And Debbie gave me very urgently a summary of this thing.
August 1, 2011 4:29 PM   Subscribe

A Vote for the Debt Deal is a Vote for Treason is the latest flyer from political activist Lyndon LaRouche, reflecting his response to the debt deal. Promising the end of the United States, the end of civilization, a new dark ages and bodies piled in the streets, it sounds extreme but actually serves as a pretty standard example of LaRouche rhetoric.

Some background information on LaRouche. Recently he's turned up on Alex Jones.
posted by fleetmouse (18 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Yes, Lyndon LaRouche is a person who exists. There have been posts about him before; I'm not sure this is a particularly good reason to have another one. -- cortex



 
I'm normally much more circumspect and civil about people whose politics I disagree with, but Lyndon LaRouche is a turd.
posted by chimaera at 4:32 PM on August 1, 2011


An object lesson that persistence isn't always an admirable trait.
posted by Trurl at 4:33 PM on August 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


These guys hold demonstrations in downtown Los Angeles quite regularly. I believe in rational political discourse, which then makes me feel quite guilty when I tell their pamphleteer to fuck off.
posted by hwyengr at 4:33 PM on August 1, 2011


About a month ago, the LaRouchies were out on the street with a table, with a poster of Obama as Hitler, just down the street from the Jewish Community Center.

I wonder how well that worked out for them.
posted by yeloson at 4:35 PM on August 1, 2011


Chimaera, I added the turd tag.
posted by fleetmouse at 4:35 PM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


This makes me a little nostalgic for the days when wackos didn't necessarily have "Rep." or "Sen." or "Gov." before their names.
posted by found missing at 4:36 PM on August 1, 2011 [5 favorites]


Why is LaRuche given any publicity? He's just a crank, nobody takes him seriously.
posted by Rash at 4:37 PM on August 1, 2011


As a liberal, I wish that Obama was half as effective as the far-right believes him to be.
posted by jcreigh at 4:40 PM on August 1, 2011 [7 favorites]


"the end of civilization, a new dark ages and bodies piled in the streets" is something often predicted by Mefites on threads about capitalism's imminent collapse, "peak oil' or global warming. That's different though.
posted by joannemullen at 4:41 PM on August 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Well, the glassy-eyed youths who persist in handing out pamphlets around Beacon Hill seem to take him seriously. The good news is that they seem so vacant and slow that they're much easier to dodge than the chuggers all over town.

(No I don't have a minute for XXX cause)
posted by Dr.Enormous at 4:42 PM on August 1, 2011


There were a bunch of LaRouche folks, complete with the Naziism comparisons, out on Market St. last week. We passed them on the way back from lunch and a colleague asked me what it was all about. I'm pretty good at explaining stuff, including quick off the cuff explanations of things I know little about, but his question left me totally speechless. I think I stammered something like "crazy...political...whackjobs," but really: how the heck do you answer that question?
posted by zachlipton at 4:42 PM on August 1, 2011


Lyndon LaRouche is a turd

"Turd" is too good for LaRouche. A turd is the end result of a proper digestive process, an amalgamation of unused components of the inputs and a place where various organisms eke out a living on someone else's leftovers. LaRouche displays none of this refinement, none of the sense of deliberation, none of the striving present within a turd.

LaRouche is a half-formed bolus, removed through the viewing port from the stomach of a particularly dyspeptic cow, half-dipped in acid and half-dipped in the alkaline secretions of the small intestine, eluding the grasp of the serious researcher attempting to determine exactly what disease LaRouche's organization - that same bloated, flatulent cow - suffers from.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 4:42 PM on August 1, 2011 [5 favorites]


Some LaRouchie fucks had the gall to show up in Noe Valley, a very gay friendly neighbourhood in the heart of San Francisco. Raising money. For LaRouche, the man whose bullshit political movement tried to quarantine AIDS patients in 1986.
posted by Nelson at 4:45 PM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


He once argued the US economy dipped because the US stopped dramatically expanding traintracks. Talk about being... off the rails.
*Dons sunglasses*
posted by uni verse at 4:46 PM on August 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


Don't feed the troll.
posted by dersins at 4:47 PM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


"the end of civilization, a new dark ages and bodies piled in the streets" is something often predicted by Mefites on threads about capitalism's imminent collapse, "peak oil' or global warming. That's different though.

Well, I don't know about capitalism's imminent collapse, but yeah, the questions of how we move into a post-oil world and deal with the irreversible (on any reasonable timescale) changes we've made to the earth's environment and climate are different from increasing a statutory debt limit.
posted by jcreigh at 4:48 PM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is there a reason we're giving LaRouche free publicity on metafilter now? 'Cause he's loving every shred of publicity he gets. What's next? David Duke predicts financial calamity and worldwide pestilence, ya heard it here on metafilter first!
posted by blucevalo at 4:50 PM on August 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


I live a charmed life. I had not heard of LaRouche in years and thought he was dead.
posted by Cranberry at 4:53 PM on August 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


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