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APPENDIX FOUR Ken Duggan: LaRouche’s Favorite Satanist?


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In the fall of 1974, Lyndon LaRouche’s National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC) moved deeper and deeper into the truly weird world of the far right. As I have shown in some detail in “Unity Now,” one of the LaRouche organization’s key connections to the extremist political fringe was a New York-based far rightist and practicing occultist named Ken Duggan.[1] We now know that not only was the mysterious Mister Duggan an “occultist” – he was even a “card-carrying member” of Anton LaVey’s notorious Church of Satan!

On 9 April 1970, the then-39 year old Duggan was questioned on a number of topics by the FBI. The FBI particularly wanted to know more about his connections to the radical right Minutemen organization and its jailed leader Robert DePugh, whom Duggan labeled “a political prisoner.” In his interview, Duggan minimized his contacts with the Minutemen.[2] He then described the network around his own far-right occult publication Illuminator.

From the FBI file :

DUGGAN advised that he and ____ will continue to put out the publication “Illuminator,” which he described as the American nationalist journal of occult politics. He stated that the “Illuminator” has a research team of 24 persons in the United States and one person in Belgium. He stated the “sabatical [sic] goat” and the “road to 1984” are the trademark and logo respectively of the “Illuminator.”[3]

Duggan next told the FBI that he “is a member of the Church of Satan which had no political affiliations, but embraces all races and ethnic groups.” In fact the Church of Satan appears to have had a strong far-right component inside the organization. While clearly not every member of the Church of Satan was a fascist – in fact many were extreme hedonists and political libertarians – it seems undeniable that LaVey’s aggressive glorification of extreme Social Darwinist ideas attracted certain individuals with a preexisting far-right political and esoteric worldview. For example, in the early 1970s the Detroit-based occult-fascist Order of the Black Ram, which reportedly maintained close ties to the National Renaissance Party, first emerged from the Michigan branch of the Church of Satan.

The FBI report continues:

DUGGAN stated that JAMES MADOLE of the National Renaissance PARTY (NRP) was a respected occultist 10-15 years ago prior to coming from Beekman, NY [actually Beacon, NY – HH] to NYC and forming the NRP. DUGGAN stated that he had known MADOLE for approximately two years and considers him far too intelligent to believe the anti-Negro, anti-Semitic statements he makes.

Duggan’s reference to Madole being “a respected occultist” remains somewhat cryptic. However Duggan was rather disingenuous when he discussed Madole’s views on blacks and Jews precisely because Madole justified his ideas by invoking a highly racialist version of Madame Blavatsky’s ideas about theosophy. In short, Madole’s occultism was intimately linked to his ideas on racial superiority and root races, and he had held those views for decades, including the time he lived in Beacon.[4]

Given Duggan’s membership in the Church of Satan and his ties to far rightists like Madole and Roy Frankhouser – himself a “pastor” in Robert Miles’ Michigan-based occult racialist Mountain Kirk of Jesus Christ – it seems clear that Duggan and his Illuminator network played a not-negligible role in developing the interface between far right politics and occultism. It seems equally clear that Ken Duggan employed this same network to facilitate overtures between the NCLC and the American “illuminated right.”


[1] After Duggan hanged himself in his jail cell in New York’s Rikers Island – where he was being held on charges of the attempted murder of another far rightist – the NCLC ran a 27 October 1975 obituary in New Solidarity praising him. For more, see my chapter “Unity Now” which is available at CHAPTER 14 Unity Now!. Duggan is also referenced in Dennis King, Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism (New York: Doubleday, 1989), 39, 199. The NCLC/Duggan connection was first exposed (appropriately enough) by a former high-ranking member of the group’s Security Staff named Greg Rose. See Gregory F. Rose, “The Swarmy Life and Times of the NCLC,” National Review, 30 March, 1979. The original Rose article can be found at Dennis King’s website . Rose reports (p. 411) that the NCLC “profiled” the NRP at the request of the government of Iraq. In fact, the NRP and the Iraqi government maintained connections from as far back as the late 1950s and the NRP regularly distributed propaganda literature for Iraq and other Arab nations. Therefore it seems more likely that the Iraqis may have been using the NRP to better understand the NCLC. Whatever the case, LaRouche visited Iraq in 1975 at the invitation of the Iraqi government, and his trip was documented in the NCLC publication New Solidarity.

In the National Review article, Rose first reported on a meeting the NCLC's Gus Axios held at the UN in 1974 with a Soviet diplomat, a Second Secretary at the Soviet UN mission named Gennady Serebryakov. In the second 1988 edition of The Power of Reason, LaRouche writes about this contact and that he too met with the Russian official:

On his own initiative, Rose visited the Soviet United Nations mission. At first, when he spoke of such meetings, we wondered if they had occurred at all. He identified his Soviet contact as one Gennady Serebryakov. Then, like a dog with a trophy in its teeth, he announced that Serebryakov wished to meet me at our offices. Several of us were astonished when this proved true. We confirmed that he was an official at the Soviet Embassy [sic]. His card said he was such a person, and he did wish to discuss "clearing up misunderstandings. . . . I placed my cards on the table, listing the cases in question, with emphasis on the local Communist Party and the East German security services. I judged that for the time being our problems from such quarters would be at an ebb.

Rose states that the NCLC (Rose himself if LaRouche is correct) first met with Nikolai Logiunov at the Mission but that Serebryakov became the main contact. Rose's article promotes his thesis that the NCLC was some kind of Soviet/East German operation, an argument he tried without success to sell to the FBI in the mid-1970s when, for a time, he functioned as a paid FBI informant.

[2] However, Roy Frankhouser, who genuinely held a high position in the Minutemen, claimed that he and Duggan had been working with the Minutemen for years. See my discussion of Frankhouser’s claims about the Minutemen and Duggan in “Palimpsest World” available at APPENDIX TWO Palimpsest World: The Serpentine Trail of Roy Frankhouser '^1^'.

[3] The sabbatical goat logo on the cover of Illuminator was an illustration of a goat’s skull in the middle of a satanic pentagram. A Sabbath was a gathering of witches and warlocks [male witches] that conjured the devil. Duggan publicly described himself as a “warlock.” For more, see “Unity Now.” The Labor Committee claimed that Madole's NRP in the last 1970s had some connections to a Church of Satan-linked cult known as the Kishites.

[4] On Madole and the NRP in general, see Kevin Coogan, Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey and the Postwar Fascist International (New York: Autonomedia, 1999).


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