New Alliance Party Has Unsevered Ties to Anti-Semitism

By Dennis King
Letter to The New York Times, published August 31, 1992

To the Editor:

Lenora B. Fulani, the New Alliance Party Presidential candidate, writes (letter, Aug. 11): "As an independent black leader I have neither the need nor the inclination to exploit anti-Semitism in the black community. I deplore it." Perhaps she will explain:

* Why she never denounced a 1985 statement by Fred Newman, founder of her party, that the Jews "as a people" have made a pact with "the devil" to serve as the "storm troopers of decadent capitalism against people of color the world over."

* Why the New Alliance Party has continuously glorified Louis Farrakhan in the pages of The National Alliance and other party publications, describing him as America's "most progressive religious leader" and as a victim of "Zionist terror."

* Why the New Alliance Party continued to give office space to the Rev. Al Sharpton even after his inflammatory anti-Jewish rhetoric during the Crown Heights pogrom in 1991.

* Why the New Alliance Party was circulating as recently as this month a brochure at its Manhattan street tables, urging the public to attend a play by Fred Newman about "the abandonment and destruction of people of color by Jews . . . "

As to Ms. Fulani's claim to be an independent black leader, this is also suspect. The New Alliance Party is no people's movement rooted in the black community; it is a Manhattan West Side psychotherapy cult controlled by Fred Newman and a tiny handful of his longtime patients, most of whom are white.

This has been confirmed by numerous news media exposes and by the testimony of dozens of defectors (including the New Alliance Party's 1984 Presidential candidate, Dennis Serrette). The party's cultism has been denounced by the Center for Democratic Renewal, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Cult Awareness Network and other organizations that monitor the political fringe.

The ideology of the New Alliance Party leadership is set out in a 1974 work by Mr. Newman called "Power and Authority," which he wrote while he was a disciple of Lyndon LaRouche. The central idea--that therapists should exercise a "proletarian-ego" dictatorship over the minds of their patients--has no credible relationship to the ideals of democracy and equality that Ms. Fulani claims to champion.