Nativism Watch

CIS/CAPS Fellow Appears on Radio Show of John Birch Society Member


Imagine 2050 Staff • Jul 09, 2012

Michael Cutler

Michael Cutler, a former fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and retired INS agent — who is presently a Senior Writing Fellow for Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) –, often assumes the role of a moderate “progressive” when speaking about the “evils ” of undocumented immigrants, which he did last Wednesday, June 28, on a St. Louis radio show.

Problem is, the show he appeared on is called Second Opinion (KSJL), which is hosted by Donald R. Griffin, who is hardly moderate or progressive. Griffin is a member of the white nationalism codifying, conspiracy-convinced John Birch Society (JBS). Adapted from their book Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort, here’s how co-authors Chip Berlet and Matthew Lyons succinctly lay bare the near 54 year existence of JBS:

“In a sense, the Birch society pioneered the encoding of implicit cultural forms of ethnocentric White racism and Christian nationalist antisemitism rather than relying on the White supremacist biological determinism and open loathing of Jews that had typified the old right prior to WWII. Throughout its existence, however, the Society has promoted open homophobia and sexism.”

Guess Willis Carto missed the no “open loathing of Jews” memo. In addition to Carto, JBS can be credited as an entrance point (and so a launching pad) for the careers of some the most influential white nationalist/supremacist and even neo-Nazi fountainheads of the last 30 years.

  • Like William Pierce, who wrote The Turner Diaries, Timothy McVeigh’s battle plan in novel form for the 1995 OKC bombings, who started the National Alliance, and who ran the white power Resistance Records to the tune of 1.3 million per year.
  • Like Tom Metzger, who is widely credited as the progenitor of the organized neo-Nazi skinhead movement  in America.
  • And like David Lane, who was a member of the murderous, white power terrorist group The Order.

And so it seems the “progressive” Cutler found perhaps the perfect platform for expanding upon the JohnTanton Network and larger nativist movement’s especially codified-to-plain-spoken xenophobia and racism. After all, in CIS Cutler “worked” for one of the Network’s “big-three” groups, and presently “works” for one of their most active state contacts in CAPS. Like those JBS keeps, the company within/surrounding  Tanton’s groups is equally controversial.

For example:

  • Michael Cutler has a piece in the new issue of Tanton’s virulently white nationalist The Social Contract Journal. Cutler appears alongside a wad of the Network’s mainstays and leadership.
  • Cutler is an advisor to the Tanton spawned spin-off group 9/11 Families for a Secure America.
  • While writing for CIS he also maintained a column, “Culter’s Corner,” over at the American Council of Immigration Reform (ANCIR). Via  ANCIR Cutler has spoken on panels with Tanton mainstays like Kris Kobach of IRLI and Rosemary Jenks  of NumbersUSA. He published alongside the likes of William Buchanan, too, who in 2009 mused: “Illegal immigrant women bear 300 to 400 thousand children in the United States each year [….] Any woman on earth who can get here (by visa or stealth), and deliver, can join the ‘anchor baby’ club.”
  • CAPS where Cutler presently writes is a bastion of Tanton branded “environmental bigotry. Steven Colbert recently famously taunted CAPS. Also, a number of the staff  and board from Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), including Otis L. Graham, Michael Cutler, Stuart Hurlbert, and Rick Oltman. Diana Hull, current West Coast editor of The Social Contract, was also formerly president of the organization. CAPS maligns immigrants for every potential crisis, from environmental disaster to economic collapse, and uses the panic it generates to advocate shameless population control. Even Glenn Beck finds CAPS to be too extreme—famously referring to its cryptic agenda as “spooky” on his erstwhile Fox show.
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