Originally Posted by superfoodist
Hey garentee! I don't know too much about either of these subjects, but after a wikipedia search on The John Birch Society, I got this :
It looks like they stand for the reasons America was created, and what it's meant to be. Limited government, a Constitutional republic, and personal freedoms are exactly what our founding fathers fought to achieve for us. Communism wasn't even a word until the 19th century, but our founding fathers would have without a doubt been against it as well due to its limitations of personal freedom.
Yes, they would arguably have been a positive organization if this was what they stood for and tried to work for in a beneficial and positive way. In actuality, they ended up so unrealistically paranoid of Communist influence that they ended up supporting extremist right-wing candidates not much better than the totalitarianism they nominally opposed. Think witch-hunts, persecution and fanaticism.