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(Sep.8, 2010) In the late 1950s, 60s and even early 1970s, Ezra Taft Benson and Cleon Skousen led the anti-Communist crusades within the Mormon Church.
"Skousen spoke of billionaire banker David Rockefeller as being one of the most powerful men in the world. Skousen criticized Rockefeller for praising Mao Zedong in a 1973 New York Times article, in which he stated that the communist leader was one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. Later Skousen claimed that the Rockefellers and Wall Street had conspired to elect Jimmy Carter president. Skousen was also known as a strong supporter of law and order and believed that local police departments were being undermined in order to promote a national police state."
In the late 1970s, Skousen became "persona non-grata":
"While the LDS had been extremely supportive of Skousen in the 1960s and early 1970s, by 1979, the First Presidency sought to distance itself from the controversial writer and Brigham Young University professor.