August 29, 2003


Bizarre story in The Independent about Jerry Duggan, a young Brit who got mixed up with the LaRouche wing of the anti-war movement and ended up dead in Germany. Duggan’s final telephone call is especially intriguing.

Posted by Tim Blair at August 29, 2003 03:41 AM

wow, that is really bizzare. i would say that anyone that followed him has 'psychological problems'. i love how the lyndonistas blame it on blair and the us.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at August 29, 2003 at 03:58 AM

Huh, what's the news? LaRouche seems to be typical left. The Jews are the cause of all evil, fighting dictators and terrorism is bad, and Dick Cheney is behind everything. Perhaps the only news is that such an article is published by the Indepent. Might be a shock for their readers.

Posted by: Berend de Boer at August 29, 2003 at 09:02 AM

No. LaRouche isn't typical left. He is creepier than that, and seems to jump all over the political spectrum depending on where he can find anti-semitic people who will believe conspiracy theories. At times he has been far right, and thus someone who is despised by the far left, even if the two sides rather resemble one another in a lot of ways. This particular case sounds like a nasty business, I have to say.

Posted by: Michael Jennings at August 29, 2003 at 09:30 AM

MJ is right. Larouche isn't what you would call typical anything except insane. I've run across his ads and tracts for 25 years and can't understand why anybody would not see him for the lunatic he is. But then people listen to Chomsky too.

I'm not familiar with his current politics but in the past he's run his candidates on the Democrat ticket although they held extreme, vicious, racist right-wing positions. And yes, they had a conspiracy for everything.

Posted by: Bruce Bridges at August 29, 2003 at 09:48 AM

Back in the late 1980's, when I was living in Chicago, LaRouche followers managed to humiliate the Illinois Democratic Party by winning several prominent spots on the statewide ticket.

Needless to say, the Republicans had a field day mocking the Democrats and many Democrats even crossed over to vote Republican in order to avoid the "LaRouchies" as they were known.

Interestingly, LaRouche is again a candidate for the Democratic nomination and has, according to one report I saw (sorry no link), raised more than the bottom four of the so-called 9 top candidates. The Party won't allow him into debates however because, as Bruce points out, he is a very Chomskyish bullshit artist.

I think he's a semi-cracked tax dodger but his followers are as committed as any Brownshirt or Trotskyite. They are dangerous.

Posted by: JDB at August 29, 2003 at 10:26 AM

The article doesn't mention some of Lyndon's more colorful theories. My favorite is the vast conspiracy headed by the Royal Family which controls the world and which is attempting to ruthlessly silence him. Pick a link from Google and enjoy.

Posted by: Cracker Barrel Philosopher at August 29, 2003 at 10:37 AM

His looney brigade also hangs out in Puckle St, Moonee Ponds (Melbourne for the O/S reader) with a sad little card table and photocopied posters. They hand out the usual "they're behind it all" flyers and resemble thinner Barney Gumbles. They wanted donations and are annoyingly persistent.

Posted by: Jake D at August 29, 2003 at 02:46 PM

Lest anyone be tempted to write off LaRouche as a mere crackpot -- he certainly is a crackpot, but a very dangerous and seriously wealthy one. His politics are simply those of anti-Semitic hatred, and the most chilling fact about his latest sortie to the left from the extreme right is that he has bviously perceived it to have become a point of entry to spread anti-semitiic poison, because of the unholy (literally) alliance of the left with Ithe Islamists on the question of Israel.

If the traditional left does not now begin to question a stance that earns it friends like Lyndon LaRouche, it is done for.

I can well understand why Duggan's family and others are suspicious. LaRouche's own statement, that Duggan was somehow part of a conspiracy against him by Bush and Blair, points rather obviously in the direction he is trying to conceal: that Duggan had perhaps threatened to blow the gaff.

Posted by: Dave F at August 29, 2003 at 07:38 PM

Lyndon LaRouche has been doing damage for decades. We can be grateful that he's in his eighties and will soon be answering to God for his crimes.

Posted by: Rebecca Harris at August 30, 2003 at 01:29 AM

I think you've hit the nail on the head Dave. I hadn't given it any thought but yes, anti-semitism is now firmly entrenched on the left. That explains exactly why LaRouche made the switch. And here I was assuming that it reflected a change in his views when it simply means that they've come to his side on that one issue.


Posted by: Bruce bridges at August 30, 2003 at 07:53 AM