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LaRouche Says 'Georgie Porgie And Hitler' Running Government And Leading World Into Global Disaster
by: Greg Szymanski

He likes to call President Bush “Georgie Porgie” and Vice President Cheney “Hitler in a bunker.” He considers Bush a half-wit and a “nominal President” while classifying Cheney, actually in control of the country, as trigger-happy and a Hitler-type mad-hatter.

And put “Georgie Porgie” and Hitler together in the same Oval Office and according to Lyndon LaRouche, former Labor Party presidential candidate and controversial international political figure, it’s the perfect recipe for global disaster, economic chaos and martial law, the likes of which are unimaginable to most Americans clinging to the last remnants of prosperity, democracy and freedom.

But LaRouche, 84, using his vast economic and political experience as a guide, claims Bush and Cheney aren’t the real problem, but just willing mouthpieces for a syndicate of wealthy international bankers pulling the strings and controlling the White House.

“These guys are not important. Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are just the willing stooges,” said LaRouche this week in a telephone conversation from his Vermont headquarters where he operates his latest political organization called LaRouche Political Action Committee (PAC).

“These bankers are in danger of losing power since the economic system they created years ago is finally collapsing. They are at the end of their string after playing the funny money game for so long.

“Now, they are saying ‘we can’t have democracy and we need a dictatorship’ in order that they can control what’s left after the fall. This is why things are moving so fast now. Bush and company are in a race to create a dictatorship before everything collapses or people catch on to what they are trying to do.”

And LaRouche says after fighting the good fight for so many years, it his role now to “clog up the works” and alert America of the evil within since most all politicians and media commentators have “become gutless” and unable to fight for the truth.

“There isn’t much in the way of guts on Capital Hill,” said LaRouche. “The World War II generation would have never let this happen.”

Providing a powerful combination of blows with plenty of guts to both the character and integrity of Bush and Cheney, he added:

“Here you have a guy (Cheney) who is a real jerk and a Vietnam-era draft dodger. What you really have is a chicken hawk planning wars with no military background whatsoever. And then there is a psychopath for a President, the combination of which makes for a very dangerous situation.”

And in a recent August 1 radio interview with James White on the number one British commercial station, he elaborated on his views towards the nation’s top leaders:

“Bush is a man of limited intellect, and limited comprehension of what's going on around him. To some things he reacts passionately. To other things he reacts with a very curious indifference to reality. As, for example, when you have a President of the United States, who says that U.S. government bonds, which are part of the essential security system of the international monetary system, and says they're nothing but worthless pieces of paper, you know you have a President who is not quite all there.

“And in that situation, a fellow like Cheney, rising as Vice President way beyond the Constitutional limits of what a Vice President is allowed to do, is serving, actually, as an acting President. He's taking over. And I don't think George W. Bush really understands what going on.”

Although some may claim LaRouche, known for his over-the-top statements, is over-reacting, others claim the exceptionally talented economic and political forecaster is right on target with his recent prediction that America is only months, if not weeks away, from a another 9/11-like attack as well as nuclear war in Iran.

Recently after checking meticulously with numerous inside Washington sources including a high-ranking former U.S intelligence official, LaRouche put out a “world wide” red alert covering the period of August 2005.

In his alert distributed widely on the internet, The American Conservative Magazine originally claimed Cheney had already ordered the Stategic Command (STRATCOM) to prepare contingency plans for a conventional and tactical nuclear strike against hundreds of targets in Iran in the event of a “new 9/11-style attack on the U.S.

Following the initial report LaRouche then verified it with reports from highly qualified Congressional and military sources, who have confirmed the essential elements of the original story , adding the Iran plans are not merely contingency studies, but represent the policy intentions of Cheney.

“Time is of the essence,” said LaRouche. “The administration is on a fast and furious time schedule and that’s why something is going to happen in August or September. I foresee even a bigger attack than 9/11 and what they are planning is a shock-effect to the public conscience in order to take control. It is my intention to try and get them out of office before that happens.”

Gaining political prominence in the 1960’s, LaRouche originally known for his economic expertise, he has always been at odds with the traditional ruling families formerly connected with the New England opium traders and Manhattan bankers who follow in the tradition of Martin Van Buren and J.P. Morgan as well as those still clinging to the tradition of southern slave-holding.

Although the roots of differing economic theories rest deep in history and philosophical thought, LaRouche attempted to bring America’s failing economic situation into terms understood by everyone.

“After World War II, we maintained for years the world’s most powerful economy despite our foolish mistakes,” said LaRouche. “America was then put through a series of shocks with the Kennedy assassination and Vietnam while all the time the economy shifting from being an industrial, production based system to essentially a service economy.

“Now, we have white collar crooks running the country, guys who have destroyed the economy. For 40 years, we've been destroying the U.S. economy. We are now, still, nominally, the masters of a world monetary system, by virtue of the dollar. We're crashing the dollar. And the whole thing is about to come down, because of these financial derivatives kinds of nonsense, as typified by the hedge-funds crisis.

“We're sitting there, like idiots! We got ourselves into this mess: We destroyed our industry; we destroyed our agriculture; we're living off the back of the rest of the world—and we think we can go on like this forever? No. Certain countervailing things begin to come in and hit us, after, say, 40 years of lunacy.”

Concerning 9/11 and the 7/7 London bombings, Larouche thinks they both were inside government jobs, creating the necessary fear an intimidation need to lead a population into an eventual dictatorship.

Claiming the Bush and Blair governments have caused their own Reichstag fire, LaRouche claims what happened to the German people during the Nazi era is similar to what is now being played out in America.

“Remember, people first laughed at Hitler, saying he never could rise to power. But then Hermann Goering set fire to the Reichstag and dictatorial powers were granted to Hitler,” said LaRouche.

“Now we have people like Cheney, who are thinking like some of those behind Hitler then, thinking they can pull off an operation, and they have no comprehension—remember, Cheney is a draft-dodger, and here he is planning wars! And this kind of situation is the danger.

“Sensible people, around the world, know that warfare, except for defense, is a pointless operation in this day and age. The consequences are immense. There are other ways, and better ways that we can handle security problems, than going to general war simply because we're angry.”

Besides war, LaRouche thinks if Bush and his cronies were removed from power, there still is a fighting chance to save America and its economic future. Although LaRouche admits there is very little “guts: on Capital Hill, he is still trying to convince a small minority “of true patriots” in the Senate to block the Bush administration push towards martial law and a totalitarian state.

“I am essentially carrying the spear and trying to clog up the works for those on the hill who won’t come forward publicly,” said LaRouche, who is trying to use every avenue to divert the Bush administration push towards a global conflict.

Seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination without success on six occasions and running for President in 1976 as the U.S. Labor Party candidate, LaRouche has been target for harassment and litigation by the establishment on numerous occasions.

Convicted and sentenced on conspiracy charges in in the late 1980’s in what critics call a political hatchet job, German law specialist, Professor Freidrich A. Freiherr vo der Heydte, said:

"Everything we have been able to find out about the trial against Lyndon H. LaRouche, has been yet another painful reminder that the exploitation of the judicial system for the achievement of political ends, is unfortunately a method used repeatedly today in the West as well as the East."

Also, commenting on the injustice behind the LaRouche charges and conviction was former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, described the case as representing "a broader range of deliberate cunning and systematic misconduct over a longer period of time utilizing the power of the Federal government than any other prosecution by the U.S. Government in my time or to my knowledge."

Author: farfalakis Thu, Sep 21st, 2006 05:55:12 AM

Lyndon LaRouche on a rug discussion board? I suppose he's a Turkoman collector. For all of youwho don't know him here is an article from Wikipedia. LaRouche is the son of Lyndon H. LaRouche, Sr. (June 1, 1896 - December 1983)[5] and Jessie Lenore Weir (November 12, 1893 - August 1978) [6]), a descendant of Elder Brewster from the Mayflower and other prominent Yankee families on her mother's side[7]. He was born on September 8, 1922, in Rochester, New Hampshire, the oldest of three children. He attended the School Street elementary school until 1936, when the family moved to Lynn, Massachusetts, after his father, an immigrant from Quebec, resigned from his job as a shoe salesman at the United Shoe Machinery Corporation in Rochester to set up his own business, becoming, as LaRouche's biography states, "a technologist and internationally active consultant in the footwear industry." LaRouche grew up speaking French and German, as well as English. According to his biographer, Dennis King, LaRouche has described his childhood as that of "an egregious child, I wouldn't say an ugly duckling but a nasty duckling" ([6]p.4). King writes that LaRouche had learned to read by the age of five, and was called "Big Head" by the other children at school. He was also bullied, after being told by his parents, who were both Quakers, that under no circumstances could he fight with other children even in self-defense. This advice led to "years of hell" for him from bullies at school[6], as a result of which he spent much of his time alone, taking long walks and finding solace in the works of Descartes, Leibniz, and Kant, later describing the bullies in his autobiography The Power of Reason as "unwitting followers of David Hume" ([6]p.5). LaRouche enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston, but dropped out in 1942 after receiving poor grades. As a Quaker, he was at first a conscientious objector during World War II, joining a Civilian Public Service camp where King reports that he "promptly joined a small faction at odds with the administrators," ([6], p. 6), but in 1944 he joined the United States Army as a non-combatant, serving in medical units in India and Burma. During this period, he read works by Karl Marx and became a Marxist. While travelling home from India on the troop ship SS General Bradley in 1946, he met Don Merrill, a fellow soldier, who was also from Lynn. Merrill won LaRouche over to Trotskyism on the journey home. Back in the United States, LaRouche attempted to resume his education at Northeastern, intending to major in physics, but again dropped out, because of what he called academic "philistinism" ([6] p.7). [edit] 1948–1968 LaRouche and Trotskyism In 1948, LaRouche returned to Lynn after dropping out of college and began attending meetings of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP)'s Lynn branch. He joined the party the next year, adopting the pseudonym Lyn Marcus for his political work. LaRouche obtained work as a management consultant in New York City, advising companies on how to use computers to maximise efficiency and speed up production. In 1954, he married fellow SWP member Janice Neuberger. By 1961, the LaRouches lived in a large apartment on Central Park West. His activity in the internal life of the SWP was minimal due to his preoccupation with his career. LaRouche remained in the SWP until his expulsion in 1965. He now maintains that he was soon disillusioned with Marxism, dropped out of the SWP in the mid-1950s, and only resumed his activism at the prompting of the FBI citing national security concerns. In an interview on the Pacifica Radio network, LaRouche claims that he returned to the SWP because he believed that only the Left was likely to combat what he calls the "utopian" danger coming from the Right, typified by the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. His ex-wife and other SWP members from that time dispute this. During these years LaRouche developed his interests in economics, cybernetics, psychoanalysis, business management and other subjects. Janice left him in 1963 (they had one son, Daniel, born in 1956) and, in the late 1960s, she became a leader of the New York City branch of the National Organization for Women. In 1964, while still in the SWP, LaRouche became a supporter of a faction called the Revolutionary Tendency, which had been expelled from the party and was under the influence of the British Trotskyist leader Gerry Healy, leader of the British Socialist Labour League. Those familiar with the Left in this period believe that LaRouche was heavily influenced by Healy's catastrophism. For six months, LaRouche worked closely with American Healyite leader Tim Wohlforth, who later wrote: LaRouche had a gargantuan ego. Convinced he was a genius, he combined his strong conviction in his own abilities with an arrogance expressed in the cadences of upper-class New England. He assumed that the comment in the Communist Manifesto that "a small section of the ruling class cuts itself adrift, and joins the revolutionary class…" was written specifically for him. And he believed that the working class was lucky to obtain his services. LaRouche possessed a marvelous ability to place any world happening in a larger context, which seemed to give the event additional meaning, but his thinking was schematic, lacking factual detail and depth. It was contradictory. His explanations were a bit too pat, and his mind worked so quickly that I always suspected his bravado covered over superficiality. He had an answer for everything. Sessions with him reminded me of a parlor game: present a problem, no matter how petty, and without so much as blinking his eye, LaRouche would dream up the solution.[8] In 1965, LaRouche left Wohlforth's group and joined the Spartacist League, which had split with Wohlforth. He left after a few months and wrote a letter to the SWP declaring that all factions and sections of the Trotskyist Fourth International were dead, and announcing that he and his new common-law wife, Carol Larrabee (also known as Carol Schnitzer), were going to build the Fifth International. In 1966, the couple joined the New Left Committee for Independent Political Action and formed a branch in New York's West Village. He began giving classes for the New York Free School on dialectical materialism and attracted around him a group of graduate students from Columbia University, many of whom were involved with the Maoist Progressive Labor (PL) group, itself very prominent in the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In the 1988 version of his autobiography, LaRouche writes that he was not really a Marxist when he gave his lecture at the Free School, but that he merely used his familiarity with Marxism as a "passport" in order to win students away from the New Left counterculture which, he claims, was financed for nefarious purposes by the Ford Foundation. LaRouche's movement was heavily involved in the 1968 student strike and occupation of Columbia and attempted to win control of the university's SDS and PL branches by putting forward a political program linking student struggles with those of blacks in Harlem. His growing following allowed him to create a third tendency within the SDS competing with the two dominant tendencies, the "Action Faction," led by Mark Rudd (which soon became the Weather Underground) and the "Praxis Axis," which saw students as the vanguard of the revolution. LaRouche organized his faction as the "SDS Labor Committee". He criticized SDS, and the New Left in general, for being too oriented toward the counterculture and not enough toward labor. He held meetings in the Columbia area. Wohlforth attended one and writes: Twenty to 30 students would gather in a large apartment and sit on the floor surrounding LaRouche, who now sported a very shaggy beard. The meeting would sometimes go on as long as seven hours. It was difficult to tell where discussions of tactics left off and educational presentation began. Encouraging the students, LaRouche gave them esoteric assignments, such as searching through the writings of Georges Sorel to discover Rudd's anarchistic origins, or studying Rosa Luxemburg's The Accumulation of Capital. Since SDS was strong on spirit and action but rather bereft of theory, the students appeared to thoroughly enjoy this work.[8] [edit] 1969–1973 NCLC, and "Operation Mop-up" Lyndon LaRouche speakingAfter its expulsion from the SDS in 1969 the SDS Labor Committee became the National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC). Despite its name, it had no significant connection with the labor movement and viewed intellectuals as the revolutionary vanguard. According to Dennis King, NCLC's internal life was highly regimented. Members gave up their jobs and private lives and became entirely devoted to the group and its leader. The movement developed an internal discipline technique, "ego stripping," which was intended to reinforce conformity and loyalty to LaRouche.[6] Around this time there were reports in The New York Times and other newspapers of LaRouche members being kidnapped and forced to admit to being brainwashed. The LaRouche group announced at a national conference it had discovered a brainwashing or assassination plot by the CIA and KGB involving top member Chris White, a 26-year-old British national who had married LaRouche's ex-girlfriend, Carol Schnitzer, before moving with her to London to organize a British branch of the NCLC.[6][1] King continues: "…members from across the country had gathered in New York for the conference. The suspense began to mount as alarming rumors emanated from LaRouche's apartment. It was said that White had been tortured and brainwashed in a London basement by the CIA and British intelligence, who had programmed him first to kill his wife upon the utterance of a trigger word and then to finger LaRouche for assassination by Cuban exile frogmen. LaRouche mobilized the entire NCLC. They passed out fliers on a massive scale in New York and other cities, describing White's alleged tortures in lurid detail. The national office issued over forty press releases in a two-week period. LaRouche and the Whites filed a complaint with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and launched a lawsuit against the CIA. NCLC members frantically solicited their parents and friends to serve on an Emergency Commission of Inquiry. King: pp. 27-28 [6]. Following this, the NCLC adopted violent and disruptive tactics under LaRouche's direction. According to articles in the Village Voice and other publications, NCLC members physically attacked meetings of the Communist Party, and later of the SWP and other groups who were classed by LaRouche as "left-protofascists." These attacks were called "Operation Mop-up." According to Dennis King, some ex-NCLC members who left the group at this time say that LaRouche was studying the career of Adolf Hitler and consciously adopting the tactics of the early Nazi Party. The NCLC claimed that they acted in self-defense, even though all other accounts say that it was the NCLC that initiated the violence. LaRouche writes that "the FBI was orchestrating its assets in the leadership of the Communist Party U.S.A., to bring about my personal 'elimination',"[8], citing a document obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. [9] Some of LaRouche's most outspoken opponents are to be found among those who remained in the Left, after LaRouche and his followers had moved away from Marxism. According to Tim Wohlforth and Dennis Tourish: The parallel between LaRouche's thinking and that of the classical fascist model is striking. LaRouche, like Mussolini and Hitler before him, borrowed from Marx yet changed his theories fundamentally. Most important, Marx's internationalist outlook was abandoned in favor of a narrow nation-state perspective. Marx's goal of abolishing capitalism was replaced by the model of a totalitarian state that directs an economy where ownership of the means of production is still largely in public hands. The corporations and their owners remain in place but have to take their orders from LaRouche. Hitler called the schema "national socialism". LaRouche hopes the term "the American System" will be more acceptable." LaRouche consistently denounces the economic and other policies of Mussolini and Hitler in his writings and speeches.[10][11] He makes clear that the model he advocates is that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The NCLC engaged in activity such as associating with the far-right Liberty Lobby[6]. [edit] 1971–1979 A 1973 internal FBI letter recommended that, as part of its COINTELPRO, the FBI provide anonymous aid to a background investigation by the Communist Party USA, which wanted to eliminate LaRouche as a political threat.On December 2, 1971 LaRouche engaged in a spirited debate with leading Keynesian economist Abba Lerner at Queens College, in New York City. The debate pertained to arguments put forward in a leaflet by LaRouche's National Caucus of Labor Committees, specifically on the questions of the wage and price controls and austerity policies being put into place at that time by the Nixon administration, and by Brazil's military regime. Lerner offered a qualified defense of those policies. LaRouche supporters claim that LaRouche won the debate decisively, and that Lerner's friend, the famed philosopher Sidney Hook attended the debate and stated, "LaRouche won the debate" but "will lose much more as a result of that."[12] LaRouche interpreted Hook's remark to mean that the "establishment" in economics departments in academia would unite against him and no longer debate him, for fear of another upset. [13] Also in 1971, LaRouche founded the U.S. Labor Party as a vehicle for electoral politics, maintaining that both the major parties had abandoned the American System economic policies that the LaRouche organization had embraced (LaRouche names Republican Abraham Lincoln and Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt as exemplars of this school of thought). LaRouche argued that his theoretical developments in physical economics made clear that the American System was the system of political economy best suited to make nations credit-worthy producer economies. In 1971, LaRouche organized the New Solidarity International Press Service as a wire service for his publications. He founded the weekly Executive Intelligence Review and co-founded the Fusion Energy Foundation. By the mid-1970s, LaRouche and his movement were no longer promoting a socialist agenda. Readings of Marx and Lenin were off the reading list of LaRouche's followers, to be replaced by texts by Alexander Hamilton, Friedrich Schiller and Plato. A key factor in the shift may be found in the published articles of NCLC Executive Committee member Allen Salisbury on Henry Carey and the American System school of political economy, culminating in his book, The Civil War and the American System. The LaRouche organization, after some deliberation and dissent, adopted Salisbury's thesis, that the American System approach was different from, and superior to, either Marxism or laissez-faire capitalism, and the organization's publications rapidly reflected this re-assessment. Another book was published, a collection of source documents entitled The Political Economy of the American Revolution. LaRouche also became a strong advocate of nuclear energy and directed energy technologies for ballistic missile defense. In 1974, a former member of LaRouche's U.S. Labor Party, Gregory Rose, published an article in National Review alleging that LaRouche had established contacts with Palestinian political organizations such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and also with the Iraqi mission to the United Nations in New York. These contacts culminated in LaRouche's visit to Baghdad in 1975, during which he made a presentation to the Baath Party conference on the topic of his "Oasis Plan," a proposal for Arab-Israeli peace based on the joint construction of massive water projects. LaRouche has also maintained contacts and meetings with Israeli peace activists including Nahum Goldmann (1978), then head of the World Jewish Congress, and a meeting with Abba Eban, former Israeli representative to the UN. During 1975, LaRouche's newspaper New Solidarity began running articles favourable to Iraq, and extensively quoting Saddam Hussein, at that time Iraq's vice-president. Rose also alleged that LaRouche at this time was in contact with Soviet diplomats. In 1976, he ran for President of the United States as a U.S. Labor Party candidate, polling 40,043 votes (0.05%). This campaign was the first to broadcast a paid half-hour television address, which gave LaRouche the opportunity to air his views before a national audience. This was to become a regular feature of later campaigns during the 1980s and 1990s. In a September 24, 1976 op-ed in the Washington Post, entitled "NCLC: A Domestic Political Menace," Stephen Rosenfeld wrote: "We of the press should be chary of offering them print or air time. There is no reason to be too delicate about it: Every day we decide whose voices to relay. A duplicitous violence prone group with fascistic proclivities should not be presented to the public unless there is reason to present it in those terms." In 1977 he married Helga Zepp, a German political activist. LaRouche asserts that much of the hostile characterizations of him and his ideas that came during this period was the result of a coordinated attack on the LaRouche movement, in conjunction with an FBI program named COINTELPRO. [14] Beginning in 1979, the LaRouche movement has also conducted some of its activities within the framework of the Democratic Party, despite the disapproval of the Democratic National Committee. Beginning in the late 1970s, the Heritage Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, and The New York Times began publishing material highly critical of the LaRouche organization, which LaRouche claims was part of a "defamatory campaign [which] laid the political groundwork for a later, new wave of corrupt Justice Department operations launched at, once again, the instigation of Henry Kissinger." [15] In 1981, journalists Russ Bellant, Chip Berlet, and Dennis King released a set of documents to the press which they claimed revealed a pattern of potentially illegal activity by LaRouche and his followers. [16] They called for government investigations. Dennis King and Chip BerletChip Berlet wrote his first of several articles about LaRouche in 1979 for the Chicago Sun Times. LaRouche sued Berlet and King for defamation, along with NBC News and the Anti-Defamation League, but LaRouche lost the case, and the same jury awarded damages to NBC. A New York Supreme Court ruled in a defamation suit brought by LaRouche that it is "fair comment" to describe LaRouche as an anti-Semite. [edit] 1980s Despite having become a registered Democrat, LaRouche was harshly critical of Jimmy Carter in the November 1980 election, with whom he had competed for the Democratic Party nomination. LaRouche had become interested in the possible uses of lasers and other directed energy weapons during the 1970s. When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, LaRouche sought to share his knowledge with the new administration, hoping that these weapons could be used against nuclear missiles. LaRouche and his representatives met with Reagan administration Energy Secretary Donald Hodel, Interior Secretary James G. Watt, Science Adviser Dr. George Keyworth, and State Department official Richard Morris in early 1981. Later that year Lyndon and Helga Zepp-LaRouche met with CIA Deputy Director Bobby Ray Inman. Long-time LaRouche supporter and former head of German Military Intelligence, General Paul-Albert Scherer, has said: "In the Spring of 1982 here in the Soviet Embassy there were very important secret talks that were held.… The question was: Did the United States and the Soviet Union wish jointly to develop an anti-ballistic missile defense that would have made nuclear war impossible? Then, in August, you had this very sharp Soviet rejection of the entire idea.… I have discussed this thoroughly with the developer, the originator of this idea, who is the scientific-technological strategic expert, Lyndon LaRouche. The [Soviet] rejection came in August, and at that point the American President Reagan decided to push this entire thing out into the public eye, so he made his speech of March 1983." General Paul-Albert Scherer (ret.), Press Conference at the National Press Club, Washington, DC., May 6, 1992;[17] A military specialist who advocated the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), retired Lt. General Daniel O. Graham, has complained about the LaRouche attempts to take credit for SDI. "They also mounted a furious attack on me personally. Even today I get mail asking if I'm in league with LaRouche," said Graham. [18] LaRouche countered, "President Reagan's initial version of SDI was consistent with what I had introduced into U.S.-Soviet back-channel discussions over the period beginning February 1982. However, immediately thereafter, the mice went to work. Daniel Graham, the leading opponent of SDI up to that time, now proclaimed himself the virtual author of the policy, and was used, thereafter, to remove all of the crucial elements from the original policy." [19] There is no independent verification outside of LaRouche group media, however, of the claim that LaRouche originated or played a major role in the development of "Star Wars" missile defense. LaRouche opposed Reagan's support for Britain in the Falklands War (LaRouche referred to the war by the Argentine name, the Malvinas War), arguing that the policy was in violation of the Monroe Doctrine. LaRouche also strongly opposed the Reagan Administration's arming of the Nicaraguan Contras. He also opposed the zero-growth policies of the Club of Rome and formed a countergroup named "Club of Life" on the issue. LaRouche has also had contact with some foreign leaders. On May 23, 1982, he met with Mexican President José López Portillo, and advised him to suspend foreign debt payments (which was done in August 1982), and to declare exchange controls and nationalize Mexico's banks (done in September 1982). In 1982, U.S. News and World Report sued for damages, alleging that LaRouche reporters were impersonating its reporters in phone calls. Lyndon LaRouche and his aide, Jeffrey Steinberg, gave depositions that revealed that their policy was for reporters to only pretend to be from non-existing publications, and that they had infiltrated the campaigns of competing presidential nominees. Without admitting guilt, the LaRouche group agreed not to impersonate U.S. News reporters in the future. [20] On October 12, 1988, LaRouche gave a speech in Berlin, Germany, in which he said that "that the time has come for early steps toward the re-unification of Germany, with the obvious prospect that Berlin might resume its role as the capital."[21] At the time, this was considered a wild prediction, although it came true one year later. [edit] Other events in the 1980s In 1984, LaRouche participated in the founding of the Schiller Institute with his current wife, Helga Zepp-LaRouche. In 1986 LaRouche launched the Proposition 64 initiative in California, which would have placed AIDS back on that state's List of Communicable Diseases subject to Public Health law. Opponents claimed that the measure could have instituted quarantines and sexual contact tracing. After its defeat it was reintroduced two years later and again defeated. LaRouche has given speeches and written articles in opposition to gay rights that his critics consider homophobic.[9][10] Following the Olof Palme assassination on February 28, 1986, the Swedish branch of the LaRouche Movement, European Workers Party, came under scrutiny as literature published by the party was found in the apartment of the first suspect of the murder, Victor Gunnarsson. Also, the furious hate campaigns against Olof Palme run by the LaRouche Movement [22] since the beginning of the '70s, made the party interesting from a investigative point of view. Within weeks of the assassination, NBC television in the US broadcast a story alleging that LaRouche was somehow responsible. [23] Later, the suspect was released. From time to time over the years, suspicions regarding a potential LaRouche connection to the murder have surfaced.[11] According to LaRouche researcher Dean Andromidas, there was a radio broadcast on Swedish National Radio in August of 1992 by Herbert Brehmer, former leading operative of the East German Stasi and author of Auftrag: Irreführung. Wie die Stasi Politik im Westen machte. Andromidas said that Brehmer "explained how his Department 10, responsible for disinformation, put into motion a preplanned disinformation operation to pin the blame for the murder of Palme on LaRouche and his Swedish associates." [24] Also in 1986, two supporters of LaRouche, Mark Fairchild and Janice Hart, won the Democratic party nominations in Illinois for the offices of Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State, respectively. This was the first time that LaRouche supporters had won statewide nominations. The Illinois Democratic party renounced the nominations, with the Democratic candidate for governor instead running on a "Solidarity" ticket; the Republican Party swept the elections, winning by over a million votes. During the 1980s, the print and electronic media rarely mentioned LaRouche's name without the prefix, "political extremist." The LaRouche campaign in 1988, conducted while LaRouche was on trial, attempted to poke fun at this practice by broadcasting a national TV spot which featured a montage of clips of different TV announcers, all saying "political extremist Lyndon LaRouche." During its libel lawsuit, NBC raised the issue of LaRouche's "conversion" from Marxism to pro-American conservatism, suggesting that it was, in fact, faked. The Heritage Foundation released a report which stated that despite LaRouche's appearance as a right-wing anticommunist, he takes political stands "which in the end advance Soviet foreign policy goals." Longtime LaRouche critic Daniel O. Graham, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has stated that he believes LaRouche is an "unrepentant Marxist-Leninist" who pretended to be right-wing in order "to suck conservatives into giving him money." Other former high-ranking intelligence officials have joined Graham in this belief. [25] [edit] Criminal conviction and imprisonment (1988–1994) By the 1980s, LaRouche and Helga Zepp-LaRouche had built an extensive political network, including the Schiller Institute in Germany, headed by Zepp-LaRouche, and branches in several other countries. The LaRouche organization devoted much of its energy to the sale of literature and the soliciting of small donations at airports and on university campuses; it also solicited donations by phone. Press reports alleged that this fundraising activity sometimes involved tax law violations, the conversion of publication sales into donations for LaRouche political campaigns that were then matched by the Federal Election Commission, and fraudulent soliciting of "loans" from vulnerable elderly people. In October 1986, the FBI and Virginia state authorities raided the LaRouche headquarters in Leesburg in search of evidence to support the persistent accusations of fraud and extortion. LaRouche and six associates were charged with conspiracy and mail fraud related to fundraising. LaRouche was also charged with conspiring to hide his personal income since 1979, the last year he had filed a federal tax return. In December 1988, a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia convicted LaRouche and his associates, and LaRouche was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. LaRouche served five years of his sentence and was paroled. The convictions of LaRouche and his associates were a defining moment in the history of the LaRouche network. LaRouche supporters insisted that LaRouche was jailed, not for any violation of the law, but for his beliefs. LaRouche did not stop all political activity while in prison. He ran for president again in 1992, met with international personages, and gave interviews. During part of his imprisonment he shared a cell with televangelist Jim Bakker, who later wrote of his astonishment at LaRouche's detailed knowledge of the Bible. According to Bakker, LaRouche received a daily briefing each morning by phone, often in German. Bakker reports that on more than one occasion LaRouche had information days before it was reported on the network news. Bakker also writes that his cellmate was paranoid and convinced that their cell was bugged.[12] LaRouche was released on parole in 1994. For more information on the case, see United States v. LaRouche Meanwhile, in 1992 the father of an adult (members of the Du Pont family) involved with the LaRouche movement paid several people to have his son abducted and "deprogrammed". Lewis du Pont Smith objected and his father sought to have him declared incompetent. The incident resulted in serious legal repercussions but no criminal convictions for those involved. [edit] 1994–present LaRouche continued his political activity upon his release from prison in 1994, concentrating much of his attention on Third World nations. He was invited to Brazil by members of the city council of São Paulo, and was made an honorary citizen of that city on June 12 of that year. In 1995, he wrote to a Swedish newspaper declaring that Olof Palme was assassinated because of his knowledge of the Irangate scandal. On December 1, 1998, while sharing the podium with Helga Zepp-LaRouche before a meeting of the Mexican Society of Geography and Statistics in Mexico City, former President López Portillo said "it is now necessary for the world to listen to the wise words of Lyndon LaRouche." [26] When LaRouche ran for president again in 1996 the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Don Fowler, refused to allow LaRouche to be considered as a candidate or receive delegates. (LaRouche had received enough votes from a Louisiana parish to earn 2 delegates.) LaRouche sued under the Voting Rights Act and lost. He appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and lost there as well, in 1999, on the grounds that freedom of association permits political parties to reject members. Opinion in LaRouche v Fowler 96-7191 During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, LaRouche mobilized his supporters in defense of Clinton. They formed a group called the "Committee to Save the Presidency," which petitioned nationwide against resignation or impeachment. LaRouche asserted that the same people and institutions that had attacked him were behind the attacks on Clinton. During the 2000 Democratic primaries, LaRouche scored in double digits in multiple states, with his best showing in Arkansas, where he received 22% of the vote to Vice President Al Gore's 78%. In the Kentucky primary, LaRouche placed third with 11%, behind Gore and Bill Bradley. The Democratic Party refused to grant any delegates to LaRouche on the grounds that he did not support the party's platform. [27] Also in 2000, the Democratic nominee in Wyoming for the Senate, Mel Logan, was a LaRouche follower; the Republican incumbent, Craig Thomas, won in a 76%-23% landslide. In 2001 and 2003, he toured India, speaking at various conferences and university seminars. He has also traveled to Russia, where on several different occasions, LaRouche publications report that he has addressed both the Economics Committee of the Russian State Duma and the Russian Academy of Sciences, most recently in 2001.[28] LaRouche and his organizations opposed the US invasion of Iraq. LaRouche was cited by an op-ed in the Syria Times as "[a]mong the US voices of reason" for asserting that the war is the result of a "1996 Israeli government policy that is being foisted on the President by a nest of (pro-Israel senior officials) inside the U.S. government." [29] LaRouche critic Chip Berlet suggests that the commentary on Iraq by LaRouche-affiliated publications, which is incorporated into some Arab and Muslim commentaries, represents conspiracism and anti-Semitism, especially through the use of what Berlet describes as "stereotyped descriptions of the neoconservative network and their power." [30] [edit] 2004 The cover of a LaRouche campaign pamphlet from 2004, with a polemic against the Congress for Cultural FreedomLaRouche entered the primary elections for the Democratic Party's nomination in 2004. He was not one of the major candidates invited to the primary-season debates, although he did participate in some alternative forums for minor candidates. He ran even though his home state of Virginia is one of a handful of states which still has lifetime denial of the vote to ex-felons, which can only be overturned on appeal to the governor. (Neither the Constitution nor Federal statute law requires Presidents to be registered voters.) The Democratic Party did not consider his candidacy to be legitimate and ruled him ineligible to win delegates. He gained negligible electoral support. In its 2004 assessment of presidential candidates, the National Right to Life Committee gave LaRouche a grade of 75% and declared that he is "pro-life in every way (against euthanasia, capital punishment, etc)." LaRouche also met with and lobbied Congress with Maxim Ghilan, an Israeli peace activist and poet.[citation needed] LaRouche was endorsed by at least two Democratic state representatives in 2004, Erik Fleming of Mississippi and Harold James of Pennsylvania, though Fleming later expressed regret at becoming involved, calling that endorsement "the worst mistake of all." LaRouche was present in Boston during the 2004 Democratic National Convention but did not attend the convention itself. He held a media conference in which he declared his support for John Kerry and pledged to mobilize his organization to help defeat George W. Bush in the November presidential election. He also waged a campaign, begun in October 2002 [31], to have Dick Cheney resign, or be dumped from the Republican ticket. A significant change in the LaRouche organization since LaRouche was released from prison has been the development of the "LaRouche Youth Movement" (LYM) beginning in 1999. Often described as a cult which employs brainwashing techniques, the LYM's recruitment of young people in the 18-25 year-old age bracket has reportedly brought more members into the LaRouche organization than at any time in the past. On September 9, 2003, members of the LYM interrupted a debate of the Democratic candidates for president at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. LYM members aggressively disrupted Democratic Party candidates' events during the 2004 campaign, occasionally leading to arrests.[citation needed] International publicity about LaRouche was sparked in 2003 and 2004 after Jeremiah Duggan, a Jewish student from the UK who was attending a conference and "cadre school" in Germany organized by the Schiller Institute and LaRouche Youth Movement, died in mysterious circumstances in Wiesbaden. LaRouche publications claim Duggan was suicidal, and the German police on the scene maintained that Duggan's death appeared to be a suicide. A British court, however, ruled out suicide, and decided that Duggan died while "in a state of terror".[32]. [edit] 2006 LaRouche attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner which was addressed by humorist Stephen Colbert. LaRouche praised Colbert's presentation.[33] Other attendees expressed concern that LaRouche was seen having an extended discussion with Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame. [34] [edit] Note on biography Separating fact from fiction in LaRouche's biography is made difficult by the barrages of conflicting accounts generated by the LaRouche movement and its critics. LaRouche writes in his autobiography that he developed his ideas in the 1950s and has advocated them consistently ever since. His followers claim he is a world-renowned economist and philosopher. LaRouche claims to have pioneered such ideas as the International Development Bank, the Strategic Defense Initiative or "Star Wars," and the so-called Eurasian Land-Bridge. He also claims that he was used by the Reagan administration as a "back-channel" for negotiations with the Soviet Union. There is no independent verification of these claims. The only substantial biography of LaRouche is Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism, by Dennis King (Doubleday, 1989). King, an investigative journalist, charges LaRouche with developing an intellectualized version of fascism mixed with political cultism and anti-Semitism (see Political views of Lyndon LaRouche.) [edit] Works Lyndon LaRouche has written hundreds of articles, pamphlets, and books published mostly by his own press. These include his autobiography The Power of the Reason (1980), There Are No Limits to Growth (1983), and a second autobiography, The Power of Reason 1988. His 1984 textbook, So, You Wish To Learn All About Economics, circulates internationally in several languages, as does his 1991 The Science of Christian Economy. His longest book, published as a hardback textbook in the mid-1970's, is "Dialectical Economics: An Introduction to Marxist Political Economy". [edit] LaRouche in popular culture LaRouche is often referenced in popular culture. He is typically portrayed as a paranoid conspiracy theorist. In "Treehouse of Horror VII" episode of The Simpsons, Homer declares LaRouche to be right about an unstated conspiracy involving aliens, bio-duplication, and nudity. In "The Old Man and the Lisa," Mr. Burns promises to take the residents of Springfield Retirement Castle (who are working for him) to the most duck-filled pond they've ever seen if they meet their quota, and Grampa Simpson comments that "that's how they got me to vote for Lyndon LaRouche!" In the Futurama episode "A Head in the Polls", the character Bender seeks to join the heads of U.S. presidents that are kept in a museum in jars. He is told that he could have a spot in the closet of presidential losers, upon which Bob Dole (from within the closet) states: "Bob Dole needs company... LaRouche won't stop with the knock knock jokes!" Excerpts from a rambling LaRouche speech appear on the track "Lyndon LaRouche vs. the Abominable Snowman (You Can't Put the Genie Back Into the Bottle)" by the experimental music group Sons of Bitches. The followers of LaRouche were referred to in an episode of the webcomic Ozy and Millie. [35] "Saturday Night Live" in the mid-1980s had a series of skits called "Lyndon LaRouche Theatre", dramatizing some of the more outrageous claims made by LaRouche. For example, one skit shows Queen Elizabeth II as a drug dealer. "The Lyndon B. LaRouche Love Club" was the name of a hardcore punk band in Santa Cruz, California, in the early 1980s, combining the names of LaRouche and Lyndon B. Johnson. LaRouche is mentioned in the movie "So I Married an Axe Murderer" "Look. He's giving Tony all that Lyndon H. LaRouche rubbish again." In 1980, an issue of the American Flagg comic book series included a full page drawing of U.S. Labor Party (LaRouchian) soldiers in gas masks. The caption underneath describes the U.S.L.P. as an anti-British and anti-Semitic cult and says its followers live in caves outside Chicago in a post-nuclear Holocaust USA. LaRouche was a frequent target for satire in the 1980s Bloom County comic strip. One example was "The Great LaRouche Toad-Frog Massacree" [36] which appeared as an introduction to a 1988 collection of Bloom County comics. LaRouche is mentioned in the Dave Barry book Dave Barry's Money Secrets: "In 2004, for example, $800,000 of earmarked U.S.taxpayer dollars went to Lyndon LaRouche, a convicted felon and complete space loon who has been running for president since 1980, and who has claimed, among other things, that Walter Mondale was a Soviet agent and Queen Elizabeth II is a drug dealer." In an episode of Blue Collar TV the character Larry the Cable Guy confuses baseball player Adam LaRoche's name with Lyndon LaRouche. [edit] References ^ Berlet, Chip. "Protocols to the Left, Protocols to the Right: Conspiracism in American Political Discourse at the Turn of the Second Millennium." Reconsidering "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion": 100 Years After the Forgery, October 30–31, 2005, Boston. ^ Berlet, Chip; Joel Bellman (1989-03-10). Fascism Wrapped in an American Flag. Political Research Associates. Retrieved on 2006-03-16. ^ Berlet, Chip; Matthew Lyons (2000). Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York: Guilford. ISBN 1-57230-562-2. Retrieved on 2006-03-16. ^ Fraser, Clara (1998). “LaRouche: Sex Maniac and Demagogue”, Revolution, She Wrote. Seattle: Red Letter, 231–236. ISBN 0-932323-04-9. Retrieved on 2006-03-16. ^ Gilbert, Helen (July 2003). Lyndon LaRouche: Fascism Restyled for the New Millennium. Seattle: Red Letter. ISBN 0-932323-21-9. ^ King, Dennis (1989-01-01). Lyndon LaRouce and the New American Fascism. Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-23880-0. ^ Mintz, John. "Ideological Odyssey: From Old Left to Far Right", Washington Post, 1985-01-14. Retrieved on 2006-03-16. ^ Wohlforth, Tim. A '60's Socialist Takes a Hard Right. Political Research Associates. Retrieved on 2006-03-16. ^ Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., "The End of the Age of Aquarius?" EIR (Executive Intelligence Review), January 10, 1986, p. 40. ^ Berlet and Bellman, Fascism Wrapped in an American Flag. ^ SOU 1999:88. Granskningskommissionens betänkande i anledning av Brottsutredningen efter mordet på statsminister Olof Palme (Swedish), official Swedish Government report on the Palme investigation ^ Bakker, Jim, I Was Wrong, 1996, Thomas Nelson Publisers, Nashville. (p. 250) [edit] Bibliography Beyes-Corleis, Aglaja (1994). Verirrt: Mein Leben in einer radikalen Politorganisation. Herder/Spektrum. ISBN 3-451-04278-9. [edit] External links [edit] LaRouche publications: LaRouche Political Action Committee Executive Intelligence Review: LaRouche Publications Twenty First Century Science and Technology – LaRouche-affiliated Science organization Philippine LaRouche Society "He's a bad guy, but we can't say why" LaRouche response to the various accusations against him The Bizarre Case of Baroness Symons – LaRouche response to the recent Independent and Washington Post articles World Larouche Youth Movement Schiller Institute Schiller Institut (in German) Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität (in German) [edit] Other links: General: 2003 Personal Financial Disclosure for Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. (PDF) The Cult Controversy includes a 1995 series on LaRouche by John Mintz and links to other Washington Post articles on LaRouche . No Joke (the effect LaRouche has on young recruits) – Washington Post, October 2004 Pre-1990 Larouche quotes, from primary-source documents Lyndon LaRouche - SourceWatch article Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism – Review of Dennis King's book Building a World Without Poverty, Violence, and War:what are the roles of LaRouche and Mary Baker Eddy? by Rolf A. F. Witzsche The disownment of Lyndon LaRouche Austin Meredith, 2005, Brown University, the Kouroo Contexture: The History of Quakerism (PDF) "Global financial crisis is coming" : interview with Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. by Yong Tang in the People's Daily (part 1 of 8) Critical: Dennis King on LaRouche An archive of dozens of articles on LaRouche by Dennis King and others; reviews of King's book on LaRouche from the mainstream and alternative press; interviews with King by Neenyah Ostrom and other journalists Lyndon LaRouche/Executive Intelligence Report An archive of articles and materials highly critical of LaRouche, collected by the Rick Ross Institute. Articles about LaRouche from Political Research Associates by Chip Berlet and others. Partners in Bigotry: The LaRouche Cult and the Nation of Islam by Nizkor Project Lyndon Larouche/Executive Intelligence Review Series of articles from the Rick A. Ross Institute for the Study of Destructive Cults True History of Lyn Marcus (Lyndon LaRouche) and the Labor Committees 1975 article published by the International Workers Party whose members joined LaRouche's NCLC for a period in the early 1970s. The cult and the candidate by Terry Kirby, July 2004 (The Independent of London) Larouche Exposed – Pasadena City College Letter on LaRouche Youth Movement – UC San Diego forum Pre-1990 Larouche quotes, from primary-source documents, by Chip Berlet and Chicago Lawyer newspaper Lyndon LaRouche: Fascism Wrapped in an American Flag, Chip Berlet and Joel Bellman Lyndon LaRouche's Long Campaign, (Newsday article on LaRouche's record of eight consecutive Presidential campaigns) Larouche Exposed, Pasadena City College Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism, review of book by Dennis King Anti-LaRouche article from the Australian paper, The Age, from the website of Rick Ross Archive of Dennis King's articles; reviews of Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism

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