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Lyndon Larouche and the New American Fascism Hardcover – January 1, 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
A Trotskyist in the 1940s, four-time presidential candidate, head of the National Democratic Policy Committee, right-wing extremist Lyndon LaRouche was recently convicted on fraud and conspiracy charges. King, a journalist who has unveiled the workings of the LaRouche cult almost singlehandedly over the years, here produces a courageous, hard-hitting expose. The LaRouchians raised over $200 million in loans and donations from the public, despite what the author describes as the sect's "classic fascist" ideology, anti-Semitism, brain-washing, smear tactics and fanatical support of the Star Wars defense system and military build-up. According to King, LaRouche's eccentric posturing (he claimed the Queen of England was a drug pusher and branded Henry Kissinger a communist agent) was useful cover--a pose to distract the media while LaRouche forged bonds with the Reagan administration, the CIA, the National Security Council, the Ku Klux Klan and other white-supremacist groups, Teamster bosses and crime lords, among others. King charges that the major media looked the other way, adopting a "see-no-evil" policy that allowed LaRouche to flourish.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
In this portrait of LaRouche and his followers, journalist King provides a case study of the development of a radical movement. He discusses LaRouche's childhood, which helped to shape LaRouche's particular world view, as well as LaRouche's strange odyssey from left-wing Marxist to right-wing leader of the reactionary National Democratic Policy Committee. King examines the bizarre coalitions--the Ku Klux Klan and black civil rights groups, for example--that LaRouche has managed to form and galvanize into political action. LaRouche has also managed to maintain ties to such disparate figures as Manuel Noriega and Teamsters' boss Jackie Presser. This is a riveting narrative about a man who would say or do anything to gain personal power and who seems to have used his blatant anti-Semitism to successfully entice followers.
- Frank Kessler, Missouri Western State Coll., St. Joseph
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The author has decided that whatever LaRouche says, there is a fascist and anti-Semitic message hidden in there somewhere, and he ignores the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I would suggest reading LaRouche (and his associates) for yourself and coming to your own conclusions.
When one reads LaRouche, one quickly learns that one cannot reduce his thoughts to a few sound-bites and still do justice to his ideas. It takes time, patience, and a little bit of effort on the part of the reader to understand where he is coming from, but the effort will be well-rewarded in the end.
In general, LaRouche believes that that primary responsibility of a legitimate government is to promote the general welfare of the public through targeted low-interest long-term state-issued credit to build infrastructure and promote agro-industrial production.
This approach stands in opposition to protecting the shareholder value of predatory lenders and parasitic speculators who strangle the physical productive capacity and the quality of life of the workforce in order to prop up high interest rates and inflated share prices and real estate values.
To issue such credit, build such infrastructure, and promote such agro-industrial development, national governments must be sovereign rather than subsumed under supranational organizations, or broken up into weak and ineffective micro-states.
The tangible measure of the effectiveness of such governments is their ability to increase the potential population-density of the nation, and increase the quality of life, as measured by reduced infant mortality, expanded life-expectancy, and overall reduction of infectious and other diseases, per square kilometer of the earth's surface.
This can only be done through extensive infrastructure development, including water systems, power generation, new high-speed rail transportation systems, etc.
The historical precedent for such activities include FDR's "New Deal" and World War II mobilization drive, Abraham Lincoln's trans-continental rail transportation project, and Alexander Hamilton's First National Bank.
To bring this social and economic transformation about requires a cultural renaissance based on Classical Humanism, centered on the distinctive qualities of humanity. These include our capacities for cognitive insight and cognitive play, as expressed in poetry, music, and the arts.
Classical Humanism also means engaging current generations in a principled "dialogue" with their cognitive forbearers and their posterity, and rejecting the random and arbitrary measure of truth that is typified by Romanticism and associated cultural fads.
Therefore, LaRouche's approach to economics is that of physical economy. His approach to politics is centered upon a community of nation-state republics. His approach to culture is rooted in Classical Humanism. And his approach to religion is based on an ecumenical dialogue that centers upon the distinctive qualities of humanity as a species, regardless of "race", religion or nationality, and the promotion of the general welfare.
Racist? Fascist? Anti-Semitic? Hardly.
Again, I would suggest reading LaRouche for yourself and coming to your own conclusions about his ideas.
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