LaRouche movement


LaRouche movement
LaRouche movement members in Seattle, Washington, in 2009

The LaRouche movement is an international political and cultural network that promotes Lyndon LaRouche and his ideas. It has included scores of organizations and companies around the world. Their activities include campaigning, private intelligence gathering, and publishing numerous periodicals, pamphlets, books, and online content. It characterizes itself as a Platonist Whig movement which favors re-industrialization and classical culture, and which opposes what it sees as the genocidal conspiracies of Aristotelian oligarchies such as the British Empire. Outsiders characterize it as a fringe movement and it has been criticized from across the political spectrum.

The movement had its origins in radical leftist student politics of the 1960s, but is now generally seen as a right-wing, fascist or unclassifiable group. It is known for its unusual theories and its confrontational behavior. In the 1970s members allegedly engaged in street violence. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of candidates, some with only limited knowledge of LaRouche or the movement, ran as Democrats on the LaRouche platform.[1][2][3] None were elected to significant public office.

In 1988, LaRouche and 25 associates were convicted on fraud charges related to fund-raising, prosecutions which the movement alleged were politically motivated and which were followed by a decline in the group's influence which lasted for several years. The movement was rejuvenated in the 2000s by the creation of a youth cadre, the LaRouche Youth Movement, and by their prominent opposition to the Bush/Cheney administration and the Obama health care reform plan.

LaRouche's wife, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, heads political and cultural groups in Germany connected with her husband's movement. There are also parties in France, Sweden, and other European countries, and branches or affiliates in Australia, Canada, the Philippines, and several Latin American countries. Estimates of the movement range from five hundred to one thousand members in the United States, spread across more than a dozen cities, and about the same number abroad. Members engage in political organizing, fund-raising, cultural events, research and writing, and internal meetings. It has been categorized as a political cult by some journalists. According to reporters, members believe they are solely responsible for the protection of civilization and some work long hours for little pay to further their mission. The LaRouche movement has been accused of repeatedly harassing public officials, politicians, journalists, ex-members, and critics. The movement has had a number of notable collaborators and members.

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Political organizations

In 1986, LaRouche testified that there is "no such thing as a LaRouche organization". A spokesman said LaRouche was like the "guiding light" of a variety of "separate organizations".[4]

LaRouche-affiliated political parties have nominated many hundreds of candidates for national and regional offices in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Australia and France, for almost thirty years. In countries outside the U.S., the LaRouche movement maintains its own minor parties, and they have had no significant electoral success to date. In the U.S., however, they are active in the Democratic Party, and individuals associated with the movement have successfully sought party office in some elections, particularly Democratic County Central Committee posts.[citation needed]

International

The Schiller Institute and the International Caucus of Labor Committees (ICLC) are international organizations that mobilize on behalf of the LaRouche Movement. Schiller Institute conferences have been held across the world. The ICLC is affiliated to political parties in France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Mexico, the Philippines, and several South American countries. Lyndon LaRouche, who is based in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States, and his wife, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, based in Wiesbaden, Germany, regularly attend these international conferences and have met foreign politicians, bureaucrats, and academics.

United States

Political activities

LaRouche supporter in Washington D.C., 2005

LaRouche himself has been a candidate for U.S. president eight times, running in every presidential election from 1976 to 2004. The first was with his own party, the U.S. Labor Party. In the next seven campaigns he campaigned for the Democratic Party nomination. In support of those efforts he has created campaign committees and a PAC, and has attempted to gain entrance to caucuses, debates, and conventions for himself and supporters. He was a successful fundraiser in 2004 by some measures, and received federal matching funds. See Lyndon LaRouche U.S. Presidential campaigns.

In 1986 the LaRouche movement placed its AIDS initiative, Proposition 64, on the California ballot, which lost by a 4-1 margin. It was re-introduced in 1988 and lost again by the same margin. Federal and state officials raided movement offices in 1986. In the ensuing trials, leaders of the movement received prison terms for conspiracy to commit fraud, mail fraud, and tax evasion. See LaRouche criminal trials.

In 1986, LaRouche movement members Janice Hart and Mark J. Fairchild won the Democratic Primary elections for the offices of Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois Lieutenant Governor respectively. Up until the day following the election, major media outlets were reporting that George Sangmeister, Fairchild's primary opponent, was running unopposed. 21 years later Fairchild asked, “how is it possible that the major media, with all of their access to information, could possibly be mistaken in that way?”[5] Democratic gubernatorial candidate Adlai Stevenson III was favored to win this election, having lost the previous election by a narrow margin amid allegations of vote fraud. However, he refused to run on the same slate with Hart and Fairchild. Instead, Stevenson formed the Solidarity Party and ran with Jane Spirgel as the Secretary of State nominee. Hart and Spirgel's opponent, Republican incumbent Jim Edgar, won the election by the largest margin in any state-wide election in Illinois history, with 1.574 million votes.[6]

After the Illinois primary Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) blasted his own party for pursuing a policy of ignoring the "infiltration by the neo-Nazi elements of Lyndon H. LaRouche," and worried that too often, especially in the media, "the LaRouchites" are "dismissed as kooks." "In an age of ideology, in an age of totalitarianism, it will not suffice for a political party to be indifferent to and ignorant about such a movement," said Moynihan.[7] Moynihan had previously faced a primary challenge in 1982 from Mel Klenetsky, a Jewish associate of LaRouche, and had called Klenetsky "anti-Semitic."[8]

In 1988, Claude Jones won the chairmanship of the Harris County Democratic Party in Houston, only to be stripped of his authority by the county executive committee before he could take office.[9] He was removed from office by the state party chairman a few months later, in February 1989, because of Jones's alleged opposition to the Democratic presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis, in favor of LaRouche.[10]

The LaRouche movement is reported by multiple sources, including journalists Jason Berry and George Johnson, to have had close ties to the Iraqi Ba'ath Party of Saddam Hussein.[11][12] It was a leading opponent of the UN sanctions against Iraq in 1991 and the subsequent Gulf War in 1992.[13] Supporters formed the "Committee to Save the Children in Iraq".[14] LaRouche blamed the sanctions and war on "Israeli-controlled Moslem fundamentalist groups" and the "Ariel Sharon-dominated government of Israel" whose policies were "dictated by Kissinger and company, through the Hollinger Corporation, which has taken over The Jerusalem Post for that purpose."[15] Left-wing anti-war groups were divided over the LaRouche movement's involvement.[16]

In 2000, the Democratic nominee in Wyoming for the Senate, Mel Logan, was a LaRouche follower;[17] the Republican incumbent, Craig Thomas, won in a 76%-23% landslide. In 2001, a "national citizen-candidates' movement" was created, advancing candidates for a number of elective offices across the country.

In 2006, LaRouche Youth Movement activist and Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee member Cody Jones was honored as "Democrat of the Year" for the 43rd Assembly District of California, by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.[18][non-primary source needed] At the April 2007 California State Democratic Convention, LYM activist Quincy O'Neal was elected vice-chairman of the California State Democratic Black Caucus,[19][non-primary source needed] and Wynneal Innocentes was elected corresponding secretary of the Filipino Caucus.[20][non-primary source needed]

In November 2007, Mark Fairchild returned to Illinois to promote legislation authored by LaRouche, called the Homeowners and Bank Protection Act of 2007, that would establish a moratorium on home foreclosures and establish a new federal agency to oversee all federal and state banks. He also promoted LaRouche's plan to build a high-speed railroad to connect Russia and the United States, including a tunnel under the Bering Strait.[5][21]

In 2009, the LaRouche movement printed pamphlets showing President Barack Obama and Hitler laughing together, and posters of Obama wearing a Hitler-style mustache.[22] In Seattle, police have been called twice in response to people threatening to tear the posters apart, or to assault the LaRouche supporters holding them.[23] At one widely reported event, Congressman Barney Frank referred to the posters as "vile, contemptible nonsense."[24]

In March 2010, LaRouche Youth leader Kesha Rogers won the Democratic congressional primary in Houston, Texas' 22nd District.[25] The following day, a spokeswoman for the Texas Democratic Party stated that "La Rouche members are not Democrats. I guarantee her campaign will not receive a single dollar from anyone on our staff."[26]

Alleged violence and harassment

The LaRouche movement members have had a reputation for engaging in violence, harassment, and heckling since the 1970s.[27][28][29][30] While LaRouche repeatedly repudiated violence, followers were reported in the 1970s and 1980s to have been charged with possession of weapons and explosives along with a number of violent crimes, including kidnapping and assault.[31] However there were few, if any, convictions on these charges.[32]

The harassing of individuals and organizations is reportedly systematic and strategic.[32] Some of the targets are prominent individuals, while others are common citizens speaking out against the movement. The group itself refers to these methods as "psywar techniques," and defends them as necessary to shake people up; George Johnson has written that, believing the general population to be hopelessly indoctrinated by the mass media, they "fight back with words that stick in one's mind like shards of glass." He quotes movement member Paul Goldstein saying: "We're not very nice, so we're hated. Why be nice? It's a cruel world. We're in a war and the human race is up for grabs."[33]

1960s and Operation Mop-Up

In the 1960s and 1970s, LaRouche were accused of fomenting violence at anti-war rallies with a small band of followers.[34][35] According to LaRouche's autobiography, it was in 1969 that violent altercations began between his members and New Left groups. He wrote that Mark Rudd's faction began assaulting LaRouche's faction at Columbia University. "Other organized physical attacks against my friends would follow, inside the United States and abroad," he wrote. "Communist Party goon-squad attacks began in Chicago, in summer 1972, and continued sporadically up to the concerted assault launched during March 1973. During 1972, there was also a goon-attack on associates of mine by the SWP."[36]

According to the Village Voice and the Washington Post the National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC), an organization founded and controlled by LaRouche, became embroiled in the early 1970s in conflicts with other leftist groups, culminating in "Operation Mop-Up" which consisted of a series of physical attacks on members of rival left wing groups.[37]

During "Operation Mop-Up," LaRouche's New Solidarity reported NCLC confrontations with members of the Communist Party and Socialist Workers Party. One incident took place April 23, 1973 at a debate featuring Labor Committee mayoral candidate Tony Chaitkin.[38] The meeting erupted in a brawl, with chairs flying. Six people were treated for injuries at a local hospital. In Buffalo, two NCLC organizers were arrested and charged with 2nd degree felonious assault after an attack that left one person with a broken leg and another with a broken arm.[38] Dennis King writes that LaRouche halted the operation when police arrested several of his followers on assault charges, and after the groups under attack formed joint defense teams.[39]


In the mid-1973 the movement formed a Revolutionary Youth Movement to recruit and politicize members of street gangs in New York City and other eastern cities.[40][41][42] In September 1973 ten members of the NCLC were arrested for causing a melee at a Newark City Council meeting that involved 100 demonstrators, reported to be the third incident that week.[43] The NCLC reportedly trained some members in terrorist and guerilla warfare.[32][40][44] Topics included weapons handling, explosives and demolition, close order drills, small unit tactics, and military history.[44]

The USLP vs. the FBI
A 1973 internal FBI letter recommended that the FBI provide anonymous aid to a background investigation by the Communist Party USA.
Internal FBI memo from 1975 warning about harassment of agents by NCLC members.

In November 1973, the FBI issued an internal memorandum that was later released under the Freedom of Information Act. Jeffrey Steinberg, the NCLC "director of counterintelligence",[45] described it as the "COINTELPRO memo", which he says showed "that the FBI was considering supporting an assassination attempt against LaRouche by the Communist Party USA."[46] LaRouche wrote in 1998:

The U.S. Communist Party was committed to putting the Labor Committees out of existence physically... Local law enforcement was curiously uncooperative, as they had been during prior physical attacks on myself and my friends. We knew that a 'fix' was in somewhere, probably from the FBI... We were left to our own resources. Tired of the beatings, we decided we had better prepare to defend ourselves if necessary.[47]

The FBI was concerned that the movement might try to take power by force.[48] FBI Director Clarence Kelly testified in 1976 about the LaRouche movement:[49]

A "violence-oriented organization of 'revolutionary socialists' with a membership of nearly 1,000 located in chapters in some 50 cities ... involved in fights, beatings, using drugs, kidnappings, brainwashings, and at least one shooting. They are reported to be armed, to have received defensive training such as karate, and to attend cadre schools and training schools to learn military tactics..."

The LaRouche movement is reported to have harassed and threatened various federal agents from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s, in some cases reportedly directed by the security unit run by Jeffrey and Michelle Steinberg.[50] Two young followers, Abi Steinberg and Andrea Konviser, told of calling FBI agents in the middle of the night to tell them dirty jokes in 1974,[51] and such calls were reported again in 1978.[52]

Association with Roy Frankhouser and Mitch WerBell

In the later 1970s, the U.S. Labor Party came into contact with Roy Frankhouser, a convicted felon and government informant who had infiltrated a variety of extremist groups. The LaRouche organization believed Frankhouser to be a federal agent who had been assigned to infiltrate right-wing and left-wing groups, and that he had evidence that these groups were actually being manipulated or controlled by the FBI and other agencies.[53] [54] Frankhouser introduced LaRouche to Mitchell WerBell III, a former Office of Strategic Services operative, paramilitary trainer, and arms dealer. Some members allegedly took a six-day "anti-terrorist" course a training camp operated by WerBell in Powder Springs, Georgia.[55] LaRouche denied in 1979 that the training sessions took place.[56] WerBell introduced LaRouche to covert operations specialist General John K. Singlaub, who later alleged that members of the movement implied in discussions with him that the military might help "lead the country out of its problems", a view which he rejected.[56] WerBell also introduced LaRouche to Larry Cooper, a Powder Springs, Georgia police captain. Cooper, Frankhouser and an associate of Frankhouser named Forrest Lee Fick later made allegations about LaRouche. Cooper said in an NBC broadcast interview in 1984 that LaRouche had proposed the assassination of Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Joseph Luns, and David Rockefeller.[57][58][59] Frankhouser made numerous allegations about LaRouche, including that he said prosecutor William Weld "does not deserve to live. He should get a bullet between the eyes." A spokesman for the movement "denied LaRouche had ever made such a statement".[60] In 1984, LaRouche said that he had employed WerBell as a security consultant, but that the allegations coming from Werbell's circle were fabrications that originated with operatives of the FBI and other agencies.[61]

Labor unions

In 1974 and 1975, the NCLC targeted the United Auto Workers (UAW), United Farm Workers (UFW), and other trade unionists. They declared open war and dubbed their campaign "Operation Mop Up Woodcock", a reference to their violent anti-communist campaign of 1973 and to UAW president Leonard Woodcock.[62] The movement staged demonstrations that turned violent. They issued pamphlets attacking the leadership as corrupt and perverted. The UAW said that members had received dozens of calls a day accusing their relatives of homosexuality,[63] reportedly at the direction of NCLC "security staff".[64] Leaflets called an Ohio local president a "Woodcocksucker".[64] The leadership of the AFL-CIO was also attacked.[64] During the same period, the LaRouche movement was closely associated with the Teamsters union which was in a jurisdictional dispute with the UFW.

1980 New Hampshire presidential primary

LaRouche put substantial effort into his first Democratic Primary, held February 1980 in New Hampshire. Reporters, campaign workers, and party officials received calls from people impersonating reporters or ADL staff members, inquiring what "bad news" they had heard about LaRouche.[65] LaRouche acknowledged that his campaign workers used impersonation to collect information on political opponents.[66] Governor Hugh Gallen, State Attorney General Thomas Rath and other officials received harassing phone calls.[66] Their names appeared on a photocopied "New Hampshire Target List" acquired by Associated Press, found in a LaRouche campaign worker's hotel room; the list stated, "these are the criminals to burn – we want calls coming in to these fellows day and night".[66] LaRouche spokesman Ted Andromidas said, "We did choose to target those people for political pressure hopefully to prevent them from carrying out the kind of fraud that occurred in Tuesday's election."[67]</ref> A New Hampshire journalist, Jon Prestage, had a tense interview with LaRouche and several of his associates, and was threatened if he used the interview in his story.[68][69] A LaRouche associate denied responsibility for the dead cats.[68]

Leesburg, Virginia

In the mid-1980s LaRouche moved his headquarters from New York City to Leesburg, Virginia. The movement invested in real estate, opened offices, started a newspaper, bought a radio station, and opened a bookstore. Hundreds of followers settled in the area. The newspaper, The Loudoun County News, ran advertisements for local merchants without their authorization to give the impression of community support, and claimed harassment when challenged.[70] Residents, including Agnes Harrison and Leesburg Mayor Robert Sevila, reported that armed guards quickly appeared and pointed guns at people who stopped along the road outside LaRouche's estate.[71] Local critics reported receiving threatening phone calls.[70][72] LaRouche followers handed out leaflets in front of a church which said that five local residents had "allied themselves knowingly with persons and organizations which are part of the international drug lobby."[70]

A Leesburg businessman who told a reporter about rumors of injuries to animals, including a horse who was poisoned and a dog who had been skinned, was sued for $2 million, and when the suit was dismissed by a district judge the LaRouche movement appealed it to the Virginia Supreme Court.[71] The Leesburg Garden Club was singled out for attention. LaRouche called it a "nest of Soviet fellow travellers," whose members were "cacking busybodies in this Soviet jellyfish front, sitting here in Leesburg oozing out their funny little propaganda and making nuisances of themselves."[71] Warren J. Hammerman, chairman of the National Democratic Policy Committee, said "Because the drug-running threat is Soviet-backed and the Garden Club is fighting LaRouche on drugs, they are serving as Soviet agents."[71]

Harassment of officials

According to courtroom testimony by FBI agent Richard Egan, Jeffrey and Michelle Steinberg, the heads of LaRouche's security unit, boasted of placing harassing phone calls all through the night to the general counsel of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) when the FEC was investigating LaRouche's political contributions.[50]

During the grand jury hearings followers picketed the courthouse, chanted "Weld is a fag",[73] distributed leaflets accusing Weld of involvement in drug dealing, and "sang a jingle advocating that he be hanged in public".[74]

The Schiller Institute sent a team of ten people, headed by James Bevel, to Omaha, Nebraska, to pursue the Franklin child prostitution ring allegations in 1990. Among the charges investigated by the grand jury was that the Omaha Police Chief Robert Wadman and other men had sex with a 15-year old woman at a party held by the bank's owner. The LaRouche groups insisted there was a coverup. They distributed copies of the Schiller Institute's New Federalist newspaper that contained accusations about leading Omaha citizens, especially Wadman. They went door-to-door in Wadman's neighborhood telling residents that their neighbor was a child molester. When Wadman took a job with the police department in Aurora, Illinois, LaRouche followers went there to demand that he be fired, and after he left there they followed him to a third city to make accusations.[75]

Harassment of politicians

In the 1970s, Nelson Rockefeller was a central figure in the conspiracy theories espoused by LaRouche. An FBI file described the LaRouche movement as "clandestinely oriented group of political schizophrenics who have a paranoid preoccupation with Nelson Rockefeller and the CIA."[76] Rockefeller's nomination for U.S. Vice President was strongly opposed by the LaRouche movement, and its members heckled his appearances. Federal authorities were reported to be concerned that the movement's hatred of Rockefeller would turn violent.[77]

A special target of LaRouche's attention is Henry Kissinger. LaRouche called Kissinger a "faggot", a "British agent", a "Soviet agent of influence", a "traitor", a "Nazi", and a "murderer", and linked him to the murder of Aldo Moro.[78][58] His followers heckled and disrupted Kissinger's appearances. The same year a member of LaRouche's Fusion Energy Foundation, Ellen Kaplan, shouted "Is it true that you sleep with young boys at the Carlyle Hotel?" at Kissinger on an airport terminal while he and his wife, Nancy, were on their way to a heart operation. In response, Nancy Kissinger grabbed the woman by the throat. Kaplan pressed charges and the case went to trial.[78] In 1986 Janice Hart held a press conference to say that Kissinger was part of the international "drug mafia". Asked whether Jews were behind drug trafficking Hart replied, "That's totally nonsense. I don't consider Henry Kissinger a Jew. I consider Henry Kissinger a homosexual."[79]

A LaRouche organization distributed almost-pornographic posters of Illinois politician Jane Byrne, and called other female politicians "prostitutes" and their husbands "pimps", according to Mike Royko.[80] In 1986, two LaRouche candidates, Janice Hart and Mark Fairchild, won surprise victories in the Democratic primaries for two statewide positions in Illinois, Secretary of State and Lieutenant Governor. Campaign appearances by democratic gubernatorial candidate Adlai Stevenson III, who refused to share the ticket with them and shifted instead to the "Solidarity Party" formed for the purpose, were interrupted by a trio of singers that included Fairchild and Chicago Mayoral candidate Sheila Jones.[81] Illinois Attorney General Neil Hartigan's home was visited late at night by a group of LaRouche followers who chanted, sang, and used a bullhorn "to exorcise the demons out of Neil Hartigan's soul".[82] Hart and an associate were charged with disorderly conduct when they handed a piece of raw liver to the Roman Catholic Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee who was addressing a synagogue in Glencoe, saying that it represented the "pound of flesh extracted by Hitler" during the Holocaust.[83]</ref> Before the primaries a group of LaRouche supporters reportedly stormed the campaign offices of Hart's opponent and demanded that a worker "take an AIDS test".[80]

In 1984 a reporter for a LaRouche publication buttonholed President Ronald Reagan as he was leaving a White House press conference, demanding to know why LaRouche was not receiving Secret Service protection. As a result, future press conferences in the East Room were arranged with the door behind the president so he can leave without passing through the reporters.[84] In 1992, a follower shook hands with President George H.W. Bush at a campaign visit to a shopping center. The follower would not let go, demanding to know, "When are you going to let LaRouche out of jail?" The Secret Service had to intervene.[85]

During the 1988 presidential campaign, LaRouche activists spread a rumor that the Democratic candidate, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, had received professional treatment for two episodes of mental despression. Media sources did not report the rumor initially to avoid validating it.[86]</ref> However at a press conference a reporter for a LaRouche publication, Nicholas Benton, asked President Reagan whether Dukakis should release his medical records. Reagan replied "Look, I'm not going to pick on an invalid." Within an hour after the press conference Reagan apologized for the joke.[86] The question received wide publicity, and was later analyzed as an example of how journalists should handle rumors.[87]</ref> Republican candidate Vice President George H.W. Bush's aides got involved in sustaining the story, and Dukakis was obliged to deny having had depression. To avoid the negative backlash on his own campaign, Bush made a statement urging Congress to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act, which he signed upon gaining office and which became one of his proudest legacies.[88]</ref>

At a 2003 Democratic primary debate repeatedly interrupted by hecklers, Joe Lieberman quoted John McCain, "no one's been elected since 1972 that Lyndon LaRouche and his people have not protested".[89] The first reported incidence of heckling by LaRouche followers was at the Watergate hearings in 1973. Since then, LaRouche followers have interrupted events featuring J. Bowyer Bell,[90] Andrew Bernstein,[91] Julian Bond,[92] Jerry Brown,[93] Richard R. Burt,[94] George H.W. Bush,[95] George W. Bush,[96] Jimmy Carter,[97] Wesley K. Clark,[98] Howard Dean,[99] John Edwards,[100] Bob Kerrey,[101] John Kerry,[102] Lawrence Klein,[103] Richard Lamm,[104] Joseph Lieberman,[105] Sir Robert Mark,[90] Paul Martin,[106] Walter Mondale,[107] Ralph Nader,[108] Oliver North,[109] Ross Perot,[110] Rick Santorum,[111] Sergio Sarmiento,[112] Paul A. Volcker,[113] and Leonard Woodcock.[114] LaRouche followers have disrupted political debates,[115][116][117] college classes,[118] meetings of a United Nations development study group and of Ayn Rand supporters on university campuses,[119][120][121] and even a Columbus Day parade in New York City.[122]

Harassment of journalists

Joe Klein writes that Boston's The Real Paper decided to write an article about the LaRouche movement as a result of the violence in 1973. One reporter who attended a NCLC meeting was thrown against a wall. LaRouche called Klein "a liar and a degenerate", and Klein's family began receiving threatening calls.[123] Journalist Charles Fager says that his article on LaRouche for the paper was spiked because of legal and physical threats.[124]

Chicago Tribune columnist Mike Royko wrote several times of being harassed by the LaRouche movement, which he had covered since at least 1979. He once traced to the LaRouche movement leaflets which claimed that he had undergone a sex-change operation.[125] (He wrote that it did not bother him as he had evidence to the contrary.)[126] Royko wrote that, after writing about a LaRouche front group called "Citizens for Chicago", his assistant found a note attached to her apartment door that had a bullseye and a threat to kill her cat.[126] LaRouche followers denied the allegation.[127] In 1986, LaRouche followers picketed Royko's newspaper offices calling him a "degenerate drug pusher" and demanding that he take an AIDS test.[80] When LaRouche was imprisoned in 1989, Royko wrote a column to inform LaRouche's fellow inmates about the history of cat killing and suggested that "any cat-lovers among them do whatever they feel is appropriate." LaRouche sought an injunction to prevent the column, which the suit said used "fighting words", from being printed in the paper near his jail but his request was rejected by the Circuit Court.

Dennis King began covering LaRouche in the 1970s, publishing a twelve-part series in a weekly Manhattan newspaper, Our Town, and later writing or cowriting articles about LaRouche in New Republic, High Times, Columbia Journalism Review, and other periodicals, culminating in a full length biography published in 1989. King describes numerous instances of harassment and threats. Leaflets accusing King, a news paper publisher, and the newspaper's lawyer of being criminals, homosexuals, or drug pushers. One leaflet included King's home address and phone number. He says that in 1980 he received a phone call threatening him with rape and murder, one of an estimated 500 abusive or hang-up calls he received by 1985.[128] In 1984 a LaRouche newspaper, New Solidarity, published an article titled "Will Dennis King Come out of the Closet?", copies of which were distributed in his apartment building.[128] His family also received calls that included threats to murder King.[128] Jeffrey Steinberg denied the movement had harassed King. LaRouche said that King had been "monitored" since 1979, "We have watched this little scoundrel because he is a major security threat to my life."[128]

In 1984, Patricia Lynch was a co-produceer of an NBC news piece and a TV documentary on LaRouche. She was then impersonated by LaRouche followers who interfered with her reporting.[58] LaRouche sued Lynch and NBC for libel, and NBC countersued. During the trial followers picketed the NBC's offices with signs that said "Lynch Pat Lynch", and the NBC switchboard received a death threat.[128] A LaRouche spokesman said they had no knowledge of the death threat.[128] In later years LaRouche accused NBC or its reporters of various charges. At a press conference in 1986 he refused to take questions from the NBC reporter, saying "How could I talk to a drug pusher like you."[129] In addition to charge of drug dealing, LaRouche publications also accused NBC of plotting his assassination.

The state editor of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania reported that a LaRouche TV crew led by Stanley Ezrol talked their way into his house in 1985 implying they were with NBC, then accused him of harassing LaRouche and interrogated him about why he had written what they alleged were negative stories about LaRouche. At the end of the interview" Ezrol asked "Have you ever feared for your personal safety?", which the editor found to be "chilling".[124] Another LaRouche group, including Janice Hart, forced their way into the office of The Des Moines Register's editor in 1987, then harangued him over his papers's coverage of LaRouche and demanded that certain editorials be retracted because the paper's "economic policies stink".[130]

Public altercations
LaRouche supporters in Chicago, 2007

From the 1970s to the 2000s, LaRouche followers have staffed card tables in airports and in front of post offices, state offices, college quads, and grocery stores. The tables have typically carried posters with topical slogans. LaRouche followers have been noted for using a confrontational style of interactions. In 1986, the New York state elections board received dozens of complaints about people collecting signatures on nomination petitions, including allegations of misrepresentation and abusive language used towards those who would not sign.[131]

In the mid-80s, the Secretary of State of California, March Fong Eu, received numerous complaints from the public about harassment by people gathering signatures to qualify the "LaRouche AIDS Initiative" for the state ballot. She warned initiative sponsors that permission to circulate the petitions could be revoked unless the "offensive activities" stopped.[132] An altercation in 1987 between a LaRouche activist and an AIDS worker resulted in battery charges filed against the latter, who was outraged by the content of some of the material on display; she was found not guilty.[133]

In California in 2009, several grocery chains sought restraining orders, damages and injunctions against LaRouche PAC activists displaying materials related to Obama's health care plan in front of their stores, citing customer complaints.[134][135][136] In Edmonds, Washington, a 70-year old man from Armenia grew irate at the comparisons of Obama and Hitler. He grabbed fliers and tussled with LaRouche supporters, resulting in assault charges against him.[137]

Canada

The North American Labour Party (NALP) nominated candidates in federal elections in the 1970s. Its candidates only had 297 votes nationwide in 1979. LaRouche himself offered a draft constitution for the commonwealth of Canada in 1981.[138] The NALP later became the Party for the Commonwealth of Canada and that ran candidates in the 1984, 1988 and 1993 elections. Those were more successful, gaining as many as 7,502 votes in 1993, but no seats. The Parti pour la république du Canada (Québec) nominated candidates for provincial elections in the 1980s under various party titles. The LaRouche affiliate now operates as the Committee for the Republic of Canada.[139]

Latin America

Brazil's Party for Rebuilding of National Order (PRONA) is described as a "LaRouche friend" and one of its members has been quoted in the Executive Intelligence Review as saying "We associate ourselves with the wave of ideas which flow from Mr. LaRouche's prodigious mind".[140] PRONA gained six seats in the Chamber of Deputies in 2002.[141] However there is no independent evidence that the PRONA or its leaders recognize LaRouche as an influence on their policies, and it has been described as being part of the right-wing Catholic integralist political tradition.[citation needed]

The Ibero-American Solidarity Movement (MSIA) has been described as an offshoot of LaRouche's Labor Party in Mexico. During peace talks to resolve the Chiapas conflict, the Mexican Labor Party and the Ibero-American Solidarity Movement (MSIA) attacked the peace process and one of the leading negotiators, Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia, who it accused of formenting the violence and of being controlled by foreigners. Posters caricaturing Ruiz as a rattlesnake appeared across the country.[142][143]

The movement strongly opposes perceived manifestations of neo-colonialism, including the International Monetary Fund, the Falklands/Malvinas War, etc., and are advocates of the Monroe Doctrine.

Australia

CEC members campaigning for Aaron Isherwood (center)

LaRouche supporters gained control of the formerly far-right Citizens Electoral Council (CEC) in the mid-1990s. The CEC publishes an irregular newspaper, The New Citizen. Craig Isherwood and his spouse Noelene Isherwood are the leaders of the party. The CEC has opposed politician Michael Danby and the 2004 Australian anti-terrorism legislation. For the 2004 federal election, it nominated people for ninety-five seats, collected millions of dollars in contributions,[citation needed] and earned 34,177 votes.[citation needed]

The CEC is particularly concerned with Hamiltonian economics and development ideas for Australia. It has been critical of Queen Elizabeth II's ownership of an Australian zinc mine and believes that she exerts control over Australian politics through the use of prerogative power. It has been in an antagonistic relationship with the B'nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation Commission, which has been critical of the CEC for perceived anti-semitism. It has asserted that the Liberal Party is a descendant of the New Guard and other purported fascists such as Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes and Sir Robert Menzies. The CEC also claims to be fighting for "real" Labor policies (from the 1930-40s republican leanings of the Australian Labor Party).

Europe

The LaRouche Movement has a major center in Germany. The Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität (BüSo) (Civil Rights Movement Solidarity) political party is headed by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, LaRouche's wife. It has nominated candidates for elective office and publishes the Neue Solidarität newspaper. Zepp-LaRouche is also the head of the German-based Schiller Institute. In 1986 Zepp-LaRouche formed the "Patriots for Germany" party, and reportedly ran a full slate of 100 candidates. The party received 0.2 percent of the 4 million votes.[144] In Germany, the leader of the Green Party, Petra Kelly, reported receiving harassing phone calls that she attributed to BüSo supporters. Her speeches were picketed and disrupted by LaRouche followers for years.[145]

Jeremiah Duggan, a Jewish student from the UK attending a conference organized by the Schiller Institute and LaRouche Youth Movement in 2003, died in Wiesbaden, Germany, after he ran down a busy road and was hit by several cars. The German police said it appeared to be suicide. A British court ruled out suicide and decided that Duggan had died while "in a state of terror."[146] Duggan's mother believes he died in connection with an attempt to recruit him; a spokesman for the German public prosecution service said the mother simply cannot accept that her son committed suicide.[147] The High Court in London ordered a second inquest in May 2010, which was opened and adjourned.[148]

Solidarité et Progrès, headed by Jacques Cheminade, is the LaRouche party in France. Its newspaper is Nouvelle Solidarité.[149][150] The French LaRouche Youth Movement is headed by Elodie Viennot. Viennot supported the candidacy of Daniel Buchmann for the position of mayor of Berlin.

LaRouche supporters in Stockholm protesting the Treaty of Lisbon.

Sweden has an office of the Schiller Institute: Schillerinstitutet/EAP in Sweden,[151] and the political party European Worker's Party (EAP). The former leader of the EAP, Ulf Sandmark (replaced by Hussein Askary in 2007) started out as a member of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU), and was assigned to investigate (some would say infiltrate) the EAP and the left-posturing ELC. During this time, he was recruited to EAP and had his membership in SSU revoked. Following the Olof Palme assassination on February 28, 1986, the Swedish branch of the EAP came under scrutiny as literature published by the party was found in the apartment of the initial suspect, Victor Gunnarsson. Also, the attacks against Olof Palme run by the LaRouche movement since the beginning of the 1970s made the party a target for investigation. Within weeks of the assassination, NBC television in the U.S. broadcast a story alleging that LaRouche was somehow responsible.[152] Later, the suspect was released.

In Denmark, four candidates for parliament on the LaRouche platform (Tom Gillesberg, Feride Istogu Gillesberg, Hans Schultz and Janus Kramer Møller)[153] won 197 votes in the 2007 election (at least 32,000 votes are needed for a local mandate). The Danish LaRouche Movement (Schiller Instituttet) have recently published their first newspaper, distributing 50,000 around Copenhagen and Aarhus.[154]

The Movimento Solidarietà - Associazione di LaRouche in Italia (MSA) is an Italian political party headed by Paolo Raimondi that supports the LaRouche platform.

Ortrun Cramer of the Schiller Institute became a delegate of the Austrian International Progress Organization in the 1990s, but there is no sign of ongoing relationship.[155][156]

Polish newspapers have reported that Andrzej Lepper, who leads the populist Samoobrona party, was trained at the Schiller Institute and has received funding from LaRouche, though both Lepper and LaRouche deny the connection.[157][158]

In February 2008, the LaRouche movement throughout Europe began a campaign to prevent the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, which according to the U.S.-based LaRouche Political Action Committee "empowers a supranational financial elite to take over the right of taxation and war making, and even restore the death penalty, abolished in most nations of Western Europe."[159] LaRouche press releases suggest that the treaty has an underlying fascist agenda, based on the ideas of Sir Oswald Mosley.[160]

Asia, Middle East, and Africa

The Philippines LaRouche Society calls for fixed exchange rates, US/Philippine withdrawal from Iraq, denunciation of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, and withdrawal of U.S. military advisors from Mindanao. In 2008 it also issued calls for the freezing of foreign debt payments, the operation of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, and the immediate implementation of a national food production program.[161] It has an office in Manila, operates a radio show and says on its website, "Lyndon LaRouche is our civilization's last chance at world peace and development. May God help us." On the matter of internal politics, LaRouche operative Mike Billington wrote in 2004, "The Philippines Catholic Church, too, is divided at the top over the crisis. The Church under Jaime Cardinal Sin, who is now retired, had given its full support to the 'people's power' charade for the overthrow of Marcos and Estrada, but other voices are heard today."[162] Later that year, he wrote that

The U.S.-orchestrated coup which overthrew the government of Philippines' President Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 was a classic case study of what John Perkins describes in his recent book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, as the post-World War II preferred method of imposing colonial control under another name. In the Philippines case, George Shultz performed the roles of both the economic hit man, destroying and taking full control of the Philippine economy, and the coup-master, deposing the Philippine President in favor of an IMF puppet—while calling the operation 'people power.'[163]

According to Billington, representatives of LaRouche's Executive Intelligence Review and Schiller Institute had met with Marcos in 1985, at which time LaRouche was warning that Marcos would be the target of a coup, inspired by George Shultz and neoconservatives in the Reagan administration, because of Marcos' opposition to the policies of the International Monetary Fund.[163] In 1986, LaRouche asserted that Marcos was ousted because he hadn't listened to LaRouche's advice: "he was opposed to me and he fell as a result."[164]

The LaRouche movement is reported to have had close ties to the Ba'ath Party of Iraq.[12][165]

The LaRouche movement, and the Schiller Institute in particular, were reported in 1997 to have campaigned aggressively in support of the National Islamic Front government in Sudan. They organized trips to Sudan for state legislators, which according to the Christian Science Monitor was part of a campaign directed at African Americans.[166]

Periodicals and news agencies

The LaRouche organization has an extensive network of print and online publications for research and advocacy purposes.

Executive Intelligence Review

The LaRouche movement maintains its own press service, Executive Intelligence Review. In 1985 it was referred to by Norman Bailey, a former senior staffer of the National Security Council, as "one of the best private intelligence services in the world."[167] According to its masthead, EIR maintains international bureaus in Bogotá, Berlin, Copenhagen, Lima, Melbourne, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, and Wiesbaden, in addition to various cities in the U.S. EIR staffers have provided testimony to various congressional committees,[168] and an archive of EIR is maintained by the British Library of Political and Economic Science.[169]

In 1996, EIR published the list of MI-6 agents provided by former MI-6 officer Richard Tomlinson.[170]

One element of EIR was the Biological Holocaust Task Force, formed in 1973[171] to study and anticipate the effects of IMF Conditionalities on the populations of the Third World, particularly in Africa.[172] It was headed by Dr. John Grauerholz.[173] The president of EIR News Service is Linda de Hoyos.[174]

Broadcast

In 1986, the LaRouche movement took control over WTRI, a low-powered AM radio station that covered western Maryland, northern Virginia, and parts of West Virginia.[175] It was sold in 1991.[176]

In 1991, the LaRouche movement began producing The LaRouche Connection, a Public-access television cable TV program. Within ten months it was being carried in six states. Dana Scanlon, the producer, said that "We've done shows on the JFK assassination, the 'October Surprise' and shows on economic and cultural affairs". Scanlon won an award for producing more than 30 segments.[177]

Internet

In January 2001, LaRouche began holding regular webcasts every 1–2 months. These were public meetings, broadcast in video, where LaRouche gave a speech, followed by 1–2 hours of Q and A over the internet.[178] In his January 3, 2001 webcast, shortly before the inauguration of George W. Bush, LaRouche warned that the incoming Bush administration would attempt to govern by crisis management, "...in other words, just like the Reichstag fire in Germany."[179]

Other

  • The New Federalist, (U.S.), weekly newspaper
    • New Solidarity International Press Service (NSIPS)
    • NSIPS Speakers Bureau
    • Nouvelle Solidarité, French news agency
    • Neue Solidarität, published by Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität in German
  • Fidelio, a "Journal of Poetry, Science, and Statecraft", published quarterly by Schiller Institute
  • 21st Century Science and Technology is a quarterly magazine covering scientific topics.
  • ΔΥΝΑΜΙΣ (Dynamis), the "Journal of the LaRouche Riemann method of physical economics"[180]

Books and pamphlets

  • LaRouche, Lyndon, The Power of Reason (1980) (autobiography)
  • LaRouche, Lyndon, There Are No Limits to Growth (1983)
  • LaRouche, Lyndon, So, You Wish To Learn All About Economics, (1984)
  • LaRouche, Lyndon, The Power of Reason 1988. (1988)
  • LaRouche, Lyndon, The Science of Christian Economy (1991)

Defunct periodicals

  • New Solidarity
  • Fusion
  • International Journal of Fusion Energy
  • The Loudon County News
  • Investigative Leads
  • War on Drugs
  • The Young Scientist
  • Campaigner Magazine
  • American Labor Beacon
  • Middle East Insider

Cultural, economic, and scientific initiatives

  • New Bretton Woods. Advocates the abandonment of floating exchange rates and the return to Bretton Woods-style fixed rates, with gold, or an equivalent, used as under the gold-reserve system. This is not to be confused with the gold standard, which LaRouche does not support.
  • American System. Espouses a new "American System" of federalized infrastructure projects and national banks and regulation. Named for the historical American System of Henry Clay, but owing more to the ideas of the expansive American School.
  • Eurasian Land Bridge. Lectures and writes on behalf of a "Eurasian land-bridge", a massive high-speed maglev railway project to span continents and re-invigorate industry and commerce.
  • Verdi tuning. Argues in favor of the "Verdi tuning" in classical music, in which A=432 Hz, as opposed to the common practice today of tuning to A=440 Hz.
  • Mars colonization. Recommends colonization of the planet Mars, on similar basis as many others in the field, that human survivability depends on territorial diversification.
  • AIDS epidemic. Demands identification and isolation of HIV carriers, in light of the virus's swift adaptability, which he argues could mutate into a lethal, possibly airborne pandemic, and proposes use of directed energy beams for cure.
  • Strategic Defense Initiative. Supported directed beam weapons for use against ICBMs, and claims credit as the first to propose this to Ronald Reagan. LaRouche does not support rocket-based defensive systems such as anti-ballistic missiles.

Lawsuits

In 1979, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was sued by the U.S. Labor Party, the National Caucus of Labor Committees, and several individuals including Konstandinos Kalimtgis, Jeffrey Steinberg, and David Goldman, who claimed libel, slander, invasion of privacy, and assault on account of the ADL's accusations of anti-Semitism.[181] A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that it was "fair comment" to describe them as anti-Semites.[182][183]

United States v. Kokinda was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1990. The case concerned the First Amendment rights of LaRouche movement members on Post Office property. The Deputy Solicitor General arguing the government's case was future Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts.[184] The Court confirmed the convictions of Marsha Kokinda and Kevin Pearl, volunteers for the National Democratic Policy Committee, finding that the Postal Service's regulation of solicitors was reasonable.[185]

Characterizations

According to a biography produced by the LaRouche-affiliated Schiller Institute, the movement is based on a commitment to "a just new world economic order," specifically "the urgency of affording what have been sometimes termed 'Third World nations,' their full rights to perfect national sovereignty, and to access to the improvement of their educational systems and economies through employment of the most advanced science and technology."[186]

The LaRouche movement has attracted devoted followers and developed some specific and elaborate policy initiatives, but has also been referred to variously as Marxist, fascist, anti-Semitic, a political cult, a personality cult, and a criminal enterprise.[187][188] In 1984, LaRouche's research staff was described by Norman Bailey, a former senior staffer of the United States National Security Council, as "one of the best private intelligence services in the world".[167] The Heritage Foundation calls it "one of the strangest political groups in American history", and The Washington Monthly calls it a "vast and bizarre vanity press".[188]

The LaRouche movement is seen as a fringe political cult.[189]

Journalist and John Birch Society activist John Rees[190] wrote in his Information Digest that the movement has "taken on the characteristics more of a political cult than a political party", and that LaRouche is given "blind obedience" by his followers.[191] He has also called the movement a "cult of personality".[192] In rebuttal, LaRouche called the accusations of being a cult figure "garbage", and denied having control over any of the groups affiliated with him.[191]

According to longtime critics Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons:

Though often dismissed as a bizarre political cult, the LaRouche organization and its various front groups are a fascist movement whose pronouncements echo elements of Nazi ideology. Beginning in the 1970s, the LaRouchites combined populist antielitism with attacks on leftists, environmentalists, feminists, gay men and lesbians, and organized labor. They advocated a dictatorship in which a 'humanist' elite would rule on behalf of industrial capitalists. They developed an idiosyncratic, coded variation on the Illuminati Freemason and Jewish banker conspiracy theories. Their views, though exotic, were internally consistent and rooted in right-wing populist traditions.[193]

In the summer of 2009, LaRouche followers came under criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for comparing President Barack Obama to Hitler. Media figures as politically widespread as Rush Limbaugh and Jon Stewart criticized the comparison.[194]

Organizations

Current organizations

Offices of Executive Intelligence Review, LaRouche PAC, 21st Century Science & Technology, and New Federalist

U.S. businesses

  • PMR Printing, Virginia
  • World Composition Services, Inc. (a.k.a. WorldComp) (Ken Kronberg, former president)
  • New Benjamin Franklin House Publishing Company, Inc., Leesburg, Virginia
  • American System Publications Inc., Los Angeles, California (Maureen Calney, president)
  • Eastern States Distributors Incorporated, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Starr Valenti, president)
  • South East Literature, (South East Political Literature Sales & Distribution, Inc.) Halethorpe, Maryland
  • Southwest Literature Distribution, Houston, Texas (Daniel Leach, president)
  • Midwest Circulation Corp., Chicago, Illinois
  • Hamilton System Distributors, Inc., Ridgefield Park, New Jersey

Defunct organizations

  • African Civil Rights Movement[195]
  • Campaigner Publications, Inc.
  • Caucus Distributors, Inc.
  • Citizens Fact Finding Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations of Children in Nebraska
  • Citizens for Chicago
  • Club of Life
  • Committee Against Genocide
  • Committee for a Fair Election (CFE)
  • Committee for a New Africa Policy
  • Committee to Save the Children in Iraq[14]
  • Computron Technologies
  • Computype (unrelated to other companies of same name)
  • Constitutional Defense Fund
  • European Worker's Party (Germany)
  • FDR PAC
  • Food For Peace Movement[196]
  • Fusion Energy Foundation
  • Hamilton Distribution Systems Inc.
  • Human Rights Fund
  • Humanist Academy
  • Independent Democrats for LaRouche
  • International Workingman's Association
  • John Marshall Distributors
  • Labor Organizers Defense Fund
  • Lafayette Academy for the Arts and Sciences
  • LaRouche for President campaign committees
    • 1992 - Democrats for Economic Recovery – LaRouche in '92
    • 1996 - The Committee to Reverse the Accelerating Global Economic and Strategic Crisis: A LaRouche Exploratory Committee[197]
    • 2000 - LaRouche's Committee for a New Bretton Woods[198]
    • 2004 - LaRouche in 2004
  • Leesburg Security Fund
  • Los Angeles Labor Committee
  • National Anti-Drug Coalition
  • National Labor Committee to Defend Harrison Williams
  • National Unemployed and Welfare Rights Organization (NUWRO)
  • New Benjamin Franklin House Publishing Company
  • North American Labour Party (Canada)
  • Parti pour la république du Canada (Québec)
  • Party for the Commonwealth of Canada
  • PANIC California Proposition 64 (1986)
  • PANIC California Proposition 69 (1988)
  • Revolutionary Youth Movement
  • The LaRouche Campaign (TLC)
  • U.S. Labor Party

People

Members

Members of the LaRouche movement are variously known as "LaRouchies",[199] "LaRouchians",[200] "LaRouchites",[201] or "LaRouchers".[202] The LaRouche Political Action Committee website refers to "members" and "volunteers".[203]

According to the Washington Post, LaRouche has told his followers that they are "golden souls", a term from The Republic of Plato.[204] In his 1979 autobiography he contrasted the "golden souls" to "the poor donkeys, the poor sheep, whose consciousness is dominated by the infantile world-outlook of individual sensuous life".[205] According to Dennis King, LaRouche believed that cadres "must be intellectually of a superior breed—a philosophical elite as well as a political vanguard".[58] In 1986, LaRouche said during an interview, "What I represent is a growing movement. The movement is becoming stronger all the time..."[206]

During the criminal trials of the late 1980s, LaRouche called upon his followers to be martyrs, saying that their "honorable deeds shall be legendary in the tales told to future generations". Senior members refused plea agreements that involved guilty pleas as those would have been black marks on the movement.[207]

Former members report that life within the LaRouche movement is highly regulated. A former member of the security staff wrote in 1979 that members could be expelled for masturbating or using marijuana. Members who failed to achieve their fundraising quotas or otherwise showed signs as disloyal behavior were subjected to "ego stripping" sessions.[40] Members, even spouses, were encouraged to inform on each other, according to an ex-member.[208] Although LaRouche was officially opposed to abortion, a former member testified that women were encouraged to have abortions because "you can't have children during a revolution."[28] Another source said some group leaders coerced members into having abortions.[208] John Judis, writing in The National Review, stated that LaRouche followers worked 16-hour days for little wages.[209]

Former members have reported receiving harassing calls or indirect death threats.[40][128] They say they have been called traitors. New Solidarity ran obituaries for three living former members.[128] Internal memos have reportedly contained a variety of dismissive terms for ex-followers.[128] One former member said that becoming a follower of LaRouche is "like entering the Bizarro World of the Superman comic books" which makes sense so long as one remains inside the movement.[146]

In 1992, the father of Lewis du Pont Smith, an adult member of the Du Pont family who had joined the LaRouche movement, was indicted along with four associates for planning to have his son and daughter-in-law abducted and "deprogrammed". The incident resulted in serious legal repercussions but no criminal convictions for those indicted, including private investigator Galen Kelly. The father also successfully had his son declared "incompetent" to manage his financial affairs in order to block him from possibly turning over his inheritance to the LaRouche organization.[210]

Kenneth Kronberg, who had been a leading member of the movement, committed suicide in 2007, reportedly because of financial issues concerning the movement.[188] His widow, Marielle (Molly) Kronberg, had also been a longtime member. She gave an interview to Chip Berlet in 2007 in which she made critical comments about the LaRouche movement. She was quoted as saying, "I'm worried that the organization may be in danger of becoming a killing machine."[211] In 2004 and 2005, Kronberg made contributions of $1,501 to the Republican National Committee and the election campaign of George W. Bush,[188][212] despite the LaRouche movement's opposition to the Bush administration. According to journalist Avi Klein, LaRouche felt that this "foreshadowed her treachery to the movement."[188] Kronberg had been a member of the movement's governing National Committee since 1982 and was convicted of fraud during the LaRouche criminal trials.[213]

Associates and managers

Political candidates

Researchers, writers, spokespersons

Former associates

  • Nicholas F. Benton, aide to LaRouche, Washington D.C. bureau chief, and White House Correspondent for Executive Intelligence Review.
  • Ortrum Cramer, a member of the management of the Schiller Institute[234]
  • Robert Dreyfuss, co-author of Hostage to Khomeini
  • F. William Engdahl, author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order
  • Roy Frankhouser, security consultant (deceased)
  • David P. Goldman, a.k.a. Spengler, co-author of The Ugly Truth About Milton Friedman[235] and Dope, Inc.: Britain's Opium War against the U.S.[236]
  • Laurent Murawiec, former contributor and editor of Executive Information Review (deceased)[237]
  • Alejandro Peña Esclusa, Venezuelan politician[238][239]
  • Webster Tarpley, co-author of The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush, former president of the Schiller Institute in the U.S.

Notes

  1. ^ King 1989, pp. 132–133.
  2. ^ Toner, Robin (April 4, 1986). "LaRouche savors fame that may ruin him". The New York Times: p. A1. http://www.nytimes.com/1986/04/04/us/larouche-savors-fame-that-may-ruin-him.html?scp=1&sq=LaRouche%20Savors%20Fame%20That%20May%20Ruin%20Him&st=cse. 
  3. ^ Bennett, David Harry (1988). The party of fear: from nativist movements to the New Right in American history. UNC Press Books. p. 362. ISBN 9780807817728. 
  4. ^ Estill, Robert (March 23, 1986). "3-time fringe presidential hopeful LaRouche remains an enigma". The San Diego Union: p. A.15. 
  5. ^ a b "SaukValley.com - Serving Dixon, Sterling & Rock Falls". Saukvalley.com. http://www.saukvalley.com/articles/2007/11/02/news/state/293146607163817.txt. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  6. ^ "THOMPSON WINS BACK RESPECT" Steve Neal and Daniel Egler. Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Ill.: November 6, 1986. pg. 1
  7. ^ Chip Berlet and Joel Bellman, Fascism Wrapped in an American Flag, Political Research Associates. See also, Dennis King, Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism, p. 373-375.
  8. ^ Chaitkin, Anton, "Why the Democratic Party Failed To Function in This Crisis,"EIR, April 18, 2003
  9. ^ Rangel, Jesus. "Democratic Party News - The New York Times - Narrowed by 'LAROUCHE, LYNDON HERMYLE JR'". Topics.nytimes.com. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/d/democratic_party/index.html?query=LAROUCHE,%20LYNDON%20HERMYLE%20JR&field=per&match=exact. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  10. ^ ROBISON, CLAY (February 4, 1989). "LaRouchite loses slot over anti-Dukakis stance". Houston Chronicle: p. 21. 
  11. ^ BERRY, JASON (February 24, 1991). "Right-wingers inject themselves into anti-war movement". St. Petersburg Times: p. 8.D. 
  12. ^ a b Johnson, George (1983). Architects of fear: conspiracy theories and paranoia in American politics. Los Angeles; Boston: J.P. Tarcher; Distributed by Houghton Mifflin. p. 208. ISBN 0874772753 : 9780874772753. 
  13. ^ Donegan, Craig (March 3, 1991). "Cacophony rises from anti-war protests". San Antonio Express-News (San Antonio, Tex.): p. 03.M. 
  14. ^ a b Jahn, Ed (June 13, 1991). "Group urges end to Iraq sanctions". The San Diego Union: p. B.8.5.6. 
  15. ^ Bar-Illan, David (March 29, 1991). "FANTASIES". Jerusalem Post: p. 08. 
  16. ^ Gelbspan, Ross (January 22, 1991). "Peace activists express concern about anti-Semites in movement". Boston Globe. 
  17. ^ "THE 2000 ELECTIONS: WEST". New York Times. 2000-11-08. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940CE4D91E39F93BA35752C1A9669C8B63. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  18. ^ "LYM Member Cody Jones Honored at L.A. County Democratic Party Awards Dinner | LaRouche Political Action Committee". Larouchepac.com. http://www.larouchepac.com/pages/otherartic_files/2006/060626_cody_jones.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-23. [dead link]
  19. ^ "LaRouche Youth Movement Wins a California Democratic Leadership Post | LaRouche Political Action Committee". Larouchepac.com. http://www.larouchepac.com/pages/breaking_news/2007/04/27/quincy.shtml. Retrieved 2008-11-23. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Older Generation Steps Aside to Allow the Youth to Take Political Leadership | LaRouche Political Action Committee". Larouchepac.com. http://www.larouchepac.com/pages/breaking_news/2007/04/28/wyneal.shtml. Retrieved 2008-11-23. [dead link]
  21. ^ LaRouche follower returns to Capitol The State Journal-Register, November 02 2007, archived on January 25, 2008 from the original
  22. ^ Schultz 2009.
  23. ^ McNerthney, Casey. LaRouche supporter threatened for linking Obama to Hitler, Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 14, 2009.
  24. ^ Barney Frank goes toe to toe at health care town hall, CNN, August 19, 2009; video
  25. ^ District 22 Dems go for Rogers, Galveston County Daily News, March 3, 2010
  26. ^ Victory for the Democrat who wants Obama impeached, Houston Press, March 2, 2010.
  27. ^ Springston (1986)
  28. ^ a b LaRouche Group, Long on the Political Fringe Gets Mainstream Scrutiny After Illinois Primary By Ellen Hume. Wall Street Journal. (Eastern edition). New York, N.Y.: Mar 28, 1986. pg. 1
  29. ^ THE GAME'S UP FOR LAROUCHE; Stephen Chapman. Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext). Chicago, Ill.: Mar 30, 1986. pg. 3
  30. ^ SCOTT KRAFT, LARRY GREEN. Two LaRouche Illinois Victories Stun Democrats. Los Angeles Times March 20, 1986:1.
  31. ^ "THE LAROUCHE NETWORK " Milton R. Copulos Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation, July 19, 1984
  32. ^ a b c Blum & Montgomery (1979)
  33. ^ Johnson, George (1983). Architects of fear : conspiracy theories and paranoia in American politics. Los Angeles; Boston: J.P. Tarcher ; Distributed by Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0874772753 : 9780874772753.), pp. 191–192.
  34. ^ Raid Stirs Reports of LaRouche's Dark Side; Kevin Roderick, Los Angeles Times. San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco, Calif.: Oct 14, 1986.
  35. ^ Foreword to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition, by R. Brian Ferguson. Women of the forest By Yolanda Murphy Columbia University Press, 2004 p xv ISBN 0-231-13233-6, 9780231132336
  36. ^ LaRouche, Lyndon (1987). The Power of Reason: An Autobiography. Executive Intelligence Review. p. 117. ISBN 9780943235004. 
  37. ^ Nat Hentoff, Of Thugs and Liars, the Village Voice, 1/24/74, p. 8; Paul L. Montgomery, "How a Radical-Left Group Moved Toward Savagery," New York Times, 1/20/74, p. 1; James C. Hyatt, "A Communist Group Uses Fists and Epithets To Battle U.S. Unions," Wall Street Journal, 10/7/75; "An Introduction to NCLC: "The Word is Beware," Liberation New Service, #599, 3/23/74; Charles M. Young, "Mind Control, Political Violence & Sexual Warfare: Inside the NCLC," Crawdaddy, June 1976, p. 48-56; Chronology of Labor Committee Attacks, issued by New York Committee to Stop Terrorist Attacks, 1973; Articles and photographs in the Daily World, the Militant, Workers Power, the Fifth Estate, the Boston Phoenix, and the Drummer.
  38. ^ a b "Look at This: Communist Party Needs 'Trotskyist' Goons!," New Solidarity, Vol. IV, No. 4, April 30 May 4, 1973 (Published Weekly by the National Caucus of Labor Committees), pp. 1, 4-5.
  39. ^ King 1989, pp. 23–24.
  40. ^ a b c d Rose, Gregory F (March 30, 1979). "The Swarmy Life and Times of the NCLC". The National Review. 
  41. ^ "Marx & the Outlaws Recruiting in the ghetto" Howard Blum, Village Voice, New York, June 6, 1974
  42. ^ King 1989, pp. 33–34.
  43. ^ "Newark Police Arrest Ten in Council Chamber Fight", Richard Phalon, September 6, 1973 The New York Times
  44. ^ a b Jack Anderson and Les Whitten, January 30, 1978, Chillicothe Constitution Tribune
  45. ^ a b "Five LaRouche Groups, Aides Charged in Fraud". KEVIN RODERICK, 'Los Angeles Times October 7, 1986, pg. 1
  46. ^ Steinberg, Jeffrey; The Washington Post's and KKK-Katie Graham's 25-Year War Against LaRouche
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