|File photo shows Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. is making a speech in October, 2005, in Washington, US.|
Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. is an American political activist and founder of various political organizations in the United States
and elsewhere. He is perhaps best known for being a "perennial candidate" for U.S. Presidency, having set a minor record for most consecutive attempts at the office by running eight times; Harold Stassen ran for President nine times, but not consecutively. LaRouche has run for the Democratic nomination for President in every election year since 1980, including in 1992 while he was in prison. Yet he and his "LaRouche movement" have gained only limited electoral support, although he has received some support in Democratic presidential primaries.
Although he has no formal qualifications, LaRouche has written extensively on economic, scientific, political, and cultural topics. Critics consider him to be a conspiracy theorist and political attention-seeker. He is frequently described as an extremist, cult leader, a communist, a fascist, and an anti-Semite, all of which he denies. LaRouche is regarded by his followers as a brilliant individual who for political reasons has been unfairly persecuted.
In 1988 LaRouche was sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment for conspiracy, mail fraud, and tax code violations. He continued his political activities from behind bars. He was released in 1994 on parole after having served five years.
LaRouche lists his formal position as a director and contributing editor of the Executive Intelligence Review News Service, a core part of the LaRouche movement.
Recently Yong Tang, People's Daily Online Washington-based staff writer, has conducted an exclusive interview with LaRouche at his home in Virginia.
Yong Tang: Have you ever been to China?
LaRouche: I had been in Taiwan. I went to Taiwan in 1988. I went there to see what people there were doing and get some estimate of the situation. I know a lot about Chiang Ching-kuo, the son of Chiang Kai-Shek. We have been in touch with his circles.
Yong Tang: You once met with him?
LaRouche: Well, I didn't see him then, my wife did. But we have been in touch with his circles since when he was alive. He actually sent me a tie of his, which he had made in Paris as a momento.
Yong Tang: So, you have close relationships with Chinese Kuomintang.
LaRouche: Well, we have been concerned about this business. Because we understood, as he understood, as many of the older of his circle in the old Kuomintang understood, that China is one country. A quarrel within the country does not divide the country. You can't carve the country up by political division. And also that with the developments we knew in the 1970s and 1980s, especially in the 1980s, what was happening in China was very important.
The success of China in dealing with these problems was important for China, and it was important for the world as well. The key thing is the unification of the people in Taiwan with mainland China would be a crucial step, because the people in Taiwan, who are Chinese Kuomintang, had international connections.
Yong Tang: Can you tell me something about your wife?
LaRouche: It's a whole story in itself. My wife is German and she is a journalist. We've been married for many years. Since 1979. She's been to China several times. She was the one who actually proposed the Eurasian Landbridge. When I was in prison, she and I pushed this Landbridge idea. And the reason she was in China, was on this idea of the Eurasian Landbridge. The government of China and some people in Russia and other places were very interested in the idea of Eurasian Landbridge at that time. So that's one of her projects.
She was actually in China herself in 1971. She was the first European journalist to go into China during the period of the Cultural Revolution. So she was there for three months. She went in under a special arrangement. And she visited various parts of China. So she has a continuing interest in China from that time.
Yong Tang: Do you want to visit mainland China with your wife in the near future?
LaRouche: She would love it and I would love it. She had such fun in China, even though they were very difficult times. They have Children Palaces and she visited the Children Palaces. And she saw various things. And it was the time of bicycles. Now you see the pictures of China, it's all automobiles. But then it was all bicycles.
Yong Tang: Do you have any immediate plans to visit China?
LaRouche: No, I'm just open about it, that's all. I always say, Oh, I'll get to China sometime. Because it's an important country.
Yong Tang: You are quite famous in mainland China today.
LaRouche: Well, China's a very important country. It's very important to me. When I talk about the Eurasian Triangle and the relationship of Germany to the Eurasian Triangle, this is the future of humanity. All of humanity is going to depend upon the success of this. We have the long history of mankind. The problem of the challenge of Asia culture has yet to be solved. We have to solve the problem of about bringing equity into Eurasian culture. That will be the future of mankind.
We have to make a change. Otherwise we're going to have wars and troubles forever. We have to change. We have to go to a new kind of conception of mankind. An old man who's going to die soon would like to see this happen. Huh? Why not?
By Yong Tang, People's Daily Online Washington-based Staff Writer