Lyndon LaRouche is the leading neo-fascist politician in the United States, at least according to the Encyclopedia of Right-Wing Extremism in Modern American History (copyright 2011), by Stephen E. Atkins. The book is published by The American Bibliographic Company, the leading publisher of reference works in the study of history and social studies in academic, secondary school, and public library settings.
The article in the book about Lyndon LaRouche tells about his history with the Socialist Worker’s Party (a radical Trotskyite group), and his rise in it up to the mid 1960s when he became one of its leaders. It was LaRouche’s ambition to become the leader of a national Marxist party. At the Free University in New York City, LaRouche taught elementary Marxist economics from 1967 to 1968; and his familiarity with Marxism led to his association with the Progressive Labor Party. He was one of the leaders who tried to take over the SDS from within; but unhappy with the schism in the SDS, LaRouche founded the National Caucus of Labor Committees and its political arm, the U.S. Labor Party. He led both groups into open warfare with American leftists and radical black groups.
Other things the book says about Lyndon LaRouche:
LaRouche made a complete ideological shift from the radical left to the radical right in the mid 1970s, and decided that his path to political power would be shorter from the right than from the left. He began to associate with Willis Carto and other luminaries of the far right. Instead of Marxism, the commitment here was to big business and anti-Semitism.
LaRouche’s devotees developed a strategy of attacking their perceived enemies using direct action tactics. One of them is slandering public officials. Another tactic is causing commotions by disrupting meetings, shouting until they get thrown out, filing lawsuits as an intimidation device, harass with obscene phone calls, get themselves arrested and occasionally get involved in physical confrontation.
LaRouche has always been paranoid about those whom he perceives as his enemies. To him there are conspiracies at the highest levels. This is a paranoid group of individuals that is afraid of everyone from the Queen of England to the Pope. LaRouche has accused Queen Elizabeth II of involvement in drug dealing and Henry Kissinger of being a Soviet agent.
LaRouche counted on economic depression caused by the collapse of the international monetary system to pave the way for his election to national office. He ran for President in 1976 as a U.S. Labor Party candidate, but polled embarrassingly low. He ran in 1980 as a Democrat, but only received one percent of the vote. He tried again in 1984, no more successfully than in his previous attempts. In 1986, LaRouche moved his operations from NYC to a 171-acre compound in Leesburg, Virginia.
Because of his fund-raising activities, LaRouch and six of his associates were convicted in a Virginia court in December of 1988 of conspiracy, mail fraud, and tax evasion. He ended up serving five years of a fifteen year sentence.
Since his release from prison, LaRouche has been building his organization, filled with conspiracy views of events, and blaming a secret society of Jewish bankers and British aristocrats for dominating the international business scene. LaRouche reserves his deepest hostility for the environmentalist movement because it is in his view hindering the worldwide advance of technology.
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