Conspiracy Nation -- Vol. 10  Num. 75
                     ("Quid coniuratio est?")


Lyndon LaRouche, Nut Case, Warns . . .


In an eerie parallel to the words of Fred G. Sanford, the late Watts junk dealer known for his frequent exclamations that, "This is it! This is the Big One!" heavy NutraSweet imbiber Lyndon LaRouche is once more warning about a "Big One," soon to cause a worldwide financial crisis.

Those who have followed the mutterings of the "Chicken Little of economics" over the years are, of course, quite accustomed to Mr. LaRouche's constant "the sky is falling" predictions. At regular intervals, the diet soda-guzzling prognosticator of doom has awed his worshipful followers with the equivalent of "big mountain gonna blow," "jungle drums say bad medicine" and "singing wire says scarey stuff." And, the worshipful followers, known as "LaRouchies," crouch, huddled around coal-burning stoves, in dimly-lit quarters, and repeat their leader's mantra: "He say this... Helga (wife woman), she say that."

It was bound to happen, and the canny LaRouche, by all appearances just an old Frenchy far from home, has been obviously not completely blinded by NutraSweet abuse: sooner or later, the market will crash. Then will come Phase II: screaming headlines in the LaRouche newspaper, "New Federalist," proclaiming "LaRouche was right!"

Particularly alarming to this editor has been the stunning rise in the stock market average, heralded nightly on network "news" broadcasts. Such an extreme in the stock market is extraordinary -- so extraordinary that it is hard to believe it's real (i.e., based on solid, tangible growth, rather than on "the magic of numbers" (and the magic of paper and digital "cash")).

And, in fact, Nick Guarino, editor of "The Wall Street Underground," has explained the surreal stock market highs as nothing more than a focused inflation. According to one writer (Jane H. Ingraham, "Fed's Inflation Charade," The New American, 5/26/97), in the past 6 years, M3, a broad measure of the money supply, has gone up by about 20 percent. Guarino agrees: "...the [Federal Reserve] is supplying enormous amounts of credit liquidity to the markets... You can see this in the huge increase in the money supply. As measured by M2 and M3, money supply is the largest it's ever been. It is growing by record amounts." And where is the money going? It is, in large measure, going into the stock market.

Not to pay too much attention to the man I call, "the wacky Frenchman," but LaRouche's newspaper does quote some possibly credible sources in its latest "the sky is falling" article ("BIS Admits The System Is Finished," by John Hoefle, New Federalist, 6/23/97). Here are excerpts:

** Brussels: senior official of German Finance Ministry gives off-the-record briefing to reporters. Reportedly says the un-named official: "financial shocks in the international markets" in September and October.

** A "senior Italian strategist" warns LaRouchies, "I am told some financial movements will be occurring, that will bring about some shocks." When? "After the summer holidays."

** Reportedly says Morgan Stanley strategist Barton Biggs, "I have the feeling we are setting up for something out of the blue. Something with the stunning violence of a punch in the mouth when you aren't expecting it. The dog days of summer have often been the time for brutal muggings of investors by markets."

One thing is certain: Lyndon LaRouche has long-since realized and benefited from his own insight into "the profits of doom." (Say, "The sky is falling" and watch the zombies join your cause.) And someday, LaRouche will be, "Was Right!" (will say his zombie newspaper.)

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