|This presentation appears in the May 16, 2008 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
LYNDON LAROUCHE MAY 7 WEBCAST
`Tragedy and Hope'
Lyndon LaRouche delivered this address in Washington, D.C., on May 7; it was simultaneously broadcast over the Internet by the LaRouche Political Action Committee (www.larouchepac.com). LaRouche's opening remarks were followed by two hours of discussion, moderated by his national spokeswoman, Debra Freeman.
Debra Freeman: Good afternoon. My name is Debra Freeman, and on behalf of LaRouche PAC, I'd like to welcome all of you to today's historic event.
Undoubtedly, many of you commented prior to today's event, and coming into today's event, on the timing of itthe fact that it was scheduled to take place the day after the critical primaries in Indiana and North Carolina. What I would say to you today, and what I think Mr. LaRouche will make unmistakably clear, is that, in fact, what kept the nation riveted to their TV screens last night, was really not very much different than any other primetime drama that they were watching. That, in fact, they did not understand what was being played out. Because, indeed, what we are facing in our nation today, is not simply a "primary election campaign." We are not facing a race between two Democrats, and ultimately, between a Democrat and a Republican: What we are facing in our nation, is what we have faced in this nation, since the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and that is, a war for the survival of republican forces, uniquely, American forces, against those of the British Empire. And today, that war has come to its final stage.
Where things go in the United States, and in the world at large, will not be decided at some political convention in August, nor will it be decided at some general election in November. The strategic questions which determine the future of this nation, and in fact, the future of the planet, will be determined today, will be determined based on how the leadership of this nation responds to the strategic questions before us, right now.
Both as a former Presidential candidate, as a statesman, as an economist, and as the chairman and founder of this political action committee, Lyndon LaRouche has put those questions before the U.S. population, repeatedly. And in fact, it has been the organizing of his movement, that has already largely shaped the issues in this ongoing national election in the United States. But the fact is, that not enough of the American people yet understand what is at stake. And not enough of the leaders, or would-be leaders of our nation, understand what is at stake.
I think that Mr. LaRouche's presentation today, will go a long way toward helping them to understand precisely that: So, Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in welcoming Lyndon LaRouche.
The Election Is a Battle in a War
Lyndon LaRouche: Thank you all. Thank you, Debra.
The issue is not the election. The election is a battle in a war. It is not something unto itself. The result of this election, in itself, is a matter of indifference. It's a question of how the battle is won and lost which is important.
We have, obviously, two disasters running for President, though one has a good constituencythat is, Obama has a very large constituency, which is important; it is sensitive to the lower 80% of family-income brackets, as the top of the Obama campaign is notit's on the other side. But Hillary's campaign is significant. But the issue is, that forces in Britain, with their stooges in the United States, have said that a Hillary Clinton electioneven a nominationwould mean that Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton would be in the White House. And this, the British Empire, such as it is, and its lackeys in Washington and elsewhere, are determined shall not happen; and you're talking about methods such as assassination, if deemed necessary to prevent Hillary from becoming President.
It was not just the Republicans who turned out en masse to vote for Obama, in yesterday's Indiana, and also North Carolina primaries: That's what the margin was there. That's not at issue. That's part of the fraud. This was a gigantic fraud. I sat there at the television set, and watched this thing coming down in the last phases, and I saw something, that, from my nose, I could see the stink all over the place! This election was totally fraudulent; exactly how the fraud was orchestratedwe know one thing: There was a massive turnout of Republican and related vote for Obama, in Raleigh-Durham [North Carolina]; in contrast to other cities in North Carolina, where the expected result was going alonguntil the last minute, when a miracle occurred: Voterswho had not yet been born!were flooding the polls, at the last minute. We've seen this sort of thing before.
But there's another issue here: There's also an issue of World War III. And World War III is between the British Empire, better known as the Anglo-Dutch Liberal banking financial system, on the one side, and the principal nations of EurasiaRussia, China, Indiaand other nations, are the targets of intended warfare by the British Empire, which is already turning Continental Europe into a mere colony of the British Empire, through the program of the Lisbon Treaty. If the Lisbon Treaty were adoptedand it's being pushed for adoption nowthere would not be a single nation on the continent of Europe, west of Belarus and Russia, which had any sovereignty whatsoever. The British Empire would control the entirety of that region of Europe, from Portugal to the borders of Belarus and Russia, as a puppet of the Anglo-Dutch Liberal financial interests.
It is those interests, represented in the United States, for a long time, especially since 1971-72, which have taken over control of the U.S. dollar, control of the United States: Now, they're moving in for the kill. And that's the issue.
The issue is, the fools thinkin the Democratic Party, the people at the top are generally, largely corrupt in this thing. They're lying their heads off. I watched some of them lie on television, watched some of the television commentators lying like hell about what was going on right under their noses. You can see the facts, and you see what they were saying: two different things.
But, you're looking at a war between an empire, run by London, not necessarily all the British people, but it's by the Anglo-Dutch Liberal financier cartel: the same cartel that put Mussolini into power in Italy; the same cartel that put Hitler into power in Germany! And we're now at the brink of something like a Hitler-power taking over the United States. If they grab the United States, then they will grab all of Europe under the Lisbon Treaty. If they control the United States and parts of Europe under the Lisbon Treaty, then you will have an actual fighting war emerging on this planet, against the continent of Africa and much of the continent of Asia, and other places. You will have dictatorship; you will have mass starvation. The elimination of whole sections of the population of parts of the world through starvation. And that's part of the British program! It's the food war!
We now have a situation, which I'll get into, on this, but that's the situation: We're not dealing with an election. We're dealing with whether there is in the United States, in the top layers of society, the moral fitness to survive! And so far, the vote is, in the leadership of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party: Neither is morally fit to survive! They're as unmorally fit to survive as the people who backed Mussolini and backed Hitler back in the 1920s and the 1930s. And if we allow this to happen, we will get the same kind of treatment, that the victims of Mussolini, Hitler, and so forth, suffered.
That's where we stand.
Truman vs. Roosevelt
We have to win this war against that evil empire! That's been the longstanding fight, for me, it's the longstanding fight ever since I had service in Asia, toward the end of the last world war, when I was in northern Burma, now called Myanmar, and in the Calcutta area in Bengal. And I saw the British Empire, close up, in those circumstances and elsewhere. I know the British Empire.
Truman was a victim of the British Empire. Just a case of this thing: Franklin Roosevelt's intention, at the close of World War II, before he died, his intention of that period, was to eliminate colonialism and all forms of imperialism from this planet. His intention was, that once the peace had been secured, that the power of the United States, developed through its agro-industrial and scientific powerwhich is the greatest power this planet had ever seen from any single source!that this power was going to be used, by converting the war machine which the United States had assembled to deal with the war against Hitler; to assemble that machine, and transform it into a machine of production. And as Roosevelt had spelled out specifically, to take nations and continents like Africa, the colonial nations of the world, and free them! Not only by giving them political freedom, but by giving them economic assistance and technology, to solve their problems, where they could emerge from being colonies and prey, to being essentially self-determining. And Roosevelt's intention was to form a receptacle, called the United Nations, as an assembly of nations, including many which would be newly created, as freed from former colonies, to sovereign national status.
And the minute that that pig, Truman, walked in, to replace Roosevelt, within hours after Roosevelt's death, Truman went to the side of Churchill.
And Churchill's policy was to prevent Franklin Roosevelt from succeeding, his policy from succeeding, because the British were determined to maintain their empire! As they are determined in the case of Zimbabwe, and against Mbeki in South Africa, today! They're determined to destroy the United States, as they have been, since the inception of the United States, in the revolt against the Paris Peace of 1763, at which the British moved immediately, the British East India Company, moved to impose imperial power, over the people in North America, to take away the rights of the states, to take away the rights of the citizens, to deny us the right to have industry, to crush our agriculture, and to loot us! And we went to warnot seeking war, but seeking independence. We went to war against the British Empire.
We Have Lost the Sense of Immortality
Let me tell you a story, before I get into this main point, hereit's important, an important part of history. Most people in this country and other countries, today, are rather stupid, when it comes to reality. I mean that in a very specific sense. Because, no longer do they believe in successive generations, no longer do they believe in the immortality of the individual personality: that even after the individual is dead, their personality continues to live and have an effect on future generations. We used to have a society in which we thought grandfathers would give their lives to provide a better way of life for, not only their children, but especially their grandchildren. The relationship of the grandfather to the grandchildren, particularly in terms of our immigrant population, which came here, often working in poverty, working their way up; and the laborer who came from Italy, his grandson became a doctor, or became a scientist, or became something else of skill. This was called the "land of opportunity," because that was our policy.
But this was also a European policy, a policy that, we are not simply animals, we are not monkeys, who die, who go out of existence, and just our name is maybe remembered by an older monkey. But we are human, and we have the capability of creative powers that no animal has. We're able to use those creative powers, for the future of mankind. And thus, even after we die, what we contribute through those powers, lives on, and our influence radiates, our personality radiates in a useful way, to coming generations.
That has been lost! We have now become, especially with the 68ers and that generation, which lost their morality almost at birthactually, this was something that was done to them. Don't blame them entirely for it; it was done to them, by their parents, and the consent of their parents, and done by teachers and so forth.
They lost that sense of immortality, they lost the sense of culture. They lost the sense of a continuity of culture. They lost a sense of what the meaning is of national cultures, or cultures of people, the importance of preserving and promoting those cultures, because that's the way in which a people can deal with its problems. That's the way the creative powers of the mind can be summoned. We can't have a Tower of Babel, such as globalization! If you want to develop a people, you must develop them in their souls, you develop them in their culture, in their minds. The results you come to, may be the same as in a different culture. But the way in which you get there, is through the culture of their people. And you promote and defend that culture. And seek to promote independent nations which represent each of these cultures. And then bring the cultures together in cooperation for a common purpose, the common aims of mankind.
We lost that. It was taken away from us, as Roosevelt was taken from us by death, and we were given Truman instead. What did Truman do? Immediately! On behalf of the great British Emphah! Truman took the power of the United States, and used it to reinforce recolonization, and to accept the imposed forms of colonization which were worse than mere colonization.
There Are No Free Nations
That happened in Africa: There are no really free nations in Southern Africa, none. They have degrees of freedom, but the freedom is conditional. And the conditional freedom is run, now, from London. It's a colony! Who made it a colony! The United States made it a colony, precisely contrary to the intention of Franklin Roosevelt! Who specified the development of Africa, among the other objectives of the United States, for the post-war period.
Truman supported the British! Indo-China which had been freed, by its own efforts with the support of the United States under Roosevelt. The Japanese who had surrendered to the Vietnamese, suddenly, on orders of London with the support of Harry Truman, were freed. The Japanese soldiers were given their guns back and taken out of the campsto reoccupy Indo-China, to turn it over to the British, immediately, who would then turn it over to those suckers, the French.
Look at that whole region. Indonesia: The Indonesian people had largely freed themselves from Japanese and Dutch occupation, and what did we do? The Anglo-Americans reinforced the colonization of Indonesia. Finally, the Indonesians got a conditional freedom, but their essential freedom was to be taken away from them.
A similar thing happened in India: India got a qualified freedom. But the British kept a stranglehold on it, as Nehru saw, from the time when the rupee was revaluedand India was put into a condition of slavery as a result.
That's the condition of Africa; that's the condition of Southwest Asia. Those are the conditions that were imposed wherever the United States was weak, in South and Central America.
And so, we went from a nation that we had been, to a Truman nation, a nation which was a lackey of the British Empire.
And we had, centered in New York City, in particular, but in other locations, financial institutions; like the grandfather of the present President of the United States, Prescott Bush: Prescott Bush personally signed the order, to release funds from a German bank to put Hitler into power! The grandfather of the present President of the United States: What a fine family tradition that is! I mean, you have a coke addict, a so-called recovering coke addict, who's now sitting as the President of the United States, under the management of a baboon called the Vice President, who is run, in turn, by George Shultz from the West Coast, the guy who put Pinochet into power in Chiletogether, in collaboration with Felix Rohatyn, who runs the Speaker of the House of the Congress today. And Felix Rohatyn was an accomplice of George Shultz in putting the fascist dictatorship of Pinochet into power in the Southern Cone. It was under this arrangement that Nazis were brought in, veteran Nazis were brought into South America, and conducted this operation of Nazi-like murder throughout the Southern Cone of South America.
This is what the problem is.
And people say, "How can you talk about the British that way? They're our cousins!"
Well, you see, it's not really the Britishthat's another story, which I won't go into here. But essentially, what we call the "British Empire," or the Anglo-Dutch Liberal financier empireis an Anglo-Dutch operation, based on Venice, which is a syndicate of financiers, individual financiers, who, in a group, form a kind of a locust horde. And this locust horde controls.
Nixon: Elected by the Weathermen
One example: 1971, a stooge for London called Richard Nixon, who was elected by the Weathermenactually. That is, the Weatherman revolt of that faction, the fascist faction of the 68ers, split the Democratic Party between the blue-collar and the dirty uncollared college students, huh? And therefore, the split of the Democratic Party in 1968as occurred also in Europe, a similar operationdestroyed the Democratic Party, and thus, elected Richard Nixon. And what did you get from Nixon? Nixon was a fascist! His regime was fascist. We fought it off, but we didn't uproot it. And all through the 1970s, the same thing: From 1969 through 1981, the United States was destroyed as an economy in its essential characteristics. And the continued rot went on from there.
The rot started, the decline in the U.S. economy actually started, the frustration of the U.S. economy, with Truman. Truman was the bastard to hate, if you want to know what's wrong with the 68ers. You don't like Baby Boomers? Blame Harry Truman! He gave birth to all of them, by some mysterious force.
But then, again, you have the same thing: The 68ers, the children of Truman, the white-collar class, the children of Truman, gave us Nixon. And you got three Rockefeller brothers: Nelson, John D., and David. And the three of them, with the aid of the Trilateral Commission, destroyed the U.S. economy on the inside, during the period of their control during the 1970s. And the Trilateral Commission of David Rockefeller led the thing, and poor Jimmy Carter didn't know what the devil was happening to him. He was just listening to "Mister Rockefeller"the guy who put the $3 million into the coffer to run the Carter campaign, to launch it. And Jimmy has been a good ex-President, but he was a terrible President. And it's not good to have a President who's a wind-up toy for a Rockefeller.
So, we were destroyed!
Globalization: The New Tower of Babel
Once the Soviet Union collapsed, what happened? Another change, called globalization occurred. There was no longer a Soviet power to contend with. So therefore, what did we do? We stripped Germany of its economy! How was it done? By Margaret Thatcher and François Mitterrand. And Mitterrand, the French President of that time, was a stooge of the British. I know it personally. I had meetings in London on that subject, where they said, "No, Mitterrand is our man. We own him." Mitterrand the President of France, was a stooge of the British monarchy! And Mitterrand and Margaret Thatcher destroyed Germany, and it's still being destroyed today, as are other countries, as a result of that.
That is, German technology, developed in Germany, is now used in various countries, like the Transrapid in China! But it doesn't exist in Germany. Nuclear power: virtually does not exist in Germany. Where it did exist, it's being torn down. Technology is being destroyed. All for the sake of the British Empire.
Even worse! In the economy, you will find that what has happened with globalizationand it affects people in this country very much: What they've done, is they've taken industries, manufacturing industries in particular, agriculture in particular, and countries which were good agricultural producers, or good manufacturing producers, have been stripped of those industries, the industries have been taken to populations where the lower 80% of the population is illiterate.
So you have colonies of manufacturing in countries in Asia, Africa, and so forth, South America, where the people, the 80% of the population does not participate in the economy! You have areas which used to be food-producing areas which no longer produce food! Because, what you're having is a world dictatorship, under the name of globalizationbetter called a new Tower of Babelin which the cultures are being destroyed, as the United States is being destroyed, as Germany is being destroyed, as Italy is being destroyed, as France is being destroyedand the attempt to make war on China, India, and Russia.
And that's the intent of the British Empire: Nothing less than the destruction and breakup of China, the breakup of Russia, the breakup of India. That is the policy of the British Empire now. That's the policy they're condemned to. The policy is to take every nation of continental Europe, west of Belarus and west of Russia, and under the Lisbon Treaty, which is now being voted up by many institutions of government in continental Europe, strip every nation of Europe, from the Atlantic Ocean to the border at Belarus and Russia, and they will have no sovereignty. That is, there will be no government which has the authority to contradict the Lisbon Treaty organization. NATO is intended to be absorbed, by the Lisbon Treaty. And the forces of Europe, which are not NATO forces, will be combined with NATO forces for warfare against points East: Russia, former parts of the Soviet Union other than Russia, China, Korea, India, as well as Southwest Asia, where they're doing an excellent job of mutilating the whole countryside.
This is what we're dealing with. The intention here is to eradicate the United States, among other objectives. Because, as long as we exist, we're a problem.
It Was Not a 'Subprime Crisis': The System Is Finished
Let me just go one more point on this, before getting to economic questions I want to deal with today.
Anyway, what happened relevant to now, to this present situation, is, approximately nine months ago, slightly more, on the 25th of July of last year, 2007, I made a statement here, in this forum, in which I said, that a new, general breakdown crisis of the financial system was now in progress. Three days later, we had the beginning of what some fools called the "subprime crisis." It was not the subprime crisis.
Some of you have seen a building, torn down by explosives, and you blow it out from underneath, and the building collapses into the area where you exploded. That's what the "subprime crisis" really was. The subprime crisis was the weak underbelly of a large financial system, which was collapsing! But the collapse was not the collapse of the subprime system! The collapse was the collapse of the entire international financial-monetary system, which is now entered, into, very visibly, a hyperinflationary phase: We are now, globally, in a hyperinflationary phase.
So, at that time, around the 25th of last July, I introduced one, then, of several measures which I had crafted for defense of the United States, in particular, against this crisis, which had broken out: That is, this new world depression. It's more than a depression. It's something like what happened to Europe, during the middle of the 14th Century, when the bank of Lucca, the House of Bardi, when bankrupt and all of Europe plunged into a new dark age.
We are now in a period, where the world as a whole, is in the process of collapsing into a new dark age, similar to, but worse than, potentiallyunless we stop itthat which happened to Europe in the middle of the 14th Century. That's the situation we're in.
Now, the measures I proposed, were, first of all, the HBPA [Homeowners and Bank Protection Act]: That is, Federal legislation, which we're now getting supporting legislation for in states; which means that the households' mortgages will not be foreclosed. But rather, the households which are effectively put into receivership, that is, protection, bankruptcy protection, and people allowed to stay in their homes, paying a reasonable fee in the form of something equivalent to rent, for that, instead of this mortgage process, until we can straighten the mess out.
We don't want to destroy the communities, we don't want to destroy the people, we don't want to have peoplelet's keep people in their places. That way, we've got a structure to begin with.
Now, if you're going to something else, which is the second part of the thing: You have to provide bankruptcy security to the banks, that is, the chartered banks, the Federal banks and the state banks. Because if the Federal and state banks in communities begin to disintegrate, you don't have an organized community any more! So therefore, forget the Federal Reserve; send Bernanke back, with his helicopter beanie or whatever it is, and send him back to where he belongs; and put the Federal Reserve system itself, which is bankrupt in fact, by virtue of its members being bankruptput it into receivership, under the U.S. Teasury Department! Where it still functions: The offices are there, the people are there, but it's now taking orders directly from the Treasury Department, not controlling the Treasury Department. And in that way, we can save the system from a chaotic collapse.
This condition is generally spreading throughout the world, if you look at the rate of hyperinflation.
A Worldwide Food Crisis
Now, there's one part of this hyperinflation, which is of special significance: Food.
When you look at what happened yesterday, in terms of the fraudulent operation by Republicans and others in this primary election yesterday, you say: "What's the power that can defeat these predators, these imperialists, these parasites, these murderers?" Who is behind the use of the Democratic Party top down, and other institutions, and the press generally, in trying to destroy the possibility of a Clinton Presidency in the United States? That's your issue: Why? That is, to eliminate the possibility of the United States being a factor. Because, what would happen? And where does this come into the food problem? Now, when people are denied this or that benefit, people of the lower 80% and many others will say, "Well, we gotta learn to put up with this. Can't we compromise? Isn't there some compromise that we can accept? Can't we get together and make a compromise?" And you get a bunch of compromised people, who just really aren't capable of doing anything useful.
But food is different: If you don't have food tonight, to put on the table in the morning, that's kind of personal. And it becomes universal.
For a number of months now, there has been a worldwide food crisis, caused by many things: By the financial policies, various kind of management dealsby the WTO, which ought to be eliminated. By the promotion of bio-fools, or biofuels if you preferwhich is destroying food supplies! This biofuel program is a gigantic swindle for which there is no possible justification: None! The justification comes out of the World Wildlife Fund of Prince Philip, which says, we must not have vampire bats offended by water projects! Exactly!
You can get, in Mexico, if you make a donation to the World Wildlife Fund of Prince Philip, you get a stuffed vampire bat, with a handbook telling you of the wonderful properties of this vampire bat is: how it has this grooved tongue, which will cut through skin; its saliva will keep the blood from clotting, so the vampire bat can suck on you all day long! And we're supposed to regret the threat to the habits of this little bat!
But the point is, here you have, for example in northern Mexico, particularly in the vicinity of the state of Sonora, which is just below the border on the western side of Mexico: There where you have a large water system. If this water system is controlled, Mexico already has the engineering designs for a system which will enable Mexico to increase its total food production. Also, since we're throwing Mexicans out of the United States, rapidlyas rapidly as possible in some cases, especially from areas like Los Angeles, where this does have a political effect on the community, there's no place for them to go! They could throw them across the border into that part of Mexico which used to be an agricultural regionbut! the water's not there. When they left to become virtual slave labor in the United States, or cheap labor before they got into construction jobs as virtually slave labor, they used to be farmers, in areas like Sonora. Their wives are not farmers; Mexican wives in that area are not developed as farmers. The husbands were the farmers, the husbands and the sons.
So the agricultural product of this area has declined. There is a vast water system, which, if organized, would permit us to open up large areas for agriculture, so that people in Mexico already, or being forced across the border back into Mexico, who happen to be farmers by tradition, would have the opportunitywith some cooperation from the Mexican governmentto begin opening this area for food production.
When the world food organizations have indicated to us, that the shortage of food production, relative to human need, is we are producing half the amount of food required for human need. And therefore, every place we can get food production going, in a reasonable waywhich usually requires irrigation projects, and things like that, engineering projectswe have to. The estimate of the experts is: We need to double food production, in order to meet the requirements of the human race.
You have people, like the Chancellor of Germany, who is complaining that Indians are causing a crisis in food supplies because they're eating two meals a day! And the report is, that in many parts of Asia, the food consumption, was, where you were getting meals, it used to be three times a day, and now it goes down to two, and now it goes to one.
The situation in Africa is beyond belief, in terms of food supplies. Zimbabwe for example: What's the crime? You have an African population in Zimbabwe, which was one of the biggest fighters against the British Empire; it was called southern Rhodesia at one time, hmm? And this area, is an area of people with a strong culture, strengthened by the fact that they were fighters against the British imperialists. They're not allowed to develop their own territory. Because London, by various mechanisms prevents them from doing so. And London uses the farms it allows to prosper, in former Rhodesiato feed the populations of Britain! So you have non-African farmers running farms, producing food in Zimbabwe, for the edification and fattening of Brits. But the rest of the population is inhibited in any attempt to develop!
You look through all of Africa, and you look at the policies of NSSM-200, back in 1975: The policy is that Africans should die out! Not entirelykeep a few for this or that. But the policy is, the raw materials of Africa belong to the Anglo-Americans. If the Africans develop, and increase their population, they will use up some of those precious raw materials, which belong to us! (By what miracle we don't know!) Therefore, you must suppress them.
And what do you do? You go down, as they did, as Kitson did in Kenya: You start a war, which was organized by Kitson, and his crowd personally, by MI5. Then they organized the countermeasures against the Mau-Mau out of South Africa, a colonial operation. And a similar operation was just run in the recent election in Kenya, just recently. What's going on in Zimbabwe is the same thing. And this is the thing we're up against.
The American System vs.