Organizations: Beware the Comsymps

For the first time since his semisecret John Birch Society became an open issue. Founder Robert Welch last week went on public display to tell California audiences about his far-right organization that labels even Dwight Eisenhower "a conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy."

Welch, pink-faced and natty at 61, was booked into Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium by the Freedom Club of the First Congregational Church. At $1 each, all 6,658 seats were sold out ten days in advance. Ninety minutes before speech time, crowds of young, well-dressed Birchites began lining up at...

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