Monday, December 6, 2010

LYNDON LAROUCHE AND THE US LABOR PARTY




From Critique, Summer Issue 1981


PART I: 304 WEST 58TH


Retired Army General John Singlaub refers to them as "a kookie bunch of anti-Semite Jews."

The New Right Report found them "every bit as weird as Marxist Jim Jones' People's Temple."

And a strongly worded editorial in the New York Times has called for an examination of the US Labor Party. It condemned the ideas of Lyndon LaRouche, the Party's founder, as repulsive ideology, frightening in their manipulative power over his adherents and hallucinatory in their theories of conspiracy theory.

Headquarters for the US Labor Party is a suite of offices occupying the entire fifth floor at 304 West 58th Street, just off Columbus Circle in New York City. The building's directory lists the Labor Party and its many spin-offs as "Campaigner Publications." For all practical purposes, the Labor Party has become less a political party and more a massive publishing operation. It comprises of the following branches:

New Solidarity: a twice-weekly broadsheet newspaper with a circulation of about 20,000.

The Campaigner: a bi-monthly magazine. Sample articles: "The Racist Roots of Jazz" and "Why the British Hate Shakespeare."

Executive Intelligence Review: a $400 per-year weekly newsletter, styled for business executives.

Investigative Leads: A bi-weekly "intelligence report."

New Solidarity International Press Service (NSIPS): it staffs the Labor Party's publications; its "reporters" carry NSIPS "press" credentials.

The New Benjamin Franklin House Publishing Company: current titles include The Power of Reason: A Kind of Autobiography by Party founder Lyndon LaRouche and Dope Inc: Britain's Opium War Against the U.S. by a "US Labor Party Investigating Team."

Grand Design: the Labor Party's advertising company.

The receptionist at Labor Party headquarters sits safely behind an ultra-thick pane of bulletproof glass. One communicates with her through a special telephone. The doors leading from reception to offices are locked by a computer system; one must punch a code to gain entry.

Labor Party members are fearful of mass assassination.

The Labor Party boasts 35 regional offices throughout the United States, from Atlanta to Seattle. Membership estimates range from 2,000 to 3,000, with about 150 members in Europe.

The European branch, known as the European Labor Party, is based in Wiesbaden, West Germany; its chairperson is Helga Zepp, Lyndon LaRouche's third wife.


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