Note: This article is being published during the final month of Barack Obama’s administration; the impact of a Trump Presidency remains to be seen.
In 1985, I began my journalistic career writing for The New American magazine, house organ of The John Birch Society. (I am not a spokesperson for either entity, so my remarks here are my own.) The magazine was, and still is, a defender of the U.S. Constitution, an opponent of globalism, and a critic of the Federal Reserve and Council on Foreign Relations. In the pre-Internet era, it was one of those few journals to use the word “conspiracy” in connection with the U.S. government.
If anyone doubts this, check this 1983 clip of Georgia Congressman Lawrence McDonald, who had recently become the Birch Society’s chairman, as he fends off “conspiracy” ridicule by Tom Braden (CIA/CFR) on Crossfire, co-hosted by Pat Buchanan:
Dr. McDonald, of course, was lost later that year in the still-controversial Soviet shoot-down of Korean Airlines Flight 007. Indeed, both the Birch Society and the magazine were perhaps best known as opponents of communism. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union and communism were correctly viewed as a police-state institutions birthed with the Bolshevik Revolution. They were the builders of gulags and the Berlin Wall, suppressors of freedom of speech and religion, the architects of Ukraine’s Holodomor, crushers of the 1956 Hungarian revolt. Even The Black Book of Communism, published by the very liberal Harvard University Press, put the number of people murdered by the communists at about 100 million worldwide1, although other sources put it much higher. And we perceived our America, with its Bill of Rights and middle-class prosperity, as the world’s beacon of freedom.
In an iconic 1961 photo, Conrad Schumann, a 19-year-old East German soldier, jumps over barbed wire to freedom in the West. When Mikail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 and subsequently introduced glasnost, we at the magazine viewed it with due skepticism. To us, it was just another Soviet ruse, temporary liberalization intended to deceive the West into disarming. Indeed, that was precisely the view which KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn had expressed in his 1984 book New Lies for Old, which foretold communism’s future with astonishing accuracy—everything from the rise of a Gorbachev-like leader to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.
Giving further credence to Golitsyn’s work: its being totally disregarded by mainstream media (although his defection had inspired the opening scenes of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1969 film Topaz). Golitsyn predicted that, in the end, communism would vigorously return, and that “all the totalitarian features familiar from the early stages of the Soviet revolution and the postwar Stalinist years in Eastern Europe might be expected to reappear.”2 For a long time, I awaited that rebirth of Russian communism. I initially viewed Vladimir Putin with strong suspicion. The persistent question on my mind has been: “Is he the real deal?” Many of us in alternative media have become cynical to the point of believing that no major world leader can ever emerge without being a lackey for the Rothschild-run New World Order. Instead, a very different scenario has unfolded. It is the United States that is descending into communism (via creeping socialism), the police state (via the Patriot Act, NSA spying, etc.), and anti-Christianity, as nativity scenes are prohibited at Christmas, gay marriage and transgenderism carry the force of law, and the entertainment industry has gone full Lucifer.
Madonna as Baphomet at the 2012 Superbowl halftime show.
Lucifer now enjoys his own TV show on Fox. Over five years ago, the popular YouTuber Brother Nathanael, a Jewish convert to Orthodox Christianity, summarized the distinctions between Obama and Putin, and the different paths their nations were taking: