William Jasper on the History of the Anti-Communist John Birch Society and Why They Were So Viciously Attacked

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Brannon Howse: Joining me now is William Jasper with the New American. I'm going to get William back on because we always have more to discuss than we have time. William, welcome back to the broadcast. Thanks for joining us.

William Jasper: Thank you. Pleasure being here with you again, Brannon.

Brannon Howse: You too, before we get into Food Famine, an article you've written. I'm doing a series on the destruction of the anti-communist crusaders in America and the consequences. I am going to pick it up tomorrow on my TV and radio show at 1:00 Central that even from Moscow, there was coming great pressure under the useful idiots of the Communists in our Congress to stop the FBI from investigating and looking into the Communists unless they could prove they were doing something illegal or a crime. Well, how could you do that if you can't surveil them and investigate them, right?

So, the investigations looking into the Communists dropped substantially, according to my friend, the late John Stormer. He says that the congressional committees which once investigated communist activity were abolished in the mid-1970s. Since then, the FBI's been forbidden to investigate domestic Communists or even keep them under surveillance unless there's evidence that a crime has been committed. As a result, ongoing FBI investigations of communist activity in America dropped from 24,415 in 1973 to 51 in 1983.

There then was a massive campaign bill to go after the anti-communist crusaders like the John Birch Society. Tell me your connection to the John Birch Society, the New American, and the strong campaign that came against your organization. Why and who are some of the more prominent, nationally known people that were involved with the John Birch Society?

William Jasper: Well, the John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert Welch who owned the Welch Candy Company in Massachusetts. They were famous, particularly for their Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies, but he was very much involved in the National Manufacturing Association. He and a number of other businessmen were very concerned about what was happening, obviously in the world with the communist expansion after World War II, but the repeated failure of American government officials to do anything effective against it and, in fact, to actually assist the Communists in so many ways overseas and here in our own country.

We kept seeing prominent Americans in government and in business and in finance, even Wall Streeters who were assisting the Communists here in the United States and said, "Oh, we have to do something about this." Particularly after the attacks on Senator Joseph McCarthy, which have not even stopped.

Brannon Howse: To this day.

William Jasper: In the last 70 years and since he was buried, we still see that attack coming. That is part of the continuing attack on anti-communism and anti-Communists here in the United States. They wanted to make that such a definitive defeat, not just for Senator McCarthy but for anyone else who would step up and who would oppose the leftward agenda. The moving of the world toward more socialism, more communism, and a more globalist world government and so, Robert Welch started the John Birch Society. He named it after Captain John Birch, who was an American hero in China during World War II.

He was an American missionary. a Baptist missionary when the war broke out. When the Japanese took over China USA. When America entered the war, he began assisting American pilots. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle and his crews would fly over China and drop their bombs. This was before the atomic bomb. Then most of them had to ditch their planes. It was Captain John Birch and his Chinese volunteers who rescued them and got them out of China. So, he was commissioned a captain in the U.S. Army, and he was the main eyes and ears of the Army Air Corps in China. He, and his Chinese volunteers, built airstrips and put together a radio signal corps to help guide the Americans in those endeavors.

At the end of the war, Captain John Birch was leading his last commission. He was hoping to come back home. His last mission was to go with some of the Chinese soldiers and escort and make sure that the Japanese surrender was taken care of properly. Along the way, they were intercepted by the Chinese Communists. And Captain John Birch and his contention were murdered, and he was brutally bayoneted and killed. Then a very strange and outrageous thing happened. The American government covered that up. Why would they do that?

Well, because at that time, it was the policy of the American government, those who were in charge of the government, from Roosevelt to the Truman administration, to promote Mao Tse Tung as the new leader of China. They wanted to get rid of Chiang Kai-shek, who was our anti-Communist ally. If it was known to the American people that an American hero, an armed serviceman, was mercilessly, illegally killed at the end of the war by these people who our government was telling were going to be our new allies, that would have outraged the American people. It would have turned things around.

So that was covered up, and nobody heard anything about that until Robert Welch. He was doing a lot of research in the Library of Congress, and he came across this story, and he said, "This is amazing. I haven't heard of this man before. He did all these amazing, heroic things, and it's been buried." And so, he dug into it and got a hold of the Birch family and wrote a book, The Life of John Birch, a very amazing, heroic book. Then when he founded the organization a few years later, he decided to name it after Captain John Birch, who he said was the first American casualty of World War III, because he said at that time, we were we just ended World War II, but World War III had begun.

Indeed, it had because, as we know now, well over 100,000 million people have been murdered and killed in various ways by communist regimes since that time. So, he founded the John Birch Society in 1958, and he had a number of people, mostly who were from the business world, which joined him. But then he had a large number of generals and some military men and writers who joined him as well. Many people are familiar with the writings of Taylor Caldwell, the woman who is one of the best sellers during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. Now her books are even still bestsellers. She was one of the writers for, at that time, American Opinion Magazine.

Many people who are free-market economists are familiar with Henry Hazlitt and with Ludwig von Mises, who were also contributing editors and advisers to American Opinion Magazine. He said, "If Senator McCarthy had had a national organization backing him, then he wouldn't have been able to have been completely destroyed by the media attacks and the political skullduggery that went on within the Republican Party.” But what soon happened was it was quickly recognized by the American Deep State at that time that was aiding the Communists, that this new organization represented something very ominous for them.

Because Robert Welch intended to start, and it took off immediately, an organization that would have actual chapters in each city and town. So that it wouldn't just be a national organization, of which there were many at that time that people would join and have a national membership, but they didn't actually do anything at the local level. They didn't organize and carry out activities at the local level that were organized, only on a national basis for a national agenda. And so, he recognized that, and he said, "That's what the Communists have done. We need to do the same thing organizationally but unlike them, because they will use any method. They will use any means to achieve their end. We have to use ethical, moral ends.

We are striving for the complete opposite of theirs. They want to destroy this country. They are against patriotism and against Christianity, against God, family, and country. So, we're going to expose them, and we are going to promote the ideals of Americanism, of God, family, country, local control, constitutional government, and free enterprise system." And so, we have both a positive thing to do because our schools are not, even back then in the 1950s, we look now at the universities, and we see how totally occupied they are, totally Marxist in their orientation. That didn't just happen overnight. By the fifties, it was already an old story. Back when Robert Welch was at Harvard University, which I didn't mention. He was a child prodigy.

He learned to read at three years of age. He was reading Ridpath's History of the World, its seven volumes. I have a set of them here. By the time he was nine or ten, he spoke several languages, studied Latin and Greek, and was a mathematician of great accomplishment. He graduated from high school at age 12, was the youngest entrance into the University of North Carolina, and then was the youngest student to go to Harvard. So, he was at Harvard when he was just a mere teenager. When he was there at Harvard, he had leftist professors.

Back then, he was dealing with it, and that was back in the 1920s. So that's how long this has been going. For a century, this leftward movement has been going. Now we're seeing the culmination of that. Where they've just gone totally berserk.

Brannon Howse: Absolutely.

William Jasper: You see almost nightly on the news. And so, when he got the ball rolling with the Birch Society, all of a sudden, first we were attacked by the Communist Party, USA, that was to be expected. Gus Hall made a big, huge attack.

Brannon Howse: He ran for President several times just for those who maybe don't.

William Jasper: Yes. Yes. He made a huge attack on the John Birch Society. The Soviet Union and Pravda made attacked us. That was to be expected. Those are accolades. But then, and this was expected somewhat as well. Then all of the mainstream media, so-called, began attacking this using the same attack methods that the Communists were using. Accusing us of being extremists, of being racist, of anti-Semites, all of the usual.

Brannon Howse: Red baiters.

William Jasper: Red baiters. So today, when people hear, as we saw during all of the attacks on President Trump and not only on him but all of the Conservatives. Today, any argument you make, whether it's on environmental issues, whether it's on education, whether it's on taxes or whatnot, no matter what issue it is, as soon as you start talking, they say you're a racist. You're an anti-Semite. And that's supposed to end the argument. Back at the time when the attacks came on the John Birch Society, people were not that familiar with these attacks.

So, they thought, well, there must be something to it even though the John Birch Society had on our speaker tour at that time during the 1960s and the '70s, black Americans who had actually been in the Communist Party. Leonard Patterson was trained in Moscow with Gus Hall. He was a roommate of Gus Hall's in communist Moscow. He came he saw how the black people in America were being used as cannon fodder for the Communists. He said, "The Communists," he finally realized, "they don't care about black people here in America. They want to use us to destroy America."

Brannon Howse: For racial division.

William Jasper: He was not alone. Yes, you're probably familiar with Manning Johnson. He was another one.

Brannon Howse: Absolutely, we've done a bunch of shows on him and his book Color, Communism and Common Sense.

William Jasper: Color, Communism, and Common Sense, yes. Lola Bell Holmes, Charles Smith. We had many speakers like that who toured around the country.

Brannon Howse: So, you weren't racist. You had the overwhelming track record to show you weren't racist, but it didn't stop them from calling you that.

William Jasper: Right. The John Birch Society believes in individual responsibility and individual accountability. So, racism is a form of collectivism. We are not collectivists. Collectivists are Communists, Nazis, Fascists, etc. Racists are a form of Collectivists that judge all people based on their collective racial identity. To us, that's anathema. We believe in judging people on the content of their character.

And so, that is why we still have members who are black, Hispanic, Filipino, and Jewish, all of these different backgrounds. And so, it is a terrible calumny against the society. Of course, our organization would be even more resplendent with all of those members if they didn't believe that we were racist. But when you've heard all your life that an organization is racist, you're not likely to go out and join it.

Brannon Howse: Absolutely. Let me have you transition really quickly. I have this article right here: From Food Inflation to Food Shortage to Food Crisis to Famine. Do you think a famine is coming, and this is manufactured, isn't it?

William Jasper: Well, yes. So, in my article here, which we published this last week and next week we're doing the magazine, which will have six more articles on this covering all aspects of this. Yes, we have right now a perfect storm of factors coming together which we've never seen before in our lifetimes or any time in our country that are pointing toward destroying the system, which has guaranteed Americans not only the greatest standard of living but always access to foods of every kind. And yes, we are facing a very difficult situation right now because the COVID lockdowns destroyed a whole bunch of our infrastructure and our farmers and distribution.

The inflation now, the Biden inflation, is, as you mentioned at the start of the show, driving up the cost of everything, not just what we see on the shelf, but all of the people who produce those things that we see on the shelf. The Russia-Ukraine war is, of course, dramatically impacting the fuel, which is important for all the energy that produces food and transports it and processes it, but also for the fertilizer. Much has been said about that. We cover that in the New American article as well. But in addition to that, we have a whole bunch of other Fed Gov, Federal Government programs and processes and regulations that are making this even worse.

A few of them are the ethanol production program subsidy. The federal government is paying corn farmers, particularly, they pay others as well, soybean, etc., to grow eco fuel their biofuel. Of course, what that does is it takes food and turns it into fuel. And so, for the last ten years, actually 15 years, we've seen the cost of feed go up, particularly of corn, and that impacts all of our livestock prices. So, it also impacts all of our other food because as farmers get paid more for corn because the government is subsidizing that, they shift over from other crops to corn.

Brannon Howse: Right.

William Jasper: So that is another thing that is impacting all of this.

Brannon Howse: You cover all this at thenewamerican.com. His article you can check it out. There it is folks. From Food Inflation to Food Shortages to Food Crisis to Famine, by, William Jasper, thenewamerican.com. Thank you, William. As always, we're going to be getting you back. We have more to talk about with you. But thank you for being with us tonight.

William Jasper: Thank you.

Brannon Howse: William Jasper, thenewamerican.com All right, folks, thank you so much for listening. Take care.

 

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