"He never had a popular following of any significance," Mr. Wilentz said while comparing LaRouche with more prominent presidential aspirants. "He was one of the truly minor sideshows in American politics. It never amounted to a third party. That said, I would imagine that, like other charismatic figures, LaRouche could have no successors — not that he groomed them."
"Before, people tended to adopt the conspiracy theories associated with their own circumstances - there were liberal conspiracy theories, conservative conspiracy theories, and so on," he says. "Now there was a growing interest in conspiracies - in themselves, so that, for example, you might start out interested in left-wing theories about the CIA but then check out what this fellow on the right has to say about banks."