[Marxism] LaRouchites imploding?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 29 11:21:48 MDT 2007

Publish and Perish
The mysterious death of Lyndon LaRouche's printer
By Avi Klein 	

For forty years, the Lyndon LaRouche movement has been a ubiquitous, if 
diminishing, presence in the political landscape of America, and of 
Washington. LaRouche has made eight runs for the presidency, including 
one campaign from prison. At D.C. press conferences and think tank 
events, a reporter for a LaRouche publication called Executive 
Intelligence Review can often be heard asking strange questions about 
the grain cartel. Young, malnourished LaRouche acolytes frequently stop 
Hill staffers on their way home from work and hand them pamphlets with 
titillating titles like "Children of Satan" or "The Gore of Babylon." A 
peek inside offers details on LaRouche's many enemies, such as the 
"Conrad Black–backed McCain–Lieberman–Donna Brazile cabal."

One of the LaRouche movement's longest-serving loyalists was Ken 
Kronberg. A handsome classics scholar and drama teacher, Kronberg owned 
and managed PMR Printing, the outfit that has generated the 
idiosyncratic propaganda that sustains LaRouche's entire enterprise. 
Last year, the LaRouche organization spent more than $2.5 million—at 
least 60 percent of its publicly reported expenditures—on printing and 
distributing pamphlets. Most of this money went to PMR. LaRouche's 
output was so prolific, in fact, that PMR ranked among the country's top 
400 printers by sales. Despite this, the company's finances were in 
perilous shape. Various LaRouche organizations owed Kronberg hundreds of 
thousands of dollars. When the IRS and Virginia tax authorities came 
calling over withholding payments, Kronberg knew he was in serious trouble.

On April 11, 2007, Kronberg sat in PMR's offices in Sterling, Virginia, 
forty-five miles northwest of Washington, to read the "morning 
briefing," a daily compendium of political statements that reflect the 
outcome of the executive committee meetings held at LaRouche's house in 
the nearby town of Round Hill. This particular briefing struck 
unnervingly close to home. Written by a close associate of LaRouche's 
and addressed to the movement's younger followers, the brief bitterly 
attacked what it called the "baby boomers" in the organization—members 
like Kronberg who had joined LaRouche in the late 1960s and early '70s. 
The brief named "the print shop"—Kronberg's operation—as a special 
target. "The Boomers will be scared into becoming human, because you're 
in the real world, and they're not," the brief read. "Unless," the 
writer added, the boomers "want to commit suicide."

This note may have had an effect. At 10:17 a.m., Kronberg sent an e-mail 
to his accountant instructing him to transfer $235,000 held in an escrow 
account to the IRS. He got in his blue-green Toyota Corolla and drove 
east. He mailed some family bills at the post office, then turned around 
onto the Waxpool Road overpass. Just before 10:30 a.m., Kronberg parked 
his car on the side of the overpass, turned on his emergency lights, and 
flung himself over the railing to his death. (Although LaRouche's home 
is only fifteen miles from the St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, 
Virginia, where Kronberg's funeral was held, LaRouche didn't show up for 
the service.)


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