Thursday, April 2, 2009

LYM, what critics have to say about Lyndon LaRouche and his youthmovement, LYM.

"The LaRouche movement is kind of a psychotic fantasy disguised as a political organization. And, so the positions that they take publicly are always, in a way, kind of a distraction from the basic idea which is that LaRouche is the greatest genius of the present times and is actually a secret power behind the scenes politically...

LaRouche is nothing if not an ambitious thinker. He has a sense that he has a philosophy that pretty much explains everything that’s happening in human history. And, there is a good side and a bad side to this. The good side consists of followers of Plato who are city builders and are pro-technology, and the bad guys are the (unintelligible) who, according to LaRouche’s somewhat peculiar reading of these things, want everyone basically to live in a kind of an animalistic, feudal state with only a few kind of aristocrats lording over the world...

Certain groups are always predicting the end of the world and, you know, the return of Jesus or whatever is coming next week. The LaRouche movement, from its inception, which is about 40 years ago, has predicted a gigantic, global, apocalyptic economic collapse, which in fact, is underway right this minute. And it’s been underway right this minute for 40 years running now. So, if you are serious, and you really want to save mankind and to save mankind you really have to get LaRouche to power, then what are you doing in school? You’re being selfish. If you’re going in to pursue a career, that’s selfish. And, you know, do you really want to save humanity? Do you want to save mankind? Do you want to create an economic system which is just and which allows people in the third world to have advanced technology or are you only out for yourself? These are questions that all of us are asking ourselves in one form or another, many of us anyway, at an early age. And we come up with the best solutions that we can but the LaRouche organization has the, I don’t want to say virtue or benefit, but it certainly gives you a package. And once you’re in then you are basically told you are saving the world and so why would you want to do anything else?...

There have been people who have been following this organization, kind of trying to report on it since certainly long before I ever heard of it. And so, the record is available, the record can be read. And of course now, thanks to the Internet, an awful lot of the record is available to anybody who’s curious and I think that is actually creating some problems for them. But, what they simply do is argument ad hominem. They say, well, so-and-so who broke this story is actually a drug peddler or, you know, their so-and-so is a sexual deviant. And, you know, you get a lot of peer pressure going and people, after awhile, just feel embarrassed to even ask about it. So, on the other hand, now, because there are a number of people who’ve been in the organization and left it, and in some cases, a lot of people just don’t want to talk about it anymore, it’s an embarrassing part of their lives. But there are a few people who’ve created websites and discussion groups who remember things and they talk about them and they put up documents and they put up quotations from things where LaRouche made various anti-Semitic statements and said fairly racist-sounding things about jazz and rock music and so on. And, you know, a fact is a stupid thing. You can’t always make a fact do what you want it to...

Interview with Scott McLemee, http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=1778


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