Does anyone remember Jacques Doriot? During the 1930s he was a leader of the French Communist party who drifted into fascism. Exploiting his gifts for demagogic oratory, he became a prominent collaborator with the Nazis in the Second World War.
Lyndon LaRouche, also a former leftist gifted at demagogic oratory, has recently been getting a lot of publicity because two of his followers (one of them a self-declared reincarnation of Joan of Arc) won nominations in the Illinois Democratic primary. LaRouche began his political career as a Trotskyist and then steered his little sect—already noted for its large component of kookiness and its indulgence in violence—into or near the New Left. Whether he will descend as deeply into the pits of fascism as Doriot did, we cannot say with certainty; but he has already taken several steps along the Doriot way....
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