The Loony Who's Staying Home: Lyndon Larouche is the title of The New Republic article that provides, for the nth time, the standard overview of Larouche. This is a puff piece filled with the usual suspects. Nothing new or interesting here, suggesting that Conor Clarke, the writer, lacked the time, interest, or angle, to focus on the ongoing upheaval in Leesburg since the death of Ken Kronberg, and the decimation of the German leadership reported by others. The article exists because Larouche isn't running in 2008. If Larouche, or his myriad organizations, are in financial, or other, jeopardy this article would never clue you in.
Clarke trots out the history:
After being released from prison in 1994--five years earlier, he was convicted of running a massive mail-fraud scheme--LaRouche found that many of his original associates had abandoned him. Most of the turncoats were baby-boomers, so LaRouche began writing off the entire generation as "generally crazy" and saving his affection for the young, whom he sees as filled with revolutionary promise. Of course, it doesn't hurt that most of the impressionable college students LaRouche recruits are too young to remember that he spent five years in prison for mail fraud.
the current events discussed at FACTNet:
Many of the LaRouche youth drop out of college to work for the movement full-time, and most move into crowded and filthy group housing, where they work long hours distributing literature and making fund-raising phone calls. A number of colleges now warn incoming students about the group.
and the future for the LYM, pedagogically speaking:
he is now hard at work on a new "educational program" for the LYM--which, he says, starts with "questions of the Pythagoreans," then dips into "[Carl Friedrich] Gauss's 1799 doctoral dissertation," and then moves on to the work of nineteenth-century German mathematician Bernhard Riemann. "If you don't understand Riemannian dynamics," intones LaRouche, "you don't know how economies work." He chose the curriculum based on "the kind of things that a leading cadre of economists"--like himself--"should have mastered."
Nothing to see here that we haven't see before.
I was in contact with Avi Klein, who was a tad concerned that this article took the wind out of his sails, as his has yet to be published in The Washington Monthly. It should show up on line or in print next month. If Klein took a different approach that delved into the context of the Kronberg suicide, the demise of PMR, and the fallout upon the LPAC (for starters) we should see a very different and hopefully more informative piece than TNR offered up.