Lenora Fulani and the Politics of Opportunism
There is an ideological and conceptual trail that leads from Lyndon LaRouche to Fred Newman to Lenora Fulani. It is the confluence of political opportunism with a crude anti-elite critique. Fred Newman has written of the influence of LaRouche's theories on his work; and Lenora Fulani has credited the influence of Fred Newman's theories on her analysis. But even if this were not the case, the pattern remains visible.
LaRouche was not the only left analyst in the late 1960s and early 1970s to adopt an anti-elite analysis that overemphasized the role of powerful families and elite policy groups in shaping politics and history. Unlike the work of G. William Domhoff and Holly Sklar, who look at elite formations such as the Trilateral Commission in a context that is rooted in an institutional and systemic perspective, the crude anti-elite analysis sees a handful of malicious elites manipulating an idealized society against the will of the people.
In the crude anti-elite analysis, it makes sense for the left and right to join forces to smash the corrupt regime controlled by the malicious elites. Add in economic nationalism and political opportunism, and you have key ingredients for the recipe that gave the world national socialism. It is important to recognize that fascism is an extreme form of right wing populism.
LaRouche's move toward an alliance with the right is documented in
Dennis King's book Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism,
(New York: Doubleday, 1989).
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