Cleon Skousen

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Willard Cleon Skousen (January 20, 1913 – January 9, 2006), author of the best-selling books The Naked Communist[1] and The Five Thousand Year Leap,[2] was a conservative constitutionalist libertarian Mormon American author and political theorist.[3] He also helped popularize among Latter-day Saints (Mormons) (LDS) their theology. A notable anti-communist and supporter of the John Birch Society,[4]

Early life

Skousen was born in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, to Royal Pratt and Margarita Bentley Skousen. He graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1940.


A prominent Mormon theologian and founder of the Freemen Institute, Cleon Skousen wrote about a diverse subjects such as the Communism, the New World Order conspiracies, the Six-Day War, the Second Coming, and parenting.

He was born in a devoutly Mormon family. Skousen was a prominent best-selling conservative author and commentator.

He is the father of popular conservative libertarian survivalist author Joel Skousen, author of Strategic Relocation and founder of World Affairs Brief.

During first year of Ronald Reagan's Presidency in 1981, Mr. Skousen was invited to become the first member of the conservative think tank called the Council for National Policy. The think tank was founded by the author of the popular Left Behind series of books, Tim Lahaye, who is a fundamentalist Baptist pastor. Other early participants included Paul Weyrich; Phyllis Schlafly; Robert Grant; Howard Phillips, a former Republican affiliated with the Constitution Party; Richard Viguerie, the direct-mail specialist; and Morton Blackwell, a Louisiana and Virginia Republican activist.[5][6][7][8] Skousen's proposals with the group included a plan to convert the Social Security system to private retirement accounts, as well as a plan that he claimed would completely wipe out the United States national debt.


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