(About a 6 minute read)
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” — Martin Luther King, jr.
In high school, I had a math teacher — who I blogged about here — who was something of a political outlaw back in his day.
He was a member of the John Birch society. A political organization founded by a millionaire that espoused, among other things, the notion Eisenhower had been a communist agent of the Soviet Union, and that had even attacked the nation’s parent-teacher associations as somehow subversive of American values.
The Birchers had been cast out of mainstream American politics by William F. Buckley, the most influential right-wing political thinker and pundit of the time (They would not return to the mainstream until our own age, in 2010). Buckley considered them dangerous fools and radicals.