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Our 22 year old son changed universities and moved city in the summer
After being accepted by his new university, he broke off his previous
studies, worked for a few weeks and disappeared for about two months in
the election campaign for the State Parliament of Saxony. He told us he
was helping a citizens' initiative (literally!) which was campaigning
against unemployment, and why not? Two weeks after the start of the semester
he surprised us by telling us that he was going to stop studying and make
himself available as a 'full-timer' for BueSo (Civil Rights Movement Solidarity
– Buergerrechtsbewegung Solidaritaet). We were horrified! Until
then we had never heard of this organisation or party. We tried to persuade
our son at least to finish some kind of training so that he would not
one day be left stranded in the labour market with no skills. We also
told him to consider that his political influence would be all the greater
if he were to stand up for his convictions as an expert – all to
no avail. The LaRouche Organisation had already got him hooked!
Until then we had never heard of anyone called LaRouche. The LaRouchies
hang out in universities targeting students as recruits with their message
that studying does not make sense because you don't learn anything at
university anyway, the big financial crisis is about to happen, Fascism
is resurgent because of mass unemployment – and other threats. To
avert these threats, he said he had to do "political" work.
We took the time to talk to him over a period of several days. Until
then he had not been particularly interested in politics, and from what
he said he sympathised with the Greens. Now everything had changed. About
turn. Hi-tec was needed, a transrapid link ("Eurasian land bridge")
to the Far East, nuclear power stations in all corners of the Earth. This
was all justified with noble aims: a just world economic order and Third
He tripped off all the arguments that we then subsequently read over and
over again in the Internet and in publications of the LaRouche network.
We noticed especially that he described his political opponents and stupid,
moronic and cowardly, attributes that have no place in any political debate.
Apparently it is usual in his new environment to designate his opponents
as fascists and nazis, such as "eco-fascists". We were most
of all interested to know how he imagined his future to look like. He
said that the financial system was about to break down and he wanted to
become a financial expert, and he wanted to work on the creation of a
university where people really learn something.
His discussion style was very flighty and erratic. We experienced the
entire gamut of LaRouche eclecticism (hocus pocus).
Socrates is great, Plato's Allegory of the Cave is correct, Aristotle
is too materialistic, Schiller's 'Beautiful Soul' is his model, Kepler
is good, Newton is a charlatan, the 'Baby Boomers', i.e. the 1968 generation,
are responsible for the bad state the world is in, especially in the Third
World, the Frankfurt School (Adorno) is misanthropic, the City of London
and the British Royal Family promote and profit from the international
drugs trade and are behind all the negative social developments there
are. Modern art is satanic, the only true artistic style is that of the
Renaissance. Johann Sebastian Bach was the last real musician, modern
music is crap.
Several things make it clear that the LaRouche group, for all its apparently
progressive slogans, is a right-wing organisation. The word "democracy"
is mentioned as good as never in their discussions and publications. Political
participation of people in power is not quite their thing. Their cadet
organisation, the Schiller Institute, has the sub-title 'Institute for
the Art of the State' – an elite organisation. The Holocaust and
the Nazi dictatorship of 1933-1945 are relativised; they talk about the
"Holocaust swindle", claim that the situation today is much
worse that the Third Reich, that the work camps in Mexico are much worse
than the nazi concentration camps ever were!
When the group criticizes Capital it is almost always the names of Jewish
banking families that are mentioned (e.g. Rohatyn). The group nurtures
concealed anti-Semitism; they often say "British people" and
Deutschland, Deutschland über alles – the Deutschmark was great
and should be reintroduced, the nation state is non plus ultra, all cross-national
organisations must be rejected; the European Union is described as a dictatorship.
LaRouche and Co. have a conspicuous affinity with authoritarian regimes
in any case. Nowhere is the human rights situation in China, Russia, Sudan,
etc. discussed. Their projection of the political future portrays the
Humanists – that is them – operating the signals of society's
railway, while the helots are permitted to build transrapid lines!
It became clear to us from our fruitless discussions and from the Internet
that this is not a normal political organisation or party, but a political
sect. At its head are Hermyle Lyndon LaRouche (born 1922) and his wife
Helga Zepp-LaRouche (born 1948). For the members, the words and instructions
of "Mr." LaRouche are law; he describes himself as a statesman
and economist. In his long tracts, e.g. 'New Solidarity', a weekly newspaper
run by the network, he reveals himself to be a historian, a physicist
and psychologist – in short, a genius. He is thought to be a millionaire
and shares with his wife a lifestyle that is not exactly austere, even
though he declares only a very low income for tax in the United States.
The "full time organizers“ organised in the LYM are crowded
together several in a room in mostly cheap rented flats in a few big cities
(Berlin, Dresden, Essen, etc.), and they have managed to create an international
flair with the character of an international youth hostel meeting place.
In our estimation, the LYM has around 80 members in Germany, while they
probably have a lot more than this in the USA. The members are occupied
round the clock with doing the work of the sect for pocket money. We have
no idea whether the organisation pays social welfare contributions to
health insurance and pension insurance. Each day, the members study the
"briefings" from Leesburg in the USA, and on some days choral
singing is rehearsed. Bach's 'Jesu meine Zuversicht' has been compulsory
The members set up stands and sell newspapers. Their recruitment techniques
are aggressive; anyone leaving their telephone number at a stand is called
regularly. They write and send out reports on their doings, they "study"
and develop permitted topics. They occupy themselves with geometry tasks
– the perennial favourite is doubling the square, which is supposedly
a model for real education. Flats are constantly being set up while others
are closed down.
Every now and again attending cadet training sessions and conferences,
trips to other LYM flats. Their most aggressive form of action at the
moment is the deliberate disruption of meetings with choral singing, as
they did in 2005 at a meeting of the SPD in the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund.
A LYM member's life is conducted practically exclusively in close proximity
to their guru. There is practically no private sphere. Our son completely
broke off contact with his friends, and even with his girlfriend, when
he joined. In the beginning phase, he sought very little contact with
us, but we have since been able to maintain contact at family celebrations.
The main condition for granting this "family right" was that
we were not allowed to go public or talk to journalists, which is why
are not presenting and cannot present this report ourselves here. Like
all sects with dubious aims and methods, they shy away from the light
of publicity. Members are placed in a situation of credulity and dependence,
which we would not have thought possible in our son, and which rules out
an independent life. A member "in service" comes across to others
as a robot rattling off prescribed slogans.
After joining and thus breaking with his former environment, our son developed
mental health problems, which he described as difficulties in concentrating.
When we heard about the case of Jeremiah Duggan, we had a huge shock,
since parallels with our case cannot be ruled out. The Wiesbaden Public
Prosecutor's Office has failed to take a closer look at the sect that
he was presumably trying to escape from.
We want to know where the money for running the LaRouche network comes
from and what its strategic aims are. We want to know what recruitment
methods the sect uses and how it manages to change the attitudes of young
people in such a short time and get them to break off contact with their
friends and family to order. The case of Jeremiah Duggan must be reopened
in court and the causes of his death must be investigated.
We want to know whether the people who run the sect pay social welfare
contributions for their employees, so that they do not have to start from
scratch with nothing if they leave. We want the authorities to deal critically
with the organisation and not to be so naive. If this group that entices
students away from their education and tramples on the self-determination
of the individual that is guaranteed in the Constitution is granted any
allowances or benefits, these must be stopped. We want the public and
private landlords to be alerted to look more critically when renting flats
and rooms and such like. We know that the Buergerrechtsbewegung Solidaritaet
only mantles itself in the sham of being a party so that they can enjoy
the privileges of a political party that allow them to operate freely.
We call upon a critical public, especially journalists, to find out what
forces and interests are behind this organisation.
October 2008, parents of a member
The Destruction of family life and society
by the Larouche movement
By Ada Waterford
This is my statement of what has happened to my family as a result of
my son’s involvement with the Larouche organisation, and also why
I believe that this organisation poses a threat to society as a whole.
I have used a pen name, as I am unable to disclose my identity because
of the damage exposure may cause to my son and my family.
I first heard the name Lyndon Larouche in telephone conversation with
my son over seven years ago, and since that day the lives of my family
and my son have never been the same. My son told me during this telephone
call that he had met a group of people who were brilliant and were actively
involved in trying to save the world from many threats, including saving
the world financial system from collapse, preventing World War Three and
a plot by a sinister group of people who were planning to replace the
world’s governments with a fascist dictatorship.
At around the same time as he came into contact with the Larouche organisation
my son had suffered a major traumatic event and was searching on the internet
for answers as to what was happening in the World. I believe that he was
recruited by the Larouche organisation at this time. Shortly after my
son came into contact with them he started to talk about all sorts of
conspiracy theories, That George Bush, Dick Cheyney and others were involved
in a Satanic cult, Jewish bankers including the Rothschilds and the Oligarchy
were also involved. I became increasingly concerned and horrified by what
my son was telling me and decided to do some research into this organisation
As my research continued I became so worried about what my son was involved
with I started to make attempts to talk to him about his involvement with
them. These attempts were met with anger and an almost hysterical response
as to why couldn’t I understand that these people were saving civilisation
from destruction and why couldn’t I support him in his efforts to
help them with their mission, I became the enemy and I never knew when
I would provoke another frenzied outburst of frustration and anger at
my lack of understanding. As I was so worried about my son’s mental
state I tried to find someone or some information that could help me and
I came across The Cult Information centre on the internet and also bought
the book by Stephen Hassan “ Releasing the Bonds”. Reading
Stephen Hassan’s book gave me some comfort, it showed how you could
use certain methods to free people form the mind control techniques that
they had been subjected to. I enlisted the family into the effort to try
and get my son free from the all-powerful influence that they had over
French Parents Collective statement
Delusion and Deception. Strong concerns about our children.
First, we want to emphasize the fact that there is no fight against our
children and us at all. We love them, and we will love them forever.
In 2005, French parents concerned by the situation of their son have set
up a group. What is important to say is that, in this group, the feelings
of each parent about the Larouche Movement and Solidarité &Progrès
are identical at least on one point: for us, this movement is dangerous,
especially for the young adults and students, who are the main target
of Lyndon Larouche.
1. A few weeks after they met LYM members in the street or nearby campuses,
we were all stricken by the dramatic changes in our children's behavior,
activities, musical tastes, and political views. While discussing with
them, we all noticed that they had acquired new ways of expressing themselves.
A new vocabulary arose, with large use of words such as "synarchy",
"organizing". And, more importantly, each one of our sons or
daughters rejected ideas they supported a few weeks before.
2. Since then, our children have abandoned their studies or their jobs,
some before the age of eighteen. They have absolutely no income. And,
furthermore, they are obviously isolated from society. When we discuss
that point with them, they question our point of view. They say "We
meet people every day and we discuss with them". Delusion! They neither
accept criticism from others, nor do they adopt other’s ideas as
part of a healthy exchange. The Larouche Land is their world! In this
way, they are completely desocialized. They justify this break from society
by saying that they have to sacrifice themselves in order to save the
world. Delusion! The fact of the matter is that they have no more future.
Not only have they become fully dependent on the movement, but they are
also losing the sense of what having one’s own voice means.
3. They have adopted the ideas of the "Great Man", Lyndon
Larouche, and they never questioned these ideas.
When we discuss with our children about some larouchian extreme statements,
they don't see the questionable character of it. Let's just give one example
which can be found in The Campaigner, December 1978 issue, entitled "Zionism
Is Not Judaism". Our children simply sweep aside the questionable
character of this statement with the back of their hands. Larouche has
acquired such a dimension in their minds that these youths no longer have
access to their former values nor to values which make up our civilization.
More generally, there is a kind of despise in their feeling about their
parents, as if we would not be able to understand. We, the parents, are
Obviously, a mechanism of thought reform has worked on them!
4. Kingsize deception and trickery :
From our children's point of view, the situation is clear: they belong
to a political party involved in improving mankind. Improving mankind!
Very attractive and noble idea, isn't it! Easy to understand how young
adults may be lured by this stuff. Inside the movement, they are given
the impression of being part of kind of political elite whose aim is to
rule society. Using seduction, Larouche and Cheminade ask LYM members
to sacrifice themselves to save the world. Stricken with the complexities
of society themselves, they play on fear to develop loyalty of LYM members:
• announcing major economic crisis on the verge of plunging the
world into a New Dark Age
• announcing the Third World War
• announcing that Al Gore’s film on global warming is not
only based on unscientific findings, but that its influence would have
disastrous effects if ecological protection laws were really implemented.
• announcing that both of the US Presidential candidates are swindlers
(in spite of the fact that Larouche himself was condemned to prison on
these same charges).
What is the reality? In addition to raising funds, the youths in this
movement have basically one role: generate more fear. They solicit fear
in by-passers by posting alarming statements. These statements twist our
“shared” version of reality while continuing to be based on
real current events. Potential recruits are reassured by the promise that
their engagement is the only real true action that can save the world.
This promise is also a “therapeutic” promise. By changing
their attitude and joining the movement or at least by contributing funds,
the individual can expect leniency and opportunity:
• Leniency with respects to group pressure and ordinary guilt feelings
• Opportunity to act upon what seem to be one’s conscious
reasons for guilt.
No political aim at all!
What they can’t realize is that they have been manipulated into
contributing to the perpetuation of the over inflated ego of their self
appointed, totalistic leader and to his personal financial well-being,
and to giving up their own capacity to think.
5. Jeremiah Duggan's death
The French Parents Group wonders about Jeremiah Duggan's death. Actions
driven by Erica Duggan have raised some questions relative to the circumstances
of her son's death. Of course, for our children, all these elements are
part of a conspiracy against Larouche.
Our conviction is that Erica Duggan really needs to know the truth.
6. What are our strong wishes?
• We, French parents, want to express our support to Erica Duggan.
German authorities must do their duty: bringing answers to legitimate
questions Erica Duggan has raised for 5 years. If there are some blocking
processes, these processes must be removed.
• We, French parents, wish a strong action against a dangerous movement
which is in the process of destroying life and future of our children.
Our strong wish for our children is they can achieve a normal life, as
French Parents Group, October 2008
The Dangers of World Wide LaRouche Movement
This is an Australian family’s plea to open the eyes of the people
in Europe, so that they will take action against this cult...we have a
family member in the group.
Australia has a branch of the Lyndon LaRouche cult and young people are
sent around the world, including Germany, to carry out the group wishes.
This group cons young people into devoting their lives to a worthless
They prevent family contact - A normal political party does not prevent
families from interacting with their members.
These are the things that have happened to our family member.
Working for the LaRouche means you have to recruit other people into the
group. Rewards are given if you do manage to recruit a new member.
Work for LaRouche youth involves long hours per day. Reading and studying
LaRouche publications, webcasts and LaRouche approved history books are
a compulsory activity. Daytime hours are spent setting up tables in the
streets, malls, colleges and universities selling their publications and
recruiting people. Travel to country areas and interstate is also involved.
Other activities we know of include disrupting university events, attending
demonstrations, deliberately creating confrontations at political events
and organising cadre schools.
Similar work is done in Germany when recruits travel there. Our family
member was in Berlin for 5 months.
After an evening meal, the recruits are back in the office pointlessly
working the phones trying to get subscriptions out of people until late
at night. Work goes on during the weekend. Saturday is spent in the office
again, fundraising being the priority. Indeed the Australian arm of the
LaRouche group boasts about how much money they raise in relation to other
parties in the Australian Federal political system.
Great importance is placed on cultural activities such as music, singing,
poetry and play readings. These are approved by the leaders and keep the
recruits busy with no time for family or outside activities. These cultural
activities hide the mind control techniques used by the group.
Since we have been in contact with other families in Australia and around
the world, who are in a similar position to us, we know that other young
people and older ones in the LaRouche cult are being subjected to similar
techniques of mind control at what is termed “ego stripping”
sessions, to the detriment of their health in body and mind.
The LaRouche movement uses well-known names from the history of philosophy
such as Plato, Socrates and Schiller to give themselves a perceived respectability
in the eyes of the world.
We call for further investigation into the death of Jeremiah Duggan
This con organisation needs to be outlawed in Germany and anywhere else
it has established itself.