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Encyclopedia > Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement
LaRouche Youth chorus performing Bach
LaRouche Youth chorus performing Bach

The Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement (WLYM) is a political body linked to controversial American political figure Lyndon LaRouche. It has been developed since 1999, and is perhaps the most significant change in the LaRouche movement since his 1994 release from prison. The recruitment of young people in the 18–25 year old age bracket has reportedly brought more members into the LaRouche organization than at any time in the past, and as a result of the Internet, there are active chapters in nations like Japan where LaRouche has no official organization. LaRouche Youth Movement singing Bach. ... Defunct California Proposition 64 North American Labour Party Party for the Commonwealth of Canada Parti pour la république du Canada U.S. Labor Party Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche, Jr. ... The LaRouche Movement is an international political and cultural movement which promotes Lyndon LaRouche and his ideas, including a number of conspiracy theories. ...


Lyndon LaRouche has explicitly created his youth movement to address what he calls the "baby-boomer problem" among his membership and more generally among the US population. LaRouche writes of "a new quality of youth movement in the U.S.A., a new youth ferment whose existence reflected a certain special quality of opposition to the cultural legacy and life-style of their "Baby Boomer" parents' generation." [1]


In an article in the University of California, Berkeley independent student newspaper, The Daily Californian on February 11, 2004, reporter David Cohn described the local chapter of the LYM as "30 college-aged youths" who spent several hours each day undergoing instruction provided by the LaRouche organization. One member, 23-year-old Jason Ross, told Cohn that he had dropped out of Stanford University in his junior year to join the movement. "We are in a complete breakdown of the financial system and we know that. We can use our time in a more appropriate manner than going to school,” he said. Cohn also talked to three other members who had all quit school to join the movement. The Daily Californian reported the movement's numbers as "about 100 young people from Los Angeles to Oakland" who "travel to dozens of college campuses aggressively recruiting members and not hesitating to ask newcomers to quit school." The University of California, Berkeley (also known as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, Cal, and by other names, see below) is the oldest and flagship campus of the ten-campus University of California system. ... The Daily Californian (or Daily Cal) is an independent, student-run newspaper that serves the University of California, Berkeley campus and its surrounding community. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stanford redirects here. ...


The LaRouche youth claim that they are fighting for an "intellectual Renaissance," and in addition to conventional political activity such as distributing literature in the streets, they spend time in what are called "Monge brigades," described as leaderless discussion groups where the members work to master important discoveries in classical science and art. Among the topics frequently pursued are the ideas of Plato, Friedrich Schiller, and Carl Friedrich Gauss. There are also performance workshops on the dramas of William Shakespeare and choral compositions of J.S. Bach and other classical composers, as well as African-American Spirituals. Regular "cadre schools" are held in the United States and Europe, where Lyndon LaRouche and other senior members of LaRouche organizations give lectures and take questions from LYM youth. Gaspard Monge. ... For other uses, see Plato (disambiguation). ... Friedrich Schiller Schiller redirects here. ... (30 April 1777 – 23 February 1855) was a German mathematician and scientist of profound genius who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, magnetism, astronomy and optics. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Bach redirects here. ... A spiritual is an African American song, usually with a Christian religious text. ...


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An ex-member of the LaRouche youth movement has made claims that the Youth Movement is a cult and its members are often the subject of brainwashing techniques. Ex-member Michael Scott Winstead claims that although they are convinced that they are involved in important political work, the job of most members is only to collect money and recruit more members. According to Winstead, members that become critical or disillusioned by the movement often become the focus of brutal psychological attacks by the other members, including accusations of homosexuality, sexual deviance, and allegiance to anti-LaRouche conspiracies. They are often encouraged and even lead by the group's managers. Winstead recounts: The LaRouche Movement is an international political and cultural movement which promotes Lyndon LaRouche and his ideas, including a number of conspiracy theories. ... Defunct California Proposition 64 North American Labour Party Party for the Commonwealth of Canada Parti pour la république du Canada U.S. Labor Party Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche, Jr. ... Defunct California Proposition 64 North American Labour Party Party for the Commonwealth of Canada Parti pour la république du Canada U.S. Labor Party Lyndon LaRouche This article is an article about the political views of Lyndon LaRouche. ... Lyndon LaRouches U.S. Presidential campaigns have been a staple of American politics since 1976. ... Defunct California Proposition 64 North American Labour Party Party for the Commonwealth of Canada Parti pour la république du Canada U.S. Labor Party United States v. ... Helga Zepp-LaRouche (born August 25, 1948, Trier) is a German political activist, wife of controversial American political activist, Lyndon LaRouche, and founder of the LaRouche movements Schiller Institute and the German B rgerrechtsbewegung Solidarit t party (B eSo) (Civil Rights Movement Solidarity). ... Amelia Boynton Robinson Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (born 1911) was an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement and later became a leader in the Lyndon LaRouche-related Schiller Institute. ... Janice Hart was an unsuccessful candidate for the office of Illinois Secretary of State in 1986. ... The neutrality and factual accuracy of this article are disputed. ... The LaRouche Movement is an international political and cultural movement which promotes Lyndon LaRouche and his ideas, including a number of conspiracy theories. ... Defunct California Proposition 64 North American Labour Party Party for the Commonwealth of Canada Parti pour la république du Canada U.S. Labor Party The National Caucus of Labor Committees (NCLC) is a political cadre organization in the United States founded and controlled by political activist Lyndon LaRouche, who... CEC members demonstrate outside an election meeting organised by the Australian Jewish News in Melbourne, September 2004. ... LaRouche Youth chorus performing Bach The Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement (WLYM) is a political body linked to controversial American political figure Lyndon LaRouche. ... The Schiller Institute is an international political and economic thinktank and is one of the primary institutions in the Lyndon LaRouche movement, with headquarters in both Germany and the United States. ... Defunct California Proposition 64 North American Labour Party Party for the Commonwealth of Canada Parti pour la république du Canada U.S. Labor Party The European Workers Party (Europeiska Arbetarpartiet - EAP) is a very small political party in Sweden without parliamentary representation. ... Proposition 64 was a proposition in the state of California on the November 4, 1986 ballot. ... This is part of a series on Lyndon LaRouche and related people, organizations and issues. ... This is part of a series on Lyndon LaRouche and related people, organizations and issues. ... The Parti pour la république du Canada (Québec) (in English: Party for the Commonwealth of Canada (Quebec)) was the Quebec branch of the Party for the Commonwealth of Canada, a Canadian political party formed by supporters of U.S. politician Lyndon LaRouche. ... See Labor Party (USA) for the modern party which has a similar name but is unconnected with the US Labor Party Defunct California Proposition 64 (1986) North American Labour Party Party for the Commonwealth of Canada Parti pour la république du Canada U.S. Labor Party The U.S... It has been suggested that cult debate be merged into this article or section. ... Brainwashing or thought reform is the application of coercive techniques to change the beliefs or behavior of one or more people usually for political or religious purposes. ...

I'm caught off-guard, like, what the hell just happened?...The yelling goes on for maybe five or 10 minutes while I'm furiously backpedaling...They call it making somebody a self-conscious organizer...It is about getting somebody to break down and cry, just to have an emotional collapse. Once you do that, then people are malleable.[1]

The LYM has responded by portraying Michael Winstead as an agent of the Washington Post who has admitted to plotting slander against LaRouche and his organizations. These claims are unsubstantiated.


After spending six days at a Schiller Institute conference and LYM cadre school in Germany, 22-year-old Jeremiah Duggan, a Jewish student from London who was studying in Paris, ran onto a busy road in what the British coroner called a "state of terror," and was killed. A LaRouche spokesman has said the young man killed himself because he was disturbed. In October 2004, a British inquest into Duggan's death heard allegations from his mother that LYM and the Schiller Institute may have used mind control techniques on her son to persuade him to join the movement [2]. The Schiller Institute is an international political and economic thinktank and is one of the primary institutions in the Lyndon LaRouche movement, with headquarters in both Germany and the United States. ... The neutrality and factual accuracy of this article are disputed. ... Mind control (or thought control) has the premise that an outside source can control an individuals thinking, behavior or consciousness (either directly or more subtly). ...


Notes

  • 1 Washington Post, October 24, 2004; Page W12

External links

  • Official website
  • LaRouche Youth Movement Begins Exorcism in DC: Time To Kick The Children Of Satan Out
  • Letter on LaRouche Youth Movement at UCSD
  • Washington Post: "No Joke" (a long article on LaRouche and the YLM)
  • Article about LYM in campus newspaper, The Daily Californian
  • "LaRouchiacs" an Ever-Present Element On Howard's Campus
  • Video: LaRouche Youth at Texas Democratic Convention

 
 

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