"Hylozoic Hedgehog" is the nom de guerre of a former NCLC member who first joined the LaRouche organization in 1971 and who later worked in the group's Manhattan-based National Office-based "Intelligence Staff" from 1974 until 1979 when he quit the organization in disgust over its ties to the far right.
He is a regular contributor on factnet.org forum on LaRouche.
This series of FactNet posts provides the most detailed look at the early history of the NCLC from LaRouche‟s leaving the SWP in late 1965 to the major faction fight inside the organization in 1971. The files focus most on the early NCLC in two key cities, New York and Philadelphia. However there is some mention of the NCLC group in Baltimore as well as a detailed picture of the early European organization.
As part of the research, LaRouche Planet includes two detailed series of posts by Hylozoic Hedgehog (dubbed “the Old Mole Files” and “the New Mole Files”) based on archival research. Much of the discussion involves the proto-LaRouche grouping and its role in SDS, the Columbia Strike, and the New York Teachers Strike in New York as well as the group's activity in Philadelphia.
Finally, this series of posts can also be read as a continuation of the story of LaRouche and the NCLC begun by the “New Study” also posted on LaRouche Planet which covers LaRouche's history from his early years in New Hampshire and Massachusetts to his relocating to New York City in the early 1950s and his activity inside the Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party (SWP) until he left the SWP in late 1965.
This series of FactNet posts covers a range of LaRouche Organization ties to the far right both in Europe and the United States. The first few posts look at some of the ideological links to past anti-Semite thinkers in Germany. The next set of exchanges explores the NCLC’s ties to a leading Japanese promoter of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The FactNet discussion then turns to the NCLC’s own weird endorsement of theories about Atlantis and the far right belief in Atlantis as well as LaRouche’s various kooky views on such matters and his embrace of some of the ideas of Barry Fell.
In the second half of the FactNet posts, we bid adieu to the Black Forest and the misty shores of Atlantis and focus in on the LC’s ties to Roy Frankhouser, a leading KKK member and neo-Nazi who began working openly with the NCLC in the mid-1970s. The section on Frankhouser can also be read as a supplement to the chapters in the “New Study” posted on LaRouche Planet (entitled “Unity Now” and “The Frankhouser File.” (As for Frankhouser’s role in the 1980s, see Dennis King’s book Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism.).
Finally we conclude with three appendices. The first examines the LaRouche group’s connections in Sweden. The second gives a detailed description of one mysterious “E to L Memo” exchange between LaRouche and an unknown source. In Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism, Dennis King discusses the “E to L Memo” and speculates on the possible author “E” but here is the actual text of one such exchange. The third and final appendix mentions the curious way some of the NCLC’s anti-Semitic and conspiratorial ideas echoed ideas in the Soviet Union in the late 1970s.
At times there is also some mention in the exchanges of the group Diagnosen Velag/CODE and its leader Ekkehard Franke-Gricksch. Because this is such an involved discussion, the reader is recommended to look at the separate LaRouche Planet section exclusively devoted to this special topic.
This series of FactNet posts features an exhaustive summary of a rare book by a former leading member of the LaRouche operation in Australia named Don Veitch. Veitch shows in great detail the way the organization functioned as a cult and, in particular, the way LaRouche's early 1970s “Beyond Psychoanalysis” texts were used in the late 1980s and 1990s to organize the Australian group as a cult. Veitch also highlights the role played by Al Douglas, the “American controller” of the LaRouche operation in Australia which operated as the Citizens Electoral Council.
The overwhelming number of posts are by “Hylozoic Hedgehog” since HH summarizes the Veitch book in detail. However, this series of posts also includes the text from an article from the British journal Searchlight as well as a brief memoir by a former leading member of the Australian CEC. It also includes some mention of Robert Pash, a strange Australian supporter of Libya with whom the LaRouche group maintained ties with in the late 1980s.
A few of the texts have been lightly edited to exclude some extraneous discussions. The texts in their original form are, of course, available on FactNet.
Veitch's book is available here.
This series of FactNet posts examines the strange saga of Ekkehard Franke-Gricksch‟s publication CODE and its related organization – the Confederation of OrganicallyThinking Europeans -- and the entire network‟s links to the LaRouche Organization in Germany. The story of CODE is admittedly a complex one and the information posted here is possibly the most detailed exploration of CODE on the Internet, certainly in English. That fact noted, there are still many puzzles, a dilemma in part caused by the sheer difficulty of locating back issues of the publication.
However, one thing is clear: CODE functioned for years partly as a kind of German sister publication to Willis Carto's Spotlight. As readers may know, Willis Carto headed both the Liberty Lobby and the Institute for Historical Review for many years. He currently runs the Barnes Review as well as American Free Press. (For those unfamiliar with Carto and LaRouche, see the chapter “Unity Now” in “New Study” available on LaRouche Planet as well as Dennis King, Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism.)
The ties between the LaRouche Organization in Germany and CODE echo the same alliance developed in the United States between the NCLC and the Liberty Lobby. For this reason alone, the LaRouche links to CODE are worth investigating in a special section even though the topic is not an easy one to research.
Two FactNet researchers, Patentrezept and Hylozoic Hedgehog – both of whom know German – did most of the primary research on CODE with Patentrezept working in Germany and Hylozoic Hedgehog working in the United States. Their work included translations from German sources so that English-language only readers will be able to get a better sense of CODE, Ekkehard Franke-Gricksch, the strange Confederation of Organic Thinkers/Political Lexicon group and their ties to the LaRouche movement as well as to Willis Carto. The work of Patentrezept in particular highlights CODE's initial creation in the late 1970s as a kind of right-wing New Age “environmental” and “health” publication and its strange shift in the early 1980s.
Finally, it must be said that much of what follows does not make for light reading. However for those with a specialist interest in the topic or for the general reader who desires to know more, there is a great deal of valuable information here on the CODE network that would otherwise be very difficult to find.
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