Followers of Lyndon LaRouche have attracted a great deal of attention in recent years for provocative statements like posters featuring President Obama with an Adolf Hitler-style Nazi mustache aimed at building pressure for impeachment. LaRouche himself describes Obama as a “British tool” - part of a complex plot that seeks to dominate the world.
Even with a cadre of extraordinarily dedicated followers, however, LaRouche, his views, and his movement have attracted a barrage of criticism from all angles. Opponents have accused him of leading a “cult,” making extreme demands on his supporters, spreading anti-Semitism and disinformation, being variously either a right- or left-wing extremist, using unsavory tactics to push his agenda, and much more.
Though often overlooked in the media and the world of politics, LaRouche also wields some influence, though just how much remains unclear. He controls, for instance, a vast network of entities ranging from publications and cultural initiatives to “intelligence”-gathering operations and even political parties on the other side of the Atlantic.
There is also a “Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement” and a “LaRouche Political Action Committee.” And LaRouche himself has run for President of the United States on more than a few occasions — first on the U.S. Labor Party ticket but more often by seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination.
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