Apocalypse Pretty Soon

by Scott McLemee on October 8, 2007

The dollar will collapse no later than one week from today. As of noon on October 15, you will not be able to buy a loaf of bread for $100,000. That’s the optimistic scenario. The crash may come sooner than that. It might be Thursday. It sounds like Thursday will be bad.

Yeah, things are heating up again in LaRouche-land. The Youth Movement kids haven’t been out in force singing on Capitol Hill much over the past two or three months. But it’s clear that supporters are now being pushed into a frenzied state, more even than usual. At the website where ex-members get together, plans are being made to send one true believer a loaf of bread as soon as the deadline for disaster passes.

No doubt it is an utter and total coincidence that The Washington Monthly will soon publish an in-depth article on recent developments in the organization.

What I’ve read of the article suggests that LaRouche’s inner circle really has a lot to worry about, even apart from the onrushing New Dark Ages. Internal convulsions probably have a lot to do with why they haven’t had the troops out yodelling at Congressional staff as much as they did in the spring.

Not sure how anyone will afford a copy when that issue of the Monthly appears on the newstand in a few weeks. But in the meantime — perhaps in honor of LaRouche’s 85th birthday a few weeks back — someone has taken the trouble to scan the, as it were, seminal work by Lyn Marcus from 1973 known as “The Politics of Male Impotence.”

It offers his comrades the blueprint for “a terrifying new weapon ensuring our victory.” (This document ought to be brought to the attention of Slavoj Zizek. He could really go to town with it.)

Here’s hoping LaRouche can get his “terrifying…weapon” up to the task of saving the world in the next few days. But right now I’m going to empty our change jar and turn it into cash and spend it real fast, just to be on the safe side.



P O'Neill 10.08.07 at 6:13 pm

Then there’s the dude doing a half-decent job of running for the Republican nomination who thinks that the Federal Reserve is a secret bank that creates money out of thin air and that the WTO is regulating vitamins in the USA.


DonBoy 10.08.07 at 6:14 pm

My first week of college, I learned from the LaRouchies that the financial system was going to collapse by the end of September.

That was September 1976.


Jake 10.08.07 at 6:24 pm

On the upside, I’ll be able to pay off my mortgage with a couple loaves of bread.


JP Stormcrow 10.08.07 at 6:49 pm

Apparently it’s those damn Brits out to get us again!!

“We are now at a particularly crucial moment,” LaRouche said on Sept. 27, “because the British are going for end-game, the final destruction of the United States. They are banking on the help of traitors within, led by people like Dick Cheney.” Key to the British plan, LaRouche said, is to push the United States to stay on a confrontational, permanent-war track in Southwest Asia and globally.”

Equally crucial to the British gameplan, is to let the United States destroy itself by failing to take sovereign action to prevent the devastating financial-economic breakdown in process under the name of the “mortgage crisis.”


Scott McLemee 10.08.07 at 7:07 pm

The release of Halo 3 is also “crucial to the British gameplan,” it seems. The key to understanding the gameplan is that the words “British” and “Yiddish” sound alike, sort of, at least if you them fast enough.

It’s clear from internal documents now making the rounds that lots of his old-timers are in revolt. Others are just trying to hold on until the founder dies and they can launch a power struggle over who gets to keep the mummy. (I am just guessing about that part. It is quite possible there are laws against mummification in the Commonwealth of Virginia.)

In any case, the group’s publishing company is now extinct — having been pretty much looted to bankruptcy to meet the lifestyle demands of Fearless Leader. Keep an eye out for the Monthly feature. It’s quite the saga.


Rich Puchalsky 10.08.07 at 7:42 pm

I remember back around the end of the 20th century, I’d be tracking down some citation to an anti-global-warming “paper” that some denialist had cited, and eventually the critical claim would be traced back to something a LaRouchite had gotten published. All you had to do was extend the quote out a bit until the apparently sober, scientific statement was joined by something about the British monarchy and their nefarious plans. Good times.


DRR 10.08.07 at 7:48 pm

There were LaRouchies brandishing signs at my school just a year ago (no singing though). We got several packages of material from LaRouchies sent to the county Democratic Party headquarters I worked at in 2006 and they even made a minor stand at the 2006 convention. My questions are

1. Just how many followers does LaRouche have, sometimes I get the indication that they must be quite few, but other times their presence seems to outweigh such theoretically small numbers. They must be incredibly dedicated because they are all over youtube.

2. An older one, but why do seemingly intelligent, relatively skeptical young people fall for such an obvious charlatan? Anyone can become full of shit or swayed by a seductive enough siren song, but of the propaganda videos I’ve seen on youtube from his dedicated college students, these kids all seem pretty bright and it’s a mystery why they would fall for such obvious bullshit.


Scott McLemee 10.08.07 at 8:12 pm

DRR — The question of numbers is especially hard to answer right at the moment. The American group is effectively divided into two generational cohorts, the Boomers and the LaRouche Youth, which function almost as distinct organizations now. And each of those segments consists of two sorts of members: on the one hand, cadres who work for LaRouche 18 hours a day, 7 days a week; on the other, second-class members who can be counted on to show up at a meeting or whatever, but have jobs or are still enrolled in school.

The generational cohorts are at war with each other. (Long story.) Almost all of the LaRouche following in Europe walked out in late 2006, and a bunch of his Latin American followers did the same a few years back. So it’s kind of chaotic now. All told, there are a few hundred hardcore members out raising funds and distributing literature, and probably an equal number of those who lack what it takes to save humanity full-time but still think LaRouche is the man with the plan.

Why do people join? All kinds of reasons, but suffice it for now to say that LaRouche has long experience finding idealistic and confused young people and exploiting them. It started at Columbia University 40 years ago, so he’s had lots of practice.


JP Stormcrow 10.08.07 at 10:55 pm

Ah, the Boomers are just being hyper-sensitive to a little criticism from LaRouche.

From The Little Lords of the Unzipped Flies:

Sometimes, the sewer lines of history back up. As I recall from a wartime outbreak of amoebic dysentery in Myitkinya, Myanmar,[1] the stink produced on warm sub-tropical days, by the relevant clinical evidence taken from hundreds of U.S. military service personnel, was as astonishing as it was repulsive. The same might be said of the phenomena I now present here, on the subject of insight into a crucial aspect of the clinical history of “Boomerism.”

I suspect it is all much closer to him burning through yet another generation of followers per what is described in this article from Nicolas F. Benton an ex-LaRouchean.


Mike 10.09.07 at 8:59 am

The key to understanding the gameplan is that the words “British” and “Yiddish” sound alike, sort of, at least if you them fast enough.

And if you have a sevewe speech impediment.


ajay 10.09.07 at 9:45 am

As a Brit, I can’t help but feel flattered by anyone who claims we are about to bring down the US and dominate the world. It’s sort of sweet, in a way.


mq 10.09.07 at 10:30 am

The times are friendly to vast conspiracy theories and sweeping suspicion of government.


Alex 10.09.07 at 11:49 am

Anglo-Dutch liberal world domination? Bring it on!

They have this in common with the Nazis, that if the world really was like their fantasies it would be considerably better. (Jazz? Uppity women? Jews? Socialists? Degenerate art? Cracking.)

An interesting point of difference from communism, come to think of it.


DRR 10.09.07 at 10:40 pm

What is the official LaRouche line on the queen of England again? Is she a drug kingpin or a rogue operative? or what? I forget.

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