy is uninvolved in some of the most serious obstacles the Society has faced in the past decade.
It is this author's opinion that the first six neutralizers, although still present, are no longer of major concern. The leadership and membership of the Society have matured to the extent that these neutralizers have been largely nullified. But the same cannot be said about religious neutralism. In the next chapter, let us look at a typical case of religious neutralism.
POSTSCRIPT TO CHAPTER 1
If you feel we're really paranoid about the existence of a conspiracy to rule the world, and about its threat to your freedom and ours, let us suggest that you're now in the position of a householder awakened at 3 a.m. by someone pounding on the door screaming, "Fire your house is on fire!" The householder either can get up and investigate for himself or he can roll over and go back to sleep, admonishing the alarmist to stop disturbing the peace. If he investigates and finds no fire, he will have lost some sleep. If he goes back to sleep and there is truly a fire, he may lose his home and even his life. How sleepy are you?
If you're willing to take the responsible course and investigate, we recommend the following, in approximately the order listed. All are available from "American Opinion," Belmont, Mass. 02178.
RECOMMENDED READING LIST
"NONE DARE CALL IT CONSPIRACY" Gary Allen $1.00
For Americans worried about the growing power of government, no better introduction to the persons and plans responsible for that growth has yet been published.
"THE NAKED CAPITALIST" W. Cleon Skousen $2.00
This review of leftist Carroll Quigley's "Tragedy and Hope" presents an outstanding introduction to the Insiders' conspiracy to rule the world.
"THE TRUTH IN TIME" Robert Welch $1.00
An overview of two hundred years of conspiracy, by the world's top authority on the subject.
"THE POLITICIAN" Robert Welch $2.00
The fully documented story of Dwight David Eisenhower, in one of the most controversial books of the twentieth century.
"THE BLUE BOOK OF THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY" Robert Welch $1.00
The transcript of the two-day presentation given at the founding meeting of the John Birch Society in Indianapolis, Indiana, December 8 and 9, 1958.
"PROOFS OF A CONSPIRACY" John Robison
"THE LAW" Frederick Bastiat
"JUDICIAL TYRANNY" Carroll Kilgore $11.95
A comprehensive study of usurpation of state sovereignty by unconstitutional dictums of the federal judiciary. [May not yet be available from "American Opinion.")
REFERENCES, CHAPTER 1
* If you have not had an opportunity to learn about the Conspiracy, we suggest you read the postscript at the end of this chapter.
§ On Sept. 25, 1798, Washington wrote as follows to the Rev. G. W. Snyder, who had sent Washington a copy of Robison's book: "I have heard much of the nefarious, and dangerous plan, and doctrines of the Illuminati, but never saw the book until you were pleased to send it to me." Again, on Oct. 24, 1798, Washington wrote: "It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am. The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this country had, as Societies, endeavored to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter [if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a seperation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned."2
1 Robison, John, A.M., Professor of Natural Philosophy, and Secretary to the Royal Society of Edinburgh. "Proofs of a Conspiracy" George Forman, No. 64 Water St., New York, N.Y., 1798. Re-published by Western Islands, Boston and Los Angeles, 1967.
2 Fitzpatrick, John C., Editor "The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799" Prepared under direction of the Washington Bicentennial Commission Printed June, 1941, U.S. Govt. Printing Office, Washington, D.C., Volume 36, pp. 452-453 and 518-519.
3 Anonymous "The John Franklin Letters" The Bookmailer, New York, 1959. See also pamphlet "What Can I Do To Combat Communism?" Christian Anti-Communism Crusade, Houston, Texas, 1960.
4 Hunter, Edward "The New Drive Against the Anti-Communist Program" Testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Internal Security, July 11, 1961.
5 Welch, Robert "The Neutralizers" The John Birch Society, Belmont Mass. 02178, 1963.
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