Thursday, 05 Oct 2023

Moms for Liberty, meet John Birch: the roots of US rightwing book bans

Moms for Liberty, meet John Birch: the roots of US rightwing book bans


Moms for Liberty, meet John Birch: the roots of US rightwing book bans

Moms for Liberty is a Florida-based pressure group which campaigns for book bans in US public schools, an issue at the heart of the national debate as Republican-run states seek to control or eliminate teaching of sex education, LGBTQ+ rights and racism in American history.

In the early 1960s, Skousen was a hero to and a defender of the John Birch Society, a far-right group that campaigned against what it claimed was the communist threat to America.

The society still exists but its influence is greater than its presence, most obviously through a resurgence of Bircher-esque thought and action in the Republican party of Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.

Dallek notes other echoes. For instance, the role of rightwing women.

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