John Birch Society

The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by John Welch. Fred Koch, the founder of Koch industries, was also one of the founding members. JBS started as an anti-communist group, whose paranoia of a communist take over led them to oppose the civil rights movement, under the notion that the movement was led by communists, and to oppose the United Nations, due to fear of the new world order and the destruction of US sovereignty. During the wise use movement JBS still worried about the threat of the New World Order, but also opposed clean air regulations and the entire environmental movement, claiming it is derived from New Age religions.

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