April 27, 2015 - Special Interview - Art Thompson, CEO
The John Birch Society
Art Thompson was born in Seattle, Washington in 1938. Art attended the University of Washington, the Washington Military Academy and other business related institutions, before going into business for himself.
He joined the Society in May, 1964 and rose through "the ranks" becoming a successful Area Coordinator for The John Birch Society in the 1970's. He left the staff to go back into business in 1981 and returned to the staff again in the 1990's.
In the 1980's and early 90's, his business took him all over the United States. A frequent visitor to Western Europe on business, as a tourist, and once on a political fact-finding tour for the JBS, Art was at the Berlin Wall as it was coming down. During this tour, he became acquainted with many businessmen, academics, and members of the German cabinet and European Union.
Art has also served on his small town City Council, as the chairman of his local Chamber of Commerce, as an official and an elector for the Republican Party, and as a local leader in the state of Washington for the Christian Coalition. He also served as an officer in the Select Reserve Force of the Army and National Guard.
Art has held virtually every volunteer and staff position in the Society, including National Director of Development and Communications and National Director of Field Activities. For several years, he represented the Society in a variety of media events, including appearing on "60 Minutes," and was for a short time on our Speakers Bureau.
What is the Real Price of Free Trade?
Local presentation details the agenda behind trade agreements, offers solutions
Trade agreements have been sold to Americans with the promises of more revenue and more jobs. However, facts reveal just the opposite. The John Birch Society CEO Arthur Thompson will give a local presentation to discuss the agenda behind these free trade agreements and why the current administration is largely pushing the United States into two more agreements.
“What’s Behind the Free Trade Agenda?”
Thompson questions why current free trade agreement discussions involve such subjects outside of trade as climate change, sustainable development, homeland security, the military and international courts. He will explain the impact of previous trade agreements and demonstrate why mainstream Republicans and President Obama are pushing two new agreements currently being negotiated.
The former owner of a manufacturing business, Thompson is also author of “International Merger by Foreign Entanglements” (The John Birch Society, 2014). He is currently being hosted all across the country giving presentations on this subject.
Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wis., The John Birch Society (JBS.org) is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, state and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, members have a strong sense of duty, and their educational efforts have played a continuous and pivotal role in exposing legislation and policies that threaten the independence of America and the freedom of citizens.