Political Cults in Your Neighborhood?
Posted by: helpme2times ()
Date: March 30, 2009 05:06AM

Anyone have any info/experiences to share?

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Re: Political Cults in Your Neighborhood?
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: March 30, 2009 09:28AM

(groups listed in this section, simply because its the closest to Political Cult catagory in RR.com message board)


Eastern Service Workers Association in Boston


And...did you ever participate in peace marches and see folks from the Socialist Workers Party handing out newspapers and stuff?

A guy whose parents was in that organization has published a memoir, entitled When Skateboards Will be Free (Said Sayrafiedzadeh).


From the San Francisco Examiner:


Said Sayrafiedzadeh offers up a solidly written memoir, expanding on a piece he wrote for Granta in 2005. The youngest son of an Iranian born father and a Jewish American mother, the author spent most of his life after age 3 as his mothers emotional crutch, after his father leaves to pursue a single minded devotion to a cause that makes him "disappear behing this massive workload of revolution" and out of his sons life. As Sayrafiedzadeh moves from cheap to cheaper apartment with his fervently revolutionary mother, he comes to realize that his poverty was 'intentional and self inflicted..as opposed to a reality that could not be avoided.'--so much so that his mother wont get him a skateboard until 'the revolution comes' when 'everyone will have a skateboard, because all skateboards will be free.'

And, a few weeks ago, a chapter of the LaRouche org had a table and sign out front reading THE WORST RECESSION SINCE 1342!!!

Why 1342?

And..which part of the world? And do we even have suffient economic indicators to diagnose a recession for that period of time, anyway?

(Though there is documentary evidence of serious price inflation in the late Roman Empire during the reign of Diocletian, in the late 200s, early 300s CE. There are records that the emperior tried to enforce price controls on commodities...but this did not work.)

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 03/30/2009 09:50AM by corboy.

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Re: Political Cults in Your Neighborhood?
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: April 02, 2009 11:00AM

Regarding the LaRouche group, back in the mid 1980s, they had a political goal which, thank God, never did get off the ground.

They wanted to put people with AIDS in internment camps.

Those were the terrible years of the pandemic, when there was no effective treatment and the President of the United States refused to say anything about AIDS in public.

People with AIDS felt hung out to dry and abandoned, so this only added to the terror of the times.

Now that there are treatments that manage HIV (and cost a bundle) and now that the US government is publicly acknowledging the pandemic and trying to do something about it, the HIV positive community is no longer stigmatized quite so dreadfully as twenty years ago.

And the GLBT community, at least in some islands of tolerance such as LA, San Francisco, New York, Vermont and Massachusetts, are becoming socially and politically empowered.

So.. the LaRouchies no longer dare to exploit HIV and homophobia as the fuckers did 20 years ago.

Now they are opportunistically massaging our anxieties about the economy and still finding ways to con young people to give up their futures and work themselves into a benighted frenzy to support an exploitative and secretive elite.

I remember what the LaRouchies were doing 20 years ago. May your leadership be reincarnated as garden slugs for adding to my friends' stress levels during the darkest years of the HIV pandemic.

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