Anton Chaitkin

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Anton Chaitkin
Occupationwriter and historian
Known forfounding the Lyndon LaRouche movement

Anton "Tony" Chaitkin (born 1943) is an author, historian, and political activist with the LaRouche movement. He serves as History Editor for Executive Intelligence Review.

Chaitkin's father was Jacob Chaitkin, who was the legal counsel and strategist for the boycott against Nazi Germany carried on by the American Jewish Congress in the 1930s.[1][2] His late sister, Marianna Wertz, and his brother-in-law, William F. Wertz Jr., have also been active in the LaRouche movement.[3]


Chaitkin became a founding member of the LaRouche movement in the mid-1960s.[citation needed]

In 1973, Chaitkin was a candidate for Mayor of New York City, representing the National Caucus of Labor Committees.[4][5] He also ran for Governor of New York in 1974, and for Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district in 1978.[6]

During the early 1970s, on multiple occasions, Chaitkin was responsible for disrupting meetings. Chaitkin was among ten NCLC members arrested for participating in a melee at a Newark city council meeting. The group was asserting, among other things, that two local political figures, activist and poet/playwright Imamu Imir Baraka (earlier known as LeRoi Jones) and Anthony Imperiale were tools of the CIA.[7][8] Because of his heckling, Chaitkin was forcibly ejected from a press conference held by a competing candidate for U.S. Senate, Ramsey Clark, on October 18, 1973.[9] Chaitkin was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal trespass on April 21, 1975, for trying to sneak into a conference of mayors posing as an accredited journalist.[10]

He was quoted in an organization publication as saying "we intend to disrupt the campaigns of our major opponents." He was quoted in the movement's New Solidarity speaking about "Operation Mop Up", saying "many CPers [Communist Party members] have been sent to hospital after jumping Labor Committee members in the CP's own meetings."[11]

Albert Pike Memorial in Washington, D.C.

During the 1990s, Chaitkin helped to lead a campaign that called for the removal of the Albert Pike Memorial from federal property in Judiciary Square, located in Washington, D.C. Chaitkin charged that Pike was an important founder of the Ku Klux Klan. Chaitkin, along with the Rev. James Bevel, participated in weekly non-violent protests at the site of the statue throughout the 1990s,[12] and was arrested in November 1992 by Federal Park Police for "statue climbing."[13][14]

Chaitkin ushered in the LaRouche movement's campaign against the health care reform proposal of U.S. President Barack Obama. At an open panel session that included Ezekiel Emanuel held June 10, 2009, Chaitkin said:

President Obama has put in place a reform apparatus reviving the euthanasia of Hitler Germany in 1939, that began the genocide there. ... Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and other avowed cost-cutters on this panel also lead a propaganda movement for euthanasia... They shape public opinion and the medical profession to accept a death culture... to let physicians help kill patients whose medical care is now rapidly being withdrawn in the universal health-care disaster.[15]

In reporting the incident, journalist Max Blumenthal described it as "the opening volley of an orchestrated propaganda campaign designed to link [Emanuel] and the White House's health-care reform proposals to the T-4 mass euthanasia program of Adolph [sic] Hitler."[15] See also Views of Lyndon LaRouche#Health care policy.



Book Reviews


  • Treason in America: From Aaron Burr to Averell Harriman. Washington, D.C.: Executive Intelligence Review, 1998. ISBN 9780943235004. 680 pages.
This work argues that the American Revolution was not successfully concluded, because a significant Tory faction has persisted in US politics which is philosophically opposed to the ideas of the Revolution, and has sought to undermine them. According to Chaitkin, this faction has included Wall Street financiers, Boston Brahmins, and Confederate secessionists. Chaitkin describes the book as "a 600-page history of the struggle between the American nationalists and the tory-British-racist-imperialist faction from the Revolution to the Harriman-Dulles years."[citation needed]
An exposé of ties between Prescott Bush and W. Averell Harriman with the Nazi Party of Germany.
  • Is Joseph Goebbels on Your Campus?. Lyndon LaRouche PAC, 2006.
  • Why the British Kill American Presidents. The New Federalist, 1994.
  • The Bottom of Bush's Closet: The Queer Case of Mary Sue Terry. LaRouche for Justice, 1990.
  • American Prometheus: Who Made the United States a Great Power?. Schiller Institute, 1986.
  • Operation South Carolina and the career of Caleb Cushing: How the Eastern Establishment Ran Southern Secession. New Solidarity, 1983.


  1. ^ History News Network Archived April 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Bush book: Chapter -2
  3. ^ "Writer and Translator Marianna Wertz, 54;" The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: Jan 19, 2003. pg. C.11
  4. ^ "Look at This: Communist Party Needs 'Trotskyist' Goons!," New Solidarity, Vol. IV, No. 4, April 30-May 4, 1973 (Published Weekly by the National Caucus of Labor Committees), pp. 1, 4-5.
  5. ^ "Journals" (PDF). Mises Institute. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  6. ^ Our Campaigns - Candidate - Anton H. Chaitkin
  7. ^ "A socialist Caucus Denounces Gibson And His Enemies--Baraka and Imperiale; Group Scores C.I.A.", RICHARD PHALON. The New York Times, September 10, 1973, Page 74
  8. ^ "Arraignment Put Off in Council Melee". The New York Times September 7, 1973, Page 74
  9. ^ "Crowds and Demonstrators Focus Attention on Beame; Victimization an Issue", MAURICE CARROLL, The New York Times November 2, 1973, Page 26
  10. ^ "Newark, Jersey City, Trenton Mayors Hail Economist's Call for Aid to Cities", FRED FERRETTI, The New York Times, April 22, 1975, Section: The Week In Review
  11. ^ "Five Independent Candidates Are In Race For Mayoralty", Peter Khiss, The New York Times, October 7, 1973,
  12. ^ "Citizens Electoral Council of Australia". Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2008-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2008-01-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ a b Blumenthal, Max (August 24, 2009). "Behind the Obama-Hitler Slur". The Daily Beast. Retrieved August 26, 2009.

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