"So the mama's boy who's never done anything in his life is going to come here and say 'Alex made some homosexual kid cry and I want my mommy'...are you homosexual, Frank? Is that it? Is that why you haven't been able to raise any money out there?"

By "Scott"

(Posted on Factnet, May 07, 2004 - 10:59 am)

Someone asked me a question in a letter, I thought people might like to hear my response:

Do not focus on the "politics" of his [LaRouche's] organization. For all intents and purposes the political side of the organization is just a sham--it really is more of a religion than a political movement anyway--the mantra really is give me your life and I'll give you salvation.[FN 1]

Your students will be having the same methods of coercion used on them at the table on your campus at their lunch breaks, that is used on members in closed rooms. LaRouchies will be out there preaching: "The end is near, join the Leader and be like him, and that will save the world." And they will tell them to drop out of college to join, they will literally be brought into group meetings where every person in the room is pressuring them to drop out. You know when they have classes? Usually what happens is maybe one or two people will be from a local campus, usually someone they met that day. That person will walk into a room of twenty or so people, not really knowing that almost everyone there is already a member. As soon as someone comes to more than one or two meetings, they are psychologically profiled by the Regional leader...and then the leader will talk to everyone about that person.

Example: "Frank has mommy issues, everybody needs to tell him he needs to stop sucking off his mother's milk." So then as Frank hangs around more and he is brought in for conferences and meetings, everyone is nice to him, but they in their own way will make comments about Frank being a mama's boy. This may be true, or it may be that Frank just has a very close relationship with his mom, he's 18, and still just a kid. So this campaign makes Frank begin to question himself, it undermines his confidence in his beliefs and values, while all around him there are people constantly restating the normal line of LaRouche politics: nothing is what it seems, the world is ending, join me...yada yada. And there may be ten of these directives given by the Regional leader. All designed to make the person, basically, have a nervous breakdown in a controlled environment. They will attack his hobbies, his friends, his values, his family and his personality traits in these secret "campaigns," and Fred will think that people he has hardly talked to think he's a mama's boy (or whatever they're attacking that week)--his insecurity will soar.

Then what happens, if that person decides to drop out [of school] and join full-time, is that the real work on their mind begins. The same type of thing goes on, but then added in is a host of other tactics--the working for 12-14 hours a day will soften him up quite a bit, and the leader will keep a very close eye on him in the very early stages. After a few days of work the leader might lean in and say, "Hey you guys should all do something tonight, take Frank over to so-and-so's house and read poetry. Frank will be up until 3 am, get up a few hours later and go back to arguing at a card table shrine for LaRouche with everyone who walks by, all this time reinforcing what he has "learned" by taking the position for 12 hours a day. Frank will be plied with LaRouche books to read from every side. Then something will come up that Frank has a problem with. He's organizing at a table one day and his partner, someone who's been around for years, breaks someone down in the street who begins crying. Fred thinks it was cruel, so he goes to talk to the leader. Now, all this time the leader has played "good cop."

"Umm, Steve?" says Frank [to the Regional leader], "I saw Alex make someone cry at the college today, he was yelling at this kid about how he can't understand LaRouche because he's a homosexual, and when the kid said no, Alex just kept poking him with it until the kid broke down and started crying."

From out of nowhere the bad cop shows up.

"So do you need to go suck off your mother's tit some more? Is that what this is about, Frank? Alex has been off his momma's tit for ten years now and he's mastered Riemann's geometry, have you?"


"So the mama's boy who's never done anything in his life is going to come here and say 'Alex made some homosexual kid cry and I want my mommy'...are you homosexual, Frank? Is that it? Is that why you haven't been able to raise any money out there? You're too busy thinking about Mommy's tits and Daddy's dick to be a potent organizer?"

And this may go on for half an hour. Mind you that Frank has just moved into an apartment with four other LaRouchies, he has just dropped out of school, and probably alienated most of his friends, and his parents, who all argued against him joining the LaRouche Youth Cult. The leader will use every bit of personal information he has gathered about Frank in order for him to have a real breakdown. Frank, who now has nowhere to go, but has made a few "friends" in the LYC, finally gives in.[FN 2] He sees that Alex was right for breaking down that kid, because that kid is evil, and Frank realizes that he is too. Frank realizes that he hasn't worked hard enough for humanity to criticize Alex, and so he confesses to Steve.

"I'm sorry, Steve. You're right, I've been dependent on my mom forever, and she was turning me into some crazy brainwashed consumer. I mean geez, she was sending me to college to learn about computers, and like LaRouche says, that's not even real. I guess she's just like every other boomer."

After he does so he feels a little better and stops crying, and his pulse slows down.

Steve says, "Well good. What I think you need to do is read Lyn's book The Reason Why Everyone in the World Is Insane but Me, and you should get Alex to help you on some geometry. Are you still into painting?"

"Yes, Sir, I like to paint at night sometimes still, it eases my mind."

"You should focus on something else...try reading Lyn's book They're All Out to Get Me, I Swear.[FN 3] Okay, well, good talking to you."

And Frank walks out feeling a little closer to Steve, and Steve has shown Frank that he is able to instill terror in him at any moment. This makes Frank unconsciously more pliant; he won't raise another question like that for a month. But he will raise a question. And now Frank hasn't had a good night's sleep in five weeks, and he is becoming slightly malnourished as his pay has dropped from $300 a week to $100 a week because of a "mass leaflet mobilization" (and Lyn is going to travel to Europe for a while, and he needs the nice table at the restaurant). The pay will continue to decrease.

Frank tells Steve he has to ask him about something again. Steve tells him to come to his office at 5. At 5, Frank walks in, and a Security Squad member is in the office also, the SS member stands in front of the door, and this time the yelling is more severe, and the psychological profile, having been honed, allows the leader to play Frank like a piano. Frank is a blubbering mess in twenty minutes. Frank's brain which has initiated fight or flight, tells him to get up and walk out. He tries to do so, and the SS member begins working on him (verbally) while blocking the door. The two of them work on him until he sits back down and takes his medicine.

This pattern will continue, in perpetuity, until someone helps Frank out.

We need to go help Frank out.

[1] I agree with "Scott" that the lure of the LaRouche movement is similar to that of a religion, but I emphatically disagree that the movement's politics are "just a sham." Apart from the LaRouchian boomers' 30-year history of fighting for political objectives based on a consistent ideology, we have the recent record of LYM members embracing this cause enthusiastically. Beginning in 2003, they were mobilized to circulate on a mass scale the Children of Satan pamphlet series that demonized the Jewish neo-conservatives in Washington, depicting them as part of a treasonous plot to ruin the United States. This mobilization should be regarded as having been a serious exercise in political anti-Semitism--especially given the LaRouche org's success during that period in inserting their idea of a "Straussian" neocon conspiracy into the major media and from thence into the public mind.

As of 2008, with the nation and much of the world in the throes of a financial meltdown, LYM members are circulating broadsheets such as "Your Enemy, George Soros" (an attack on the movement's favorite Symbolic Evil Jew) which LaRouche apparently hopes will jump-start grassroots Jew-hatred if the crisis continues to deepen. The LYM also is campaigning to gain the support of city councils and state legislatures across the country for a mortgage relief/bank nationalization proposal that is essentially an opening wedge for popularizing LaRouche's cryptic variety of national socialism.

I know that many of the LYMers are only dimly aware of the implications of the movement's politics, and are completely blind as to how their efforts are so often undermined by LaRouche's megalomaniacal misjudgments. But the same thing could be said of young people in most extremist movements, past and present. There's usually a nut job/control freak at the top of the pyramid who manipulates everyone around him via "us" versus "them" fantasies, and would like to bestow heavy punishment on "them." This doesn't make the politics of extremism a sham--it makes such politics volatile and a cause for concern, especially during times of economic difficulty and social disquiet.

[2] The LaRouche Youth Movement's name is changed here for satiric effect.

[3] This book title and the previous one are of course imaginary, but LaRouche is actually the author of such essays as "Now, Do You Sleep with One Eye Open?" (1978) and "The Night They Came to Kill Me" (2004). In addition, he wrote (while in prison for loan fraud) The Science of Christian Economy (1991).