THE MONITOR - COUNTERING THE POLITICS OF FEAR
A Publication of the Center for Democratic Renewal
P.O. Box 10500, Atlanta, GA. 404-221-0025
(Excerpts from vol.1, no.7)
FAR RIGHT....STRATEGY IN ELECTIONS
When David Duke led the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan to national prominence
in the late seventies, he surprised many by his sophisticated appearance and
manner. Even as he screamed "White Power" in the shadow of flaming crosses,
Duke dressed in the business suit of a well-heeled politician. Duke's
electoral effort has the support of other sections of the Far Right...
David Duke joined the Klan at the age of 17, eventually becoming national
director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1979 Duke was exposed selling
his membership lists at a large personal profit to the Invisible Empire, a
rival Klan faction. In 1980, he left the KKK and formed the National
Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP).
The night before Duke's official announcement, Danny Carver (Invisible
Empire Grand Dragon), Dave Holland (Southern White Knights Grand Dragon), Ed
Fields (editor of the racist tabloid, The Thunderbolt) and other neo-nazis
and Klansmen crowded into a Marietta, Ga., hotel room to hear Duke speak
about his campaign. Marietta is a northern suburb of Atlanta with a long
history of white supremacy and anti-semitic activity. Violent klansmen and
neo-nazis alike have rallied to support their fellow white supremacist.
Recruiting new members to the NAAWP is not the only purpose of Duke's
Instead of displaying the swastikas and nazi-brown uniforms of Duke's
past, the principal campaign brochure is printed in red, white and blue,
complete with stars and stripes. All of his campaign literature attempts to
cast him as the legitimate heir of the large Wallace constituency of 1968.
(In 1968 former Alabama Gov. Wallace ran as an independent and received 10
million votes.) Duke's brochure begins with the simple statement that he is
"...a populist who is running for President because it is time someone in
national politics stood up for the long-ignored, great American Middle
Class..." The NAAWP News claims that "A large number of White (sic)
activists, populists, America Firsters and former Wallace workers..." are
supporting David Duke. In the same vein the paper claims, "Tremendous numbers
of Republicans and Independents will become involved in the Duke campaign,
because he will be the first person since Wallace to articulate the positions
of the American White majority." Duke's campaign platform covers issues from
"white rights" to tax reform and saving the family farm.
In 1984 and 1986 a front group for the LaRouche cult, a neo-fascist group
led by Lyndon LaRouche, the National Democratic Policy Committee (NDPC),
pioneered a new electoral strategy for the Far Right. Working primarily
within the Democratic Party, the NDPC ran candidates for office in
traditionally Republican districts - where Democratic Party officials paid
scant attention. At the same time, NDPC activists ran for Democratic Party
posts -- such as precinct captain or central committee member -- where they
would face little opposition.
When campaigning in primarily Democratic districts, LaRouche candidates
attempted to polarize the Party's constituency with bizarre tactics and
blatant appeals to bigotry.
In some cases LaRouche candidates ran for office as Republicans. And in
1984, after exhausting the Democratic Party's primary process, LaRouche was on
the ballot for President as an independent in 17 states.
LaRouche's guerilla political strategy reached its peak in Illinois in
1986, when Adlai Stevenson was forced to run as a "Solidarity Democrat,"
after a LaRouche candidate took the regular party nomination for Secretary of
Although LaRouche had cooperated with elements of the Ku Klux Klan and
the anti-semitic Liberty Lobby (associated with the weekly tabloid, The
Spotlight) as early as 1976, the Liberty Lobby launched its own electoral
party in 1984, the Populist Party. After the successes of the LaRouche
National Democratic Policy Committee, and their own relative failures,
Populist Party leaders concluded that LaRouche's "tri-partisan strategy" was
the most viable. (Working from within the two existing parties and
With a wave of arrests of LaRouche and his followers and the confiscation
of their property in bankruptcy proceedings, the LaRouche cult will not be
able to duplicate their '84 and '86 successes......Nevertheless, the stratum
of alienated, conspiracy-minded, white voters that LaRouche mobilized still
A bitter internal battle between two Populist Party factions -- one led
by William Shearer of the California-based American Independent Party, the
other led by Willis Carto of the Washington, D.C.-based Liberty Lobby -- left
the Party impotent.....
Weems, a former Mississippi Klan Grand Dragon, was the first Populist
Party national chairman and is aligned with the Carto faction. Fred Siepold,
another former party chairman aligned with Carto, also endorsed the "tri-
partisan" strategy and called on supporters to run for office on the Populist
Party program without regard to party label.
Soon after, the Florida state Populist Party leader, Baron Eickhoff,
announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for commissioner of
education in Brevard County, Fla.
Just as the LaRouche apparatus did in '84 and '86, the Hansen-Carto-Duke
axis will place little emphasis on intervention inside the Republican Party.
Nevertheless, one year after its initial articulation, the "tri-partisan
strategy" appears to be in place.
Adlai Stevenson III can testify to the folly of dismissing the danger as
the work of a few dozen kooks.
In April (1986) the assets of three LaRouche corporations were seized by
federal officials after a court declared an involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
This July, Lyndon LaRouche himself was indicted for obstruction of justice.
Although it has been widely believed that his web of organizations and
publishing operations had been forced to close, LaRouche operatives continue
to publish a newspaper and keep their national office open in Leesburg, Va.
According to Brian Chitwood, a reporter for the Loudon County Times-
Mirror, a number of LaRouche offices around the country have been closed and
the personnel relocated to headquarters in Leesburg. PMR Printing, the
LaRouche printing company, continues to operate. The corporation which
publishes Executive Intelligence Review is producing a weekly paper, the New
Federalist, to replace the now-defunct bi-weekly New Solidarity. Some
observes believe that the LaRouche fundraising apparatus, the original target
of the fraud indictments, is once again operating at 1986 levels. Lyndon
LaRouche has already declared his 1988 presidential candidacy.
During 1984 LaRouche ran for President, first in the Democratic primaries
and then as an Independent. He received approximately a half-million dollars
in FEC matching funds. Estimates of his total campaign expenditures exceed $6
At the same time over 2,000 candidates ran as "LaRouche Democrats" for a
variety of local and state offices. They used an organization called the
National Democratic Policy Committee (NDPC) to coordinate the election
efforts. The NDPC is one of a web of organizations that the LaRouche group
uses to promote its neo-fascist ideas. LaRouche literature typically uses the
British crown as a code word for Jews, blames the drug trade on the Queen of
England and calls for the quarantine of AIDS victims and potential AIDS
victims in concentration camps.
In August 1985, the Rev. C.T. Vivian, chairman of the Center for
Democratic Renewal, circulated a memo to the civil rights community which
said that LaRouche had been cooperating "with a number of racist and far-
right anti-Jewish organizations" and noted "the nakedly transparent attempt
to derail legitimate Black organizations and leadership."