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Lyndon LaRouche, Cult Figure Who Ran for President 8 Times, Dies at 96

New York Times – by Richard Severo

Lyndon LaRouche, the quixotic, apocalyptic leader of a cultlike political organization who ran for president eight times, once from a prison cell, died on Tuesday. He was 96.

His death was announced on the website of his organization, La Rouche/Pac. The statement did not specify a cause or say where he died.

Defining what Mr. LaRouche stood for was no easy task. He began his political career on the far left and ended it on the far right. He said he admired Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan and loathed Hitler, the composer Richard Wagner and other anti-Semites, though he himself made anti-Semitic statements.

He was fascinated with physics and mathematics, particularly geometry, but called concerns about climate change “a scientific fraud.”

He condemned modern music as a tool of invidious conspiracies — he saw rock as a particularly British one — and found universal organizing principles in the music of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.

Some called him a case study in paranoia and bigotry, his mild demeanor notwithstanding. One biographer, Dennis King, in “Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism” (1989), maintained that Mr. LaRouche and his followers were a danger to democratic institutions.

Mr. LaRouche denigrated a panoply of ethnic groups and organized religions. He railed against the “Eastern Establishment” and environmentalists, who he said were trying to wipe out the human race. Queen Elizabeth II of England was plotting to have him killed, he said. Jews had surreptitiously founded the Ku Klux Klan, he said. He described Native Americans as “lower beasts.”

Even so, Mr. LaRouche was able to develop alliances with farmers, the Nation of Islam, teamsters, abortion opponents and Klan adherents. Acolytes kept Mr. LaRouche’s political machine going by peddling his tracts and magazines in airports, and by persuading relatives and friends to donate large sums to help him fight his designated enemies.

He operated through a dizzying array of front groups, among them the National Democratic Policy Committee, through which he received millions of dollars in federal matching money in his recurring presidential campaigns. His forces also sponsored candidates at the state and local levels, including for school board seats.

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1 Response to Lyndon LaRouche, Cult Figure Who Ran for President 8 Times, Dies at 96

  1. DL. says:

    From the NYT article:

    “…Mr. LaRouche’s political roots were Marxist. From 1948 to 1963, he was active in the Socialist Workers Party, a Trotskyite group.

    His own group surfaced during the student unrest at Columbia University in the late 1960s as a faction of the left-wing Students for a Democratic Society. It evolved into the National Caucus of Labor Committees, an organization largely made up of young upper-middle-class people who espoused Mr. LaRouche’s Marxist views.

    He first ran for president in 1976 as the candidate of the left-wing United States Labor Party, now defunct….”

    Naturally, the NYT writer forgot some very important truth about this dude. Yes, he formed Trotskyite groups and I had dealings with a few in the NCLC and other groups when I was into that Marxist crap. What the article didn’t say however was in the mid-70s LaRouche (who created one of the more idiotic and cultic Trot groups which led to its demise) went from Trot groups to far right groups almost overnight. How do I know this? One of his cult followers that I knew went along with it to my shock…folks you don’t go from far left to far right overnight! He might be one of the most dangerous cultists ever. He wouldn’t know truth if it hit him in the face. If he was a leftist in 1976, he was clearly right wing the following year. Talk about opportunist!

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