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Perennial Presidential Candidate Dies

February 14, 2019

What comes to mind when thinking about Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. are the disjointed, illogical, and meandering paid campaign messages he would place on television.   He was clearly nuts, and rich enough to try for president over, and over, and over.   Those days are over.

Often described as an extremist crank and fringe figure, Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr. cut a shadowy and alarming path through American politics for half a century. He built a political organization often likened to a cult and ran for president eight times, once while in prison for mail fraud. In recent decades, he operated from a heavily guarded compound near Leesburg, Va.

Mr. LaRouche, who built a worldwide following based on conspiracy theories, economic doom, anti-Semitism, homophobia and racism, died Feb. 12. He was 96.

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