The Times has a piece noting the John Birch Society's claims of a membership surge. (Which may or may not be true. Way back when, the Times credulously reported the Hells Angels' claims of a membership surge, which helped create that very thing.) Reason's Michael C. Moynihan is bemused at the Birchers' paranoid conspiracism. Less funny is that Ron Paul, the politician most associated with libertarianism today, was the John Birch Society's keynote speaker last October; see full video of his speech here.