LaRouche movement

LaRouche movement

The LaRouche movement is an international political and cultural movement which promotes Lyndon LaRouche and his ideas, including a commitment to "what has been often termed 'a just new world economic order:' 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. The organization includes interlocking think tanks, magazines and newspapers, national political organizations, a political action committee, and youth cadre, the LaRouche Youth Movement, which is active worldwide.

The Washington Monthly writes that the LaRouche movement has been referred to as Marxist, fascist, a political cult, a personality cult, a criminal enterprise, and "one of the strangest political groups in American history." The magazine argues it would be more accurate to call the movement a "vast and bizarre vanity press." The movement promotes a number of beliefs which are called conspiracy theories by critics. Critics have claimed some of these beliefs are anti-Semitic.

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. 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 often provided testimony to various congressional committees, and an archive of EIR is maintained by the British Library of Political and Economic Science.

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

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

Political organizations

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. 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.

At the April 2007 California State Democratic Convention, LYM activist Quincy O'Neal was elected vice-chairman of the California State Democratic Black Caucus, and Wynneal Inocentes was elected corresponding secretary of the Filipino Caucus.

In 1986, Janice Hart won the Democratic Primary election for the office of Illinois Secretary of State, and Mark J. Fairchild won the Democratic Primary for Illinois Lieutenant Governor. 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?” (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. Moynihan had previously faced a primary challenge in 1982 from Mel Klenetsky, a Jewish associate of LaRouche, and had called Klenetsky "anti-Semitic.) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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

LaRouche himself has been a candidate for U.S. president eight times, and has stood in every election since 1976. 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.

The LaRouche supporters have employed direct action. The movement is known for disupting meetings. In 1973 it conducted "Operation Mop-up", which violently broke up meetings of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). In 2004 there were reports, from the Kerry, Dean, and Nader campaigns, of disruptions by LaRouche supporters of other candidates' meetings. A Congressional Black Caucus-sponsored debate in Baltimore amongst Democratic candidates for president was repeatedly interrupted.

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 conspiracy trials.

In 1996, the candidacy of Lyndon LaRouche was opposed by Donald Fowler on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, arguing that he was "not a bona fide Democrat.

In 2001, a "national citizen-candidates' movement" was created, advancing candidates for a number of elective offices across the country.

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, which was not adopted. 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.

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". PRONA gained six seats in the Chamber of Deputies in 2002 However there is no independent evidence that the PRONA or its leader recognize LaRouche as an influence on their policies, and it has been described as being part of the right-wing Catholic integralist political tradition.

Australia

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

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).

The CEC publishes an irregular newspaper, The New Citizen.

Europe

The LaRouche Movement has a major center in Germany. The political party, Bürgerrechtsbewegung Solidarität (Civil Rights Movement Solidarity) is headed by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and has nominated candidates for elective office. Its newpspaper is Neue Solidarität. 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 .2 percent out of 4 million votes.

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

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.

In Denmark there are four candidates for parliament on the LaRouche platform: Tom Gillesberg, Feride Istogu Gillesberg, Hans Schultz and Janus Kramer Møller. In the 2007 election they totalled just 197 votes nationwide (at least 32000 is needed for a local mandate). The Danish LaRouche Movement (Schiller Instituttet) have recently published their first newspaper, distributing 50,000 around Copenhagen and Aarhus

Sweden has an office of the Schiller Institute: Schillerinstitutet/EAP in Sweden , and the political party European Worker's Party (EAP). Curiously, the leader of the EAP, Ulf Sandmark started out as a member of the social democratic youth organisation SSU, and was assigned to investigate (some would say infiltrate) EAP, then the left-posturing ELC. During this time, he was recruited to EAP and had his membership in SSU revoked.

The Movimento Solidarietà - Associazione di LaRouche in Italia, the 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.

Ukraine's Progressive Socialist Party is led by Nataliya Vitrenko. Ms. Vitrenko's philosophy has been called a "post-Soviet Bolshevism, a histrionic concoction of Marx, Lenin and Lyndon LaRouche animated by an anger bordering on hatred for the new bourgeoisie and for multilateral international financial institutions." She won 11% in the 1999 presidential election and 3% in the 2002 parliamentary elections. Vitrenko has been mentioned favourably and interviewed by the Executive Intelligence Review.

In February 2008, the LaRouche movement throughout Europe began a campaign to prevent the ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon, which according to LaRouche PAC "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." LaRouche press releases suggest that the treaty has an underlying fascist agenda, based on the ideas of Sir Oswald Mosley.

Asia and Middle East

The Philippines LaRouche Society calls for fixed exchange rates, US/Philippine withdrawal from Iraq, denunciation of Dick Cheney, and withdrawal of U.S. military advisors from Mindanao. It has an office in Manila, operates 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 has said, "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." Philippine Elections Show No Solution Ahead

The Malayasian LaRouche Society has a minor presence.

Latin America and Africa

The MSIA, or Ibero-American Solidarity Movement, has been described as an offshoot of LaRouche's Labor Party in Mexico. It was noted for its harsh attacks on Bishop Samuel Ruiz and the Chiapas separatist movement.

The movement strongly oppose perceived manifestations of neo-colonialism, including the IMF, the Falklands/Malvinas War etc. and are advocates of the Monroe Doctrine.

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 & 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=432Hz, 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.

Humor

The LaRouche movement activists are fond of the use of humor, including risque double entendres, in their street activities. A famous placard originated by the LaRouche activists was "Nuclear plants are built better than Jane Fonda," as part of their campaign to promote nuclear energy beginning in the late 1970s. In 1999 there was a rally held in Orange County, California, in front of the offices of then-congressman Christopher Cox, in opposition to the Cox Report, a report that claimed that the U.S. was threatened by China. The report was prepared by the Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's Republic of China, headed by Republican Cox and Democratic congressman Norm Dicks. The LaRouche rally, which was covered on Los Angeles TV channel KTTV news, featured a large banner which read, "Don't be a sucker for Cox and Dicks."

In March 2008, following the collapse of Bear Stearns, a LaRouche rally was filmed by Roxbury TV news, involving guerrilla theater in front of Bear Stearns offices in Manhattan. A LaRouche activist was costumed as Benito Mussolini with the addition of Mickey Mouse ears on his uniform, and he proclaimed himself to be "Benito Mouse-olini," come to hail what the demonstrators called the return of fascism in the policies of leading Wall Street personalities. The following month, a LaRouche Youth activist attended the California State Democratic Convention to entertain the delegates with a satirical Arnold Schwarzenegger impression.

Criticism

The LaRouche movement is seen by some as a fringe political cult or a cult of personality. The Washington Post wrote:

"Becoming a faithful follower of LaRouche is like entering the Bizarro World of the Superman comic books", says Paul Kacprzak, 45, who joined LaRouche as an idealistic teenager in the 1970s and worked for him for about a decade. As long as you stay inside the movement, everything you are told makes a certain sense. But if you try to view it from the outside, he says, 'it's Bizarro World.'" .

Journalist and John Birch Society activist John Rees 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.

In rebuttal, LaRouche called the accusations of being a cult figure "garbage," and denied having control over any of the groups affiliated with him.

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.[1] 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.

The LaRouche organization has referred to Berlet as "a low-level dirty-tricks operative against LaRouche," funded by the Ford Foundation.

There have been allegations that the LaRouche movement has harassed its opponents. In the 1980s the movement was accused of killing or mutilating the pets of critics. Columnist Mike Royko reported that he had criticized a local LaRouche group and subsequently his female assistant found a LaRouche flyer on her door with the handwritten note: "A warning. We will kill your cat. A journalist in New Hampshire reported that his 3 cats were killed on sequential days after the publication of his series on the LaRouche organization. When LaRouche's headquarters moved to Leesburg, Virginia, relations with the neighbors were tense. The county sheriff said rumors of animal harm were common. One local merchant was quoted on camera reporting the poisoning of a horse and the mutilation of a dog.

Marielle Kronberg, a longtime member who developed serious political differences with the organization, 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. In 2004 and 2005, Kronberg made contributions of $1,501 to the Republican National Committee and the election campaign of George W. Bush, despite the LaRouche movement's opposition to the Bush administration. According to journalis Avi Klein, LaRouche felt that this "foreshadowed her treachery to the movement." Kronberg had been a member of the movement's governing National Committee since 1982 and was convicted in 1989 of participating in a scheme to defraud $30 million on behalf of the LaRouche movement. Her husband, Kenneth Kronberg, who had been a leading member of the movement, committed suicide in 2007, reportedly due to financial issues concerning the movement.

Organizations

Current organizations

U.S. businesses

Defunct organizations

  • Constitutional Defense Fund
  • John Marshall Distributors
  • Human Rights Fund
  • Independent Democrats for LaRouche
  • Caucus Distributors, Inc
  • Campaigner Publications, Inc
  • National Anti-Drug Coalition
  • Club of Life
  • Revolutionary Youth Movement
  • National Unemployed and Welfare Rights Organization (NUWRO)
  • International Workingman's Association (IWA)
  • Labor Organizer's Defense Fund
  • Committee for a Fair Election (CFE)
  • Computron Technologies
  • Computype
  • The Lafayette Academy for the Arts and Sciences
  • Humanist Academy
  • The LaRouche Campaign (TLC)
  • The New Benjamin Franklin House Publishing Company
  • Hamilton Distribution Systems Inc.

Periodicals and news agencies

  • Executive Information Review, (U.S.), weekly newsmagazine
  • The New Federalist, (U.S.), weekly newspaper
  • New Solidarity
    • 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, successor to Fusion.

Defunct periodicals

  • Fusion, published by Fusion Energy Foundation
  • The Loudon County News
  • Investigative Leads
  • War on Drugs
  • The Young Scientist
  • Campaigner Magazine
  • American Labor Beacon

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)

People

Associates and managers

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

Political candidates

Collaborators and supporters

This list includes people who have shared platforms with LaRouche and his supporters, or who have made statements supportive of the civil rights of LaRouche and LaRouche Movement organizations. It should not be assumed that people on this list are aware of, and support, all the positions taken by the movement.

(Note that while McCarthy made statements opposing LaRouche's imprisonment, he was a prominent supporter of Ralph Nader, a leading target of the LaRouche movement.)

Researchers, writers, spokespersons

  • Jeffrey Steinberg, Director of Counterintelligence, EIR
  • Allen Salisbury, author of The Civil War and the American System
  • Anton Chaitkin, co-author of The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush
  • Jonathan Tennenbaum
  • Harley Schlanger, U.S. West Coast Spokesman
  • Marsha Freeman, writer
  • Richard Freeman, senior economics staff, EIR
  • John Hoefle, banking columnist, EIR
  • Marcia Merry-Baker
  • Tony Papert
  • Kathy Wolfe, economist, EIR

Former associates

  • 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
  • Laurent Murawiec, former contributor and editor of Executive Information Review
  • Webster Tarpley, co-author of The Unauthorized Biography of George Bush

Others

Current villains

Ideological persons

Historical greats

Historical villains

  • Aristotle
  • Bernard de Mandeville
  • Augustin-Louis Cauchy
  • Euclid - LaRouche disagrees with his form of geometry, stating that it does not reflect 3-Dimensional reality.
  • Arnold Schoenberg, a composer.
  • Antonio Vivaldi According to LaRouche critic Tim Page, LaRouche activists "had some petition to ban Vivaldi from the concert halls." However, the LaRouche organization has performed Vivaldi at their cultural events. )
  • Bertrand Russell - LaRouche pamphlets feature the point of view that his philosophical ideas are satanic. These pamphlets depict Russell as insisting that all discussion of science be restricted to mathematical formalisms and that, by doing so, Russell attempted to stifle human progress.
  • Charles Darwin-LaRouche believes that his teachings promote racism and racial supremacy.
  • Queen Victoria (Specifically, LaRouche accuses her of presiding over the British Empire during the Opium Wars)
  • Isaac Newton - LaRouche maintains that Newton was an alchemist, and that his study methods were unsound.
  • David Hume (LaRouche objects to his support of Feudal/Fascist dictatorship, and the moral relativism he used to back it up).
  • John Locke (LaRouche regards him as a spokesman for an aristocratic form of society, and opponent of the American Revolution)
  • Tomás de Torquemada
  • Arthur Schopenhauer - LaRouche believes his pessimism leads to nihilism and subsequent social decay, and that his Romanticism influenced Fascism.
  • Richard Wagner (LaRouche considers Wagner to be a Satanist, and that his dramatic and visceral musical style was a precursor to Jazz, Country and Rock and Roll, all of which he considers thought-stopping and ultimately pornographic tools of social manipulation)
  • Olof Palme, prime minister of Sweden, assassinated in 1986. The LaRouche movement claimed that Olof Palme was a CIA and a KGB agent, that he was involved in global drug business, and that he struggled for Sweden to join the Soviet Union. Several members of the Swedish branch of the LaRouche movement, the European Workers Party, were interrogated in the police investigation of the murder.
  • Jimmy Carter, though LaRouche has spoken favorably about some of his recent activities.

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