Was LaRouche a "psychopath"?
Popular psychopathic stereotypes are mistakenly limited to the serial killer. While all serial killers are psychopaths, very few psychopaths are serial killers. A psychopath's reward, much like a heroin addict's fix, is to exploit other individuals (or entire organizations.) Even the World would not be enough to satisfy a psychopath.
MR. ROBINSON (The "United States"):
Your Honor, this is not, contrary to Mr. LaRouche's assertions, this is not a political case. On the contrary, I think what the evidence clearly showed at the trial was that this was a case of theft. It was a case in which Mr. LaRouche certainly principally as the head of an organization and the rest of the defendants as his colleagues and subordinates, set about to do nothing short of stealing money. [...] it was a crime of theft which was cynical really. I think Mr. LaRouche probably more than anyone else is responsible for the cynical tone of it. It was Mr. LaRouche after all who said that the persons outside the organization were not morally fit to survive unless they contributed their money or loaned their money to the organization. [...] In this case as I think in any case it's important for the Court to look at the defendant's remorse and the defendant's acceptance of responsibility. I think what we have seen here this morning as we saw throughout the case, was in particular Mr. LaRouche's absolute inability to accept his responsibility for what took place here, his absolute inability to show anything like remorse.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. LYNDON LaROUCHE, et al Alexandria sentencing proceedings - January 27, 1989
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in it..." [Hamlet]
The "Larouchites" (i.e. the "Larouche worshippers") are perceived as "mad" or "insane", if not a pure nuisance. They are those who campaigned against President Obama showing his face with a "Hitler moustache", outraging everybody!
"If you want to win an argument with a LaRouchite, don’t tell him that he is a monster. Just ask him to make sense." concluded Greg Albert in his How to talk to a LaRouche supporter post (The Daily of the University of Washington - October 20, 2009).
"Making sense" is not LaRouchite's "cup of tea". But where does Larouchites' apparent "insanity" come from?
As LaRouche wrote:
Making men in my own image was the conscious articulation of my central purpose from approximately 1946.
So, Larouchites' are just LaRouche's "Master Voice", "insanity" clearly comes from him. Yes "making sense" was not LaRouche's "cup of tea". His is about "madness" or "Folie raisonnante" when "psychopathy" was first defined by Philippe Pinel in early 19th Century. But how did it get there? What happened to what was considered as an obscure Marxist "political sect"?
...his long-time partner Carol had left him in summer 1972, a circumstance which had led him to withdraw from most human contact. (He was living at that time on Morton Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village, with no telephone.)
Excerpted from Lyn's letter to Carol, August 25, 1972:
08-28-2012, 07:30 PM
The problem with you weakens my political effectiveness. Every time I think of you -- which is as infrequently as I can manage -- I am depressed. You must permit me to be free of seeing you. That you owe to the movement. Find your own niche and make your contribution as well as you can. Do me no more damage.
PS but on matters. That's necessary, however much I pay for it personally. Personally, you died in July. Now, you are an empty, stinking hulk with a political value, which latter must be treated with the respect your person does not merit...
As he emerged from that prolonged withdrawal, he announced that he was making profound psychoanalytical discoveries, which he began to test weekly in Saturday night sessions with the National Executive Committee (NEC)—the process which led to his “Beyond Psychoanalysis” series.
That year of 1973–1974 saw the following radical developments in the Labor Committee:
April 1973, “Mop-Up”: LaRouche announces at an “NC plenum” the policy of “Operation Mop-Up,” wherein Labor Committee members are sent out with nunchaku (“numchuks”) and pugil sticks to invade Communist Party meetings, to declare that “There is only one item on the agenda”—that item being, presumably, a discussion of why the Communist Party was going after the Labor Committee—and, when the CPers refused to allow such a discussion, to beat up the meeting participants.
For two months, Labor Committee members assault Communist Party members, with broken bones and broken teeth on both sides but, miraculously, no fatalities. Then, abruptly, LaRouche calls it off.
Early Summer 1973, “RYM”: LaRouche announces a new policy, the building of a “Revolutionary Youth Movement” (RYM) based on ghetto gangs. This dangerous tactic is short-lived.
Summer 1973, The Baraka Campaign (at lyndonlarouchewatch.org) : LaRouche launches a campaign in the ghettoes of Newark, New Jersey against Amiri Imamu Baraka (LeRoi Jones), the poet and “Black Nationalist” figure.
Summer 1973: LaRouche begins to promote his “new psychological methods” more broadly in the U.S. and European organizations. (*)
Fall 1973: In Europe, LaRouche breaks the so-called Konstantin George brainwashing case, claiming that the East German Stasi kidnapped and brainwashed Labor Committee member George.
September/October 1973: LaRouche publishes 'Beyond Psychoanalysis', the first in the “Beyond Psych” series.
November 1973: LaRouche publishes The Sexual Impotence of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party, the second in the series.
December 1973: LaRouche publishes The Case of Ludwig Feuerbach, the third in the series.
December 1973–January 1974: LaRouche declares that Chris W (**), the husband of Carol who left LaRouche in summer 1972, has been brainwashed by British intelligence and the KGB to assassinate LaRouche. Chris is isolated and “deprogrammed” by LaRouche, who takes this occasion to isolate (in some cases, lock up) other members of the NEC as well and to put the organization on a quasi-military footing. LaRouche surrounds himself with “Security” (drawn from the members who were more successful—that is, more aggressive—in the “Mop-Up” period), and from January 1974 to the present day never stirs without “Security,” guards, weapons, and the like.
Members in New York are interviewed to ascertain whether they have been brainwashed. All information discovered is written down and turned over to “Security.” LaRouche generalizes the NEC “Beyond Psych” weekly sessions into ego-stripping attack sessions throughout the organization. 6
... and as we say the rest is "history"!
Paranoia and hatred against the "Traitors" (e.g. the "Treason school" and other "Trojan Horse" etc.): the "British" (e.g. Chris White), women and the "Jews" (e.g. Carol) started after that seminal period which saw the transformation from a "political sect" (Lyn Marcus) to a "political cult" led by Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.
The "Dark Triad of personality": Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy
Recently, psychologists and researchers realized that psychopathy and NPD (Narcissistic personality disorder) share many personality traits. These shared traits are indeed covered in Hare's "Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)" test, by its first 8 questions (Factor 1: Aggressive narcissism - See below).
Professor of Psychology Delroy L. Paulhus (University of British Columbia) and his colleagues noted:
"Although the personality constructs of Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy had different origins, there are striking similarities. To varying degrees, all three entail a dark, socially destructive character with behavior tendencies such as grandiosity, emotional coldness, manipulation and aggressiveness." 1
They confirmed that:
"Despite their diverse origins, the personalities composing this Dark Triad share a number of features. To varying degrees, all three entail a socially malevolent character with behavior tendencies toward self-promotion, emotional coldness, duplicity, and aggressiveness." 3
All three are very similar yet "are distinctive enough to warrant separate measurement". 3 A "Narcissist" is not necessarily a "Psychopath" or a "Machiavellian", and vice versa. However, a person who shares these three "personality traits" can generally be considered a Psychopath.
Let us focus here on LaRouche's case.
Everyone acquainted with his cult of personality knows this: whether on his websites or any of his publications, his name is EVERYWHERE, ALL THE TIME.
NPD is a personality disorder defined as:
"a pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy. "
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth edition Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR) - American Psychiatric Association (2000).
As distinct from "healthy narcissism" which we all possess, pathological narcissism is maladaptive, rigid, persisting, and causes significant distress, and functional impairment. Pathological narcissism was first described in detail by Freud in his essay "On Narcissism" . [...] The "Narcissistic Personality Disorder" (NPD) (formerly known as megalomania or, colloquially, as egotism) is a form of pathological narcissism. It is a Cluster B (dramatic, emotional, or erratic) Personality Disorder.
Narcissistic and Psychopathic Leaders By Dr. Sam Vaknin
LaRouche had indeed an unlimited sense of grandiosity and self-importance. More at Who Did He Think He Was?.
He was also a paranoid and tended to "project" (as the narcissist/ NPD he was) onto his "fantasy enemies" his own traits of personality.
Here was a typical case of LaRouche's then anti-Obama obsessions:
"After Obama's psychotic flip out, when confronted by a former big supporter at a Princeton University alumni event last week, some media pundits have finally woken up to his latest manifested mental disorder: empathy deficit disorder. [...] All three articles, and scores of others, noted Obama's total disconnect from the pain that the American people are going through, as the result of his murderous policies, starting with his Obamacare death panels. The term "empathy deficit disorder," itself, however, is a misleading cop-out. What is really being described is a sociopathology, that is an integral part of Obama's Narcissism. He really does not care about the fate of the American people. It's all about his ego."
Obama's Empathy Deficit Disorder Revealed: He's Actually a Dangerous Sociopath, September 28, 2010 at larouchepac.com
Reading this Larouchian article, one would wonder whether when narcissistic LaRouche spoke of Obama's personality, LaRouche was speaking of his own (psychological projection).
THE COURT: I am unwilling to accept in Mr. LaRouche's case or any of these others, that the end, lofty as it may be, justifies the means that were resorted to in this case. It's a serious case. It warrants incarceration for a substantial period of time.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. LYNDON LaROUCHE, et al Alexandria sentencing proceedings - January 27, 1989
Indeed, for LaRouche et al., the "End justifies the Means " (Machiavelli).
The construct of machiavellianism emerged from work of Christie and Geis (1970) on manipulative personalities. They developed a measure called MACH IV, receiving its name and most parts of its item material from books of the italian renaissance writer Niccolò Machiavelli. The quintessence of his advices for political rulers is „the end justifies the means“ which denotes to be ready for strategies like manipulation, deceit and lying to maintain ones power (Jones & Paulhus, 2009). 4
In the 1960s, Richard Christie and Florence L. Geis developed a test for measuring a person's level of Machiavellianism. This eventually became the MACH-IV test, a twenty-statement personality survey that is now the standard self-assessment tool of Machiavellianism.
"LaRouche" scored 82/100 at this test and can therefore be considered as high Mach.
The combination of NPD with Antisocial (criminal) and Paranoid personality disorders points to socio/psychopathy :
Definition: Psychopathy or "Folie raisonnante"
In 1801, Philippe Pinel (regarded by many as the father of modern psychiatry) described patients who were mentally unimpaired but nonetheless engaged in impulsive and self-defeating acts. He saw them as la folie raisonnante ("insane without delirium") meaning that they fully understood the irrationality of their behavior but continued with it anyway.
More at Antisocial personality disorder (wikipedia.org).
Psychopaths gain satisfaction through antisocial behavior, and do not experience shame, guilt, or remorse for any harm they may have caused others, with a remarkable ability to rationalize their behavior and to shrug off personal responsibility... blaming someone else, or denying it outright.
Researcher Robert Hare, whose Hare Psychopathy Checklist is widely used, describes psychopaths as "intraspecies predators".
What is the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)?
Hare Psychopathy Checklist at minddisorders.com (Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders)
The Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) is a diagnostic tool used to rate a person's psychopathic or antisocial tendencies. People who are psychopathic prey ruthlessly on others using charm, deceit, violence or other methods that allow them to get what they want. The symptoms of psychopathy include: lack of a conscience or sense of guilt, lack of empathy, egocentricity, pathological lying, repeated violations of social norms, disregard for the law, shallow emotions, and a history of victimizing others.
Originally designed to assess people accused or convicted of crimes, the PCL-R consists of a 20-item symptom rating scale that allows qualified examiners to compare a subject's degree of psychopathy with that of a prototypical psychopath. It is accepted by many in the field as the best method for determining the presence and extent of psychopathy in a person.
The Hare checklist is still used to diagnose members of the original population for which it was developed— adult males in prisons, criminal psychiatric hospitals, and awaiting psychiatric evaluations or trial in other correctional and detention facilities. Recent experience suggests that the PCL-R may also be used effectively to diagnose sex offenders as well as female and adolescent offenders.
The PCL-R is used for diagnosing psychopathy in individuals for clinical, legal or research purposes. Developed in the early 1990s, the test was originally designed to identify the degree of a person's psychopathic tendencies. Because psychopaths, however, are often repeat offenders who commit sexual assaults or other violent crimes again and again, the PCL-R is now finding use in the courtroom and in institutions as an indicator of the potential risk posed by subjects or prisoners. The results of the examination have been used in forensic settings as a factor in deciding the length and type of prison sentences and the treatment subjects should or should not receive.
Obviously, diagnosing someone as a psychopath is a very serious step. It has important implications for a person and for his or her associates in family, clinical and forensic settings. Therefore, the test must be administered by professionals who have been specifically trained in its use and who have a wide-ranging and up-to-date familiarity with studies of psychopathy.
Professionals who administer the diagnostic examination should have advanced degrees (M.D., Ph.D., or D.Ed.) in a medical, behavioral or social science field; and registered with a reputable organization that oversees psychiatric or psychological testing and diagnostic procedures. Other recommendations include experience working with convicted or accused criminals or several years of some other related on-the-job training. Because the results are used so often in legal cases, those who administer it should be qualified to serve as expert witnesses in the courtroom. It is also a good idea, if possible, for two experts to test a subject independently with the PCL-R. The final rating would then be determined by averaging their scores.
Many studies conducted in North America and Europe attest to the value of the PCL-R for evaluating a person's degree of psychopathic traits and, in many cases, for predicting the likelihood of future violent behavior. Some critics, however, are more skeptical about its value.
The Hare PCL-R contains two parts, a semi-structured interview and a review of the subject's file records and history. During the evaluation, the clinician scores 20 items that measure central elements of the psychopathic character. The items cover the nature of the subject's interpersonal relationships; his or her affective or emotional involvement; responses to other people and to situations; evidence of social deviance; and lifestyle. The material thus covers two key aspects that help define the psychopath: selfish and unfeeling victimization of other people, and an unstable and antisocial lifestyle.
The interview portion of the evaluation covers the subject's background, including such items as work and educational history; marital and family status; and criminal background. Because psychopaths lie frequently and easily, the information they provide must be confirmed by a review of the documents in the subject's case history.
Since LaRouche's PCL-R score is above 30, he qualifies for a professional diagnosis of psychopathy.
(*) This descent into madness (ie on "LaRouche planet") scenario is similar to John Carpenter's film "In the Mouth of Madness" (1995) where an insurance investigator (John Trent) embarks on a case to track down popular missing horror writer Sutter Kane. After writing a series of best-sellers in the horror genre, affecting the reason and causing disorientation, memory loss, and paranoia in readers, Kane has simply vanished near the release of his new novel, "Horror in Hobb's End." There is mass hysteria of his anxious fans waiting for the new release, and Trent believes that his disappearance is a marketing strategy. Trent is a true sceptic but slowly he has no choice but to believe what is really happening - that himself and all he sees in the world around him are being written by Kane... He will eventually encounter him in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End in New Hampshire. The fact that this town does not exist on maps but only in Kane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problem; a nightmare he cannot escape from, with this ultimate puzzle: is Kane his own creation?
1. "Shedding Light on the Dark Triad of Personality: Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and Psychopathy", By Delroy L. Paulhus, Kevin Williams, and Peter Harms, University of British Columbia, Presented at 2001 SPSP Convention in San Antonio Society for Personality and Social Psychology