February 14, 2019

MAGA BEFORE IT WAS COOL:

Conspiracy Theorist And Frequent Presidential Candidate Lyndon LaRouche Dies At 96 (JAMES DOUBEK, 2/14/18, NPR)

His philosophies varied over time, beginning with the far left and then swerving to the far right. Critics accused him of invoking anti-Semitic, racist or homophobic themes. He was prolific in his output of writings and speeches that frequently involved economics. He advocated "a just new world economic order" and imagined that world events were controlled by elites. [...]

More recently, LaRouche's organizations have advocated a theory that the U.K., rather than Russia, interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. [...]

Dennis King, author of the book Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism, told Fresh Air in 1989 that LaRouche's success in finding supporters shows Americans' "extreme vulnerability to manipulation and infiltration and influence by a cleverly disguised right-wing extremist movement."

King said LaRouche and his supporters were "able to make in the 1980s almost unbelievable inroads into American public life."

LaRouche and his followers raised over $200 million and ran thousands of candidates for offices across the country, according to King, "more candidates than any extremist group in American history."

Here's an Insane Story About Roger Stone, Lyndon LaRouche, Vladimir Putin, and the Queen of England (SHILPA JINDIA, DECEMBER 21, 2018, Mother Jones)

Stone's recent association with LaRouche is consistent with his decades-long evolution from a mainstream GOP operative to an advocate and ally of the conspiratorial and political fringe. Stone is reportedly being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is examining his possible interactions during the 2016 campaign with WikiLeaks ahead of its releases of emails stolen by Russian government hackers. (Mueller himself is no stranger to LaRouche; he was a key player in the 1980s investigation that sent LaRouche to jail.) Despite all the scrutiny over Stone's role in the 2016 campaign, his alignment with a political group that the Heritage Foundation once described as a "strange asset for the KGB's disinformation effort" remains a little-examined aspect of his recent activities.

Also under-examined has been a tantalizing clue about possible ties between LaRouche's organization and Moscow. Buried in Christopher Steele's dossier on Trump's possible links to Russia was an August 2016 report with this allegation: A "Kremlin official involved in US relations" had claimed that Russia facilitated a LaRouche delegation's trip to Moscow, offering members of LaRouche's group assistance and enlisting them in an effort to disseminate "compromising information" as part of the Kremlin's 2016 influence campaign. A lawyer with ties to both Stone and LaRouche's network has claimed that he introduced Stone to a key LaRouche aide in early 2016, as Trump began to secure the Republican nomination.

While Stone's interactions with the LaRouche crowd may at first blush seem bizarre, Stone himself has long been a conspiracy theorist. In 2014, he published a book claiming that Lyndon B. Johnson was behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy. And in recent years, he has forged a political alliance with Alex Jones, the chieftain of Infowars who has peddled noxious conspiracy theories, including the claim that the 2012 Newtown massacre was a hoax.

Posted by at February 14, 2019 4:12 AM

  

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