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The tactic of labeling things as fascist, nazi, racist, communist, socialist, when they are not, is a real thing. And I suspect this kind of tactic has been used on all sides of opposing ideologies.

It's curious however, that G. Edward Griffin only pretends to be giving a source for the initial quote that he "reads from a book" to make it appear more credible, but doesn't provide specifics about the source. Yet, it's exactly the kind of projectionism and reverse counter-blaming that has now been openly admitted to have been used against communism and third party political groups, etc., as a useful tactic. The John Birch Society has specifically been caught making up such things so that persons like Ronald Reagan and others would repeat them without question.

There's a pretty good discussion of this supposed quote on stackexchange. The rest of this post contains only excerpts from that discussion:

https://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/44039/was-this-communist-party-directive-from-1943-genuine

Was this Communist Party Directive from 1943 genuine?

When certain obstructionists become too irritating, label them after suitable buildups as fascist or Nazi or anti-Semitic and used the prestige of anti-fascist and tolerance organisations to discredit them. In the public mind constantly associate those who oppose us with those names which already have a bad smell. The association will after enough repetition become fact in the public mind. Youtube - John Birch Society @1:00:10

It is attributed in the video as "In 1943 the following directive was issued from party headquarters to all communists in the United States" however I have been unable to source this document, if it exists.

It is claimed as false in They Never Said It : A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions wherein the following passage appears on page 18:

Researchers in the Library of Congress have been unable to locate any such 'directive'; nor do specialists in Soviet affairs regard it as authentic.

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    I'm not sure that we can provide better sources than what you have already found. The quote sounds made up and is only spread by biased, far-right organizations who don't supply sources for it which could be followed up on. On the other hand, you have two professors of history and political science saying that it is almost certainly fake, and a reference to a letter from the Library of Congress which couldn't find such a directive.
    – tim
    May 16, 2019 at 9:24
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    Agreed with @tim, you're not gonna get a better source than the sources that claim it as bunk. Furthermore, that book was from 1989, and in the 30 years since then no one has ever produced the actual document. The reasoning in the book is also sound.
    – DenisS
    May 16, 2019 at 19:24
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    1943 would have been a little early to try and harness rabid anti- nazism and anti-anti-semitism in the US, would it not? There were nazi parades in all the US up to 1940. Henry Ford had written 'The International Jew' and wasn't ostracized.
    – bukwyrm
    May 16, 2019 at 19:42
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It seems quite incompatible with recorded history.

One expert verdict of "made-up" is already in the question. Proving a negative is not easy. But there is plenty of circumstantial evidence to support it.

The language used, the political connections drawn and most important: the date alawys used in this unsourced propaganda from anti-communists lessen the probability and plausibility severely.

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