LaRouche is an interesting fellow. He started as a Trotskyite Labour organiser (think: Sparticus Youth League, if you know what SYL is -- basically the 'You bastards killed Rosa Luxembourg!' crowd). His anti-Israeli politics in the 1976 elections attracted the interest of no less an intellect than Revilo P. Oliver (who opined, however, that he was funded by the Vatican -- thus showing the limitations of *his* mind). In any event, his writings are very interesting, if rather one-sided and tedious in certain predictable ways, once you get the sense of his central mythos -- but they do repay the effort spent on them, and that handsomely. Personally, I think their are two keys to understanding LaRouche: (1) he was raised a Mennonite ('Quaker') and his earliest works are on religious themes, not political ones -- not that the distance from Mennonites to the Trots or even Trolls is all *that* far and (2) the 'H' in his middle name stands for Hermetyle -- Hermes is Matter (hyle in Greek). Back when the LaRouchies were attacking Thomas Fleming of the Rockford Institute, I wrote him and told him this. He thanked me for the information, and replied that it sounded like something out of an H.P. Lovecraft novel, and that he would use it if necessary. Rather like the Deplorable Word of Paleoconservatism, I suppose. There certainly is something more than a little alchemical about the fellow, though as with Socrates, the question whether it is him on his genie speaking on any given occasion might give one pause. He claims it is a family name, handed down by tradition.