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John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group

Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch have been dominant financiers for conservative front groups and nonprofits for nearly three decades. Their money has flowed to organizations dedicated to lobbying for corporate and upper income tax cuts, as well as to groups responsible for mobilizing Tea Party rallies against President Obama. But the Koch family’s association with fringe right-wing groups began a generation earlier with Fred Koch, the patriarch of the clan.

Fred not only founded the company now known as Koch Industries, he also was a founding member of the John Birch Society. As a founding board member, Fred helped engineer a hysterical wave of attacks on labor, intellectuals, public education, liberal clergy members, and other pillars of society he viewed as a threat. Birchers decried everyone from former President Eisenhower to water utility administrators as pawns in a global communist conspiracy. In the last two years, as the Koch name has become synonymous with right-wing plutocracy in the United States, the Koch family has played down its relation to the Birchers.

However, the New American, the official mouthpiece of the John Birch Society, published a piece this morning celebrating Fred and the Koch family’s pivotal role in developing the group:

Koch warned that American institutions were honeycombed with communist subversives, from labor unions and tax-free foundations to universities and churches. Art and newsprint, radio and television — all these media had been transmuted into vehicles of communist propaganda. […] Fred Koch was no fly-by-night pamphleteer. He spent a generous portion of his later years using his wealth and influence to fight the communism he abhorred. He was an early member of the The John Birch Society’s National Council, an advisory group to JBS founder Robert Welch. Koch supported a variety of freedom-related causes, all the while continuing to build the company today known as Koch Industries.

The Bircher ode to Koch glosses over Fred’s record of bigotry. In a booklet he authored, Fred railed against civil rights leaders, and claimed the movement against racial segregation was a communist plot to use African Americans to destabilize the country. The Koch-funded Birchers held numerous rallies during the ’60s claiming integration would lead to a “mongrelization” of the races.

Although the present-day Koch brothers try to eschew explicit racism, their top Tea Party front group, Americans for Prosperity, is currently pursuing similar racial segregation goals. In North Carolina, the Americans for Prosperity chapter led a campaign to end a highly successful public school integration system.

 

By: Lee Fang, Think Progress, June 10, 2011

June 12, 2011 - Posted by | Conservatives, Corporations, Democracy, Education, GOP, Ideologues, Ideology, Koch Brothers, Labor, Neo-Cons, Politics, Racism, Republicans, Right Wing, Teaparty | , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. A pertinent piece to be considered by any thinking individual who desires knowledge into the possible motives and agenda of the right-wing poilitical instituion from local to national levels. The John Birch Society and its successor organizations have a hidden program to turn back social evolution in the United States. Their interests will be served by a subservient and inexpensive labor force. One method of accomplishing this feat is to demonize government which is our social compact among ourselves to protect our indiviusal liberties but not at the expense of individuals coercing the rest of the poplulation into compliance against their self-interest.

    We need to wake up and see that the Koch Brothers, John Birchers, KKK, Neo-Nazi orgs, some Tea Party groups, the Scaifes, and many more organizations are working to divide the American people to weaken our democracy. The sad consequence is that much of the Repbulican party and some Democrats are being coopted by the lobbyist employed by these groups or their corporate sponsers.

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    Comment by Michael Galvin | June 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Excellent comments Michael. The rest of America seems to exist only “at and for” the pleasure of the lobbyists, corporations and dividers!

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      Comment by raemd95 | June 12, 2011 | Reply


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