LaRouche, Antisemitism, and German Memory
by Chip Berlet
The international network run by “notorious antisemite” Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. is a major contemporary source of antisemitic and neofascist propaganda.1 Some of this material is promoted by the LaRouchite Schiller Institute, with a major office in Wiesbaden, Germany. Other offices exist in the United States, “ Australia, Canada, Russia, Denmark, France, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, [and] Peru.” The Institute claims “a growing influence in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. ”2
The basic worldview of the LaRouchites is that there exists a global sinister conspiracy stretching back to Jewish intellectuals and rabbis during the time of the Babylonian exile; through Venetian Jewish “merchant-userers;” to British plutocratic elites in league with Jewish banking families.
A review of thousands of pages of LaRouchite literature published over several decades reveals that the LaRouchites’ allegations of a conspiratorial plot echo classic anti-Jewish claims published by both well-known and obscure antisemites; including German Nazi propagandists.
The Enemy as the “Children of Satan”
In 2002 the LaRouche campaign issued a press release titled “Israeli Moles Behind 911 and Iraq War,” claiming Israeli government policies had been “foisted on the President by a nest of Israeli agents inside the U.S. government.”3 That this “Israeli spy network inside the United States” 4 was related to the policy formulations of the group of Bush advisers known as the Neoconservatives was made clear later when the LaRouchites began issuing a series of pamphlets with the running title “Children of Satan.”
The magazine-style publications have glossy color covers, and are produced in print runs as high as 400,0005 and distributed on street corners and college campuses across the country. One title in the series is The Beast–Men.6 The text of the series links Bush and Cheney with the political faction of U.S. neoconservatives in language that discusses the role of Jewish intellectuals and Jewish political advisers in stereotypic ways. But there is more to indicate the publications are bigoted in the choice of language.
According to Professor Andrew Gow, a historian with expertise in relations between Christians and Jews, the phrase “ Children of Satan” is rooted in a historic text found in the Bible’s Book of Revelation: “the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.”7 “It has turned up in Christian rhetoric ever since,” says Gow, who studies the history of the medieval and Reformation periods in Europe, especially popular antisemitic beliefs.
The phrase “ Children of Satan” is often used in stories that blame Jews for killing Jesus Christ, or to suggest Jews are deceitful and plotting local crimes and global subversion. Claims about Jews as the "children of Satan" today are most prevalent as a core tenet of the aberrant Christian Identity religion adopted by White Supremacist groups such as Aryan Nations.
Interpreting this passage in the book of Revelation as referring directly to contemporary Jews as "children of Satan" is questionable at best and has been condemned by the Roman Catholic Church and major Protestant denominations, explains Gow.
Gow notes that the phrase “Beast-Men:”
So the LaRouchites are creating an echo chamber. On the one hand, millions of publications have been distributed that teach antisemitic rhetoric and allegations without mentioning Jews directly; while on the other hand those who are already antisemitic nod and because they suspect LaRouche is really talking about the Jews, and can use LaRouche literature as a way to recruit others into naked bigotry. This is true whether or not the continued use of antisemitic language is intentional. The LaRouchites also maintain a significant presence on the Internet, and supporters continuously rewrite Wikipedia entries to sanitize LaRouchite antisemitism and other bigotry.
Embracing the Protocols – Denying the Holocaust
In 1978 LaRouche stated that there was “a hard kernel of truth,” in the antisemitic hoax document, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.9 That same year the LaRouchites published the first edition of their book Dope, Inc. The original edition of Dope, Inc. was subtitled Britain’s Opium War against the U.S., and cited the Protocols, stating:
This alleged Jewish conspiracy was then tied into the assassination of Lincoln, the Rothschild banking family, the freemasons, the B’nai B’rith, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Mafia.10Dope, Inc. purported to expose the roots of a global drug trade supposedly run by the British royal family (including the Queen of England) and a nest of financiers controlled by the Rothschilds. The LaRouchite book included a chart showing the alleged role of the Rothschilds in the global conspiracy, along with mentions of the Rothschild family on over 20 pages of text. Subsequent editions dropped the mention of the Protocols.
Jewish Venetian Usurers
According to LaRouchites, these the conspiracy of merchant-userers from ancient times later implemented the grand conspiracy from Venice, the Netherlands, and Britain.
LaRouche himself traces the grand conspiracy back to the Jewish leader Ezra during the time of the Babylonian captivity:
In 1981 one of LaRouche’s key analysts, Webster Tarpley, delivered an Easter Sunday speech at a LaRouchite Conference near Wiesbaden, Germany, where he said that during “ one and one-half millennia of Venetian continuity” the Venetian “ oligarchical families” used governments as “their stooge.”
This speech, in Germany with the memory of the Holocaust fading, invokes both the central premise of the parasitic Jew found in the antisemitic Protocols. It certainly would have resonated on Easter Sunday in Germany with anyone who still harbored notions of the Jews as the Killers of Christ.
Writing in Fidelio, the magazine of the Schiller Institute, Tarpley wrote in 1995 that:
The German Nazi publication World Service offered a similar analysis in a 1940 article entitled “How Jewry Turned England into a Plutocratic State”:
LaRouchite literature is antisemitic because it incorporates historic antisemitic conspiracy theories into a broader grand design. It also contains echoes of the medieval “blood libel” and other false allegations casting Jews in the role of parasitic subversives and conspiring criminals undermining wholesome society and seeking global domination.
That the LaRouchite grand conspiracy includes alleged evil-doers who are not Jewish does make it any less antisemitic since it incorporates antisemitic and anti-Jewish allegations and calumnies that stretch back over 2000 years.
For Germany to continue to ignore the fact that a major international antisemitic propaganda enterprise run by the LaRouchites has a major base on German soil once again raises question about the memory of the Nazi Genocide. Germans have an historic obligation to act on that memory, and in the past have done so repeatedly. Why the LaRouchites are not subject to the same moral outrage deserves a full public discussion.
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Historic Antisemitic Conspiracism
1899, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Foundations of the Nineteenth Century.
19035-1912, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, various editions and versions.
1918-22, Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West.
1919, Nesta H. Webster, The French Revolution.
1920-1922, Henry Ford and the Dearborn Independent newspaper, The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem, Vol. 1-4.
1921, Sergei A. Nilus, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, “translated from the Russian Text,” by Victor E. Marsden.
1921, Nesta H. Webster, World Revolution: The Plot against Civilization.
1924, Nesta H. Webster, Secret Societies and Subversive Movements.
1925-1927, Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.
1930, Alfred Rosenberg, The Myth of the Twentieth Century.
1934, Elizabeth Dilling, The Red Network: A “Who’s Who” and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots.
1935, Rev. Denis Fahey, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World.
1936, Elizabeth Dilling , The Roosevelt Red Record and its Background.
1938 (circa), Rev. Denis Fahey, The Rulers of Russia.
1938, Anonymous, The Reign of the Elders (Gold, Gold, Gold).
1940, World Service, “How Jewry turned England into a Plutocratic State.”
1940, Elizabeth Dilling (writing as Rev. Frank Woodruff Johnson), The Octopus.
1940, Cincinnatus (anonymous pseudonym), War, War, War.
1944, Rev. Denis Fahey, Money Manipulation and Social Order.
1946, E.C. Knuth, Empire of “The City”: A Basic History of International Power Politics.
1948, Francis Parker Yockey (writing as Ulick Varange), Imperium: The Philosophy of History and Politics.
1952, Eustace Mullins, Mullins on the Federal Reserve.
1966, Bertrand L. Comparet, Merchants of Babylon.
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Chip Berlet is Senior Analyst at Political Research Associates in Somerville, MA, USA. The views expressed here are his own. A revised and expanded version of this study is online at: http://www.publiceye.org/larouche/antisemitism.
1 Ernest Hearst, Chip Berlet, and Jack Porter, "Neo-Nazism," Encyclopaedia Judaica, eds. Michael Berenbaum and Fred Skolnik, Vol. 15, 2nd ed., Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2007, pp. 74-82.
2 See website: http://www.schillerinstitute.org/about/about.html.
3 LaRouche in 2004, “LaRouche - Israeli Moles Behind 911 And Iraq War,” Press release; also posted as LaRouche in 2004, “The Pollard Affair Never Ended!” EIRNS, September 8, 2002; http://www.larouchepub.com/pr_lar/2002/090802pollard_affr.html.
5 Jeffrey Steinberg, “LaRouche Exposé of Straussian ‘Children of Satan’ Draws Blood,” Executive Intelligence Review, Vol. 30, No. 19 (May 16, 2003), http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2003/3019lar_expose_strauss.html, (accessed April 1, 2006).
6 LaRouche in 2004, Children of Satan, The ‘Ignoble Liars’ Behind Bush’s No–Exit War, http://larouchein2004.net/pdfs/pamphletcos.pdf; Children of Satan II: The Beast–Men, http://larouchein2004.net/pdfs/pamphlet0401cos2.pdf; Children of Satan III: The Sexual Congress for Cultural Fascism, http://larouchein2004.net/pdfs/040614beast3.pdf; all published in Leesburg, Virginia by the author (all accessed February 17, 2006).
7 Rev 2:9.
8 Interview with Andrew Gow.
9 Lyndon LaRouche, “New Pamphlet to Document Cult Origins of Zionism,” New Solidarity (December 8, 1978), as cited by King, Lyndon LaRouche, p. 275, see also pp. 174, 274-285.
10 U.S. Labor Party Investigating Team (Kostandinos Kalimtgis, David Goldman, Jeffrey Steinberg), Dope, Inc.: Britain’s Opium War against the U.S. (New York, 1978), pp. 25-37, quote from pp. 31-32; On the Protocols, see pp. 31-33; on the Rothschilds, see the chart on pp. 154-155, consult index for more than 20 page entries on the Rothschilds.
Webster Tarpley, “The Venetian Conspiracy,” The Campaigner, September, 1981, from a speech “delivered to the ICLC Conference near Wiesbaden, Germany, Easter Sunday, 1981,”p. 23. Tarpley now says he is no longer affiliated with LaRouche.
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