LaRouche and his movement: Hard-hitting attacks by ex-LaRouche followers; see the documentation of LaRouche's racism and anti-Semitism here and how he borrowed selectively from the Nazis here. Also includes rare archival material and court transcripts tracing the LaRouche movement's history. This website is run by the family of Jeremiah Duggan, a Jewish university student from the U.K. who died under mysterious circumstances while apparently fleeing in terror from a LaRouche indoctrination program in Wiesbaden, Germany. The site has material on the indoctrination methods of the LaRouchians, as well as on the circumstances surrounding Jeremiah's death and the probable cover-up by the German police (who instantly declared the death a suicide based on lies provided by LaRouche aides, destroyed key evidence, and refused to reopen the investigation in spite of forensic and other findings suggesting that Jeremiah may have been murdered). New website from Erica Duggan, mother of Jeremiah. Offers background information on LaRouche's political operations and links to LaRouche-related court filings and trial transcripts. Set up in an effort to encourage more parents who have children in the LaRouche cult to come forward and express their views. Articles and reports on LaRouche, mostly by Chip Berlet, the dean of LaRouche watchers. Link is to "The LaRouche Challenge," a weekly blog on the LaRouche movement's latest antics (from Skull/Bones). Factnet discussion board for ex-LaRouche followers and others interested in the history and current activities of the LaRouche movement. Link is to recent threads but Factnet's massive archive of LaRouche-related postings dating back to 2002 can be browsed here. "Lyndon LaRouche Is a Fraud!" is the name of this blog which, among other things, reports here on LaRouche's support for thug-dictators and other human rights abusers in Africa.

International Workers Party aka Social Therapy (Fred Newman and Lenora Fulani): A large collection of investigative pieces and other news articles about the International Workers Party and its network of electoral, charitable, psychotherapeutic and cultural entities. Also includes a chat page for former members of the IWP as well as articles from IWP publications dating back to the 1970s. Articles and reports on the Newmanites by Chip Berlet, who has been tracking them since the mid-1970s, and by ex-members.

NATLFED aka the Communist Party Provisional Wing (Gino Perente): Archived site includes most of the significant news articles about NATLFED, its numerous "entities" (front groups), and its founder (see note below).

Neo-Nazi, neo-fascist and white supremacist groups: This is the web site of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has the largest web-searchable database in the United States on hate groups. The New York Times and other major media turn first to the SPLC’s Intelligence Center for reliable analysis of trends as well as background information on hundreds of hate groups both well-known and obscure. Archives, blog and news articles from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR); tracks neo-Nazis, Klan groups and other "white nationalists." IREHR is run by MacArthur Foundation "genius award" recipient Leonard Zeskind, who is known for his courageous work in the Deep South in the 1980s, traveling from town to town organizing against the Klan. This journal covers in detail the various neo-fascist groups in Europe; you can search its online archives dating back to year 2000.

Religious and secular cults across-the-board: Thousands of news articles covering hundreds of cults and sects. Another large database of articles on cults. Web site of the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), formerly the American Family Foundation.

On NATLFED and Other U.S. Political Cults

NATLFED aka the Communist Party Provisional Wing is a pseudo-Stalinist cadre organization founded by the late Gerald Doeden, who used the pseudonym "Gino Perente" (also spelled "Parente"). It was loosely allied with the LaRouchians and the Newmanites in the 1970s, and the leaders of all three fledgling cults appear to have borrowed recruitment and cadre-control methods from one another. Today, they are what one might call the "Big Three" among U.S. political cults, although what ranks as "big" among such entities is relatively small (in terms of membership figures) compared to the major religious cults. A fourth political cult, the Bay Area-based Democratic Workers Party (background information here and here), disbanded in the late 1980s. A fifth such group, the 0, an underground revolutionary entity based in Minneapolis (read here and here), appears to have disintegrated in recent years although secretive fragments may still exist.

Several extant Maoist and Trotskyist groups in the United States have been accused of cultism (sometimes by each other), but the accusations have not been adequately backed by evidence of ex-members seeking counseling from the anti-cult mental health community, the formation of ex-member support groups or web sites, studies by watchdog organizations, or probes by investigative journalists. Although the lack of documentation in some cases may just reflect the under-the-radar-screen obscurity, secretive clandestine tactics, and extremely small membership of the group in question, it is probably wisest to put most such groups--regardless of size or degree of obscurity--in the category of high-commitment sects manifesting varying degrees of authoritarianism (a category that includes many religious sects as well) unless or until solid evidence of full-blown cultism emerges.

Political as opposed to religious cultism on the U.S. far right seems to be more rare (one example is the LaRouchians--although they moved to the right only after congealing into a cult while still on the left). The far right has its own set of secular-ideological pathologies, but that is another story.