Lyndon LaRouche, perennial presidential candidate, dead 96

Lyndon LaRouche, in an undated photo. (Photo by Steve Liss/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Lyndon LaRouche, the political extremist and conspiracy theorist, who ran for President in eight consecutive national elections, died on Tuesday, his political action committee confirmed. He was 96.

“Those who knew and loved Lyndon LaRouche to know that humanity has a great loss, and today we dedicate ourselves once again to bring to reality the great ideas for the story in honor of him,” read the statement on the website of LaRouchePAC, which found that LaRouche died on the birthday of former President Abraham Lincoln, whom he celebrated in his writings.

A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, LaRouche is a former member of the Socialist labor party was the first ran for President in 1976 as the candidate of the U.S. labor y. In subsequent elections, LaRouche, ran either a democratic or independent candidates. His last run for President in 2004.

LaRouche, the several conspiracy theories, especially that of the International monetary Fund was “engaged in mass murder” by spreading AIDS through its economic policies, the former Secretary of state Henry Kissinger and former Vice President Walter Mondale were Soviet “agents of influence”, and that the Queen of England was involved in the international drug trade.

In addition, he called for a quarantine of AIDS victims, described Zionism as a “cult nonsense” and said the Holocaust was “mythical”. The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith once LaRouche organization, characterized by an anti-Semitic political cult.

During 1984 libel trial, said LaRouche, he had filed no income and claim that no tax returns for 12 years. He said he knew who paid his bills. His political action committee, described him as a “philosopher, scientist, poet, statesman, [and] economist.”

Speaking of 1986, LaRouche described himself as in the tradition of the American Whig party, a precursor to the GOP in the first half of the 19th century. His views developed in the course of his life, but a Central statement of his apocalyptic platform warned of an inevitable global decline in the crisis and called for a complete revision of the global economic and financial systems.

LaRouche ran his 1992 presidential campaign from prison, after he was convicted in 1988 of mail fraud and to defraud conspiracy the IRS by defaulting on more than $30 million in loans from campaign supporters. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but was released in 1994.


To operate, with its headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, outside of Washington, the LaRouche organization, during the years he was in prison. His successor could be found on large airports, where they distributed publications and is trying to raise money. In addition to his election campaigns, LaRouche is a Northern Virginia ran to represent, unsuccessfully, in 1990, district in Congress.

The commitment of the LaRouche followers allegedly inspired to hire some people to kidnap the so-called “deprogrammers”, his supporters, and prevent him her assets. A high-profile case involved an alleged conspiracy to kidnap DuPont heir Lewis duPont Smith and his wife deprogram. In 1992, a Federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, free Smith ‘ s spoken father, E. Newbold Smith and three other men.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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