Carson Pushes Decades-Old Consiracy Theory

Ben Carson spoke at the Iowa National Security Action Summit, organized by right-wing bigot and first class kook Frank Gaffney, and threw red meat to the audience by agreeing that the Obama administration had an “anti-American spirit” and pushing a ridiculous right-wing conspiracy that helped inspire the John Birch Society’s formation.

Naturally, when a member of the audience told Carson that there is a “strong anti-American spirit that is undermining everything that we stand for” within the Obama administration, Carson told him that he was “absolutely right.”…

Carson said that even before President Obama took office, the U.S. government was turning against the American people and recommended that people read far-right author W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”…

“This has been going on long before this administration, though, this has been going on for 30, 40, 50 years, it’s called the progressive agenda,” Carson said. “There’s a book called ‘The Naked Communist ‘ by Cleon Skousen, it was written in 1958, and it goes through the agenda they have here to fundamentally change our country, and I recommend that book because you would think it was written last year. But I believe that this is well orchestrated and the thing that they need in order to finally achieve their goal is for people with common sense to keep their mouths shut. And that’s what we can’t do, we have to stand up for what we believe in.”

Skousen’s book is pure right-wing paranoia, exactly the kind of inane bullshit the John Birch Society has been pushing since shortly after that book was written. It’s all about a huge conspiracy of “globalists” who controlled both the Soviet Union and America and wanted to create a one-world government. The fact that the Soviet Union no longer exists and that, nearly 60 years later, there is still no one-world government or anything remotely close to it doesn’t seem to matter to Carson.

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  • John Pieret

    there is still no one-world government or anything remotely close to it

    What about the UN and Agenda 21 and the black helicopters … opps, my tin-foil hat just blew off … I’ll be right back …

  • caseloweraz

    Carson said that even before President Obama took office, the U.S. government was turning against the American people and recommended that people read far-right author W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”…

    Did Ben Carson just call George W. Bush anti-American?

    (BTW: “Cleon” sounds like one of those “weird names” with which “urban people” proclaim their unwillingness to assimilate.)

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    It’s a good thing the Birchers got pushed out of the GOP, or the party would be a mess.

     

    There’s a book called ‘The Naked Communist ‘ by Cleon Skousen…

    The book is actually about me. He got it half right. I’ll leave that to your imagination.

  • StevoR

    Well you didn’t expect something original from him did you Ed?

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … you would think it was written last year.

    You mean it’s all about wedding cakes and Benghazi and Ebola?

  • alanb

    I’ll leave that to your imagination.

    No thanks. My brain is feeling fragile today.

  • StevoR

    Carson said that even before President Obama took office, the U.S. government was turning against the American people and recommended that people read far-right author W. Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist.”*…

    Reminds me of the old joke about two academics sitting down at a party. One turns to the other and asks : “Have you read Marx?” The other replies : “Well, yeah, these cane chairs will do that to bare flesh y’know!”

    * Book was from back in 1958 and the fool is still recommending it today? Even for Repubs wouldn’t that be considered a wee bit out of date? I mean its not like we’re talking fantasy novels here ..oh wait.

  • busterggi

    “There’s a book called ‘The Naked Communist ‘ by Cleon Skousen, it was written in 1958″

    And fifty seven years of negative evidence only proves how right it is.

  • jefferylanam

    Cleon Skousen was a Mormon racist who wouldn’t have given Ben Carson the time of day.

  • claytoncar

    This is Palin-level stupid.

  • abb3w

    Carson is into Skousen? Damn.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    StevoR: Even for Repubs wouldn’t that be considered a wee bit out of date?

    .

    Only for folks whose world views are expected to update regularly with new information.

  • llewelly

    I read that book when I was a kid. It prepared me for a future in which a large share of Republicans appear to accept the notions of Alex Jones … and some still promote Skousen!

    here is a view of the urban area Skousen was police chief at for awhile, though the picture was taken a few years before that, when Skousen was still at BYU, which is in a town that was smaller at that time (but is larger today in some sense).

  • skylanetc

    Heh. My loony 11th-grade American history teacher was waving that book at us in 1964 and predicting UN troops on every street corner by 1970.

    Years later, I believed Wm. F. Buckley had purged the whackos from mainstream American conservatism. Silly me.

  • carpenterman

    Again with the fuckin’ communism?! The Red Menace is OVER, people! GIVE IT UP!