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Title LaRouche Political Action Committee
Affiliated
Organizations
Schiller Institute

Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement(WLYM)
Founder Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.
Leader Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.
Description SUBMITTED BY A FORMER MEMBER:

"In the United States, this organization has gone through several incarnations over the last several decades. Currently it operates as a lobbying organization and runs candidates for Congress and maintains a website. Formerly, it was the United States Labor Party and the National Caucus of Labor Committees. LaRouche ran for President several times. Lyndon LaRouche claims to be the world's leading economist and has all the solutions to the world's problems. This organization is international and has candidates running for political office in various other countries, most notably Germany and France."
Behavior
Control
1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
  a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
  b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
  c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
  d. How much sleep the person is able to have
  e. Financial dependence
  f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals

3. Need to ask permission for major decisions

4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors

5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).

6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

7. Rigid rules and regulations

8. Need for obedience and dependency.
"Many of the younger members were asked to leave school. Most members have no other source of income other than what is parceled out from fundraising. In some cases, no stipend is given and the member is totally dependent upon the structure of the organization to provide necessities, including food. Daily routine is strictly scheduled beginning with a morning briefing. Most of time spent is in long hours of fundraising on the streets and follow-up phone calls as well as organizing for meetings. Members also engage in "intellectual" activities that encourage the member to reinforce the philosophical doctrine of LaRouche, including reading Larouche's own writings promptly. The average work day is at least 12-13 hours. Association with family or former friends is highly discouraged and members are made to feel guilty about spending holidays with family. Outside leisure activities are discouraged."
Information
Control
1. Use of deception
  a. Deliberately holding back information
  b. Distorting information to make it acceptable
  c. Outright lying

2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
  a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio
  b. Critical information
  c. Former members
  d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think

3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
  a. Information is not freely accessible
  b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid
  c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what

4. Spying on other members is encouraged
  a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control
  b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership

5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
  a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.
  b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources

6. Unethical use of confession
  a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity boundaries
  b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution
"A daily briefing is produced every day detailing the news events and the particular interpretation of the global strategic situation by LaRouche. The lead of the briefing is supposed to contain the latest message that the group organizes around. At least 2 weekly meetings are held for the leadership where LaRouche gives his speech to the rest of the members which is to be repeated and incorporated in to the next day's briefing. In addition LaRouche also does this on shows put on the website. According to LaRouche, the global situation is always dominated by the competition between Larouche and his enemies, the British Empire. Members at the headquarters on Purcellville, VA are expected to make several videos a day with this information. Often times the particular spin put on news is supposed to be insider knowlegde given to LaRouche by contacts and therefore cannot be questioned or traced. Field organizers are usually kept so busy so that they could not research it anyway. Spying is definitely encouraged among members. Any demoralization is looked at as a threat and demands an intervention. The fear that there may be an enemy operation run on a member by outsiders or family is exploited when someone expresses doubt. When the doubt is not subject to control, LaRouche will explicitly lie about the person to divert attention."
Thought
Control
1. Need to internalize the group's doctrine as "Truth"
  a. Map = Reality
  b. Black and White thinking
  c. Good vs. evil
  d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)

2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".

3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.

4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
  a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
  b. Chanting
  c. Meditating
  d. Praying
  e. Speaking in "tongues"
  f. Singing or humming

5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate

6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful
"Members are pushed to their physical and psychological limit by the thought that the global economy can disintegrate at any moment or that the British will launch thermonuclear war. This is the reason given for why people cannot leave or do anything other than what is prescribed to them by LaRouche. LaRouche will usually give time frames for when a policy must be passed in order to avert the immediate crisis."
Emotional
Control
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person's feelings.

2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader's or the group's.

3. Feeling-stopping. Like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling "homesick" or feeling "depressed" or feeling "resentful".

4. Excessive use of guilt
  a. Identity guilt
    1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)
    2. Your family
    3. Your past
    4. Your affiliations
    5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
    6. Social guilt
    7. Historical guilt

5. Excessive use of fear
  a. Fear of thinking independently
  b. Fear of the "outside" world
  c. Fear of enemies
  d. Fear of losing one's "salvation"
  e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group
  f. Fear of disapproval

6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.

7. Ritual and often public confession of "sins".

8. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader's authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.
  a. No happiness or fulfillment "outside"of the group
  b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: "hell"; "demon possession"; "incurable diseases"; "accidents"; "suicide"; "insanity"; "10,000 reincarnations"; etc.
  c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family.
  d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group's perspective, people who leave are: "weak"; "undisciplined"; "unspiritual"; "worldly"; "brainwashed by family, counselors"; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.
"LaRouche uses emotional manipulation regularly. He can never be wrong. When he changes his story it is always the fault of the membership. Any problem that is raised is always blamed on the membership, specifically the older membership of baby boomers. LaRouche blames the entire generation of baby boomers for all the problems in the world since the death of Franklin Roosevelt. He belittles them as a whole and will use specific people as examples of cowardice. This type of belittlement may have been influential in the suicide of one of the long term members. Anyone not with the views of LaRouche is said to be immoral and less than human. Anyone that leaves the organization is considered spiritually dead and is seen to be forfeiting their human claim to immortality."
Group
Websites
LaRouche Political Action Committe

Executive Intelligence Review

LaRouche websites worldwide
Critical
Websites
Larouche Planet

Larouche Planet: An Application of the BITE model to the LaRouche group

Lyndon Larouche Watch

The Sky's The Limit:In the recent resignation document of 8 leading members of the LaRouche Youth Movement, they refer here to Steve's book Combating Cult Mind Control as helping them to decide to leave.

LaRouche Victims

Justice for Jeremiah

A Memorial to Kenneth Kronberg

Does Lyndon LaRouche Understand Anything About Plato?

(From Larouche Planet, September 2012): "We have long believed the foundations of our association to be built upon a commitment to the pursuit of truth. In that spirit, we have chosen to compile, in as much detail as possible from our combined experiences, a report of the events leading up to our departures from the LaRouche organization. We feel that you deserve to know what happened, and to finally hear our reasons for leaving, "from the horse's mouth," so to speak. The accusations made against us as to why we left are conscious lies, manifesting the same spirit of corruption and cover-up that provoked us each in our decision to depart. The chief reasons why we chose not to discuss our thoughts more publicly will be revealed by what is related here."
Other
Resources
(articles, videos, information)
Lyndon Larouche (Wikipedia)

LaRouche Planet: Sources & References

LaRouche Planet's Channel (YouTube)

Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement/WLYM (Wikipedia)

Steve Hassan's BITE Model Applied to the LaRouche Organization:
http://laroucheplanet.info/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=Cult.Bite