John A. Stormer
John A. Stormer
|Born||February 9, 1928|
Altoona, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||July 10, 2018 (aged 90)|
Troy, Missouri, U.S.
|Known for||1964 book None Dare Call It Treason|
John A. Stormer (February 9, 1928 – July 10, 2018) was an American Protestant anti-communist author, best known for his 1964 book None Dare Call It Treason. Both a pastor and a Christian school superintendent, his books have sold millions, warning America about the communist infiltration of American society, politics and culture. He has been called by Daniel Pipes "the man who may be the most popular U.S. backstairs author of all time." Richard Hofstadter in The Paranoid Style in American Politics called it a "masterful piece of folkish propaganda."
Born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Stormer attended Pennsylvania State University and served as an Air Force editor and historian during the Korean War. After the war, he graduated from California's San Jose State University with a B.A. in journalism. He served for several years as editor and general manager of an electrical magazine. In 1962, he left the business world for studying and writing about communism. He founded Liberty Bell Press in 1963.
Stormer was involved in the Republican party, serving on the Missouri Republican State Committee and as state chairman of the Missouri Federation of Young Republicans from 1962 to 64. In 1964, he was a member of the Missouri delegation to the Republican Convention which nominated Barry Goldwater as presidential candidate. In the 1990s, he was a member of the Council For National Policy.
In 1965, Stormer was born again and soon started to preach the gospel and to write for the Fundamentalist Christian Beacon. He served as pastor of Heritage Baptist Church and superintendent of Faith Christian School in Florissant, Missouri for 31 years. He was also president of the Missouri Association of Christian Schools for 10 years. Beginning in 1977, he conducted weekly Bible studies for members of the Missouri State Legislature. He published a periodic newsletter, Understanding the Times, which focused on foreign policy, politics, education, religion, and economics. After his retirement, he continued to speak regularly in Bible conferences and Understanding the Times seminars.
Stormer credited George S. Benson with playing a major part in his awakening and political transformation. He also ascribed the selling of millions of copies of None Dare Call It Treason largely to the work of those who were awakened and trained by Benson and others in the previous few years.
Stormer had honorary degrees from Manahath School of Theology (1965) and Shelton State Community College (1976). He was a member of the John Birch Society, but he abstained from the kind of conspiracy theories which the society is known for and talked instead of a "conspiracy of shared values."
Stormer visited Vietnam twice, first in 1965, and toured many other world trouble spots on fact-finding missions.
Stormer's main book, None Dare Call It Treason, argued that America was losing the cold war because it was being betrayed by its elites, who were pro-communist. The title of the book is derived from an epigram of Sir John Harington: "Treason doth never prosper. What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason." It was published in 1964, during Barry Goldwater's bid for the presidency, and sold over one million copies in the first six months. It was distributed in bulk quantities and during the campaign six million copies were circulated. It was immensely influential with the harder line sections of the American Right and has been described as a cult classic of the New Right. Because it was published by a private imprint, however, it never appeared on best-seller lists.
In 1990, Stormer published None Dare Call It Treason... 25 Years Later, which contained the original book expanded with an equally-long update. In 1989, he also wrote that perestroika and glasnost were merely Soviet propaganda tools, drawing on KGB-defector Anatoliy Golitsyn's New Lies for Old. In 1984, Golytsin predicted that some degree of retreat from hardline communism would be used by the Soviets as a way to fool the West.
His 1998 book, None Dare Call It Education, was an account of how education reforms are undermining academics and traditional values. Written from the point of view of Republican politics and evangelicalism, it claimed, with the help of statistics, a failure of American public schools to perform their stated mission.
Another book, Growing Up God's Way, a guide for getting children ready for school and life from birth on, published in 1984, is now in its 10th printing. Spanish and Russian versions have been issued. His final book, Betrayed by the Bench, detailed how judicial decisions have transformed the US Constitution, courts, and culture.
- None Dare Call It Treason, 1964
- The Death of a Nation, 1968
- The Anatomy of a Smear, 1968
- Growing Up God's Way, 1984
- None Dare Call It Treason...25 Years Later, 1990
- None Dare Call It Education, 1998
- Betrayed By The Bench, 2005
- Daniel Pipes: None Dare Call It Treason... 25 Years Later Orbis, Spring 1991.
- Richard Hofstadter. The Paranoid Style in American Politics, and Other Essays Vintage Books, 2008 pg. 111
- John A. Stormer Archived August 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Liberty Bell Press.
- Aho, Barbara, "CNP Past/Present Officers & Prominent Member Profiles", Watch Unto Prayer [watch.pair.com], archived from the original on May 13, 2012, retrieved July 13, 2012[unreliable source?]
- John & Elisabeth Stormer – Missionaries to USA Bible Baptist Church, 2005.
- Robert J. Barcellos: Benefit to feature best-selling author SouthCoastTODAY.com, March 15, 2002.
- Ronald Lora,William Henry Longton (ed.):The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America p. 146.
- L. Edward Hicks: Sometimes in the Wrong, But Never in Doubt p. 170. Tennessee University Press, 1997.
- Roger Chapman: Culture Wars: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices
- "John Stormer, whose 'None Dare Call It Treason' was a landmark of conspiracy literature, dies at 90". The Washington Post. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
- John A. Stormer: None Dare Call It Treason... 25 Years Later, p. vii.
- David Rieff: Gott Mit Uns David Rieff's blog at World Affairs, February 26, 2010.
- Carl Bogus: What's Killing Conservatism? Review of The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus. The American Prospect, September 19, 2009.
- Laura Jane Gifford: The Education of a Cold War Conservative p. 53. in Gregory Barnhisel and Catherine Turner (ed.): Pressing the Fight: Print, Propaganda, and the Cold War. University of Massachusetts Press, 2010.