Author Cited by Anders Behring Breivik Regrets Original Essay
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Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 04:13:47 PM EST
I am documenting my research on Lind, Weyrich, and the Free Congress Foundation in this article currently being updated and expanded:
Updated: Breivik's Core Thesis is White Christian Nationalism v. Multiculturalism] ============

An article titled "The New Dark Age: The Frankfurt School and `Political Correctness'" ended up being mentioned once by Anders Behring Breivik in his 1,500 page manifesto.

The author had no knowledge of this until reading Internet reports about the Oslo terror attacks, and now regrets his authorship. The mention was from an extract from a work published by the Free Congress Foundation in 1997 on cultural Marxism, political correctness, and multiculturalism. The editor of that collection was William S. Lind.

After dozens of hours of reasearch and thousands of pages of reading I am confident that William S. Lind pamphlet from the Free Congress Foundation is a major conceptual influence on the core thesis of the Breivik Manifesto.

The LaRouche article citation in the Breivik manifesto is ["The New Dark Age: The Frankfurt School and `Political Correctness'" by Michael Minnicino, in Fidelio, Vol. 1, No. 1, Winter 1992 (KMW Publishing, Washington, DC)] This article made no mention of "cultural Marxism" while some form of that term in English appears over 600 times in the Breivik manifesto and is a major focus of the Lind collection of essays with 29 mentions in a 51-page pamphlet.

The author of the LaRouche essay released the folowing statement:

The LaRouche organization is a cult completely dominated by the deeply paranoid and mean-spirited personality of Mr. LaRouche and by his ill-informed conspiracy theories about science, philosophy, and history.
There have been (and conceivably still are) members of that organization who would seek the truth. Unfortunately, actual free inquiry is impossible inside the organization: too many possible conclusions or lines of research must be consciously or unconsciously dismissed because of LaRouche's prior "thoughts" on the matter.

The same is true with my Frankfurt School work while I was in the organization. I still like to think that some of my research was validly conducted and useful. However, I see very clearly that the whole enterprise - and especially the conclusions -- was hopelessly deformed by self-censorship and the desire to in some way support Mr. LaRouche's crack-brained world-view.

So, in that sense, I do not stand by what I wrote, and I find it unfortunate that it still remembered.

I might also note that over the years my published writings on culture have been cited, as well as shamelessly plagiarized, by a wide and weird group of authors, ranging from Communists dictators (Fidel Castro, himself!) to conspiraphiles from both the left and the right, and on to outright neo-Nazis. Breivik is the latest tragic addition. I get some solace from the fact that I, along with Jefferson and Gandhi, am only one of the hundreds of citations he used to support his monstrous thesis.

Please respect the author's desire to put his text and his former life behind him.

I can relate... of course, I was a dominionist when I belonged to the Assemblies of God, and I still accepted and promoted their conservative/fundamentalist cr*p for years afterward (with a few areas where I disagreed with them).  I'd be sorely embarrassed if any of the stuff I'd written then got out... I was so wrong.  So dead wrong.  (Thank God for education!)

The fact is, people can and sometimes DO change (after all, I went from conservative to very progressive liberal).  I strongly second the call to let the guy put his past behind him!!!

by ArchaeoBob on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 05:07:59 PM EST

The same goes for my work at the Frankfurt School while I was in the organization. I still like to think that part of my research was valid and useful. Any kind of learning can be gained from more about pre-written papers over here .However, I see very clearly that the entire company, and especially the conclusions, was hopelessly deformed by self-censorship and the desire to somehow support the world view of LaRouche's brain.

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by mosesantony2013 on Fri Jan 03, 2020 at 06:14:57 AM EST

The similar thing was right with my Frankfurt school profession though I was in the firm. I also like to think that some of my research is tailored and useful. Can we write my research paper for me now? However, I see very clearly that the entire company - and in particular the decisions - are bound to be rendered helpless by one's self-determination and desire to in some way support Mr. LaRouche's international confidence.

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