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Lisa: I generally agree with your suspicions but there is one aspect which needs be considered and should be researched further. In November 1966 Robert Welch published an article in the JBS magazine (American Opinion) entitled "The Truth In Time" which introduced the concept of a "Master Conspiracy" which existed long before the Communist movement and which was comprised of a more secretive and fiendish control group---including prominent and very wealthy American businessmen and bankers! According to Welch, the Communist movement was only one tool of this "Master Conspiracy" which began with the 18th century Bavarian Illuminati. Welch proposed that this higher and more secretive "ruling clique" should be referred to as "INSIDERS". I suspect that many Birchers thought that the JBS could never sell such an esoteric and bizarre idea and this may help explain why there was such a sudden departure of key figures from the JBS during 1966 and early 1967. One of the problems which serious independent researchers confront with respect to the JBS, is that the JBS does not permit independent scholars to have access to its archives for historical research -- despite the fact that the JBS was incorporated as "an educational organization". BUT, the personal papers of many JBS National Council members are archived in colleges, universities, and state historical societies around our country and if they were carefully examined, they might help us determine whether or not people like Fred Koch resigned from the JBS because they actually did believe that Welch's ideas really had become "too extreme" and his leadership could no longer be productive within the anti-communist and conservative movements.
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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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