A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I was preparing a story on the Citizens Electoral Council (CEC), but until today had posted nothing more on this subject. This was in no small part due to the vast amount of research I ended up compiling, but also because I had received correspondence from around the country regarding CEC activities. Among many concerning activities I’ve discovered is that cartloads of the CEC’s propaganda paper, The New Citizen , have been regularly appearing not just at Griffith University campuses and Bond University on Queensland’s Gold Coast, but on university campuses Australia wide.
As I’ve written previously, I first encountered the CEC while I was in Melbourne attending a conference. I spent a good hour or so in conversation with three members of the group, but with only one member addressing me at a time. I’d ask questions of one member regarding the ‘Humbuggery of Charles Darwin’ signs they were prominently displaying, and when that one member could not answer my questions, they would be replaced with another representative. I’ve seen this tactic used by various cult-like and fringe groups and so my interest grew considerably.
Another undeniable red-flag was that each member repeated the claims of his predecessor verbatim, insisting that human being’s ‘innate creativity’ could overcome any obstacle, that human beings are not members of the animal kingdom, that Charles Darwin was heavily corrupted by thinkers of his time such as economist Thomas Malthus, and that how could we trust Darwin’s findings considering where he was born and lived (I was told by three separate representatives at three separate times “consider where he was from”, each time with almost palpable distaste displayed by the speaker). By the time I’d been handed on to the third and increasingly threatening advocate for a collection of ideas that I simply wanted to know more about, I was told I was closed minded and asked to leave.
With this in mind, let me present what I’ve since been able to discover about the CEC.
Formed in the 1980’s in rural Queensland, the CEC were affiliated with the Anglo-centric Australian League of Rights (ALOR) and were primarily focused on lobbying for voter initiated referendums. However at some point towards the end of 1989 the party was branch stacked by followers of controversial political activist Lyndon LaRouche and transformed into the CEC of today.
While the original party was affiliated with the far-right ALOR, all ties have since been severed. ALOR representative David Thompson states that the “CEC movement in Australia has now ceased to exist, except on paper, and remains merely the Australian arm of Mr. LaRouche’s operation.” Eric Butler, founder of the Australian League of Rights, has claimed he was accused by CEC representatives of being a long-term undercover agent for Britain’s MI6, and a Freemason, and scathing references to the League have appeared in The New Citizen. It’s worth bearing in mind that the Australian League of Rights is a far-right, anti-Semitic group of holocaust deniers (Moore, Andrew The Right Road: A history of Right-wing Politics in Australia Oxford University Press (1995) p. 70), and still they are distancing themselves from the CEC.
According to the Australian Electoral Commission, the CEC are a registered Australian political party with 542 members as of 2007.
In the 2007 federal election the CEC received 27,880 votes, equivalent to 0.22 per-cent of total ballot.
They have been described as a “dangerous right-wing populist grouping which aims to build a mass fascist movement“, an ” arch-conspiracy theorizing fringe political party“, ” serial conspiracy theorists who believe the world’s drug cartels are controlled by the British Royal Family” and “ the Australian arm of the U.S. based Lyndon LaRouche extremist political cult,” so perhaps it’s not surprising that not everyone is a fan of the group.
That last quote for instance was taken from the Anti-Defamation Commission, which features the CEC on their list of anti-Semitic organisations in Australia.
In October 2002 the Anti-Defamation Commission appealed to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) to tighten the regulations allowing groups such as the Citizens Electoral Council to gain political party status. The many reasons cited for this appeal included the CEC’s deliberate intent to undermine multicultural tolerence, claims the CEC is a totalitarian sect which at its core is both racist and anti-Semitic, targeting of the frail, elderly, the socially bewildered and the culturally alienated (a claim also supported by the ALR), and financial mismanagement of campaign funds which are often sent to Lyndon LaRouche rather than used within Australia.
To briefly summarise the stated beliefs of the CEC and their leader Lyndon LaRouche: the United Kingdom and in particular the Royal family are in league with a cabal of Jewish bankers named ‘The Oligarchy’, who control the globe’s financial and resource sectors and trafficking of drugs across the entire planet. Yes, the Royal family are secretly drug traffickers according to the CEC.
This Oligarchy is also responsible for the environmental movement, globalisation, and have constructed the duel ‘fictions’ of climate change and the dangers of nuclear power, as well as the importance of biodiversity. The Oligarchy seduces governments the world over in order to further their nefarious aims. Also the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center were ‘an inside job’.
The CEC published a booklet in December 1997 titled ‘Aboriginal “land rights” : Prince Philip’s racist plot to splinter Australia’, which was described in a review as ‘a silly conspiracy theory that links Prince Philip, Nugget Coombs, Philip Toyne, Jim Downey, Rio Tinto, Noel Pearson, the World Wide Fund for Nature, and assorted Nazis of the 1930s in a global plot to invent land rights and use Aborigines as a means to actively assist multinational mining companies to steal Australia’ s raw materials.’
As for my concerns that the actions of the CEC members I’d encountered showed signs of cult like behaviours, it has been alleged that each new recruit undergoes “deprogramming sessions” to achieve conformity to their cause. A former CEC staffer Donald Veitch has stated: ‘The mind control operations commenced by LaRouche in the USA in the mid-1970s are still being practiced today within his movement in Australia’.
Regarding ‘The humbuggery of Charles Darwin’, there are plenty of quality resources available to refute the claims made to me on the day I first encountered the CEC. At the very least is should be recognised that regardless of any scientists’ personal ideology or belief system, regardless of where they were born and lived, and regardless of whether you actually like them; what makes their work valid is the evidence for and against it, it’s ability to withstand attempts at falsification, it’s ability to be replicated and the predictive power it possesses.
It is due to these factors and these factors alone that Charles Darwin’s discovery of evolution by process of natural selection is often considered one of the most powerful insights in human history. Something that Lyndon LaRouche and his CEC are far from achieving despite their grandiose claims to the contrary.