Lyndon LaRouche

Lyndon LaRouche

American economist and political activist
Date of Birth: 08.09.1922
Country: USA

  1. American Economist and Political Activist
  2. Biography of Lyndon LaRouche

American Economist and Political Activist

Lyndon LaRouche is an American economist and political activist, known for founding several political organizations collectively referred to as the LaRouche movement. He has run as a candidate in eight U.S. presidential elections since 1976, once representing the U.S. Labor Party and seven times as a "candidate for candidate" from the Democratic Party. In recent years, he has been focused on philosophy. Opinions about him are sharply divided. Supporters describe him as a political leader on par with Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. Critics, including U.S. judicial authorities, label him an extremist, conspiracy theorist, leader of a political cult, fascist, and anti-Semite. The Heritage Foundation has stated that he is "the leader of one of the strangest political groups in U.S. history." In 1984, his research staff was described by former National Security Council staffer Norman Bailey as "one of the best private intelligence services in the world." LaRouche was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1988 for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and tax code violations but continued his political activities behind bars until his release on parole in 1994. His lawyer, Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General, claimed that the case was an unprecedented abuse of power by the U.S. government in an attempt to destroy LaRouche's organizations. Currently, LaRouche works as the director and writing editor at the news service Executive Intelligence Review, a part of the LaRouche movement. He writes extensively on economic, scientific, and political topics, as well as history, philosophy, and psychoanalysis.

Biography of Lyndon LaRouche

Lyndon LaRouche is the son of Lyndon H. LaRouche Sr. (June 1, 1896 - December 1983) and Jessica Lenore Weir (November 12, 1893 - August 1978). He was born on September 8, 1922 in Rochester, New Hampshire, as the eldest of three children. He attended School Street Elementary School until 1936, when his family moved to Lynn, Massachusetts, after his father, an immigrant from Quebec, left his job as a shoe salesman at United Shoe Machinery Corporation in Rochester to start his own business as a "technologist and internationally active consultant in the field of footwear." LaRouche grew up in a French and German-speaking environment, while also being fluent in English.

According to his biographer, Dennis King, LaRouche described himself as a "mischievous child, not an ugly duckling, but unpleasant" during his childhood. King writes that LaRouche learned how to read at the age of five, and other children in school called him "Big Head." He was bullied after his parents, both Quakers, told him never to fight with other children, even in self-defense. This advice led to "years in purgatory," during which he spent a lot of time alone, wandering and seeking solace in the works of Descartes, Leibniz, and Kant, later referring to those who tormented him as "thoughtless followers of David Hume."

LaRouche enrolled at Northeastern University in Boston but was expelled in 1942 due to academic underperformance. As a Quaker, he was initially a conscientious objector during World War II, joining the Civilian Public Service camp where, as King writes, he "quickly joined a small faction," and in 1944, he served in the U.S. Army's medical units in India and Burma.

During this time, he read the works of Karl Marx and became a Marxist. While returning from India on a ship in 1946, he met Don Merrill, a fellow soldier from his hometown of Lynn, who influenced him to become a Trotskyist. Back in the U.S., LaRouche attempted to continue his education at Northeastern University, hoping to study physics, but was again expelled due to what he called academic "pedantry."

In 1948, after being expelled from university, LaRouche returned to Lynn, where he began regularly attending meetings of the local branch of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) of the United States. A year later, under the pseudonym Lin Marcus, he joined the SWP. In his autobiography, he wrote, "Among the SWP members I met, none understood either Marxian economics or Marxist methodology." According to him, he was attracted to the SWP by the assurances of the party's vice-presidential candidate, Grace Carlson, that "the movement was open to the acceptance of new ideas, with which (he) identified himself."