In 1978, perennial Presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche stated that there was “a hard kernel of truth,” in the Protocols.[i] A book issued that same year by his publishing house cited the Protocols, and stated “The Order of Zion was simply the Jewish division of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the London-centered chivalric order and secret society.” This allegedly linked into the assassination of Lincoln, the Rothschild family, the freemasons, the B’nai B’rith, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Mafia.[ii]
While the LaRouche Network eventually backed away from these obvious and overt antisemitic references, they continued to peddle conspiracy theories that implicated not just the Rothschild family, but scores of other Jewish political, business, and religious leaders in a grand conspiracy that stretched back to Babylon.[iii]
Today, the LaRouche Network is one of the world’s largest distributors of conspiracist literature based on coded antisemitism rooted in the false allegations of the Protocols. A recent series of booklets offers good examples of coded rhetoric. The series is titled “Children of Satan,” with individual titles: The ‘Ignoble Liars’ Behind Bush’s No–Exit War, The Beast–Men, and The Sexual Congress for Cultural Fascism.[iv] The text of the series links Bush and Cheney with the political faction of neoconservatives in language that discusses the role of Jewish intellectuals and Jewish political advisers in stereotypic ways. The phrases “Children of Satan,” and the “Beast–Men,” echo the rhetoric of medieval blood libels and accusations that the Jews will be agents of Satan in the Christian End Times. According to the LaRouchites, some 400,000 copies of the first booklet were distributed.[v]
Some members of the Nation of Islam adopt conspiracy theories, including the antisemitic variety.[vi] These sometimes come from Muslim tracts on the Jewish/Freemason conspiracy, or from the LaRouche Network. At the same time, LaRouche network speakers join NOI organizers for tours of traditionally Black college campuses with a program on the vast conspiracy run by the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish/Zionist elites.[vii]
[i] Lyndon LaRouche, “New Pamphlet to Document Cult Origins of Zionism,” New Solidarity (December 8, 1978), as cited by King, Lyndon LaRouche, p. 275, see also pp. 174, 274-285.
[ii] U.S. Labor Party Investigating Team (Kostandinos Kalimtgis, David Goldman, Jeffrey Steinberg), Dope, Inc.: Britain’s Opium War against the U.S. (New York, 1978), pp. 25-37, quote from pp. 31-32; On the Protocols, see pp. 31-33; on the Rothschilds, see the chart on pp. 154-155, consult index for more than 20 page entries on the Rothschilds.
[iii] King, Lyndon LaRouche, pp. 174, 274-285; Chip Berlet and Joel Bellman, Lyndon LaRouche: Fascism Wrapped in an American Flag, report, (Somerville, 1989); Berlet and Lyons, Right-Wing Populism in America, pp. 273-276.
[iv] LaRouche in 2004, Children of Satan, The ‘Ignoble Liars’ Behind Bush’s No–Exit War, http://larouchein2004.net/pdfs/pamphletcos.pdf; Children of Satan II: The Beast–Men, http://larouchein2004.net/pdfs/pamphlet0401cos2.pdf; Children of Satan III: The Sexual Congress for Cultural Fascism, http://larouchein2004.net/pdfs/040614beast3.pdf; all published in Leesburg, Virginia by the author (all accessed February 17, 2006).
[v] Jeffrey Steinberg, “LaRouche Exposé of Straussian ‘Children of Satan’ Draws Blood,” Executive Intelligence Review, Vol. 30, No. 19 (May 16, 2003), http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2003/3019lar_expose_strauss.html, (accessed April 1, 2006).
[vi] Goldberg, Enemies Within, pp. 150-188.
[vii] Anti-Defamation League, The LaRouche Cult and the Nation of Islam (New York 1994).