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LYNDON LAROUCHE EMERGENCY SEPT 3, 2005 WEBCAST 'PULLING THIS NATION TOGETHER NOW!'
Here is a transcript of Lyndon LaRouche's emergency international webcast on Sept. 3, 2005. LaRouche's opening remarks are followed by an extended discussion period. Over 310 sites around the world tuned in for the webcast, in addition to 50-100 on a conference call hook-up. Participants included those from Germany, France, Italy, Philippines, Australia, Canada, and in Ibero-America: Mexico City, Monterrey, Lima, Buenos Aires, and Neuquen, among others. In the U.S., gatherings of participants, especially those of the LaRouche Youth Movement, included Los Angeles, Seattle, Houston, Toledo, Boston, and Chestertown, Md.
Most people don't understand what the nature of the situation is, because they're not thinking from the standpoint of what a President of the United States should think at a time like this. We have a crisis now, which is chiefly a man-made catastrophe, added to what had been otherwise a controllable, but severe, natural catastrophe. It is the man-made catastrophe, which is the chief problem we have to face and overcome. If the government had acted properly, as of Aug. 2 or 3, when the certainty of a Force 4 to 5 hurricane hitting the Southern coast was clearly known, a hurricane for which the area is not prepared: The area that was hit by this hurricane, which came in at [Force] 4, and reached close to 5 at a time, that area was not capable of withstanding a Force 3-level hurricane.
So, the minute we knew we had a major hurricane, in the Force 4 to 5 range, aimed at the Southern coast of the United States, anyone in Washington who was on the ball, would have known we had a major emergency, and had to take immediate, emergency action on the assumption that we were going to be hit by that kind of hurricane. Which would mean: evacuations, plans for evacuations, mobilizing forces for evacuations, certain kinds of emergency measures taken to moderate the situation all these things should have been done. Nothing was done.
As a result of that, what might have been a few thousand people injured, and a limited number of deaths, is now thousands, and could rise, as a result of complications, if we don't deal properly with it, to a hundred thousand or more deaths in that area. Because what has happened, because of the negligence, we have an infectious-disease potential, of water-borne and insect-borne diseases, which can become epidemic, including so-called Avian flu. These kinds of things. We have to do something, now, or we're going to lose a lot of people.
Now, compare for example, what happened on Sept. 11, 2001: The impact of that catastrophe, was largely limited at first, to the day of the event. There were aftereffects, but the aftereffects diminished rapidly, and the effects were concentrated mostly in the time period of the attack, and on two areas, Washington, D.C. to a lesser degree; New York, more.
This is a different situation: Because of the negligence, lack of preparation and failure to get on the ball, we have a catastrophe, a human catastrophe, which has been increasing at an accelerating rate since the hurricane struck! It's getting worse, all the time now. So, that's our first problem.
Now, this problem also, internationally, calls into question whether or not the United States is really a nation any more. Whether anybody is running the show any more. Whether we're going to exist as a nation the has-been superpower, turning into a disgusting joke. That's the crisis. It's not the details people will be calling in, suggesting this, suggesting that: "We could do this, we could do that." Shut up! We don't want those suggestions. We already have people who understand the situation. They're prepared to act. They're officials, they know what they're doing. They don't need your suggestions about what should be done. They need information, indications, that sort of thing.
But, what we have to have is a centralized top-down approach. Why We have to convince the American people themselves, as well as the other nations of the world, that this nation is still a great power, and is capable of responding to its responsibilities. So the confidence in the United States, and its government is the first point of the human catastrophe, right now.
If we can not convince ourselves that we are going to deal successfully with this, like a superpower as was not done up to this point then we're not going to have a nation. And because we're in a period, in which the international monetary-financial system is headed for the worst economic collapse in modern history, a collapse of the United States and its credibility would mean a catastrophe for the entire world.
Therefore, we have to assert the responsibilities of the sovereign government of the United States as a virtual superpower, to deal with this problem! We have to get our act together, top-down! If we do, we can handle it.
Let me give you some indications.
Evacuation: Now, the first thing we've got to do, is get all these people in that area out of it! We've got to move all those people out. We've got to move them out quickly, to safe places. Many of them are already carrying diseases, diseases contracted as a result of the conditions to which they were exposed. Others are in aggravated health conditions, because of the lack of treatment. We've got to move them out of the New Orleans area in particular. Because that's a disease center. Epidemics are about to break out. We've got to put them into a safer environment.
Now, one of the places we have not stadiums, not Astrodomes, or that kind of nonsense. That's children's games. Let's get serious. The way we would handle this thing, and the way we should handle it now, is we have some military bases. Now, instead of trying to play games, we're going to have to move those people quickly into military bases, or improvised arrangements which are equivalent to military bases. We have some large bases in southern Mississippi. They're in a disease-prone area, but they're manageable. These are not ideal for the long-term. But we must move those people out of the New Orleans area, and similar areas, quickly. We've got to move them.
All right, the Mississippi bases are there. Move them there. Get whatever is required mobilized, and move them now. Don't talk about buses, don't talk about this move them now!
All right, now we have some other bases. There are not enough of them, yet, online, but there are other bases which are in better areas. Now, we're going to have to take these people and process them. We're going to keep families together, to the degree we can. But some of these people are going to be very sick and need special treatment. Many will have to be isolated, because they carry infectious diseases, that are dangerous, they've contracted under these conditions: cholera, avian flu, all these kinds of things: water-borne disease, insect-borne diseases. That's a nightmare down there in New Orleans. We've got to get them to an area out of that infectious areas. We're going to have to classify them; we're going to do triage good triage, not bad triage. We're going to have to take families that have a sickness pattern, put them in an area where they're going to get the adequate medical and other treatment. So, we're going to have to immediately follow up the usual social-work things, to make sure that everybody's we know we know who they are, where they are, what their families are, who we have to contact; that sort of thing.
But the way to do it, is first of all, use our military bases, which are idled, but are still functioning. Keep them. Forget the BRAC keep the bases. Until we get enough bases with capacity to handle the entire area. We're going to move people back, but first of all, we've got to move them to safety.
Now, instead of trying to bring foodstuffs and so forth into the New Orleans area which we'll do! But not that much we intend to move the people to a place where we can safely bring the food to them; bring the care to them. Military camps are the best place for this kind of thing. We can also improvise and the Corps of Engineers are capable of doing this we can improvise new camps, which are temporary, but at least they will do the job, before the winter sets in, for the time being.
Then we're going to start rebuilding.
Now, this is largely a military job. And what we're going to have to, is take the Corps of Engineers, and fully activate it, and equip it, including with money. It's going to cost a lot of money. We've now got $10.5 billion allotted by the Congress. That will help; it's not enough. We're going to need about up to $100 billion just to deal with the immediate costs of this thing if we're going to keep people alive! Don't talk about the cost! Don't talk about the $100 billion. Yes, be realistic about it. But realize, that if we don't do this job, we no longer represent a nation. We lose our ability to function as a nation, at a time that the entire world is on the brink of the greatest financial crisis you ever heard about! We can not let the United States go under! Because other parts of the world can not deal with this global problem without us. We can't solve the problem entirely by ourselves as a nation, but the rest of the world couldn't solve this problem without us.
Let me give you an example: Many of you believe in a myth. You believe that we are a broken-down nation, and the proof of that is, we are producing things in China and India, instead of the United States. That is a myth. That is a fraud. Why are we producing things in India and China, rather than the United States, and similar kinds of outsourcing and so-called globalization Why because they're better than we are No! They're not better than we are! They don't have a General Welfare policy! See, 700 million people of a billion in India are extremely poor. You have a concentration of poor in China. India and China are very well off, compared to most Asian nations. Seventy percent being extremely poor, is really a luxury state for most of the Asian nations. We have dying nations in Central and South America dying, partly because of our policies. And partly because of our globalization policies, our free-trade policies.
See, what happens is, these nations produce chiefly for us. They use some of their labor to produce for us, instead of we producing for ourselves. Why Because we have a system of public health. We have a system of health care. We have a General Welfare policy. We support our people, we protect them. We fight for their medical care, we fight for their Social Security, their insurance, their pensions. These countries don't have it. They don't have infrastructure. Therefore, they can produce cheaper but at what cost By starving 70% or more of their own people.
They're not better than we are we're stupid! when we get into this kind of an arrangement. We delight in getting cheap goods from China, and think nothing about the poor people of China, who are producing in China, at prices which don't meet the needs of the Chinese people as a whole We're doing the same thing in India. The same thing in Third World countries below our borders! Do you know what we're doing to Mexico Do you know what we're doing to Central America Do you know what we're doing to South America In this cheap labor export policy
We are, in the meantime, destroying the United States! We've destroyed our industry! You take a map of the United States, and look county-by-county, over the past 30 years: We've been destroying the United States! And many of you live in areas which are being destroyed. You remember when there was a factory, when there was a town, when things functioned. Not any more! We are now turning our people into Third World people! With the kind of jobs, and wages, and incomes of a Third World level.
The rest of the world is not better than we are. We're being stupid. We let this happen to us, because we had a bad policy. There's no reason for it.
Now, what we're going to have to do and the reason we have this crisis down there in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, is because we abandoned the policy of the Constitutional commitment to promotion of the General Welfare. And therefore, because we were cutting costs, General Welfare costs, and the way we were trying to loot Social Security, we no longer maintained the standard of living, and support for these areas, which would enable them to deal with many of these problems: We did not deliver, what was required in the Louisiana-Mississippi-Alabama area, even though we knew it was needed, because we didn't want to spend the money! Because we were trying to cut our social welfare funds, for conducting, say, the war in Iraq, or for a new war they want in Iran: these kinds of things.
So now, we're in a point, that the issue before us, which is posed to us by this plight of our people, in these three states in particular but that's the not the problem. It poses something larger to us: Are we a nation And what defines us, as a nation The President and Vice President, of course, have failed, in this respect. We don't throw them out, we don't shoot them because of this. But we have to recognize, they failed. The incumbent President of the United States has failed. And therefore, the other institutions of the United States, which are forced to come into the picture, and play a larger role, because the President isn't up to it, we have, together, to hold our institutions together, and to realize, we are still a superpower. We are the leading nation on this planet.
And it's time, we acted like it.
That's our situation.
Now, here, most of you young guys, you've got a good two generations, 50 years or so, ahead of you. Your parents don't. Your parents are entering the last quarter-century of active life, as a generation. And it's a diminishing life. The future, for better or for worse, belongs to you, the next two generations, the next 50 years and beyond. If we don't solve this problem, you have nothing for the rest of your life. Your parents' generation can die out. And will soon, anyway, within the coming quarter-century. Most of them will begin to die off and disappear. But you are stuck with this for 50 years to come right now, you have no future, the way things are going.
Therefore, you, and your generation has to mobilize to fight for your future.
You also are the generation that made up the bulk of the troops that went to war in World War II. We're now in another war to defend this nation, and what it stands for, to bring back the dignity of this superpower, as a superpower to convince ourselves we are that power. We're going to have to fight that war. This war is not with guns, as such. We don't desire, we don't need a war of that type. But we have to fight, as if for war. We have to mobilize as if for war. Your generation is going to be the bulk of the butt of this mass mobilization of the citizenry as a whole. Just as my generation was taken to war, drafted into military service in World War II: We were the bulk. We didn't have much skill. But because of Franklin Roosevelt, we had the best logistics in the world. We had tonnage per man of every soldier put overseas; compared with the relative poverty of every other army in the world, including the opposing army in the Germans. What we had, relative to the Germans vastly superior! Not because we were better at war they were better at war than we were, they were better trained. Longer trained. But we had logistics; we had sheer tonnage of power! per capita, that no other part of the world had.
We don't have that, any more. But, you are going to have to help mobilize the population of the United States, you are going to have to be thrust, that pushes what has to be done.
We now have, around the Senate, a bipartisan group of Senators, and other people, in and around government. We have retired people, retired generals, retired colonels and so forth, who could volunteer to fill in on many of the jobs that need to be done.
We can save this nation! We can bring back its dignity. We can't bring back the lives that were lost, by the malfeasance, or misfeasance, in this period. But we can save this nation. We can say, we won this war. And it's up to you.
The approach we're going to have to take, though, is to fight this as if we were fighting a war. Colonels and generals and so forth, retired or otherwise, are going to play a key part, because they know how, quickly, to do the kind of job of mobilization that needs to be done, to fix things that need to be fixed. They're the ones who know how to build a base, overnight, and we're going to have to have more bases for people. They're the ones that know how to organize mass transit overnight how to do that. They're the ones that are simply waiting they'll volunteer, too! they're waiting for the orders, the authorization to act and they will act! So, we have to mobilize around this, as if for war, and say, "Look, we're looking at, right up front, frankly, when you look at this realistically, we're looking at $100 billion fix-up job, to come out of this thing with our dignity."
And giving the American people, first of all, the sense, that we are a nation, we are still a superpower, we still have it in us, despite even the failure of some of our institutions. And reminding the world, that we are still a leading power of this world. We have not gone away. We're not going to disintegrate. And we're going to have to go back, to correct our mistake. We're going to have to have to back to the Preamble of the Federal Constitution of the United States, and recognize, the fundamental law of this nation, is in the Preamble, not only in national defense, but in the promotion of the General Welfare, for the living, and for their posterity.
We have violated the principle of defense of the nation! Flagrantly! We have violated, even more flagrantly, the policy of promotion of the General Welfare. We are condemning ourselves to contempt, unless we go back, and make the promotion of the General Welfare of the living and their posterity the foundation of government, now.
MODERATOR: We do have a couple of questions, that we wanted to ask you. Both of these questions came from they came as a product of the joint leadership meetings that have taken place in Washington over the last 48 hours, although both of these questions do come, specifically, from the Democratic side of the aisle.
The first question is well, it's really on the order of battle. It says, "Mr. LaRouche, the issues that we have to address as they relate to the human catastrophe and how to address that, are things that you've made clear. What is less clear are questions related to the ongoing functioning of the economy, and the economic dislocation that we've suffered as a result of this disaster.
"As I think you know, we have, now, two major ports that have been severely crippled as a result of this storm. The Port of New Orleans alone, is responsible for approximately 25% of the nation's fuel supply. It's going to take some time for us, even with the best efforts to get these areas up and fully functioning again. Obviously, the most efficient way to address some of these questions, within the framework of our Constitution, is by Executive action. But that does not seem to be forthcoming.
"Therefore, we're posed with the task of intervening Congressional action. Can you please define your view of an order of battle For instance, should we be moving immediately to freeze prices on fuel and food What else is it that we need to do, to address this interim emergency period"
LAROUCHE: You mentioned the question of limits, upper limits on prices of fuel and food: We face not only the price, we face shortages of supply, right now, because we depended too much on petroleum products coming in through the Gulf area. It was a terrible mistake. It was a mistake based on corporate thinking, not on national-interest thinking. And we have to recognize, as we are reminded now, that the policies, the economic policies of the United States have to be based on the interest of the United States as a whole nation, not on the interest of one group within the nation, or some special group with special interest. That was a mistake.
Now, we're going to have to deal with that. One of the first things we've got to do to deal with that, we've got to clear the Mississippi and the area of waterways around New Orleans. We've got similar problems in the southern part of Alabama and Mississippi. We've got to clear these.
Now, this is a Corps of Engineers job. So we have to augment and give the Corps of Engineers the authority to proceed. They can do the job. Because we've got the grain harvest, that's coming up now! We've got to move that grain, along the Mississippi, out into the Gulf and we've got to export it. We'll have a catastrophe if we don't do that! The only way we're going to do that, is the Corps of Engineers and related institutions, have to get in there and clean up the Mississippi and get the wreckage out of the way. That must be done, immediately!
But somebody has to give the order. Therefore, if the White House is not disposed to give these orders, then the Congress, a bipartisan body in the Congress has to enact legislation which created authorities, staffed by people including people preferably from the military, in many cases; I mean, there are number of retired generals and colonels and so forth, who can be called into duty to staff these things. Corps of Engineers people understand this: We've got to clear this mess out! And these people have to be given the authority, and the backing, and the funding to move! and to move, now! Not debate until next week. We've debated too long. We've waited too long, already. We should be moving on it now.
We do have to, again back to the other question we do have to enforce . Now, we had a case out nearby here, of $6 a gallon for gasoline. And you have people standing by the side of the road and laughing at Hummers. But that's not the only part of the story. We can not allow a speculative exploitation, which is now going on in the world market, to drive up the price of petroleum products on which this nation and other nations depend, to floating prices. We're going to put a lid on it. We're going to put a lid on it in the United States, and we're going to go to Europeans and others, and we're going to put a lid on it. We're going to talk to people overseas we're going to put a lid on the cost of petroleum products. We're going to stop this inflation: Because this inflation is purely based on speculation. And the speculators are going to have to take bath!
We're going to have a price of energy, which enables this nation to function. We're now coming into a winter season months ahead Yes! But we're coming into it now! How do you like it, with no heating, in the northern part How do you like it, the fact that we're shutting down electrical systems, power systems in entire regions of the country now, for lack of petroleum products, because we made ourselves dependent upon it No!
We organize the flow, of what we need in so-called energy supplies, and we regulate the price, put a cap on it, and we work with other nations to keep that price, a lid on it!
Now, we also have a problem of food supplies. Most people don't realize it, but our food chain is quite vulnerable now. Therefore, we have to mobilize, and ensure that everybody gets a chance to eat. Those two things at this time, there are a minimal number of things we should try to do, in terms of management, from the Federal government. But these are two things that must be done! Because, if these things are not done, the whole system can blow, the whole effort can fail, as a result of not doing it.
That's the basic thing.
Now, we are going to have to have backup anyway. I mean, the Executive branch is not presently staffed to handle it. For example: FEMA was understaffed, and has no clear direction. It was gobbled up and cannibalized to feed the homeland defense. And now see what happened to homeland defense What happened in 9/11/2001 is peanuts, compared to what's happening now. You realize, we could lose over 100,000 citizens, or more, right now! And if an epidemic of major proportions breaks out, in the Southern states, because we don't do something about it now effectively, we could have something that'll take out millions of Americans. We can have something spreading around this country, like the flu epidemic, the Spanish flu epidemic at the end of the World War I. Problems like that. We can not fool around with this thing. We must get back into action.
Therefore: We must create special authorities, using a lot of our retired military who understand exactly how to organize for this kind of situation. Because our military is not a shooting organization, essentially. Our military is essentially a logistic/defense organization. And what we need is logistics. We need generals and colonels who know how to do this, and who can recruit people with experience back into service. So, create authorities; fund these authorities, on mission-orientations to get the job done. The President does not have to be in the act, every time this has to be done. You have to have authorities which are mission-oriented, where there's a problem, where it's been authorized by law, by the bipartisan vote of the Senate and the House it'll be done! Automatically! By these people who are agents of the U.S. government, in taking care of that problem. And that has to be done now.
So, we're going to have to go to this business of authorities, special authorities, created by the Congress, by law, and authorized and staffed to do these various things that must be done. And special legislation to enable the government, and to compel the government! to put a cap on the price of fuel, and a cap on the question of food supply. We're going to have a food supply. We're going to have necessary energy. And we're going to fix some of the mistakes, that got us here to this mess in the first place. But right now, we've got to fix that, we've got to ensure our national economic security.
MODERATOR: [first part of sentence lost]...is really, it's a question of the anticipating of what the next few weeks may hold. It's kind of it has two components to it. What he asks, is, he said:
"Mr. LaRouche, as you probably know, the National Weather Service is forecasting the potential of at least four to six more storm systems before we are free and clear of this year's hurricane season. We were briefed on Friday, that at least two to three of those will probably be Category 3 hurricanes. In the second case, our concern is that, in both your words and specifically the words of people like former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, we're dealing with a highly unstable global financial system, and that predated the events of this last week.
"In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, the President's Council of Economic Advisors told us, that the result of Katrina is likely to be only a blip on the global financial system. Somehow that does not seem at all realistic.
"The question that I have for you, Mr. LaRouche, is, how do we prepare in advance for the possibility of both these eventualities, so that we're not caught flat-footed, as we were when Hurricane Katrina swept the Gulf"
LAROUCHE: On the first thing, I would say, we have to create the equivalent of a special authority which can utilize existing and newly assembled resources, which are assigned to do what was not done in the case of Katrina. That is, they're assigned to take each of these questions, on these storms, and to go at them, on the basis of the kind of reports which your question refers to, the kind of report we had on Aug. 2 of this year. And once these reports come up, on any particular threat, we go to work on that question, then, immediately, as we should have done in the case of Katrina.
Remember, we had four weeks' warning, on Katrina. We did nothing! Less than nothing, in four weeks, to prepare for what was known to be an attack on a part of the country that could not withstand Category 3 hurricane! And what came in, was a 4 to 5 Category hurricane. But we'd have been a disaster if we'd had a Category 3!
Now, if you're talking about Category 3, and higher, hurricanes, these things can not be absorbed on short term. That means you have to mobilize, as you would for an attack, a military attack on the United States, by capabilities which could deal with them! And you have to make it automatic the way you do in warfare. An automatic defense of the United States against hurricanes! What's wrong with defending against hurricanes You don't have to go out and shoot a hurricane (it doesn't work too well). But you have to control it. You have to control it, as if it were an invading enemy. And the military know how to do that not by shooting, but by using whatever we have, to take the precautions that we need, sit down, staff the thing just as you would for a battle; staff it, prepare, take the actions, set up the contingency actions and so forth.
But, on the economic crisis: Well, that's what I've been warning about. It's coming.
Now, let me describe this, fairly, as I've said before: The problem here, is very few people really understand an economy. And Bob Rubin, I think, would say, that he and I share that view: That most of the people who are called economists, who are under 63 years of age, really are not competent as economists. They may be useful people, but they are not competent for defining this. They don't think the right way. We've gone through two generations of cultural paradigm-shift, we no longer think of ourselves as an agro-industrial economy. We think of ourselves as a service economy. The whole system, the whole economic thinking of the country, has shifted totally, to the generation that runs the country thinks in terms of a services economy, not an agro-industrial economy. Well, a services economy is about to disappear! In its present form. And you can do nothing to save it. Therefore, we're going to have to rebuild the economy, back to an agro-industrial economy, otherwise, we're not going to make it.
Now, we're at the point, we're at a boundary area. Now, some people say, "What day is the crisis going to come" You can't answer that question. Because, we're in a situation like Germany was in from June on, into October-November, of 1923. Germany was carrying its income, the apparent income of Germany was being carried by going into debt, through the printing press money. And the ratio of unpayable debt incurred, to the amount of short-term income you were generating in Germany, was such that the ratio of debt to income, was increasing at an geometric rate. So, what the entire German economy, from June of 1923 until the real crackup in October-November, was on a collision course. Who could have predicted what month that would have gone down
We are now in a cycle like that. What has happened recently first of all, go back: 1987, we had in October '87, something which I had forecast, and I had forecast it several months before then, that we were headed for a general, 1929-style crash of the financial market by sometime in early October of 1987. I forecast that in May and June of 1987, I said, "We're on that track. That's what we're going to deal with." It happened, just exactly as I forecast.
Now, what happened then That was the 1929-crash equivalent which occurred in 1987! What year is this now 2005 moving toward October 2005, which is always a bad season for financial storms! The system is ready to blow: What Greenspan did, when he came in as Federal Reserve Chairman, he invented a new kind of money, called "financial derivatives." This is not real money. This is gamblers' side-bets. In other words, you got two guys up in an alley, shooting crap. And you got a bunch of kibitzers on the sidelines, betting on the outcome of the shooters. These are side-bets. You have people in Las Vegas, you have people playing at the tables. And somebody is conducting side-bets on how the game is going to go on the table, as personal side-bets among them, and exchanging pieces of paper as bets, hmm
Now, what Greenspan did, is set into a system of side-bets, gamblers' side-bets called "financial derivatives" or sometimes called "hedge funds." And these were used as a form of indebtedness, high-velocity, rapidly rolled-over indebtedness, involving quadrillions, essentially, of debt untold amounts of debt, because so much of this is private and unrecorded, we don't know exactly how large it is. But it's enormous.
Now, the profit, which is registered on the basis of these kinds of transactions, is then reflected as profit, or claimed profit, in the markets, in the regular financial markets. This is what is shown as the basis for the profitability and stability of the U.S. economy! In a situation like Germany, in 1923! Like the summer and fall of 1923 in Germany.
We don't know when this going to blow. It's ready to blow. And when it blows, there's not a major bank in the United States or Europe, that will be standing! That's what Bob Rubin's talking about. That's what I'm talking about.
That's what leading economists know! The mortgage-based securities bubble, as concentrated around Greater Washington, as concentrated on the West Coast: This is about to blow! Shacks at a $1 million mortgage, may be going to $200,000. Mass evictions. People who thought they had riches, have nothing or much less than nothing. This can happen at any time!
This is not something in the future. This is not magic, this is not guesswork. This what we know! And any leading economist or banker who tells you it's not true, is either stupid, or he's a liar. Any government official who's relevant, who denies this, is a liar, or stupid! And should be removed, for that reason, from that position.
So, we're going to have to act on this.
Now, there is a solution: We have to be ready for the reality, that this crack is going to come. What do you do When it comes. Well, if it happens, and we don't do anything, if the policies of the present Bush-Cheney were in force, you would say, "This is the end of civilization, and the whole planet is going into a Dark Age, for maybe several generations." Because, unless you do something, to prop up the economy, under conditions that all the banks, the major banks in the world are going under, and you try to run, with a broken-down economy, with no funding and no credit to keep the economy open, what's going to happen It's going to be chaos. It's going to Hell. We'll either go into some kind of fascist dictatorship or tyranny, or you're going to something worse.
So therefore, there's one solution: And that is, to go to the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, national defense, and promotion of the General Welfare for present and future generations. The government puts the national banking system into receivership and bankruptcy, and prevents the banks from closing their doors; goes through financial reorganization of the system, to ensure that people are not thrown out of their homes; their businesses stay open; their pensions are paid; and that we proceed to grow. With things that have to be done, physical things that need to be done, which will grow the economy, and bring the level of current income above the level of current obligations, current costs.
On that basis, we can work our way out of the problem. We have to do this in cooperation with other countries. But the countries of Europe can not do this by themselves. The countries of Europe do not have real sovereignty. No nation in Europe today, has sovereignty. Because they are all victims of central banking systems, which are privately controlled and which are nothing but agents of a concert of private financier interests. So, the governments of Europe are controlled by the bankers. The government of Germany, the government of France, the government of the United Kingdom, the government Italy are controlled by private bankers! The government is inferior in political power to private bankers!
So therefore, there's no government in Europe, which is prepared to put the private bankers into bankruptcy, which is what has to be done. The United States is the one nation which has a Constitution, which qualifies us, by tradition, to go to National Banking, as Hamilton described it. You put the private banks into receivership. You keep their doors open. You keep them from being shut down. You reorganize them. You sort the paper out. And you create new credit to make the economy grow.
And make it grow through infrastructure investments and other things, sufficient to ensure that what we're earning per year, exceeds what we're spending per year, in terms of current accounts. And we're going to have to do it.
This is not necessarily something which corresponds immediately, and simply, to the crisis we have as a result of the hurricane crisis, and the national catastrophe. But, it's something that government has to be prepared to do.
Now, we have a number of Democrats, in the Senate and elsewhere, who are less unlikely to give serious consideration to what I just said. They might be unlikely to do it, if they thought there was some way of ducking the issue I just raised. But, if they knew, and were sure, that what I'm saying is right, they wouldn't be too resistant, because they know what the consequences are. The problem is, on the Republican side, is not that the Republicans aren't good people many of them are, they're very good people. Particularly in the bipartisan coalition. But, because of their party conditioning, and because of the conditioning of public opinion, particularly since 1971-72, very few people in the political system in this country, want to think in the direction I just indicated. But: I can tell them, "Do you wish to survive Do you want to let your prejudice on this account, get in the way of the survival of our nation"
"You want to save the banks They can't save themselves who's going to save them Only the power of government can save the banks. You want to save the banks Go to the government. Use the power of government, the consent of the people in support of government to keep the doors of the banks open. And to keep the things that banking involves, functioning. Keep people employed; keep people working."
We're going to have to face that. It's part of the crisis.
And, in a sense, it's the failure to recognize this, or to be willing to recognize this, that makes otherwise talented political leaders of this country, tremble like idiots on many political questions. Because, they say, "You can't go that way. The country has changed its mood. We're now for fiscal austerity. We're no longer for the General Welfare. We can barely defend the Social Security system what're you asking us to do! Put our careers on the line" They're frightened.
I'm frightened enough, to know what has to be done. The problem is they're not too frightened, they're just not frightened enough.
But in the meantime, someone like me has to say, "Well, look. I'm prepared to face this. I'm prepared to face war. I'm prepared to face a crisis of the type we have immediately. I'm prepared to face a financial crisis. We need more people like me, who've got the guts to face this crisis. I've got the guts to face it, and I know it can work."
MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, you're listening to an emergency address to the nation, by former Presidential candidate and physical economist Lyndon LaRouche.
Lyn, I thank you for your remarks and those answers to those questions. I know you're not going anywhere this weekend, and that's good, because I think there are going to be a lot of additional questions on this, from especially members of the Senate.
But at this time, we're going to return to what the original intention of Mr. LaRouche's appearance this Saturday was, and I'm going to turn things back over to Marcia Merry Baker, who will entertain questions from the youth gatherings around the country. But, just in closing, I would say that since the youth gathered here in Chestertown, Maryland are the ones who have the task of carrying this message to Washington, D.C., my strong recommendation would be that the first question come from here. But, I'll defer to Marcia.
HOST:: Thank you, Debbie. And thank you, Lyn, very much.
And yes, so, if they'll get their question ready on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I'm just going to say who is participating again, so everyone knows how to proceed. But, Chestertown, Md. will be first.
We have five sites in the continent United States, with hundreds-strong gathered of the LaRouche Youth Movement, and they'll be participating now, with live audio I'll just anchor the rotation and put their questions directly to Lyn. And in addition to that, just so everyone knows, we do have, outside the United States, in Mexico and Canada, throughout Central America and South America, we have assemblies of the LaRouche Youth Movement; also in Germany and in Europe; I know in Australia, for certain; places in Asia, in the Philippines, and some individuals in Southwest Asia and in Africa.
We appreciate emails may come in to Lyndon from those people, and because of time, we may have to funnel them, to Lyndon and to the LaRouchePAC, in the course of the upcoming days, because we will stay with the live questions from this gathering of the LaRouche Youth Movement across the U.S. And that will be: Los Angeles, Seattle, Toledo, and Boston, as well as the first place in Maryland. And we now ask them, to place their question directly to you. Go ahead!
MODERATOR: Okay, question from Maryland.
Q: Hello Lyn, this is Erin from the D.C. LYM. And the question that I have, in light of what has just occurred with the hurricane and over successions of time of actually getting to know the individuals in Congress, the aides, the Congressmen, and other things like that: One of the things that I was quite surprised of, about two years ago when we started lobbying, is that even among the institutions, a sense of sort of helplessness. And some of the things you talk about within the population, around the rampant fundamentalism, this sort of anti-intellectualism, and other things of this nature it's still shocking to see how dominant it is, inside of the Congress and related institutions.
So, the question that I have, is, what are the type of things we need to push on a little bit more, from the standpoint of pedagogy, to really get at this sort of thing inside the Congress
Like, before we came down, we did a mass distribution inside of the Congress, the House and the Senate, of your new statement. And to try to pre-empt a sort of "we can't do anything, this is Mother Nature/God's wrath on us" Can you help us out, on the direction that we need to push these guys, from the standpoint of not looking at themselves as helpless peons, or something like this
LAROUCHE: Well, the point is, these people are a drag on society right now. What we're going to have to operate upon, is the fact that a majority of the population, as typified by a majority combination of the Democrats and many of the Republicans in the Senate, are prepared to move in the direction, at least on the emergency issues, that were the questions you asked about, now. And no matter what other people say, among the Faith-Based Initiative people who are corrupted by money, or who have simply been driven insane into insane religious ideas, like following Pat Robertson, who is not entirely human this kind of thing they're the minority, politically! And we are not going to jeopardize the nation as a whole, or the people of the nation as a whole, because a minority of that type, which is irrational, is trying to get us to bend and compromise with their irrationality!
We're going to say, "Brother and Sister, get rational! Because, the question is, the majority of the people of this country have to survive! If you have contrary ideas, your needs will be taken care of but your opinions may be disregarded. Because, you've lost the election! You lost the vote. You decided to go with these guys, these nuts."
And if the nuts run the United States, there isn't going to be a United States. There's not going to be anything for anyone.
So, do not think that we are going to compromise ideas, with that kind of opinion. They are insane. Their opinions are insane. We will protect them. We will not turn against them. But, we will not allow insane opinions to determine the policies of the United States, when the very existence of this nation and civilization on this planet, depends upon rejecting their silly opinions!
HOST: Thank you. I think we'll come back to Eastern Maryland with the Washington, D.C. LYM for sure. But, let's go to Los Angeles. I'll ask them out there it's a very large gathering to line up their question, just while I'm saying this few seconds of words. And as you all know, we have simultaneous Spanish translation, and we thank you for the emails so for. Let's go to L.A., and the first questioner there, please.
Q: Hello, Lyn. My name is Scott from Oakland. Good morning.
I have a question on how to set prices. Basically, in your new paper, you've been talking about potential, and how, in order to set prices, you have to measure the dynamically defined potential. I was just 'cause it seems like you have to tell the future, and I don't want to sound like a crystal ball person. Could you help with that
LAROUCHE: Very simple: You look at what's called a "fair price structure." Now, first of all, you decide that we need certain products, like certain foodstuffs, certain other products, public services; we need physicians, we need various things. And you say: All right. If we need these things, and we need them in a certain quantity, therefore we have to pay a price for these things, which corresponds to keeping the source of supply functioning. In other words: You don't let competition determine the price. The competition is the ability of a certain section of the economy to produce what we need. And we say, we will pay the price which corresponds to matching the cost of production and continued supply of what we need, in the quantity we need it.
Now, for example, we have also another, related question, there. Because, we can get food from various parts of the world cheaply. But, that's insane. You look at the United States, we have destroyed our ability to produce food. We have also, as a result of this, we have committed insanity, we've reduced the number of types of food, of any crop that grows! We have now created a situation, in which a disaster with any strain of crop, is an international disaster. For example, just take the different number of varieties of apples we used to have. Take the number of varieties of any foodstuff in any category we used to have. If a sudden blight, or plant disease, or an animal disease, struck that crop, we weren't out of business. Because we had a large option of other kinds of crops which were resistant to that particular disease. What we have now, we've made the entire crop by homogenizing it on a global scale, so a strawberry from the south of Zanzibar, is the same strawberry that we get in the United States that is clinically insane! We should accept variety: Variety is the spice of life! It also is what makes the food taste better.
And that's where the problem lies. It's simply an idea of "fair trade": We want to make sure that we, in the United States, have food security. That we have security in everything we need to live on. And we decide what the things are that we need to live on. And we make sure that we have enough of the things that we need to live on, produced in our own country, so we have national security national economic security.
Then, we go down that list, and we say: We are going to pay a price, or allow people to set prices, on their foodstuffs or their product, where they get compensated for producing what we need! Which means the capital costs, and the labor costs, the health care that goes into the workers who produce the thing and so forth, that they're going to get fair compensation for their labor. So that we get what we need.
And you take that kind of listing, and you make a national policy plan. Now, the way you do that, is not by setting prices, by government setting prices. But you do things, that will set prices. For example, use protectionist measures; use tax measures; you do investment tax credit programs; you set tariffs; you set trade agreements with other countries. You do interstate commerce regulation, so that we have a balance, an optimal balance, that we require, and you achieve that, as Hamilton laid it out in his paper On the Subject of Manufacturers, his Report to the Congress. And by this kind of regulation, you cause, more or less automatically, within the economy, that people in business adapt to these rules and regulations, and they come up with prices which correspond to this amount.
You don't have to set it. You may set ceilings. You may set bottoms, you may set ceilings, you may use protective tariffs. But you do various things by government, which create an environment, in which the private sector will come up with the right answer.
HOST: Would Seattle please get ready We'll go up the coast on the Pacific, and take the question from there. And then, after that, unless we topic-hop, we'll go to Toledo.
Q: Hi Lyn, this is Miko [ph] from Seattle. In the Animation economics paper, you first started talking about the fourth phase-space, and it seems well, what I was thinking was, that you were referring to the fourth phase-space as the physical economy the physical economy is actually the self-conscious ordering of the Noösphere generally. But then, and in some of the more recent papers, you've been talking about the fourth phase-space as the specific aspect of creativity in the individual mind. And it sort of, well, it threw off my old hypothesis about what you were talking about. So, could you elaborate what you're currently thinking about what the fourth phase-space is
LAROUCHE: This is what blows the minds of the fundamentalist, who thinks he's a Christian or something, and is not!
This fourth phase-space is mankind, and God. Because, see, the Noösphere is generated by a principle which exists only among human beings: And that is the principle of discovery of universal physical principles.
Now, this power of cognition, which exists only in the individual human mind, it does not exist as a collective; it exists communication among minds, yes, reflects this. But the individual human mind alone is capable of discovering a universal principle of nature.
Now, the action of the human mind, on nature, as a result of knowing and applying this principle, changes the universe, such that we have a category of fossils and a category of existing things, which would not exist except as the products of the human mind. It's called the Noösphere. But this does not exist the human mind does not exist within the Noösphere. It exists outside the Noösphere. It's the principle which is acting upon nature, to produce a Noösphere! That principle is exemplified by the creative power, the power like a Kepler, to discover a universal physical principle, in the individual human mind.
Now, what is the category of the individual human mind It's called God. Because human beings die. And what is the principle which unifies the universe, which is above the Biosphere, which is above the inorganic level of existence What is the principle that runs the universe Where is the will, that runs the universe Where is the power that runs the universe That's God. That has a personality and we participate in that. And we reflect we are made as the first chapter of Genesis says, we are made "in the image of the Creator." Our substance, when we die, we are still in that image, in the image of the Creator. We may cease to be flesh and blood, but we're in the image of the Creator. That's that fourth category. It's called God. And it's something that no fundamentalist I ever met knows anything about.
HOST: Thank you. I ask if we could go ahead to Toledo, and after that, continue eastward to Boston. But from Toledo, we have the Midwestern gathering of the LaRouche Youth Movement. Go right ahead.
Q: Lyn on the issue of this nuclear crisis [poor connection, largely inaud]. Hello Can you hear me now
Lyn, on this issue of Cheney's nuclear threat, on this issue, what exactly spells victory for us Because it's still something that's a little fuzzy in my mind. Because, I understand our overall goal, and mission of our organization, but on this whole issue, I'm curious as to what exactly is going to get us out of this moment of crisis, concerning this. I mean, is it simply, we make it through these few months We impeach Cheney How do we know that we've flanked this
LAROUCHE: Because we know this cold, factually. Your question, really, is something else, it's not that. There's no question of doubt. This is Cheney's problem. This is Cheney's intention. The orders have been given, to STRATCOM. They're waiting, for the opportunity to press the button. There has been advanced deployment of matériel for this war. This war against Iran is being deployed for, now! There's no speculation. Anyone that tells you, that this is in doubt, this is debatable they don't know what they're talking about. This is "go" as of now! We're trying to stop a "go" operation!
From places like Diego Garcia and so forth, in the Indian Ocean, is already staffing stuff, for this attack, on Iran! There are operations which the Israelis are involved in. Of trying to introduce, by stealth methods, to put a nuclear device inside Iran and then blow it up! And then say the Iranians did it, to hide an accident. As a pretext, to the get the war going.
Cheney wants to get a war going against Iran.
Now, your problem is it's like Iraq. Your problem is, that you say, "It can't be true." But it is true. So, instead of saying "it can't be true," you say, "well, isn't there some doubt as to whether this is really true What evidence do we have" The evidence is conclusive! No one who knows anything about this, has any doubt that this is Cheney's intent, and this is a "go" operation. So, anything you hear from somebody that this is questionable, what I say is questionable, they just don't know what they're talking about. And it's very difficult to argue against someone who doesn't know what he's talking about, because he keeps on talking. He doesn't have to know what he's talking about, to keep on talking he just talks anyway.
The problem is, otherwise, why would people doubt this Seriously, apart from being flippant. They would doubt it, because they don't understand what the intention of the people, of the neo-cons. What the intention is of the spoon-benders, like General Boykin, who's a spoon-bender: He's crazy! He's nuts! The people who created Guantanamo torture, the people who created the torture in Abu Ghraib; the spoon-benders, members of the military, backed by the President, backed by Cheney, who are spoon-benders: They're Nazis! They're just like Nazis, like Gestapo. Who run prison camps, just like Gestapo, no difference. They're more sophisticated. They use psychology to torture when to torture, and how to torture. The Nazis were not so discriminating on this thing they tried to be. But these guys took over from the Nazis, and continued it, and improved on the techniques, of torture.
What they don't understand, they think that you go to war, you see you have a war, you have an objective. You're going to win this war, and you're going to have peace and things are going to be good and sweet, and so forth. Like the President says, you know, the dumb President says, when he's not on a dirt bike, he says these kinds of things. Well, that's not the point. Go back in history, real history. Go back to the Roman Empire; go back to the Persian Empire; go back to the Babylonian Empire. Go back to the medieval period. Go to Henry Kissinger: What do all these experiences tell you What is their conception of warfare Their conception of warfare is a permanent warfare. The purpose of permanent warfare, is to destroy, and keep destroying, existing and potential resistance to empire. It's what the Roman legions did. It's what the medieval period did with the Inquisitions, what they did with the various Crusades. These were methods of mass killing, to exterminate resistance to an empire!
What Cheney and company are trying to do, is create an empire. And how do you create an empire By permanent warfare! By causing wars, to keep war going! You cause a war to make somebody angry, so you can get another war. What they're out to do, is destroy the planet. What's on the list China! What remains of Russia, Central Asia, Europe, Africa! That's what this is for. You're dealing with something which is bestial, something which is utterly immoral, something Satanic! Why would Satan do something like this Ask, why would Satan do what Cheney is doing Or, why is Cheney doing it Because Satan's telling him. Or something like Satan is telling him, maybe something inside him. Maybe it's his wife, she probably qualifies for Satan. Anyway . That's the reason.
Your doubt is, you don't understand warfare. We're not dealing with warfare like World War II, to eliminate a danger to humanity and to bring about peace. We're not dealing with a Franklin Roosevelt type of war. We're dealing with warfare as a method, which is the method of the British Empire, for example. The British Empire used war, as a method of government! And they used perpetual warfare, as a method of imperial government.
What the Nazis did, was to set up a system, with the SS system, of eliminating regular armies, and going to a new kind of army which was intended to rule the world by perpetual warfare torture, killing, and so forth. Make up wars, start them for no reason, just to keep the populations under control, and to bust things up.
What do you think is happening in Colombia, below our borders Perpetual warfare! Who did it Elements of the United States, including George Bush George H.W. Bush, under Iran-Contra.
What's happening in Central Asia You had Brzezinski, a twin of Kissinger, planned a war on the soft underbelly of the Soviet Union. But the Soviet Union is no longer there it's gone! But the war is continuing! The war that Bush and the British started, called the Afghanistan war of the late 1970s-1980s.
What started this thing about Islamic warfare It's a policy: To have a war against Islam. How Why To run the world, through warfare.
Look at the history of the Roman Empire; look at the history of the Persian Empire; look at the history of medieval empire, of feudalism, based on the Norman chivalry and Venice; look at the religious warfare from 1492 through 1648, before the Treaty of Westphalia. Look at the way the British got an empire by organizing the Seven Years War in Europe. Look at the way the British organized the Napoleonic Wars remember, it was the British, who created the French Revolution. It was their agents, of London, that created it. Napoleon was a British agent he didn't know it, but he was. He was controlled by the Anglo-Dutch Liberals who controlled his finances, who therefore manipulated him and got him to do what they wanted him to do. For 25 years, of the French Revolution, till 1815, Europe was being destroyed by the Napoleonic Wars, and the equivalent, as a method of government, to prevent Europe from becoming like the United States.
So, your question really involves a lack of knowledge about this question. But, look at it. Look at the people who think of warfare, permanent warfare, not as a way of winning a victory for peace. But warfare as a method of government, by terror, and murder. That's what's up.
HOST: Thank you. What we'll do now, is proceed on the rotation to Boston. If there are technical problems with their phone hookup, that may be why I'm getting some emails, and I can summarize those questions from Boston for you. Do we have a Boston live audio right now [pause]
All right, we'll go to email, they ask. And also, I'll ask Toledo to called the engineering desk, so that can improve their hookup as we go along.
We've had from Boston two questions, but the one I'll put first, Lyn, is the same one we also had from the Australian cadre school. So, this is a double-header. The question refers to the reconstruction of New Orleans facing the country.
From Boston: "Can we use the new production of jobs as a way to invigorate our economy And how else can this disaster be used as a wakeup call, rebuilding our economy and outlook as a whole" And Australia was asking in particular about the advanced machine-tool capability in a time of disaster. The tack-on question was regarding the importance of music in all of this, from Boston. [LaRouche laughs]
Well, hmm. Hmm. This is a big question, because there's so many aspects to it. But, let's take the New Orleans thing, first. What has been done to the United States, since 1971 in particular, is, as we've demonstrated by these even so far the animations which have shown exactly county by county in the United States, whole sections of the United States have been destroyed as territory. You have the state of Michigan, for example, the state of Ohio, the state of Indiana, and so forth and so on. The major farm states, and so forth. They've been destroyed.
So, whole sections of the United States have been destroyed. You have populations moving into this area, here, in Northern Virginia, where you get tarpaper shacks going for $1 million mortgages, or something like that. They put tacks in, instead of nails, and they don't put the tacks in to connect to anything they just put the tacks in. And maybe the building will hold together, and maybe it won't, and it may be a million-dollar mortgage. We've looked at this stuff, and literally that's it! It's garbage! We're using virtual slave-labor, imported illegals and others from various parts of the world to put these shacks together, and we're charging fantastic mortgage rates, to get people into mortgages and this whole thing is going to go down! You can get, very quickly, a 60% collapse, or more, in mortgage values in this area, and this particular county, Loudoun County, is Ground Zero for the biggest mortgage bubble collapse in the United States! Right here! It's going to hit us.
So therefore, what's wrong here We've been concentrating population in a few areas, away from other areas, where there's no economic opportunity. We have destroyed economic opportunity.
Now, take the case of New Orleans, look at it from that standpoint. New Orleans is the key port for the Mississippi system, which goes into all of the farm states, so-called, from the Rockies states, from the 20-inch rainfall line, east and west; from the Alleghenies, and the Midwest, down. It goes largely on rivers and railroads, or used to. Now, we all run trucks, because people don't know how to drive a railroad any more, or something. And truck drivers are cheap you can kill them and you can throw them away, hmm They're disposable. That's that way they treat them.
So, anyway, this great flux of production used to come from the interior of the United States, down through the river systems, and related communications and transport systems, down into the mouth of the Mississippi. New Orleans was there. The development of that area was there. Now, we take one area, the New Orleans area, that whole area there which is the mouth of the Mississippi. You take that, which involves the entire area that feeds into it through the water system, from the Rockies and from the Alleghenies, all the way down. It's being destroyed.
What're you going to do Well, what we're going to do, is New Orleans is being virtually destroyed. But, if we're going to have a nation, we're going to have to rebuild this thing. We're going to have to make Michigan function again; cities that have been virtually closed down will have to function again; farm states that have ceased to function as farm states, are going to have to be rebuilt; and as part of rebuilding that, we realize that every part of this whole region from the Rockies and Alleghenies on down, from the Canadian border to the mouth of the Mississippi, is one integral unit.
So therefore, we have to think about developing every inch of territory, in that whole area. And have an average level of productivity per square kilometer, and have an distribution of population which corresponds to that. But that's all going to depend upon having the New Orleans port area functioning. It's the mouth. It's the keystone of the whole thing.
What're we going to do It's a mess! It was a mess before the storm hit. We're going to go in there and rebuild the thing. But we're going to rebuild it on a functional basis. We're going to rebuild it, to assert our authority, in not giving up a city! We're not going to surrender territory to the enemy! We're going to take the territory back! New Orleans is going to live! The state of Louisiana is going to live! We're going to take it back! From the enemy! The enemies within and the enemies without! And, while doing that, and certifying that the characteristics of that city that we want to keep will be preserved, we're going to rebuild it, as a functional port as it's intended to be.
So, now, we're going to take the people out temporarily. Because you can't have them live there, they'll die if they're kept there. We're going to clean the mess up, get the thing under control from the disease, get the rivers working, get the ports working, get the levees working. Go ahead with a plan of rebuilding the whole thing and then, repopulate it! And it will come back. New Orleans will be reborn! We won't put much money into building the whorehouses, or similar kinds of entertainment. But the important things, the nice things, will be provided again. Because people like to have the good things they had before, come back.
HOST: Thank you, and I will tell Boston, because you don't have direct audio, I do have your four or five more questions, but I think we've made one rotation. I just want to ask you, Lyn, if we could continue, we could take one more from Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. And then we can continue as long as the LaRouche Youth Movement and Lyndon care to. But let's take Washington, D.C. next, and then go to Los Angeles. Then I do have more from other places and I also thank Peru, Philippines, and Australia for their emails.
So, go ahead Washington, D.C. But I should say it differently: From the whole Middle Atlantic region, they're gathered out in the Eastern Shore in Maryland. Whoever's next, please go ahead.
Q: Hello, I'm Germain [ph] and I have a question in regards to Asia. The U.S. is definitely the financial center of the world, and it's losing its agricultural and industrial strength. On the other hand, China seems to be growing in those areas. In a sense, the world seems to be establishing some kind of industrial dependency on China, similar to the world's economic and technological dependency on the U.S. So, I'm assuming China potentially has a great influence on the world economy. If this is true, as an emerging superpower, what is China's stance on the world economy And what could they do to aid the U.S. in fixing the world economy And are they willing And is China under the same control of the people that Cheney is controlled by
LAROUCHE: China is not a superpower, and is not about to become one. China, like India, has 70% very, very poor people. And apart from its income, which is gained by selling products at below cost of production in terms of national requirements, China is producing at a loss!
Now, China has some capital development, which is important. It has some technological structural development, which does mean it could have a future. But, in terms of the present world market, China is not a superpower. Nor is India. They have military power, both of them; secondary powers. But China and India are not big successes! They are a disaster waiting to happen.
If the United States, for example, collapses, what do you think's going to happen to China China is not really independent. China imports product from other parts of the world, processes it, exports it to somebody else, who then adds something to it, so China is sort of in the middle of a production cycle, in most of its production. It depends upon the rest of the world. If the United States goes into a depression, China goes into a catastrophe. The way that China and India have operated, as the most potent of the countries of Asia, is, they've operated at producing goods below their true cost, by undercutting the United States and Europe, by producing below the cost of maintaining their own nation and their own population. They are producing like the guy who is eating, by eating his legs.
The myth of China as a great superpower of the future under present circumstances of trend-line, is a piece of idiocy don't believe it. There's no truth to it. We wish well for China. We wish the best for a 1.3 billion people, and more! We wish the best for a billion Indians. But the way they're going, their future is not very good. Because somebody decided in Europe and the United States that it was better to exploit and suck the blood from the people of South and Central America, and China, and India, and so forth, and Indonesia we are the bloodsuckers of the world! And we're sucking their blood. And when we stop sucking their blood, their income drops. And they're stuck with the reality of many, many poor people, who are suddenly augmented by people who thought they had incomes who are working on very low wages, to undercut the U.S. labor market or the European labor market, and they suddenly have no wages. And you are on the base then, of an explosive social catastrophe, a crisis of expectations in Asia beyond belief!
And the problem is, that Asia does not have a social welfare program. Look back at the history of Asia. At the time of the Renaissance in Europe, where the modern nation-state first emerged on the ruins of the Venetian system, the United States was an also-ran in the world. India and China had been dominant nations at that point; we were second rate, or in Europe, were second rate. We adopted in the 15th-Century Renaissance, and affirmed this from 1648 on, we adopted as European civilization, a policy, which is called the General Welfare policy, the policy of promotion of the General Welfare: That we are responsible for all of the people, and their posterity, as the Constitution provides. This is called the General Welfare, or Common Good policy, on which modern nation-states of Europe were based.
Europe has that, in varying degrees. Asia does not. The countries of South America, in general, used to have a Common Good policy. But since 1971-1982, it's been taken away from them; they no longer have a Common Good policy. Mexico has no General Welfare policy, in effect. None of the countries of Central and South America have a General Welfare policy. They're practically "Asianized." The danger is, that the United States and Europe, become "Asianized." But the countries of Asia are already "Asianized."
And there's nothing more counterproductive than the idea that China is the nation of the future, that somehow, they're successful and we're not. We're not successful, because we've become stupid, by abandoning the principles that made us powerful and great. And this crisis now, is going to change everything.
Because, if we don't change, the way I indicate, the direction I indicate, we're not going to exist! Nor will China! Nor will India! They'll blow up, in a crisis of expectations. They'll be fragmented, as China was fragmented in the 19th Century. As India was fragmented and moved in on, and a few French and a few Brits took over a whole nation, a whole region, a whole continent, the Subcontinent of Asia: taken over by a handful of Brits the British East India Company! With a private army, took over India, which had been a powerful nation. Because it was an Asian nation! China went into a crisis, because it was an Asian nation, which lost something, which had made it successful before then, relatively speaking.
We and Europe, and European civilization, represent a superior culture, because we, as modern European civilization, have adopted the principle of the General Welfare, as a general principle a principle which was first established in ancient Greece, as a principle. That principle developed in Europe, and brought to the fore under the influence of Christianity, in modern times, since the 15th Century, has been the secret of the sudden growth of the world's population, worldwide, and the sudden power of European civilization. We are now, under George Bush, and Kissinger, and Brzezinski and so forth, we are now destroying that, with our present polices.
And the point is, is to recognize the truth of this thing, and don't believe any more of these rumors that are spread, about "China is the great superpower of the future." This is war propaganda by Cheney and company. If China's powerful, therefore we have to bomb it. So, when some people say "China's powerful," that means somebody wants to bomb it: It's getting too powerful. India's getting too powerful, we're going to destroy it. That's the logic of these characters. That's the logic of empire a country's too powerful: destroy it! Ah it's nice and powerful, destroy it. Next target or the target after the next one.
HOST: Well, next in our lineup, I'd like to have Los Angeles. While they're getting ready, I'll just reiterate, I do have Boston's questions. Toledo is back on audio, so we're going to continue until Lyn and the various meetings say we have to close....
Q: Now I run the risk of sounding like Clausius, or something like that, but I still have fears of the entropic inevitable heat-death of the universe. It's not I know, when I read your paper, I was optimistic, when you talked about dynamics. But I still freak out. And when you mentioned the collapse of production of food, because we depend on petroleum too much, my fear of "the Ghost of Clausius" floating around increased. I was wondering if is there work done to produce food en masse, now, so that there's, I dunno, anti-entropic intervention of mankind Can you please answer the question
LAROUCHE: It's called nuclear and thermonuclear energy. That simple. No, the point is, Clausius was a faker, he's a liar. And the people who believe it, as scientists, are stupid. The concept of energy of Clausius, of Grassmann, of Kelvin, of Maxwell: It's all stupidity! It's all fraud! And suckers believe it! And idiots teach it. There's no truth to it, so don't worry about it. It's a bogeyman, it doesn't exist. Entropy does not exist, as a characteristic of the universe.
Look for example, let's take the case of the Sun. I've said this many times, but maybe I should repeat it again, here. Lo-o-ng, long time ago! according to Kepler we had a Sun. It was not a boy, but it was a Sun. It was spinning rapidly, because it was very lonely. And as Kepler explained, this rapidly spinning sun, was shedding its spinning, by shedding some of its content. Now, what this did, is it formed a disk, a plasma disk outside the Sun, looking pretty much like you would say, a picture of Saturn today. A plasma disk, out there.
Now, at that time, the Sun had, on the Periodic Table, it was very low. It had, of course, a few elements, but not many. It didn't have much of a Periodic Table. The only compound of significance was probably cyanide. But, suddenly, we had, before nuclear energy was discovered, as such, we had a Periodic Table which was fixed at about 92 elements, with various isotopes included. How'd we get that Well, the Sun, through thermonuclear fusion from the Sun, by simple thermonuclear fusion as we understood it (after the tests in the Pacific), could have gone up to about the level of iron on the Periodic Table. But, we had 92 elements! How'd we get to the higher rank, above iron in the Periodic Table.
So, I said, well, I think it was polarized fusion in the disk, outside the Sun. So, we took that to people at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. We contested, and said, "this is the case." It was on the basis of some work on Saturn at that point. And, they did a study, based on the LASNEX, which is their big computer program on thermonuclear processes, and said, "yes, that's probably the case."
Now, but then, you have the other side of the thing. Now, you got a Solar System developed by this solitary Sun, which spun things off in a disk, which then distilled the product in the disk, like a fractional distillation system, that each mass produced would fall into an orbit, like petroleum cracking system. And some went into the orbit of Mercury, and some went into the orbit of Venus, some went into Earth, and so on and so on. And, then, as the material was distributed there, because the orbits were elliptical, you had a shock effect, as Gauss put it, and then you get moons and you get planets. Instead of material distributed along the orbits, you get planets and moons and so forth the whole geschmeer, as they say.
But then, what happened is, they began to degenerate, radioactive decay! So, you got a certain amount of material was generated by the Sun, by this factory which produced new elements! By thermonuclear fusion, produced new elements. But then, radioactive decay. It's now decaying. You have elements, isotopes in the Periodic Table, which are the result of decay of higher-order elements in the Periodic Table.
So now, you have a process in which, the Sun, a solitary Sun of something or other no bitch involved the Sun generates a higher order of structure, from its own action. And that is not entropy, buddy. Now, the Solar System, now, goes into a process of radioactive decay, where elements are dropping down the scale, as they're shedding neutrons and so forth.
So now, man intervenes. We're going to intervene and we're going to put a new factor in there. We're going to take it up again, through thermonuclear fusion. And mankind, by simply from a standpoint of geology, mankind is the most powerful force in the universe. We have a higher order, in terms of fossil relationship, we have a higher order than abiotic processes, in terms of the change in mass that is, a smaller and smaller percentile of the Earth is abiotic material, as such. A large amount is products of fossil of life, of living processes. A growing amount, growing at a more rapid rate than the fossils of living processes, is the Noösphere. The Noösphere is generated by the human mind, which is not part of the system. But it is above the system, and controlling it.
So, the system as a whole, is anti-entropic. As a matter of fact, the universe couldn't exist, if it were entropic. So therefore, Clausius was a big, fat slob and a liar. Don't waste your time with him.
Talk to Sky. Sky will straighten you out.
HOST: We do have a question from Germany, from Alexander Pusch and the LYM participating there in Germany right now. I'd like to put that to you. And then, I'll read it verbatim. Right afterwards, if you want to continue, we would go to Seattle and Toledo. And the Boston questions on epistemology and music, I have right here.
"Hello Lyn" (this is from Germany, from Alexander) "As you know, we of the LYM that are engaged in the battles at the front in Europe in Helga's campaign for Chancellor in particular, are very much mobilized for the upcoming two weeks, that will decide the outcome of the election to the Federal Parliament. Helga has issued a statement on the preventable human catastrophe, which was caused by the impeachable, criminal negligence of the President, and of Dick Cheney and his increasingly dysfunctional puppet. And we will be distributing this statement of Helga's all over the country. As a leader of the Youth Movement here, I want to ask you if you could situate for all of us here, what the significance of the changed situation is, due to all of this for the election, and for Helga's role and our role in it. Thank you very much, from Alexander in Duesseldorf."
LAROUCHE: Well, the key thing is, everybody's looking at the United States from around the world, now. They're looking at it with, as they say in Germany, "Schadenfroh" they say, "Oh, the United States is going down, that's good. [growls] Ahhhh! We always hated them, they're going down, now."
But, then, they worry at the same time. Because, if the United States is going down, what is that going to say about them, these poor little orphans, without a United States to run them around
In the meantime, you have a bunch of I don't know what you would call them . They're Neanderthals, I would suppose. Maybe they come from that valley in Germany, called "the Neanderthal." But, anyway. These fellows are trying to go back to fascism, or something more primitive than fascism, to overthrow the General Welfare principle in Germany. Which exists in the Constitution, and, it's much older than that. It's the Common Good, it's a principle of Christianity.
And of course, the interesting thing, is that the way this tendency came up, in the CDU/CSU, was that Kohl was involved in it. From Britain came this idea, this sociological-social theory bunch, who wanted to get rid of Christianity in Germany. So, they got rid of Adenauer, and virtually ran him out, in order to eliminate Christianity from the CDU/CSU, which are called the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union. Kind of, a little election fraud there, going on.
Anyway, as a result of this, they've gone all the way. The worst of this thing, I think, is the Liberals in this thing, who are really Anglo-Dutch Liberals in the extreme. And so, they come along, and they are now in the process of trying to destroy the social welfare system, to destroy the principle of the Common Good in Germany. This would mean, going back from European civilization to Asian civilization a degeneration from European civilization back to Asian society. And Europe won't last much longer on that basis.
Now, the basis for this, is Angela Merkel, and her advisors, have based their campaign on an affinity for a real fascist, a Liberal Imperialist (which is what a real fascist is), Tony Blair, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. And this affinity to George Bush, by Blair and by Merkel, has been called the frontrunner, the up and coming frontrunner of a Merkel candidacy, which is not very popular among German people for, I think, very good reasons. But there's a problem about which party in Germany, is the least unpopular. It seems to be the trend.
Now, along comes the United States, which has been halcyon power, of destruction of the principle of the General Welfare. And suddenly, the United States is hit by the most terrible crisis, and is threatened almost with disintegration. By a crisis, which is caused by this policy of abandonment of the General Welfare, as typified by the Bush campaign against the Social Security system. Suddenly, the United States is in an uproar, the people are in an uproar, Bush almost has negative popularity, let alone less than 30%, as a result of this. And Europe is saying, "Ah! The United States is going off the anti-General Welfare policy, back to a General Welfare policy." Because, if you're going to save these people who are in danger of dying, in Louisiana, you're going to have to go to a General Welfare policy. Which is a reversal of the previous policy of the Bush-Cheney Administration. And a reversal of the trend, which has been on in the United States, since 1971-72.
So therefore, Europe looks up, and says, "Hey Mama! Whatcha doin' to us" You know, the Anglo-American Mama. [wailing] "What're you doin' to us We followed your orders. We destroyed the social welfare system. And now, Mama! You're going back to it! You goin' to abandon us" Probably.
So anyway, so, the issue now in Germany is: Existential crisis. Can Germany exist under an anti-social welfare policy, especially at the time that the United States' circumstances, have discredited the anti-social welfare policy among European civilization nations That is, Europe and the Americas, which are European civilization nations.
So, it's a very interesting situation. And obviously, Helga, of course, is on top of the thing. And of all the people speaking, she's the only one in Germany, who has, as a leading candidate, is carrying the ball on this. And if she weren't doing it, despite the fact that we have some other candidates who are working for the same cause, we wouldn't have any impact from anyone in Germany, except for what Helga's doing. And the hope, of course, is that Schröder, who is a fairly good survivor, might somehow pick up on this, as he picked up on what Helga was doing in the last general election campaign. And might step to the fore, and sweep the cards from the table, and somehow defeat this monster, which Merkel is a part of.
That's the situation. It's fascinating. The key thing, here, though, is the factor in Germany that I'm looking at, and the same factor here: Germans are more easily demoralized than Americans. That's because of more wars, and various kinds of things, and because they consider themselves a second-rate nation for so many years, and so many decades, that they are more easily demoralized from the defeats they've had. So, you have seen, even in the youth process in Germany, a certain degree of demoralization of the German population less than during the campaigns of last summer, the previous year. The importance of this development in the United States, and it should be appreciated, that, even with two weeks remaining in the campaign, there can be a reversal in the general trend downward of young adults in Germany, toward a more positive kind of activity. This could rejuvenate politics in Germany, if Schröder takes the opportunity, which in a sense Helga has created for him by putting this on the agenda.
And we don't know what's going to happen in Germany. But if we do our job here in the United States, and we do it in this period now, as some people in the Senate, on a bipartisan basis are acting now, this will put a jolt into the politics of Europe, especially Germany in this election and, Germany might be saved as a result of precisely, in part, our contribution or Helga's contribution, to the survival of Germany.
HOST: Thank you. Let me just add right here, we have now confirmed participating 400 locations. This is probably the largest assembled gathering of LaRouche Youth Movement around the planet that has ever taken place, and this was only on 18 hours' notice, to have you here on this video telecast. So, I appreciate everyone's messages. We have an important question from Argentina, but what I would like to do, is nevertheless proceed, in the sense that this is a Labor Day weekend of special education and cadre schools at the five sites in the United States. And if it's OK, Lyn, to continue, we would ask, Seattle, Toledo, and I'll just summarize epistemology and music questions from Boston, and still take Argentina. Are you up for this
LAROUCHE: We'll do it.
HOST: People who are asking your questions can keep in mind, that we're against the clock. So, I'll ask Seattle to go right ahead....
Q: Hello Lyn, this is Aleesia [ph] from Seattle. I'm noticing with the organizing that there's a certain faction of the population that it seems throughout history, that has willfully participated in this sort of economic order. And it's been a minority, but it's been because of their conscious effort to do it, they've made history, I guess. I'm wondering how do we marry the Youth Movement, who's actually consciously taking on this sort of ordering, doing the historical work, doing all the work we're putting into it, and then the people directly in action to implement it How do we I know there's a certain amount of organizing we do in the population, but not everybody is going to, just because of the nature of their work, just because of the nature of the things we have to do to participate, you don't get that sense that you're directly contributing to the economy. How we marry these factions of people that are actually in the position to do something, and the people who understand the nature of the situation
LAROUCHE: Well, I don't like to give Napoleon credit for anything Napoleon Bonaparte, that is but he did say, correctly, that every one of his leading officers carried a marshal's baton in his rucksack. That the secret of politics is that, particularly in a time of crisis, you have to think that your function is an extension of the U.S. Presidency. Not the extension of the George Bush, because otherwise you'd have dirt bikes coming out all over the place. But anyway your participation in the Presidency. What that means is, you have to represent the policies top down that must be radiated from the Presidency, now.
That means that you get away from this idea of this competition among different categories of interest. This is no difference in category. It's all one country. It's all one human being, per human being. And everything in particular about that country, is a functional extension of the unity of the country as a whole. The unity of the country as a whole, is expressed by the leadership of the country, the functional leadership the issue of the Presidency. So, the point is, that everything then falls into place.
What you have among Baby-Boomers, the problem you have with them, is Baby-Boomers don't believe in Presidencies. That's why they vote for such bad choices, because they hate the Presidency. They through mud at it, like the bad candidate, the bad nominee not a good one, not a competent one.
What you have to do, is take the issue now of the Presidency. What does that mean That means, this nation is in danger. In danger, in the sense, that from the top, in the policymaking of the nation, decisions must be made, which are multifarious in their application: We have to save the people in New Orleans. We have to save the territory of New Orleans. We have to save the function of the Mississippi River. We have to deal with an epidemic which can threaten the entire nation, coming out of there, like Asian flu. We have all of these particular problems, and all these subject-matters education, everything, every subject-matter you want to mention, falls under the Presidency, in terms of the definition of the implications of this present crisis we're dealing with.
The Baby-Boomer will say, "Can't I focus on this thing, or this thing, or this thing, or this thing" That's the pressure you get from the Baby-Boomer culture. They don't think of the nation as being unified. They want to specialize in "this thing." "Well, wouldn't it be better if someone " "Why don't we do something in this little area Wouldn't that be a contribution to saving the nation"
You mean, instead of going from the Presidency on down
"Ye-e-s!" "Since the Presidency can't be moved, why don't we do this li-t-tle thing here. Do a 'lit-t-l-e good' and hope that it radiates. Rather than being so insolent, and so filled with that crazy idea of leadership, that we would propose that the wh-o-le problem could be fixed That the nation could be actually wh-ol-ly saved"
Hmm That's the problem. The problem of small-mindedness. And the worst reflections of the Baby-Boomer disease. Because, see, the Baby-Boomer was brainwashed. They were brainwashed before they were born. They were brainwashed, even before they were conceived, in most cases. The act of the conception occurred among people who had already degenerated. And I don't know what this did in terms of genetic effects, but the effects were obvious as it came down the line. They no longer believed in a nation: And with the help of the influence of the Congress for Cultural Freedom (which is the Cultural Sodomy Congress, actually), they actually destroyed in schools, especially in suburbia starting with Levittown, in New York; that's where it started, that's where the degeneration started, with Levitt and his turning potato patches into houses. And sometimes the potato got into the person, and it didn't function too well.
But anyway, so this destruction of the culture, people didn't believe in leadership; they didn't believe in truth; they believed in "how you say things" not what you say, but "how you say things." What you look like. What your neighbors are saying about you. You worried about little things. So therefore, the Baby-Boomer generation didn't believe in leadership any more. My generation did. We were the World War II generation. We believed in leadership, because the nation had survived because of leadership, Franklin Roosevelt's leadership. This was a generation which was conditioned against Franklin Roosevelt's leadership, conditioned against the United States, hated the United States, or feared it. And therefore, they will tend to fragment questions into, this question, that question, this question that it's a question of "which choice do we have."
You have only one choice: You have to represent the challenge expressed by the Presidency of the United States. Because the Presidency of the United States must make decisions at this time, on which every aspect of life of the people of the United States depends. If the Presidency doesn't function, what you do on one aspect or another aspect, doesn't mean damn! You have to take the whole issue. And that's what the challenge is. And to do that, you have think like a leader.
Now, at present, we have a President who doesn't function. But we have to, with the aid of the Senate and other institutions, we have to cause the nation to function, as if it did have a good President in the Presidency. Because, we have to produce the result that a good Presidency represents, even if we don't have a good President for that purpose.
HOST: Thank you.... I think we have audio from Toledo, and then, we don't have audio from Boston, but we do have emails....
Q: My question is basically dealing with the Parmenides paradox. In a discussion you laid out in your Animations paper, where you studied philosophy from the standpoint of systems, of thought, I suppose. You've said in the past that the Parmenides paradox is one of the most is a crucial paradox for all science. There was a discussion last night, where I found myself a bit paralyzed by this thing. I sort of get trapped within the contradictions. So I'm just wondering, what specifically about the Parmenides why do you look it that way And how do you cause it's very very clear, when looking at the Parmenides, that you're dealing with a system, right. But when you're dealing with some of the other Socratic dialogues, I don't see it quite as vividly.
LAROUCHE:The Parmenides could also be called the Heraclitus dialogue, because the figure of Heraclitus, who comes in in sort of a skewed way in that dialogue, is the issue. It's the issue of the method of the Pythagoreans against the Eleatics.
Now, the issue is this. It's the same thing as the Aristotle question. People say that you define knowledge in terms of the study of parts, and then you go to the second part, about trying to figure out what the connections are among the parts. Just the way that Claudius Ptolemy tried to depict the Solar System as, you take some observation, you look at this object, this object is moving around. You try to say, "Well, what does it do regularly What does it do on every Tuesday" And you just trace that. And you say, "Well, what causes this, we don't know. We won't speculate on that. We'll just describe to you what we think happens all the time, and what we expect will happen all the time."
Now, the human race and society, and especially man, are not like that. As Heraclitus has said, nothing exists except change. Nothing exists except change. Now, I dealt with this again, in a paper which I'm writing now, on the subject of the spoon-benders, or the "dark side of the spoon in Russia." The Parmenides question. Take the case I use the case, there, of the case, which is important for that particular thing, on Count well, on the history of Russia as a whole, and take up the question of Russian figures as such. What's their importance And how do you understand what their role was in the past I said, well, don't look at the figure as a person in an event that you could visit. You can't visit that place not merely because it was long ago, but because what happened then, was a transition to the present. And don't look at the person as such: Look at the person as the person who was involved in the transition, which changed society from the period before the person was born, to the period after the person had died. So look at the person's life, not as the person is pushing and pulling. But the person represents a transition, to the extent that they affected society, from the condition of society before they were born, and the condition of society that they left it, after they died.
So, in case the case of everything in the universe, the significance of that, as Kepler put it Kepler's definition of gravitation, as an orbit of constantly changing orbit. That is, the vector was constantly changing, no matter how much you divide it, no matter how small you divide the orbit, into smaller pieces, it's always a change. The vector is never constant.
So, the mathematician can never tell you, why the planet Earth orbits. No mathematician can tell you why the planet Earth orbits, as long as they remain a mathematician. Because from the standpoint of algebraic mathematics or simple Euclidean geometry, it can't be explained! Because it constantly changes. The motion of the planet is constantly changing. So your mathematical description of the orbit, you can do, but it doesn't explain anything.
So therefore, the constancy of change, is that.
Now, what happens in the Parmenides dialogue He presents this in a series of problems, of paradoxes: That all of these things are linked, by what By the change, from one set of relations to another. And the literal person, the reductionist, doesn't see the change. They say, "Yes, there was this, and there was this." Well, how do you put the opposites in the same set Because they're not in the same set. The set was changed!
And in the dialogue, Plato emphasizes repeatedly, twice specifically, the problem was, they disregarded change. The change it's not the change by the object: It's change itself, as generating the object, which is the issue. And that's what the problem is.
And therefore, when you try to explain the Parmenides dialogue, in terms of changes of objects, when you concentrate on the objects, you miss the point of change. And the principle is change.
For example, look at the Sun, as I said earlier, today. The Sun starts as a solitary Sun, a fast-spinning Sun. It spins off a disk, as shedding matter. The disk undergoes thermonuclear fusion; generates the material of a 92 element Periodic Table. The material is then spun off into predetermined orbits. The material distributed along the orbit then condensed, according to Gauss, into planets and moons. You have the 92 elements. Then the whole thing begins to decay, through radioactive decay, or the equivalent of radioactive decay.
So, how do you define the elements of the Solar System You have to define the process of change, which governs the way they were generated, the way they decay, the way the system as a whole works. Change!
And that's what the problem of the concept today, is that people have lost the ability to understand this concept of change, because they think in mechanistic terms, in Cartesian terms, rather than dynamic terms. And that's exactly what is being addressed by Plato, crucially, in the Parmenides dialogue. He does it elsewhere also, in a different way, in other locations, but that's the significance of that.
HOST: Thank you. If we can continue to these Boston questions. It's actually along the dialogue pathway of discovery, and I will read directly one from Aaron. But just add to it, because we don't have audio connection to them.
LAROUCHE: What happened They lost their citizenship, or something
HOST: I don't know. I'm going to ask Jenny. It's a musical question, maybe. We can't hear them.
HOST: And speaking of which, we've had a plea, then I'll get to Aaron's question Aleesia, who is in Boston, says, "I'm a new member here, and I've been trying to fight to understand, but can you explain to me why the music ties into everything being done in this movement, including our organizing"
But, hold that. Kenny and Aaron, both in Boston, put this question to you. Kenny says that he's trying to deal with "organizing people on the basis of true human discovery, which call a need for their action, instead of some kind of formal agree-to-disagree methods." And he questions the epistemology of that, coming to terms with that.
And then, from Aaron, on your personal history and the history of science, he asks this: "In the History of Calculus by Leibniz, he begins with the idea that the historic individual can't be separated from his discovery. And within his paper he brings one through his process which led him to the discovery of the characteristic triangle. And for you, in a 1997 paper on How Cauchy Destroyed France, you talked about 'Of the Infinitesimal' in relation to the human discoverer. What was it, that your discovery of the relative population-density has, as a relation to Leibniz's history of the calculus"
LAROUCHE: Well, it's the same thing, except Leibniz was dealing in a different context than I was dealing, because again, he was dead and I was alive. So therefore, he was part of the change in my background, and I can not replace his existence.
But, the point is that, the change that connects us, can be explained that change. So, rather than try to compare the two changes and make them congruent, they're not the same. But the change that connects me and Leibniz first of all, it started because I read Leibniz. And because I thought that the geometry that I was being taught back when I was 14 years old was fraudulent. And I was right. So, my studies of Leibniz led me in those directions, and that's how I got to where I was.
But the point is, remember, Leibniz went through a process too, starting from his, let me see it was in 1676 that he left Paris, and he had just published his paper on the calculus, on his discovery of the calculus, then. It was never published at that time, because the printer didn't print it, but he left it with the printer, and he went on back to Germany, back to Hanover, and left the paper there. But that was the first formal thing.
Now, then he went into a deeper question, because his original work had been done in consultation with Huygens, because in 1872-1876, he'd been in Paris as a protege of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, in the science project.
So, he went back. And then he later faced the question of the curvature. The initial thing with Huygens Huygens had postulated the cycloid as the basis for a calculus. And Leibniz had dealt with that with some not swallowing it, but essentially, with reference to that. Then, he got into this question of the issue of Fermat afresh, Fermat's treatment of the question of the shortest time, quickest time, in the path of light: refraction as against reflection.
So, this question led Leibniz to discover what some of the youth have dealt with, Sky and company, on the geometry of how the catenary is generated. Why the catenary corresponds to the principle of curvature, which governs this principle of the calculus, the least-action principle, as a universal physical principle. And how, from the catenary and the construction of the catenary, the natural logarithms were first discovered and defined by Leibniz. So this is all one process.
Now, when you get to my work, later on, which is based largely on Leibniz, but also reflects work of Gauss and, particularly Riemann, that Riemann makes this thing clear.
Now, what I did in economics, is based on my knowledge of Riemann, and specifically his Habilitation Dissertation, which to me was on this process of change. What Leibniz did initially was to define the question of change, how you reflect change. This came from Leibniz's study of the work of Kepler, who defined the requirement for a calculus, first, as one of his bequests to future mathematicians. And elliptical functions which is then essentially solved, in part, by Gauss, and then by Riemann in his work on Abelian functions, and on hypergeometries. So, these things all come together, as one kind of process.
So, you start from the comparison approach to defining the infinitesimal. You go to Leibniz on simple universal physical action in that kind of geometry, based on a catenary-based function, which is actually in the complex domain. Then you get beyond Gauss, into the work of Riemann, who suddenly frees geometry from this legacy of a priori definitions, axioms and postulates! And says that throws the whole thing out; and now says, that everything is based on the physical proof of hypothesis.
And it's what you're dealing with in economics.
So I, dealing with economics, and refuting Wiener Wiener was crazy, with this business about information theory simply went to what I knew about machinery and invention; and said that the difference is, economy is based on the principle of invention, which is reflected into the product through the machine-tool principle: That you have a discovery of principle. You define an experiment, to test the hypothesis. The design of the test of the hypothesis is a machine-tool design question, in which the machine-tool design that tests the principle will have a feature in it, which corresponds to the principle. And therefore, if it works, now you take the machine-tool proof of principle now you can take this into the shop, and you can make things based on the use of the same principle. And this results in an increase in productivity, advances in technology, and so forth.
So that's what I worked on, and my point was that Riemann's understanding, is the only thing that works for that. And which goes far beyond what Leibniz himself anticipated, in his earlier work. And that the universe is driven, and society is driven, by this discovery/machine-tool relationship. And the application of the fruit of this successful machine-tool test of principle, to designing new kinds of things, and this application increases the power of man in the universe. And there's the Godly aspect of the thing, as opposed to the ungodly approach which is represented by Cauchy.
HOST: What we'd like to do, is continue Los Angeles if that's okay but in between, I'd like to group together questions that have come in from the Philippines, Mexico City and Argentina. I'll just read one of them, but they're all concerning the international situation in the following way.
This is from Diego in Buenos Aires: "My question is about the international financial collapse and its impact on Ibero-America. What about the tendency to return to gunboat diplomacy to collect debts What about the talk of terrorist cells in Argentina" And I'll just fill this out, from Blanca Perez in Mexico City, who is a political activist: "In terms of international affairs, like corruption and narco-traffic, what kind of proposals do you have You're talking about a new humanist economic system, anticipating new structures, but who is going to make it happen" And, the Philippines is raised particular references, as you've noted before, about oil and the strangling commodities prices.
So, I've put that all together, and next we'll go to Los Angeles.
LAROUCHE: Okay. Well, in any case, this is a very large subject. But essentially, on the narco thing the other thing I've already answered, in answers to previous questions. That the United States must get its act together. If the United States does not get its act together, I don't think there's any possibility of solutions in the world, now, for South America, Central America, Africa, or Eurasia. I don't think they exist. Without the United States changing its ways and going back to becoming itself, I don't think the rest of the world has a chance. Because, I've already indicated, no other part of the world is prepared to take on the questions.
I mean, in China, look, are the Chinese people suddenly going to say, "Oh, our whole system is screwed up, because it's an Asian model" They're not going to do that. Are the Indians going to say, "Our system is screwed up because it's an Asian model country" They're not going to do that. Japan, Korea, no. The Koreans might; the South Koreans might do that. But the Japanese won't. The Japanese will try to find some clever way of dealing with the situation. But they won't say that. And in Europe All based on conditioning to European Liberalism. They won't do that. South America They don't have the power to do it.
If the United States does it, if the United States initiates it, then various parts of the world will click into place. It's up to us. We are the responsible party.
The narco thing we have to recognize that the narcotics traffic was created by the Anglo-Americans. Not by the Colombians. It was introduced to them, as a way of if you look at the trace of Anglo-Dutch Liberalism, and you want to find out where the narco-traffic was organized in Colombia, go back to Anglo-American Liberalism. The Liberals did it. They introduced it. It was introduced, why To destroy the country! The same way as the question earlier, on warfare: perpetual warfare as a method of government. The purpose was to destroy the independence of these countries, to destroy their ability to have independent government! How do you do that The best way, have a narcotics movement. Have a whole, self-financed narcotics thing, which destroys the country, but it makes money for the people who deal in the narcotics. So, this was a willful part of destruction.
Therefore, if the United States gets its act together, we'll crush the narcotics traffic. Not by crushing the people, but by crushing the traffic. We can do that we know how to do that. So that's the kind of approach we have to take to these things.
HOST: I think Los Angeles is hooked up, and you can go right ahead now with your question, please.
Q: Hello, this is Brendan from Los Angeles. Looking at the type of living standards that exists in places like the South and in growing places in the United States, especially in the Midwest, now, after the post-industrial area, exactly what I was thinking about this example of Toyota, trying to set up some factories in the South, where they found that they didn't have the skilled labor, and ended up moving to Canada instead.
Given that we're having this type of breakdown in infrastructure, that our generation isn't skilled to do these types of things, that it seems that the mass mobilization as far as creating the credit system, and the banking system, and the necessary Executive powers, to carry out a type of Roosevelt-style administration, it seems like we're going to have much more difficulty with the skilled labor. And I'm just thinking how to go about that. Can you do both, a mass construction effort, as well as a training effort, at the same time Can that take place simultaneously
LAROUCHE: Permit me to make a point. I usually don't ask permission for that. The sky's the limit. I think you, in California, will get what I mean.
First of all, yes, we don't have the skills. We do have skills of that type in the United States, but Toyota didn't want them. Because Toyota didn't want to go Michigan, didn't want to go to Indiana, didn't want to go to Ohio. We had the skilled labor force, there. But they didn't want to go there. They wanted cheap labor. They went to a cheap labor area, no skill. Ha-ha-ha! Too bad! Asian thinking. No skill, no technology.
What we're going to have to do, has two aspects to it. The sky is the second part. The first part, is that we will have to use, as the way of rebuilding the economy, basic economic infrastructure. Now you see, for example, we won't have power plants, we don't have all kinds of things.
Obviously to do anything as an industrial or agro-industrial society, we're going to have to build some infrastructure. We have a lot of poor people who don't have much skill. Or unfortunately they have skill as an economist, which means they have no skill at all in this kind of market, today.
So what we're going to do is we're going to have to put them to work doing something useful, not white-collar work, but blue-collar work. And it's going to be largely in infrastructure projects: Building rail systems, building all the kinds of infrastructure we need. Fifty percent of the economy should be in infrastructure. We haven't been building infrastructure essentially for 30 years. We've been destroying it. So therefore, we're going to have to make up for 30 years of depletion, of basic economic infrastructure, which is about to collapse. So government can do that fairly efficiently. The public sector is easy for the government to deal with. The private sector is bad for government to try to deal with. It doesn't function as well, because you're demanding independence and creativity. In government, you're trying to get some degree of uniformity and standards of objectives. All right.
We can build railroads. We can build all kinds of things, medical systems and so forth. We can put people to work. We can bring the level of production above breakeven. We've built things that have a 25-year or 50-year useful life to them, like water systems for areas west of the Mississippi. You can't get potable water any more you buy it in a bottle. It's probably reprocessed urine, which is now called "refreshed." Refreshed water, taken out of a cesspool or something like that. You can't trust water out of a tap, in areas you could! The water systems are breaking down. They're a hundred years old or older, and they're breaking down. You can't get safe water.
So, we're going to have to invest in building up this infrastructure. We're going to have to invest in large-scale power systems. They're going to be nuclear. They're going to go upscale, not downscale. We're going to have high-temperature gas-cooled reactors. We're not going to import oil so much. We're going to use water, and generate hydrogen-based fuels from nuclear power plants, high-temperature gas-cooled reactors. And, of course, when you burn hydrogen-based fuels, the waste product is water, which is not considered usually a pollutant. In fact, it's fairly pure water, when it's produced at that point.
So therefore, we're going to, essentially, first of all: Most of the employment by two necessities: We need the infrastructure desperately. We can't do much without it. Secondly, we don't have the labor force that is capable of doing much more than infrastructure. So we're going to do it. And the private sector outside of infrastructure, will grow on the stimulus provided by the investment in infrastructure: subcontracts, contracts to major projects.
Now, the second thing, we can't keep doing that. We have to, now, produce a labor force which can go into higher technologies. That's where the sky comes in. And what this means is that, we have our young people in the Youth Movement, who are in a free-wheeling process of development of scientific and related knowledge. This is a ragged university on wheels, in a generation that otherwise has no future. We're going to have to generate a way of thinking, the mental attitude, needed for scientific progress: That is coming from this Youth Movement. The grounding of developing a cadre, that can educate a population, a youth population, is coming not from our universities, but is coming from our LYM. The Sky's the limit in California.
HOST: [station id] We have just ten minutes to continue this webcast, in dialogue with Lyndon LaRouche, with the LaRouche Youth Movement, especially in the United States, and around the world. I have two points in our concluding minutes. The final question would come from Seattle, with this interpolation. Maestro John Sigerson sends me a message from Boston, where he's with Aleesia, the new member, who again says, "If you would care to say what music has to do with the organizing mission you just described, he would appreciate it."
LAROUCHE: It's very simple, but it's not so simple. It's simple in conception: Music is the development of the creative power of the soul. It lies in doing it the right way, as John will explain it to her, and can demonstrate to her in Boston, where he's got the people there to demonstrate, by doing a demonstration case, right there.
First of all, as John will insist, to understand music, you must first of all have some degree of competence in the Florentine bel canto method, and must understand some of its basic implications, simply, for even the single voice. You start with the single voice, in the sense of trying to explain it.
But then you say, "What happens when you put the different species of voices together, in counterpoint" Then you find out, that your idea of the Bach major-minor scale, is not adequate. It's right, but it's not adequate. Because then, when in composition you find that, since your passage of the voice is not only along the line assigned to a voice in the score; but the voice is also being transmitted across the voices that is, the music is going across the voices, not just within it. Even within a human single singing voice, you have three or four different registration areas. And therefore, the voice is also moving across areas of registration, through pieces, where you have the transition in the registration.
So therefore, when you hear a performance, or a choral performance, if you rehearse the parts separately the voices separately and you put them together, the result would be from an aesthetical standpoint, slightly toward awful, even if they've rehearsed properly. Because now you're running into certain differences, that you have to straighten out, of enhancement and disenhancement. So that you now are not functioning in keys, but you're functioning in modes.
Yes, Bach's major-minor keys are correct. But: When you perform, you're performing across the voices, and there, the modes across the voices, the modes come in.
So generally, when you have a string quartet of professional musicians, who know what they're doing, they can hear one another's performance, and they can compensate to deal with these modal ironies.
Now, the one mode we use most frequently is the Lydian mode, to explain how the modalities work. And you can use the Ave Verum Corpus. But you can also use what they've been using in Boston, in particular, you can use the Jesu, meine Freude: which will give you cases of how the thing sounds awful, if you don't adjust things in order to compensate for the modalities, which Bach has deliberately introduced into the composition, to give you coherence. Because the effect is, you want to get a composition which, when heard as I've said many times from a moment of silence before the first tone, to a moment of silence after the last tone, you want this thing to be a completely integral piece, which conveys to the mind one single idea, and only one single idea: the identity of the composition. And to do that, you have to adjust the performance.
As I say, with a string quartet like the Amadeus, they heard it themselves. They could hear this thing. And Norbert Brainin, recently deceased, would say . He wouldn't say, "Let's correct this"; he would say, "Let us do this again." And since they were sharp people on intonation and other things, they would recognize what he was saying. "Let's listen to this, and see what we're doing. What's wrong with what we're doing" And that's how it worked.
So, what happens is, these dissonances, or semi-dissonances, which are introduced as a question of modality. Which in the case of Boston John can demonstrate this, because he knows how to do it; most people don't know how to do it is, a chorus director can, with a properly trained chorus, can get the right effect by listening, because a chorus director can hear these problems, and point out, suggesting this, suggesting this.
But, then you look back at this, from a standpoint of a mathematical standpoint, and you say, "What's going on here? What is this? I mean, we know this is right." In order to have the composition come across, from the most moment of silence to the last moment of silence as one coherent idea, conforming to a Dirichlet principle notion of a single idea: What does this mean? Where does this come from? Well, it comes from the human mind, not from the singing voice. It comes from the human mind. The bel canto capability comes from the singing voice. But, this question of modality doesn't come from the singing voice, as such. It comes from a correction of the singing voices, in choral work, for the human mind.
Now, this insight, which is demonstrated by bel canto-trained singing in Classical choral work, such as, most simply, the Ave Verum Corpus is probably the simplest way to demonstrate this one and we've studied it and dealt with it a number of times actually expresses genius: the quality of genius of discovery. And therefore, the importance of music, that unless you have gotten . You know, tuba players are generally not on the road to genius. Violinists, if they are well trained in the voice, if they're bel canto-trained voices, and perform that way, probably, if they're any good, do reflect genius. Wind instruments, if the performer sings into the instrument, bel canto, it works. If the singer blows the instrument, it don't work!
So therefore, all of this reflects the human mind not just the human physiology, but the human physiology that's optimal form, the bel canto form, for the singing but affected by the human mind. Music has a special power: Classical composition, as opposed to this crazy popular music which destroys the mind; destroys everything, destroys your sex life and everything else. Get away from it! That, this is sacred to people, because it is a social activity, in communication, and in participation in communication, which reflects the essential difference of man from the beast. So that, only if you have a touch of this, are you likely to really have a fair opportunity, from case to case, in developing as a human being. It's this quality of genius, which is expressed by this aspect of music, which is the most efficient medium of getting people to recognize, socially, genius in one another.