Context of Selected Quotes
" ‘Democracy’ is like a farm without a farmer, in which the chickens, sheep, cows, horses and pigs form ‘constituencies’ according to Locke, Hobbes, Rousseau or John Stuart Mill. Each constituency is but a collection of beasts, each with special ‘self-interests’ defined as animals might define self interests. The highest level of law in such a democratic animal farm is the ‘social contracts’ among these bestial constituencies.
"The human species is not a collection of chickens, cows, pigs, sheep and so forth. Therefore, ‘pluralism’ and other British notions of ‘democracy’ are fit only for British aristocrats, not for self-respecting human beings such as the citizens of the United States.
"The essence of republican organization, including republican parties, is the mobilization of a majority of the citizens as a conscious force engaged in direct deliberation of the policymaking of the nation, of discovering which policies are in fact currently in the interest of the nation and its posterity. By creating a republican labor party of such trade unionists and ethnic minorities, we shall end the rule of irrationalist episodic majorities, of British liberal notions of ‘democracy.’ "
LaRouche has a history of making statements that reveal great animosity toward gay people, and generally links AIDS to the gay community in ways that are seen as bigoted. He has called for draconian measures against persons with AIDS, and scoffed at civil liberties and civil rights concerns, writing that people who physically attack gay people are merely exercising their civil rights:
[first full sentence on left column]"... But if you could pass a law, pass a reform and so forth, it would mean nothing, absolutely nothing. If the cultural paradigm which currently prevails in Washington, in the political process, existed, youcould pass any law in name; the implementation will be conducted by the State Department and other agencies, according to the existing cultural paradigm. If you cannot change the cultural paradigm which presently prevails in the United States, if you cannot change the philosophical outlook among the majority of Americans; you can't do anything very good; and everything you accomplish is worthless-your life will be worthless, as the life of all others. Yours will be a little better than worthless because you tried.
"But we must have a change in the cultural paradigms, in the United States. There is a function I have laid out in the case of the AIDS problem: Yes, we must destroy AIDS. It's . going to destroy everybody otherwise; we've got to contain it, we can't find a miracle cure that fast; we're going to have to use methods of public health, which means we're going to have to put away every carrier until they can no longer carry; and if you won't do that, you don't care about your neighbor or your children. If you do that with tuberculosis, how much more must you do it with this, which is a disease which is 100% fatal to all infected? No cure--you die like a poor Iceland sheep. You die in 5 years-maybe earlier-you die in 5 years of pneumonia; or you die in about 10 years or so, as your central nervous system just turns into a pile of garbage. You die because your central nervous system has totally broken down. We have to fight this disease. You have to go to public-health measures, if we have to bum the GayCLU to do it!
"But: What is it worth to fight AIDS, if there are no human beings to survive that victory? What if the human race is turned into a pile of moral garbage, unfit to be saved? What's the advantage of fighting AIDS then? It's sort of God's mercy-killing, or Soviet agents' mercy-killing, who think they're God.
"We have another purpose in fighting AIDS, for our fighting AIDS--for our inducing people to do what they should have done anyway without our speaking a word. Government agencies should have done this. There should be no issue! But government agencies didn't! That's the issue. Why didn't they? Because of a cultural paradigm shift. They did not want, on the one hand, to estrange the votes of a bunch of faggots and cocaine sniffers, the organized gay lobby, as it's called in the United States. (I don't know why they're "gay," they're the most miserable creatures I ever saw!) The socalled gay lobby, 8% of the population, the adult electorate; the drug users. There are 20 million cocaine sniffers in the United States, at least. Of course it does affect their mind; it affects the way they vote! It also, I think, affects their employability. They ought to be taxed 100% of their income, on the basis of not having earned it, and on the basis of the fact that we need the money to fight the effects of their habit.
"But the issue, the deeper issue, is that the government and the people, the general electorate, in terms of the political machines of this country, have no morality. Here is a question, which was settled in the middle of the 14th century and afterward -- the question of public sanitation on issues of epidemic and pandemic disease. Every government in the world is well-informed of that and the penalties of not invoking that policy. We have statutes on the books of the federal government, on the state and local level throughout the country, on this matter. The decision to be made on AIDS should have been automatic. Anybody who did not make that decision acted in defiance of the law, and should be accountable for any person infected! That is, if you're infected, if a member of your family dies of AIDS or is infected with AIDS, you should be able to sue members of the federal government, personally, for millions of dollars in each case -- damages! Because it was their negligence, willful negligence, in defiance of statutes, which caused this; not the law -- the law was fine! If they had followed the law, your friend wouldn't have been infected with AIDS.
"Where did this nonsense come from? Oh, we don’t want to offend the gays! Gays are sensitive to their civil rights; this will lead to discrimination against gays!
"They’re already beating up gays with baseball bats around the country! Children are going to playgrounds, they go in with baseball bats, and they find one of these gays there, pederasts, trying to recruit children, and they take their baseball bats and they beat them up pretty bad. They’ll kill one sooner or later. In Chicago, they’re beating up gays that are hanging around certain schools, pederasts; children go out with baseball bats and beat them up—which is perfectly moral; they have the civil right to do that! It’s a matter of children’s civil rights!"
LaRouche has written that history might not judge harshly those who joined lynch-mobs and beat gay people to death with baseball bats to stop the spread of AIDS:
"The lynchers…are a special variety of political revolutionary, and express, spontaneously, the conspiratorial and other ethical characteristics of political revolutionaries….
"Since the idea of touching the person of the carrier is abhorrent, stones and the nadiest approximation of a collection of baseball bats, come to mind. Certain individuals, of known haunts, first suggest themselves as easy targets.
"The point is fast approaching, that increasing portions of these populations will focus upon the fact, that a dead AIDS carrier ceases to be a carrier. If governments were to proceed with repeated mass-screenings of the population, and isolation of carriers, the likelihood of a teenager lynch-mob phenomenon would be small. If not, then other ways of reducing the number of carriers will become increasingly popular.
"In that case, the lynch-mobs might be seen by later generations’ historians, as the only political force which acted to save the human species from extinction."
Racism"Can we imagine anything more viciously sadistic than the Black Ghetto mother?"
Misrepresenting the existence of a quote revealing anti-Chinese bigotry.
Here is an example of LaRouche simply misrepresenting the facts about his early (and frequently embarrassing) writing. Some corrections have been made to the transcript, and are indicated by [brackets].
LaRouche's Remarks at Middlebury College
Here is [the] transcript of Lyndon LaRouche's remarks to Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, on Nov. 14, 2003. LaRouche was invited to speak by the Middlebury College Democrats.
<Snipped to last question>
Question: It's just a quick question. I was [reading the website of Political Research Associates], and they quoted this internal memo, written by you, personally. And you were quoted as saying, and I quote--this was about the majority of the Chinese people, and you said, quote: "They are [approximating] the lower animal species."
LaRouche: No, they're treated by many, as a lower animal species.
Question: Then, how can anyone, in any regard, read that, and not regard you as a blatant racist?
LaRouche: I think it's a little bit of misquoting going on there. I don't know where you got it from, but it's misquoted.
Question: It's Chip Berlet.
Brand: It's Chip Berlet. It's Political Research Associates.
LaRouche: Oh it's Chip Berlet! Oh, from him! That explains it all! [laughter] He made it up himself.
Question: So you never said it?
LaRouche: No! He made it up.
LaRouche: That's the kind of garbage, I think some of you have been afflicted with. [laughter] This guy could never tell the truth.
Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
“What Happened to Integration?”
The Campaigner, (Journal of the National Caucus of Labor Committees), Vol. 8, No. 8, August 1975, pp. 5-40.
“The Maoism Parallel” (pages 26-27)
The, same psychopolitical principles embodied within the special cases just cited are demonstrated on a mass scale by the case of Peking’s hideous racism-motivated alliance with Rockefeller.
It is Maoist racism—”Great Han Chauvinism”—which has increasingly determined
Peking’s international strategy through two major evolutions over the
period of the past decade. The first of these two phases is highlighted
by the Lin Piao pronouncement of early 1965, in which
Peking officially wrote off the working-class movement in the advanced
sector as a whole and projected a tidal wave of colonial revolutions
which would ultimately engulf the industrialized “cities” of the northern
hemisphere. In the second emerging clearly since approximately 1971,
Peking’s international perspective has been the provocation of a general
thermonuclear war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact forces, with the perspective
of subsequent Maoist hegemony over the partially radioactive planet.
Both policies, ranged in sequence as successive phases of moral degeneration,
are crucial reflected evidence of the sweep of racist “Great Han Chauvinism” throughout
There is no mystery concerning the causes for this hideous spectacle. Broadly, the cruel backwardness of China-with its virtually 80-85 per cent rural population chiefly dependent upon brutal forms of labor-intensive production-perpetuates those notorious forms of peasant commune life which have been the basis for “oriental” attitudes of intensive racism and of viewing human life itself as “cheap.” This is an essential objective background part of the clinical problem, but is not decisive in itself. It is the reactionary practices and policies of the Peking regime which are; directly and ultimately principally responsible for actualizing the potential dangers of those objective conditions into the form of prevailing conscious political tendencies.
The key analytical point to be made in this connection immediately implies the appropriate basis for socialist policies concerning the sickness of racist attitudes and practices.
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The paranoid personality and lower forms of animal life share a parallel general form of fundamental distinction from actually human personalities. The distinctive feature of lower life, when such animal species are contrasted with humanity, is that the range of behaviourisms of the animal is essentially fixed in correlation with its genetic heritage (even though many of the specific behaviours themselves are not directly genetically determined). Man, by creative discoveries realized as progressive development of his behavior, produces dominant sequences of social evolution for which successive forms of society are qualitatively analogous to the evolution of higher species among lower animal forms.
Hence, that creative mental process which produces such willful evolution is the distinguishing essence of humanity, and the person who focuses upon that feature of his mental life and its practical consequences has a human sense of identity (ego), on which sense of self it is possible for him to develop an appropriate guiding moral structure for his social behavior.
The paranoid, so approximating the lower animal species, is relatively lacking in such sense of human identity and is, to a corresponding degree, incapable of sustaining a stable guiding moral structure for his behavior.
The paranoid state is characteristic of the “village commune’,’ culture. Objectively, the model “oriental village commune” is characterized by the fixing of the mode of production with a rigidity paralleling the behavioral stagnation of lower animal life. Worse, the culture evolved in reconciling the victims of such a dead-end culture to that animal-like state. of “Zero Growth” existence and the paranoid form of the “chains of illusion”-a reaction formation-in which the hideous, dehumanizing oppressiveness of the culture is apotheosized as a virtue. As Karl Marx emphasizes in his denunciation of this hideous village commune form, the victim expresses his sense of self-degradation by worshipping “Hanuman the monkey and Sabbala the cow.”
The relevant anti-human feature of Maoist doctrine is precisely of that
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