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Hobby Lobby CEO: Religious liberty is more important than taxes
Hobby Lobby CEO: Religious liberty is more important than taxes
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: Fox Business
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 2 - Abolishing DUI Checkpoints
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 2 - Abolishing DUI Checkpoints
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 5 - Allowing People to Access Bonds of Bureaucrats
Liberty Lobby - Week 5 - Allowing People to Access Bonds of Bureaucrats
Published: 2017/02/12
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 4 - Making Car Registration Voluntary
Liberty Lobby - Week 4 - Making Car Registration Voluntary
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 2 - Drug Defelonization
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 2 - Drug Defelonization
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 15 - Jury Nullification Mandate
Liberty Lobby - Week 15 - Jury Nullification Mandate
Published: 2017/04/30
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Prostitution Penalties
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Prostitution Penalties
Published: 2018/01/15
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby silver round, WHA silver bar & More. Some unique items for Silver Hunt Sunday
Liberty Lobby silver round, WHA silver bar & More. Some unique items for Silver Hunt Sunday
Published: 2018/01/15
Channel: Canadian Silver Saver
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Abolishing Personal Driver Licensing
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Abolishing Personal Driver Licensing
Published: 2018/01/14
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 5 - Paying State Reps in Silver
Liberty Lobby - Week 5 - Paying State Reps in Silver
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 4 - Resolution on State Sovereignty
Liberty Lobby - Week 4 - Resolution on State Sovereignty
Published: 2017/02/05
Channel: FreeKeene
Hobby Lobby
Hobby Lobby's Steve Green on Religious Liberty
Published: 2014/03/27
Channel: The Heritage Foundation
Liberty Lobby - 2017 Week 2 - Highlights
Liberty Lobby - 2017 Week 2 - Highlights
Published: 2017/01/21
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 6 - Exempting Hair Braiding from Licensing
Liberty Lobby - Week 6 - Exempting Hair Braiding from Licensing
Published: 2017/02/19
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 14 - Proposed Voting Restrictions
Liberty Lobby - Week 14 - Proposed Voting Restrictions
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 2 - Annulment of Cannabis Convictions
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 2 - Annulment of Cannabis Convictions
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2017 - Week 1 - Repealing Prohibition on Ballot Selfies
Liberty Lobby 2017 - Week 1 - Repealing Prohibition on Ballot Selfies
Published: 2017/01/14
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 16 - Expanding State Police Jurisdiction
Liberty Lobby - Week 16 - Expanding State Police Jurisdiction
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 16 - Updating Gift Card Regulations
Liberty Lobby - Week 16 - Updating Gift Card Regulations
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 13 - Drone Restrictions
Liberty Lobby - Week 13 - Drone Restrictions
Published: 2017/04/16
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 10 - What to do about allegedly illegally delayed elections?
Liberty Lobby - Week 10 - What to do about allegedly illegally delayed elections?
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Constitutional Amendment For Privacy
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Constitutional Amendment For Privacy
Published: 2018/01/15
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 12 - Regulating Fantasy Sports
Liberty Lobby - Week 12 - Regulating Fantasy Sports
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 5 - Eliminating the Title Bureau
Liberty Lobby - Week 5 - Eliminating the Title Bureau
Published: 2017/02/12
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 13 - Lead Testing Regulations
Liberty Lobby - Week 13 - Lead Testing Regulations
Published: 2017/04/16
Channel: FreeKeene
Hobby Lobby and the Future of Religious Liberty
Hobby Lobby and the Future of Religious Liberty
Published: 2014/06/19
Channel: ERLC
Liberty Lobby - Week 6 - Ending Water Flouridation Statewide
Liberty Lobby - Week 6 - Ending Water Flouridation Statewide
Published: 2017/02/19
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 16 - Ending Prohibition on Industrial Hemp
Liberty Lobby - Week 16 - Ending Prohibition on Industrial Hemp
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 12 - Licensing Language Tweaks
Liberty Lobby - Week 12 - Licensing Language Tweaks
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 7 - Cannabis Legalization
Liberty Lobby - Week 7 - Cannabis Legalization
Published: 2017/02/22
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 3 - Stopping Police Militarization
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 3 - Stopping Police Militarization
Published: 2018/01/29
Channel: FreeKeene
Religious Liberty and the Hobby Lobby Decision
Religious Liberty and the Hobby Lobby Decision
Published: 2015/02/02
Channel: Dallas Theological Seminary
Carnival Liberty Lobby
Carnival Liberty Lobby
Published: 2010/06/27
Channel: Truc Le
Liberty Lobby 2017 - Week 1 - Repealing Prohibition on Smoking in Businesses
Liberty Lobby 2017 - Week 1 - Repealing Prohibition on Smoking in Businesses
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 12 - Allows Minors to Transport Alcohol With Certain Family Members
Liberty Lobby - Week 12 - Allows Minors to Transport Alcohol With Certain Family Members
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Adding Civil Liberties to Human Rights Commission
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Adding Civil Liberties to Human Rights Commission
Published: 2018/01/16
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 12 - Prohibits Candidates from Receiving More Than One Party
Liberty Lobby - Week 12 - Prohibits Candidates from Receiving More Than One Party's Nomination
Published: 2017/04/08
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 3 - Approval Voting
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 3 - Approval Voting
Published: 2018/01/29
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 13 - Cannabis Decriminalization
Liberty Lobby - Week 13 - Cannabis Decriminalization
Published: 2017/04/16
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 8 - Beer Sales at Farmers
Liberty Lobby - Week 8 - Beer Sales at Farmers' Markets
Published: 2017/03/11
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Proposed Open Carry Restrictions
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Proposed Open Carry Restrictions
Published: 2018/01/15
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 2 - Wider Drug Defelonization
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 2 - Wider Drug Defelonization
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 3 - Partially Undoing Cannabis Decrim
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 3 - Partially Undoing Cannabis Decrim
Published: 2018/01/29
Channel: FreeKeene
LIberty Lobby 2017 - Week 1 - Requiring Name Badges for Media
LIberty Lobby 2017 - Week 1 - Requiring Name Badges for Media
Published: 2017/01/14
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 3 - Ranked Choice Voting System
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 3 - Ranked Choice Voting System
Published: 2018/01/29
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Legalizing Concealed Carry on College Campuses
Liberty Lobby 2018 - Week 1 - Legalizing Concealed Carry on College Campuses
Published: 2018/01/15
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 13 - Biweekly Pay Deregulation
Liberty Lobby - Week 13 - Biweekly Pay Deregulation
Published: 2017/04/16
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 3 - Exempting Virtual Currency Users from Money Transmitter Regulations
Liberty Lobby - Week 3 - Exempting Virtual Currency Users from Money Transmitter Regulations
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 16 - Tightening E-Cigarette Regulations
Liberty Lobby - Week 16 - Tightening E-Cigarette Regulations
Published: 2017/05/07
Channel: FreeKeene
Liberty Lobby - Week 5 - Repealing the 24% Tax on Criminal Fines
Liberty Lobby - Week 5 - Repealing the 24% Tax on Criminal Fines
Published: 2017/02/12
Channel: FreeKeene
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Liberty Lobby
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Formation 1958
Dissolved 2001
Type political advocacy organization
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Founder
Willis Carto
Main organ
The Spotlight

Liberty Lobby was a United States political advocacy organization founded in 1958 that went bankrupt in 2001. It was founded by Willis Carto and described itself as "a pressure group for patriotism; the only lobby in Washington, D.C., registered with Congress which is wholly dedicated to the advancement of government policies based on our Constitution and conservative principles."[1] Carto is noted for his promotion of antisemitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.[2][3][4][5]

The organization produced a daily 5 minute radio show called "This is Liberty Lobby" which was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System as well as other radio stations. At the conclusion each show listeners were invited to get a copy of its "America First" pamphlet.[6]

History[edit]

According to Chip Berlet, Liberty Lobby depicted itself as "a patriotic populist organization seeking to restore constitutional safeguards and national sovereignty" and said that it "consistently [denied] that it [was] the least bit antisemitic, much less neofascist or quasinazi".[7]

Francis Parker Yockey's Imperium was republished by Carto's Noontide Press, which also published a number of other books and pamphlets promoting a racialist and white supremacist world view, and Liberty Lobby in turn sold and promoted these books.

While Liberty Lobby was intended to occupy a niche as a conservative anti-Communist group, Carto was meanwhile building other organizations which would take a much more explicit neo-Nazi orientation. Among these were the National Youth Alliance, a Carto-founded organization that eventually became the National Alliance. Eventually Carto lost control of this organization and it fell into the hands of William Pierce. Also founded by Carto was the Institute for Historical Review, a group known for publishing Holocaust denial books and articles.[8] As with the National Youth Alliance and Noontide Press, the Institute for Historical Review fell out of Carto's hands in a hostile internal struggle. Liberty Lobby, however, remained under the control of Carto until it was disbanded in 2001.

During the 1970s, as the anti-Communism of the 1950s and 1960s fell out of favor, Carto redefined the public image of Liberty Lobby, and began to describe it as a politically populist organization, rather than conservative or right-wing. Liberty Lobby also tried to create connections to the American political left by redistributing a report critical of President Jimmy Carter authored by frequent third-party presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche and his NCLC.[9]

Liberty Lobby was infiltrated by journalist Robert Eringer who wrote about the organization in Mother Jones in 1981.[10][11]

The Spotlight[edit]

In 1975, Liberty Lobby began publishing a weekly newspaper called The Spotlight, which ran news and opinion articles with a very populist and anti-establishment slant on a variety of subjects, but gave little indication of being extreme-right or neo-Nazi. However, critics charged The Spotlight was intended as a subtle recruiting tool for the extreme right, using populist-sounding articles to attract people from all points on the political spectrum including liberals, moderates, and conservatives, and special-interest articles to attract people interested in such subjects as alternative medicine. Critics also charged the newspaper with subtly incorporating antisemitic and white racialist undertones in its articles, and with carrying advertisements in the classified section for openly neo-Nazi groups and books.[citation needed]

The Spotlight's circulation peaked around 200,000 in the early 1980s, and although it experienced a steady drop after that, it continued to be published until the Liberty Lobby's demise in 2001.

Liberty Lobby founded the Barnes Review in 1994.[12]

Demise[edit]

In 2001, Liberty Lobby and Carto lost a civil lawsuit brought by a rival far-right group which had earlier gained control of the Institute for Historical Review, and the ensuing judgment for damages bankrupted the organization. Carto and others who had been involved in publishing The Spotlight have since started a new newspaper, the American Free Press, which is very similar in overall tone to The Spotlight.[citation needed] As of 2014, the political organization called Liberty Lobby remains defunct.[citation needed]

Views[edit]

Antisemitism[edit]

Liberty Lobby described itself as a conservative political organization.

Evidence for the antisemitic stance of Liberty Lobby began to mount when numerous letters by Carto excoriating the Jews (and blaming them for world miseries) began to surface, which included statements such as "How could the West [have] been so blind. It was the Jews and their lies that blinded the West as to what Germany was doing. Hitler's defeat was the defeat of Europe and America." Carto's letters eventually became the subject of a federal civil lawsuit.[13] There were several other defamation lawsuits arising from publications that described Liberty Lobby as anti-semitic or racist, but it appears that Liberty Lobby never won any of these cases.[citation needed]

Other evidence of the group's antisemitic views includes the charge that the group's file cabinets contained extensive pro-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan literature. In 1969, True magazine ran a story by Joe Trento, titled "How Nazi Nut Power Has Invaded Capitol Hill".[14]

Repatriation of blacks back to Africa[edit]

Starting in October 1966 two American journalists, Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson, published a series of stories in their widely-syndicated "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column which recounted the findings of a former employee, Jeremy Horne.[15] Horne said he had discovered a box of correspondence between Carto and numerous government officials establishing the Joint Council of Repatriation (JCR), a forerunner organization to the Liberty Lobby. The JCR stated that their fundamental purpose was to "repatriate" blacks "back to Africa". Ex-Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Thomas Pickens Brady and various members of the White Citizens' Councils who had worked to establish the JCR, also contributed to the founding of Liberty Lobby. Other correspondence referred to U.S. Congressional support for the emerging Liberty Lobby, such as from South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond, (Dixiecrat presidential candidate in 1948) and California U.S. Representative James B. Utt.

Pearson reported that Utt, as well as Congressman John M. Ashbrook, Ellis Yarnal Berry, W. Pat Jennings, and William Jennings Bryan Dorn, received "Statesman of the Republic" award from Liberty Lobby for their "right-wing activities".[16]

The Liberty Lobby sued for libel based on the stories in a case decided in 1986 by the U.S. Supreme Court, Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc. The case was the most quoted Supreme Court precedent in 1997 because it established the guidelines for issuing summary judgment to end frivolous lawsuits.[17]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liberty Lobby 1987 U.S. Congress Handbook, 100th Congress (First Session)
  2. ^ "Willis Carto". Anti-Defamation League. 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-08-22. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  3. ^ Kaplan, Jeffrey, ed. (2000). Encyclopedia of White Power: A Sourcebook on the Radical Racist Right. AltaMira Press. p. 42. ISBN 978-0742503403. 
  4. ^ Levy, Richard, ed. (2005). Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution, Volume. ABC-CLIO. p. 107. ISBN 978-1851094394. 
  5. ^ Michael, George (2005) [2003]. Confronting Right Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA. Routledge. p. 15. ISBN 978-0415628440. 
  6. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/17795343/liberty_lobby_19740717_p19/
  7. ^ Berlet, Cip; Lyons, Matthew M. (2000). "9 The Pillars of U.S. Populist Conspiracism; The John Birch Society and the Liberty Lobby". Right-wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York: Guilford Press. pp. 185–186, 188. ISBN 9781572305625. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Davis, James D. "Erasing The Holocaust It's In The History Books. It's Taught In Our Schools. It's Forever Burned Into The Memories Of Survivors. Yet A Small Group Of Self-styled Experts Claims The Holocaust Never Occurred." Sunrise Sentinel, April 26, 1992
  9. ^ "When Left reaches Right." The Washington Post. August 16, 1977.
  10. ^ Eringer, Robert. "The Force of Willis Carto." Mother Jones 6 (April 1981): 6.
  11. ^ U.S. Supreme Court Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242 (1986)
  12. ^ "Willis A. Carto: Fabricating History". Anti-Defamation League. Archived from the original on 2002-09-11. Retrieved 2008-11-17. The Spotlight announced in August 1994 that Liberty Lobby was launching a new publication devoted to historical revisionism called The Barnes Review (after the 20th century revisionist historian Harry Elmer Barnes). 
  13. ^ bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/F2/390/390.F2d.489.20690_1.html Liberty Lobby, Inc., et al., Appellants, v. Drew Pearson et al., Appellees. No. 20690. United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, (D.D.C., Dec. 20, 1966) 261 F.Supp. 726 aff'd (DC Cir., Dec. 27, 1967) 129 U.S.App.D.C. 74, 390 F.2d 489
  14. ^ Trento, Joseph and Joseph Spear. "How Nazi Nut Power Has Invaded Capitol Hill". True (November 1969): 39.
  15. ^ "The Washington Merry-Go-Round" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-18. Liberty Lobby working furiously for right-wing cause; its secret files reveal conspiracy against Jews and Negroes; Carto's correspondents are lurid lot 
  16. ^ Pearson, Drew (November 2, 1966). "Judge Rules Against Liberty Lobby". The Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. p. 6. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ List of Most-Quoted Cases[unreliable source?]

Further reading[edit]

  • Frank P. Mintz, The Liberty Lobby and the American Right: Race, Conspiracy, and Culture. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.

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