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This statement appears in the December 15, 2000 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

LaRouche to Boston Council:
`Shot Heard 'Round the World'

December 4, 2000

Lyndon LaRouche submitted the following testimony to extraordinary hearings held on December 4, 2000 by the City Council of Boston, on how to stop the deadly upward spiral of prices of heating oil, natural gas, and other fuels.

Since my general views on the matter before you have been previously stated, and are widely known among some leading circles of government in many parts of the world, I limit myself to the immediate circumstance in which the present matter comes before you.

The world, including our United States, is presently gripped by the final phase leading into the general financial collapse of this planet as a whole. Although the onrushing crisis will be worse than anything experienced during the earlier depression of 1929-32, the principles of government which succeeded under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt then, are the precedents by which our nation can master the presently erupting depression of today.

These indispensable actions, on which the continuation of a decent life depends, must be shared in various ways at various levels of government, not only Federal and state, but municipal and county levels. In this process, the essential task of the present moment, is to build up a consensus among our citizens for the kinds of remedial action which must be taken at the various levels of government. We must each and all act as the circumstance requires, but the first step to those actions is to resolve to work together for that great common and urgent cause.

Neither Boston, Massachusetts, nor New England as a whole, command the glories today with which they were adorned during the decades I was a child, youth, and young man, living in those quarters of our nation. Nonetheless, there are reasons why decisions made in Boston and its vicinity can still shake the world for the better, and the measure before you, if adopted, is surely, once again, a shot which will be heard around the world.

I am optimistic about what we can accomplish as a nation. I am worried about our willingness to undertake the needed task. If we unite for what needs to be done, I am expert enough in such matters, to be qualified to assure you, that if we resolve to do what needs to be done, what we do will then have the means sufficient to succeed.

I ask you: Let the shot which I recommend be shot, whose sound shall reverberate, once again, from Boston and its neighborhood, will be heard, loud and clear, around the world. If you do that, I can assure you, that shot will be heard, and I am ready and waiting, at your pleasure, to do my part to bring that result about.

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