John Birch Society


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John Birch Society

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) politics US a fanatical right-wing association organized along semisecret lines to fight Communism
[C20: named after John Birch (killed by Chinese communists 1945), American USAF captain whom its members regarded as the first cold-war casualty]
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