Ned Touchstone, The Citizens Councils
and The Councilor
The following biography of Ned Touchstone is taken
Extremism on the Right: A Handbook, (New York: Anti-Defamation
League, 1983) p.138
Ned Touchstone, 57, a longtime resident of Shreveport,
Louisiana, has served as an editor and distributor of racist hate
literature for over two decades. Touchstone worked for several
local Louisiana weeklies and owned his own printing company, Bossier
Press, before he became associated with the militantly segregationist
Louisiana Citizens' Council. As a state board member and secretary
of this group, Touchstone played an active role in the Council's
fight against civil rights laws during the 1960s.
Since its inception in 1962, Ned Touchstone has
served as editor of The Councilor, an openly racist and
anti-Semitic hate sheet. For a number of years, The Councilor
functioned as the semi-monthly house organ of the Louisiana
Citizens' Council, a group which professed two goals: "States
rights and Segregation of the races." Later, a non-profit
organization called Councilor Research became owner and publisher
of the monthly periodical.
Articles in The Councilor have frequently
attacked Jews in general and the ADL in particular. Touchstone's
newspaper has stated that, "the ADL (sometimes called the
'Russian Mafia') is composed of anti-Christ Khazars. . ."
In addition, ADL and "its international connections with
communism" have figured prominently in anti-Semitic conspiracy
stories published by The Councilor. Based in Touchstone's
home town of Shreveport, The Councilor has recently claimed
a total circulation of 18,000.
Touchstone has offered for sale anti-Semitic and
other racist literature through the National Biographic Society,
which has operated from Touchstone's home address. Titles distributed
through the National Biographic Society have included Rise
of the House of Rothschild, The Red Network and The
Rising Tide of Color, as well as "truth-pak," a
collection of pamphlets and newsclips promoting bigotry.
Touchstone has been linked to Willis Carto's right-wing
extremist group, Liberty Lobby. Besides holding a seat on their
Board of Policy, he has been a featured speaker at several gatherings
sponsored by Liberty Lobby. Touchstone himself has stated that,
'The Councilor and Liberty Lobby are on the same side 99% of the
time." Concerning the notorious anti-Semite Carto, Touchstone
added, "I consider Willis Carto of Liberty Lobby one of the
greatest living Americans. . ."
Touchstone has been affiliated with The American
Mercury, a once respectable literary magazine which has since
become a voice of anti-Jewish hate. Until 1980, Touchstone was
listed among others as a contributing editor of the publication.
Subsequently, The American Mercury relocated from California
to Texas, where Touchstone took over the magazine's management.
Lately, his name has appeared on the masthead as "financial
Source: "Ned Touchstone, the Citizens Councils and the Councilor." Extremism on the right: A Handbook. New York: Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1983. 138. ISBN: 0884641295 (pbk.) :; 9780884641292 (pbk.) LCCN: 88-71108
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