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The ex-SLers refer to the LaRouche group in "The Road to Jimstown. If you are not familiar with this area of political history, you might want to read "Ideological Odyssey: From Old Left to Far Right" by John Mintz of the Washington Post.

Those interested in the new course of Spartacism's proponents and wanting to re-familiarize themselves with LaRouche can read "Lyndon LaRouche: Fascism Wrapped in an American Flag". This three part article, with quotes from LaRouche, was written by Chip Berlet and Joel Bellman and published as A Political Research Associates Briefing Paper

Dennis King wrote Lyndon LaRouche and the New American Fascism. You can read Dr. Andrea Bloomgarden's review originally published in the Journal of Cultic Studies.

While there are comparisons between the old LaRouche organization and the behavior of Spartacism's supporters on the Internet, there is also a danger that people first studying cults may read too much into the behavioral overlaps.

It is best to examine another left-wing cult in addition to LaRouche and whatever other detailed information that ex-Slers produce.

Writing in the Fall 1977 issue of Public Eye, Harvey Kahn presented his analysis in "NCLC and Its Extended Political 'Community'". Kahn's "extended community" includes Gino Perente and his miriad of different organizations, including the National Labor Federation, the Provisional Communist Party, and the Eastern Farmworkers. Don't be misled by the names; Perente's groups had no connection to either the Communist Party U.S.A. or the United Farmworkers.

Jeff Whitnack focused on Parente's cult[s] in "Gino Perente, NATLFED & the Provisional [Communist] Party" from Public Eye, 1984.

A more recent article is the 1996 "[Parente's] Party Just Like a Cult, Experts Say" by Newsday's Jerry Markon.

Janja Lalich, once a member of a left-cult and now a psythotherapist writing on cults, presents some her views in "Repairing the Soul After a Cult Experience."

Benjamin Wittes, writing from a more religious perspective, also has some views on left-cults and the LaRouche phenomenon in "The Scent Of A Cult."

In "Traumatic Abuse in Cults: An Exploration of an Unfamiliar Social Problem" socialworker Daniel Shaw uses the SYDA (Siddha Yoga) group to further elaborate some issues relating to cults.

Finally, Steven Hassan and Lama Surya Das present their views in "Spiritual Responsibility: Avoiding Abuses Along the Path. Hassan, once a leader of Moon's Unification Church noew works as a psychotherapist specializing in cults. Das is an ordained Tibetan lama.