Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The LaRouchian Madness

The above featured chart comes from a LaRouche PAC rag titled The Noosphere vs. The Blogosphere: Is the Devil in Your Laptop? which starts with the rather wild claim that there is a fascist mass movement based on college campuses these days which has three faces: Facebook, Myspace, and violent computer games. Now obviously I am not going to seriously entertain these claims, nevertheless I find the chart itself interesting on a few levels:

a. I find conspiracy theories (the more intricate & wild, the better) fascinating for they represent a battle between individuals interpreting their own reality in the matter they see fit and the imposition of the Establishment weltanschauung (subjective rationality vs. standardized, objective rationality.)

b. Building off the last point, even by the standards of an objective rationalist (one who believes that something actually exists outside of the collective consensus of individual subjectivities which we can label reality) the conspiratorial view of history or events at the very least qualifies as an existential escape from the mundanity of everyday life. An effort to create an elaborate narrative which makes participation in life exciting. Hence, while I certainly do not truly subscribe to all the theories of Michael A. Hoffman II or James Shelby Downard, their works are on par with the greatest fantastic fiction.

c. Maybe they are really on to something...

Now the LaRouche crew can warrant an entire study all on their own (in fact, they already have) and have also been of particular interest of mine for quite some time mainly because they seem to be the only fully organized, international, youth-based political organization with regularly publishes multiple publications who are beyond the false left/right dichotomy. Nevertheless, this post-spectrum perspective is not generally a good thing in that they essentially support a technocratic, military keynesian system which only differs from the one presently in place in that it would serve their own bizarre projects (Eurasian land bridge) and is based off their own conspiratological metanarrative. So it is that that they at least provide a direct line of connectivity, albeit from the opposite perspective which I hold, from the current social plutocracy to it's origin in the proto-state capitalism of the American School, as presented here:

At that point, Vecchio asked LaRouche to give his view, as an economist, on American economic thinking, and on John Maynard Keynes. LaRouche explained that many people in Europe tend to concentrate on Keynes, when they debate free-market economics, as opposed to other schools in economics; but that the American school of economics actually goes back to President Abraham Lincoln.

Economist Panizza underlined the importance of what LaRouche said regarding three "American System" economists—Alexander Hamilton, Friedrich List, and Henry Carey—given the demonstrated failure of present economic theories to face the world financial crisis.

Now I just want to clarify that I would be open to supporting a global welfare system, but only if it was structured along the lines of something like this. I also want to say that on an abstract level, the methodological nature of the LaRouche crew is something to be admired and replicated along different ideological lines: a tightly knit network of activists organized through meritocratic means, with many methods of propaganda available, around a complex grand narrative which offers a New, Revolutionary world view which combines the best elements of Archaic and Enlightenment values. Of course, the biggest aspect of the LaRouchies which needs to be scrapped is the cult of personality, lest we end up like a certain cretinous family.

[Ed. note: I apologise for the poor scan quality of the chart provided. For a better look, I recommend opening the image in a new window and utilizing the magnifying glass tool available on Macs.]


rmangum said...

James Shelby Downard is one awesome kook! Also, the list of "colleges of empire" seems way too short. No Yale?

LynMarcus said...

A few things to ALWAYS keep in mind about Larouche and whomever you run into today from the cult. Larouche has a revolving door of enemies which has multiplied gemoetricaly over the decades. The more enemies means in his mind the cult's mind that Larouche is more dangerous since so many eeeevil people are out to get him.

Over the decades, the enemies can all become friends! Since a recruit only lasts a few years till either being burnt out or cathcing on to this lunacy, the names can all be repeated.

When Larouche warns you about the internet and video games, rock music and other things people like to do, this is for the cult to follow. He needs a naive kid who wants to do something good to drop out of college and raise money for him and his delusions.

Larouche is nothing but a convicted criminal and cult leader who was sent to prison in the 1980s for hijacking over 30 million dollars from people who thought that he was a legitimate person. In this regards, Larouche is more of a Bernie Madoff with his cult's promissory note schemes and credit card fraud. Like Madoff, hardly anyone who lost a total of nearly 34 million dollars in this madmans delusions and fraud will ever see a dime.

Larouche has been a socialist, communist, Christian, left/right winger, pro Russian, anti Russian and anything else you can imagine to sucker people to his delusions.For over 40 years he has been running a cult of endless economic collapse, New Dark Ages and Nuclear war to recruit enough naive colege kids to drop out of school and support him. His cult skips many labor laws as he has them called "volunteers" and has them running like hamsters 18 hours a day, 6 1/2 to 7 days a week with one crisis after another for about 20 to 40 dollars a week.

This cult circus has been going on for over 40 years by Larouche who has to recruit new blood to replace the worn out and broken down cult members who are discarded or those who have figured out how this farce works. Several hundred people have left the cult and in the last dying days of the elderly Larouche, he needs a few naive people to keep him and his wife living that millionaire lifestyle.

You can read about how this charade is run on sites like:



http://www.factnet.org/ under discussions where there are over 6K posts from former members about this lunacy.

If you give your name and phone number to the cult, they will be calling you endlessly to save humanity which seems to be only done by emptying your babk account with them. If you are in college, then the way to save humanity is for you to drop out of college, toil endlessly at their card table shrines or boiler rooms raising money for him. You bascialy work for free as most people in cults.

Whatever is the current script is all just a mirage as it can change on a dime when Larouche needs yoo to raise money from another list of people. Last year, Obama was the devil incarnate, now, Obama is being advised by Larouche. Read up on how this cult operates so you do not get hoodwinked by them.

Ean Frick said...

I appreciate the concern but I am well aware of the loony nature and authoritarian behavior of the LaRouche crew, especially in regards to their own members. In addition, I am far too much of a self-interested individual to be duped into giving up all my $$$ and free time for some dubious cause. I did the have the err... pleasure of attending one of their meetings once as a friend of mine had been hounded by a girl he found cute to come (she was a true believer.) They had an entire office floor to themselves in an innocuous building in the heart of Boston's commercial and financial district which made the a bit suspicious as to how they paid the high rent. The meeting itself was remarkably long and boring. A quick talk on the need for a Eurasian land bridge and then what felt like a 3 hour geometry lesson. During the break they all swarmed on myself and my two friends as they obviously recognized us as fresh faces (and brains!) I remember talking to one poor, deluded soul who has left university to devote all his time to wrapping his obviously feeble mind around all the theories of Lyn who he casually referred to as if he knew the man personally. At some point I went looking for a bathroom and grabbed my friends and we managed a hasty escape before they noticed. I should also note that they had a portrait of FDR in their meeting hall.

What's really funny about them is they technically consider themselves Democrats and on the surface they really are not much different from mainstream Dems: devoted to a cult of personality around a 'dynamic individual' and state capitalist economics.