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  •  Ancient run-in with LaRouche left scars (25+ / 0-)

    Way back in 1972-3, LaRouche ran "National Caucus of Labor Committees" or NCLC.  They were nominally ultra-leftist.  In Washington, DC, they targetted co-op bookstores popular as left-wing projects in those days.  I was involved in one near Dupont Circle.

    They sought to seize control of the bookstores and convert them to fronts for their organization. We resisted and ejected the NCLC stooges (multiple times as they kept returning).

    On my walk home from one such "struggle session", I was jumped and beaten senseless by the NCLC accolytes dressed in black.

    The degree of thought control the LaRouchian establish over their pawns is criminal and dangerous.

    •  Exactly. About as bad as the Scientologists and (10+ / 0-)

      Kochists and Christists and other cults.

      Past experience with Larouchies myself. At Washington National, the table was up and the pitchguys and gals were singing out about how Real Americans ought to Feed Jane Fonda To The Whales!", one of the then current Larouchie hot buttons. So while i was waiting for my plane, i pulled out a magic marker and the cardboard back from a legal pad and made a little sign that read "Feed Lyndon Larouche to Jane Fonda!" and vamped up and down in front of their table, which for some reason got the three of them mad, so the young lady started calling me filthy names. and on the front of their table was the then-latest, pre-Giant Hydropower Thing slogan, "Nuclear Power is Safer Than Sex!" So I just had to ask the young lady whose identity was apparently under stress, "When was the last time you had sex with a fast breeder reactor, and which part was it you were particularly involved with?" good thing my plane was called before the police had to get into it...

      If nothing else, this should teach us something about our fellow humans, and the difference between the real spectrum of human predilections and behaviors and perceptions and interaction with the nominal Real World, and the nice, comfortable, and obscuring categories that "reality-based" people try to force-fit all of us into. Like the notions of "patriotism" and "freedom" and "CommyaTerrarist:" these are not monads, they are miasmic swamps of murky sentiment and emotion. And being amazed that Wrongs, including TPers, are so off the wall when "reality" is so clearly (to our eyes) so very different, is just patent ignorance of the real nature of the predatory and parasitic beast that we are, to our likely approaching collective sorrow.

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 12:01:22 PM PDT

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    •  Community Bookstore on P St? (5+ / 0-)
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      I volunteered there in those days, eventually mangaged the store when it moved to 18th St. And yes, the NCLC goons were a big problem but I never got beat up. I hate the f*ckers. When they leaflet at the Metro station I take their literature and tear it up in their faces; it's the least  I can do. If I started talking to them I think I would lose it.

      I was a short ( 5'0") white woman in my mid twenties in those days. I'm still short and white but no longer in my twenties (sigh). We must have met.  I lived in a house on 18th St with a large number of mostly political/anti-war people, one of whom is now a state senator.

      You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

      by yellowdog on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 01:13:38 PM PDT

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