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Governor candidate sees economic collapse

August 04, 1998|By MATTHEW BIENIEK

The coming collapse of the global economy and its effect on Maryland is the major concern of gubernatorial candidate Lawrence K. Freeman, who is running in the Democratic primary on Sept. 15.

Freeman predicts a world economic crisis worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s and is calling for reform of the monetary system along the lines suggested by Lyndon LaRouche, Freeman's friend for 30 years.

Freeman called LaRouche the foremost expert on the economy in the world today.

"The world has turned into a gigantic gambling casino," Freeman said.

Economic collapse is sure to follow, because there is no real industrial production driving the economy, only paper profits and speculative debt, he said.

Freeman said he would need the cooperation of the federal government to implement many of his ideas if he were to be elected governor. A change in the national economy would be essential to his program, he said.

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"We have to end the fantasy view that we can get rid of industry and live on a service economy," he said.

Freeman said that if elected governor, he would work to revive the industrial base of the economy.

Part of his program for reviving the industrial economy would be to provide jobs with good wages, instead of low-wage service industry jobs, he said.

Society and the state have an obligation to provide a productive, meaningful job to citizens, he said.

He said emergency action would be necessary when the crisis came.

Freeman said he agreed with incumbent Gov. Parris Glendening on some issues, especially opposition to slot machines, but said he saw no redeeming features in the campaign of Republican front-runner Ellen Sauerbrey.

Freeman said he believes Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr is trying to overthrow the elected president of the United Sates.

"If I were president, I would arrest Kenneth Starr for his actions," he said.

Education ranks as a high priority for Freeman, who said he wants a return to classical education.

Teachers should use Socratic dialogue to help children learn for themselves, he said. The aim of education should be creation of a moral, well-rounded student, he said.

Freeman, of Baltimore County, has spent the past 25 years working for the political movement affiliated with LaRouche. He writes, lectures, and teaches courses on political economy, physical economy and philosophy, he said.

He is married to Debra Hanania Freeman, LaRouche's national spokesperson.

He also heads the African desk at the Executive Intelligence Review, a magazine affiliated with the LaRouche movement.

Freeman, 47, ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Baltimore in 1983, and governor of Maryland in 1986 and 1994.

He has named Mark S. Nafziger, 45, of Baltimore County as his running mate for lieutenant governor.

Freeman heads a slate of 72 LaRouche candidates in Maryland. He said there were no candidates affiliated with LaRouche running in Washington County.

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