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What Do We Believe?
We believe that our system of government, a Constitutional Republic, is
the finest yet developed by man.
We believe that the laissez-faire free market system provides the widest
opportunity and highest standard of living for all.
We believe in the rights of the individual. The Society welcomes and
enjoys the participation of members from every walk of live and all
ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. Our common bond is a love
for our heritage of liberty and a rejection of totalitarianism in any of
What Do We Do?
We initiate letter-writing, literature-distribution, and petition
We offer an impressive array of authoratative speakers who make hundreds
of appearances annually before public audiences.
We operate a series of summer camps for young people to develop their
understanding of their heritage.
We organize seminars and briefings to present the Americanist
perspective on issues of importance to business and professional
We distribute our own and other worthwhile book titles through our
nationwide chain of bookstores.
We direct networks of local ad hoc committees that enable members and
nonmembers to work together on specific issues, e.g., reducing taxes and
government spending, and stopping foreign aid.
Our research department services authors, journalists, scholars,
businessmen, and politicians from a variety of unique resources.
Our affiliated corporations publish important and timely books and The
New American, a biweekly magazine.
Are We Effective?
Political analysts have credited the defeat of incumbents who
consistently advocate more government to the educational efforts of our
Where we have publicized the voting records, there has often been
Pro-world goverment initiatives such as the Declaration of
INTERdependence have been repudiated.
Domestic terrorists have been exposed and stopped by our efforts.
The federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, a major step
toward federalizing police power, was abolished.
Dangerous pieces of legislation that would have eroded God-given rights
protected by the Constitution have been rebuffed.
But, our most important success has been the creation of a broad base of
understanding among the American people.
How Are We Unique?
Members are organized in a nationwide network of local chapters to
implement agenda items outlined in our monthly Bulletin. This concerted
action, focused on key issues, makes an impact greater than our numbers
might otherwise create.
Members have the unique advantage and added tool of a professional field
staff, working at the local level, providing guidance and assistance in
every aspect of the Society's programs.
The John Birch Society's whole purpose is to awaken and inform our
fellow Americans, and to stimulate the action necessary to preserve our
precious heritage. We possess the essential ingredients for success:
organized effort and a proven methodology to stop collectivist programs.
We invite your participation in our efforts to build a future in which
the principles of limited government, economic freedom, traditional
values, and individual responsibility can be restored.
Please call or write today for a $5.00 Information Packet.
The John Birch Society
Appleton, WI 54913-8040
BASIC PRINCIPLES AND BELIEFS OF THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY
Limited Democracy under a Constitutional Republic with a "Bill of
Rights" to protect the minority from the majority
Government of "law" - Constitutional Republic
Patriotism to national sovereignty - Americanism
Pure Democracy (mob rule)
Totalitarianism (total government)
Anarchy (no government)
Government of "men" - Monarchy, Oligarchy, and Democracy
Destruction of national sovereignty - One World Government
Private ownership and control of property
Free enterprise, capitalism, and competitivism
Government's sole function - "To protect"
Government ownership or control of property
Socialism, Communism, and Collectivism
Government's function - "To provide"
Basic unit of society is the "Family"
Free association of people
Humanitarianism - through surplus of capital in a free society
Basic unit of society is the "State"
Forced association of people
Humanitarianism - through "legal plunder" by government in a welfare
Morality based on the "Ten Commandments" and the "Golden Rule"
God is source of "Rights"
Situation ethics - no God
Humanism - no absolutes
Absence of morality
Government is source of "Rights"
We Believe Individualism & Morality
"Less government, more individual responsibility and, with God's help, a
We Oppose Collectivism & Amorality
"More government, less individual responsibility, and a completely
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