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November 07, 2005

Life According to LaRouche

History according to the LaRoucheites:
When then-Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche put out the word, on Sept. 20, 2002, that "Vice President Dick Cheney's recurring wet dreams of a U.S. worldwide Roman Empire are, in and of themselves, the world's greatest single threat to the continuation of civilization in any part of the planet today," and that "these facts demand that Cheney's prompt resignation be sought, and accepted," the majority of Democrats and Republicans were shocked. True, many of them knew that Cheney was the "brains" behind President Bush's war drive, including the National Security Strategy of pre-emptive war, which had just been promulgated. They may have hated him—but they didn't think anything could be done about it. See how events have proven them wrong! Over the past three years, LaRouche's relentless initiatives and flanks, mass circulation of literature, and deployment of the LaRouche Youth Movement on the Cheney question, have emboldened members of both parties, and, most important, those embedded in the institution of the Presidency, to take action to expose, and oust the evil Vice President. At present, conditions for his removal are rotten-ripe. How this happened is an object lesson in political strategy.
The article then moves into a timeline of the cosmic struggle between LaRouche's forces of light and Emperor Cheney's dark hordes. My favorite moment:
Jan. 3: LaRouche's campaign releases the second mass pamphlet, "Children of Satan II: The Beast-Men." This occurs as Congressional investigation of the intelligence fraud on Iraq, and Halliburton's corruption goes into high gear. Although many Democrats and others are initially shocked by LaRouche's "Beast-Man" analysis, their skepticism turns to astonished admiration when the Abu Ghraib revelations hit, showing LaRouche's analysis to be precise.
Who knew? (Via the entirely indispensable Political Theory Daily Review.)

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When someone dispenses a too-frequent allocation of totally crackpot ideas, some of them are bound to come close to describing a real situation that is bad.

What is amazing to me is that Cheney was viewed in the late 90's as the deeply experienced, level-headed stabilizing force for a new Bush administration, and Cheney is now viewed as the origin of the dark side. Did Cheney change? Or did we get him wrong in 1999-2000? Was the real Darth Cheney there all along - hidden beneath the fascade of deep conservativism that had always been his hallmark?

Posted by: JimPortandOR | Nov 7, 2005 12:20:39 PM

Oh, but you merely experience them as cranks on the net. I see the Larouchies every day at the Farragut North metro. I personally own the "Children of Satan II: The Beast-Men" pamphlet and hav been trying to collect the whole set.

Posted by: Oliver Willis | Nov 7, 2005 12:27:32 PM

Jim -

Cheney didn't change, only the circumstances did. What looked to be a "relatively harmless" Bush/Cheney ticket turned into a monster with the 9/11 attacks.

Do you think we'd be having these discussions about the Veep's office pushing torture if we hadn't had 9/11? Think we'd be talking about a VP's office outing a CIA agent? Nope - the overreach by the executive (Cheney in this case) is spurred almost entirely by the willing acquiesence of the people during a time of panic and war.

Cheney has always been a heartless bastard who was willing to do whatever it took to win - ethics and morals be damned. 9/11 gave him a motivation and cover to take it to the next level, and to push things he might not have before.

Posted by: NonyNony | Nov 7, 2005 12:49:59 PM

I have to say, nutball though he is, Lyndon LaRouche's paranoid fantasy's are endlessly entertaining. I love reading the odd little tails that he and his accolytes write, it's like a cross between Tom Clancy and a bad sci-fi novel. It's poli-sci-fi! Sadly, the only way to write truly great poli-sci-fi is to adopt the L. Ron approach and actually believe your own bullshit.

Posted by: justinian | Nov 7, 2005 12:55:35 PM

"Children of Satan II: The Beast-Men"

Boy did that movie suck. When will I learn?

Posted by: Allen K. | Nov 7, 2005 3:17:27 PM

Children of Satan II is a real joy, and in fact has a nice article about how Tom Delay is actually some kind of zombie. Part III wasn't quite as good. Never saw part one.

Posted by: Jedmunds | Nov 7, 2005 3:41:29 PM

If anybody's a Beast-Man, I want it to be me and not Cheney.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Nov 7, 2005 4:01:07 PM

Heh. Reminds me of one old guy who comes around my school every so often and passes out LLaR literature, which usually spends a great deal of time ranting about the EEEEvil neocon Jews—never mind that my school has probably the greatest concentration of neocon Jews in America...

Posted by: Mastiff | Nov 8, 2005 12:55:15 AM

Man, the LaRouchies are all over Seattle. I've always been curious how they recruit. How come so many young people get suckered into this cult? It's obviously not the clear, powerful truth in the writing. Does handing out these tracts get you a free gym membership or something?

Carl

Posted by: Carl | Nov 9, 2005 2:33:46 PM

umm...I actually support larouche, outside of the extreme stuff you want to ridicule him for he has some really good ideas about economics and finance that don't require becoming a communist to fix globalization...I realize that he is able to say things others in their situation cannot and I am thankful of that...Also, I think he realizes the utilization of shock and metaphor in communication, also alleging that his organization did not play a role in the current political situation is naive if you investigate how extensive his network is, from trade union leaders to 5 star retired generals to russian academicians

Posted by: randy | Dec 9, 2005 6:14:42 PM

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