Eric Nelson's letter of resignation from the LaRouche movement

January 24, 1981
The National Executive Committee
National Caucus of Labor Committees

It is with great sadness that I am submitting this resignation from the International Caucus of Labor Committees. I have delayed this action until now in the hope that, somehow, the NEC [National Executive Committee] would find the courage to deal with the LaRouche problem. It is clear to me now that this will most probably never happen and that the organization is currently morally bankrupt.

What morality can remain in an organization which permits one man to scapegoat his closest collaborator for carrying out those policies which he himself initiated? What possible excuse can be made for allowing Costas Kalimtgis to be crucified by a howling mob of looted members, in order that a catharsis could be safely directed away from the man whose policies had caused the problems in the first place.

No one can any longer remain in the ICLC who is not a coward, a sycophant, a liar, a fool, or some combination thereof. Mr. LaRouche has insisted that the membership accept as true what they know cannot possibly be true. They must deny the existence of an article in the August 22, 1978 issue of New Solidarity as an oath of personal loyalty to Mr. LaRouche. [This refers to an article in which LaRouche said only one and a half million Jews were killed by Hitler.--DK] They must accept as plausible that Mr. LaRouche can know as his closest collaborator for a decade a man who becomes a moral imbecile over a period of more than two years, and that this can totally escape his notice, while at the same time proclaiming Mr. LaRouche to be possessed of the greatest psychological acumen of any person alive. If no other evidence was presented, the timing of this Jacobin catharsis aloneŚfollowing Election Day and preceding Inauguration DayŚwould cause any person with a mind to wonder at the convenience of the period chosen to effect this operation.

For anyone to replicate the drivel arising from Mr. LaRouche's recent series of "memos," either because he forces himself to believe it or because he feels that circumstances force him to mouth it for expediency sake, is to degrade him or herself to such a degree as to render him or her unfit to be called human.

I am ready at any time to rejoin this, or any other, organization which can deal with this problem. I have but scant hope, however, that this organization can do so.


Eric Nelson