The JBS was marginalized, but their initial treatise still holds water. The establishment was so afraid of these guys that one of the only ways draftees could get out of Vietnam was to answer “yes” if they had ever been a member of the John Birch Society, if you can believe it. Download the Blue Book for free here.
The Blue Book of the John Birch Society
- Paperback: 178 pages
- Publisher: Western Islands; Later Printing edition (1961)
The book begins (“Look at the Score”) with a summary of the successes of the Communists: “The Communists have accomplished all of the first step (eastern Europe), plus three-fourths of the second step (the masses of Asia), plus one-fourth of the third… (which) adds up to two out of that total of three…” (pg. 16)
Along with the establishment of the JBS, he proposes setting up of Reading Rooms (modeled after Christian Science (pg. 64), reprinting inexpensive editions of important books, etc.
Interspersed throughout he offers his revealing comments (e.g., Emerson was “the most profound of all Americans,” pg. 1; historian Arnold Toynbee was a “meretricious hack,” pg. 34, etc.). Interestingly, Welch was a Darwinist (pgs. 34, 136), and although he speaks lovingly of the “fundamentalist Christian” (pg. 135-136), his own viewpoint seems closer to Deism (pg. 135-142).
The JBS still exists, still publishes the “New American” magazine, as well as CDs and DVDs and printed publications. This book will give you an idea of how they began.