This editorial appears in the July 2, 2021 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Schiller Institute Conference:
Global Unity of Principle To Prevent a New Dark Age, and Create a New Renaissance
June 27—Representatives of governments and elected officials, together with scientists, economists, farmers, public health professionals, retired military and intelligence officers, and musicians, from around the world, joined forces this past weekend in an International Schiller Institute Conference to analyze the existential crisis facing mankind today, and deliberate on the means required to mobilize the world behind a new paradigm, free of geopolitics and Malthusianism, based on “peace through development.” One after another, these “citizens of the world” expressed their thanks to the Schiller Institute and its founder and Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche for mobilizing the conference, and insisting that every effort be made to circulate the video and the transcripts as widely as possible.
Each of the four panels included a rich discussion period, all of which are available in the videos, and will be published along with transcripts of the presentations over this and the following three issues of EIR.
The conference was titled “For the Common Good of All People, Not Rules Benefiting the Few.” Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche’s keynote opened the first panel, titled “Whom the Gods Would Destroy: War with Russia and China Is Worse Than MAD!” She noted the timely nature of this panel, since the British had intervened just in the past week to sabotage the small, but critical step forward achieved at the Biden-Putin Summit, where the two leaders renewed the pledge made by Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev at their 1985 Summit: “Nuclear war cannot be won, and must never be fought.” The intentional deployment of a British warship into Russian territorial waters, she declared, is another example of the British Empire’s effort to draw the U.S. into a military conflict with Russia, and demonstrates how easily a war—even a nuclear war—could be sparked by such evil actions.
Zepp-LaRouche reviewed the past half-century of efforts by Lyndon LaRouche and his movement to end the Malthusian madness, posing solutions based on uniting the great nations and cultures of the world in a new world order based on the dignity of man, scientific cooperation and aesthetic education. Had her husband been listened to, she said, today’s unraveling global disaster would have been avoided—and it is still the case that any solution requires listening to the “wise words of Lyndon LaRouche.”
Throughout the conference, Zepp-LaRouche repeatedly emphasized the concept behind the Committee for the Coincidence of Opposites, founded by herself and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders: that the building of modern public health facilities in every nation is not only necessary to end the pandemic, and prevent future pandemics (a personal issue for every person on Earth), but also forces a serious consideration of the other aspects of infrastructure required for modern health—namely, clean water, energy, transportation and more.
Dr. Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council (the leading think tank associated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs), spoke after Zepp-LaRouche, on: “Has the Geneva Summit Changed Relations Between the U.S. and Russia?” He observed that although expectations for the Biden-Putin Summit were low, given the attacks on Russia from the U.S., including from within the Administration, the agreement to jointly assert that nuclear war could not be won and must not be fought, and the agreement to set up high-level discussions on arms control, cyber war, and other issues, were signs of hope for improved relations. Still, progress will not be possible, he said, without new ideas, and thanked the Schiller Institute for the conference, and its urgency to get beyond “conventional wisdom.”
This opening strategic panel included a view from India in a presentation by Atul Aneja, the Editor of IndiaNarrative.com, describing the critical triangular relationship among Russia, China and India as “civilizational states,” also including Iran in that category, and ridiculing those in the West clinging to the notion of a unipolar world, who believe they can dominate these ancient cultures.
China and India must resolve the problems in their relationship, he said, noting the historical cultural affinities through the exchange of Buddhist monks. He emphasized the rise of the BRICS, bringing South Africa and Brazil together with the Russia-India-China triangle as a basis for developing the underdeveloped nations of Africa and South America through the BRICS Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. India has a special role in global health, he said, as the world’s leading producer of vaccines.
Col. Richard H. Black (ret.), former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division, spoke next on “U.S.-China Relations: A Pathway for War Avoidance and Cooperation.” Col. Black denounced the mindless attacks on China from the Congress, media, and other institutions in the U.S. He called for renewing the spirit of the opening of relations under President Nixon, and warned against the recent efforts to provoke a crisis between Taiwan and the mainland, which could provoke war. He reviewed the terrorist operations in Xinjiang by Uighur Muslims with backing from Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which prompted Beijing to provide extensive education and job training for the youth. This humanist approach, he said was denounced as “genocide” by the liars and fools in the West.
As an expert on the situation in Syria, Col. Black stated that 4,000 trained Uighur terrorists are fighting with al-Qaeda in Syria. If the U.S. approach—supporting the terrorists to achieve regime change against President Bashar al-Assad—is allowed to succeed, the terrorists will eventually flow back into China. He appealed to China to bring the Belt and Road into Syria to save that nation from disintegration. What would be the result of war with China, he asked? “Either a land war in Asia—and we know how that worked out before,—or nuclear war and the end of civilization.”
This strategic panel closed with Ray McGovern, a former CIA Russia expert and co-founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), who spoke on “When One Step Back Is Also One Step Forward: The Coincidence of Opposites.” He addressed the sin of hubris, which drives those political leaders who fall into the category of “Whom the Gods would destroy they first drive mad.” He analyzed the recent U.S. and British provocations against Russia, which finally caused Biden and perhaps some of his aides to seek the summit with Putin. He ridiculed those who believe they can play Russia off against China, and advised Biden to fire the U.S. military leader who recently declared that nuclear war is now “likely.”
The second panel, “The Real Science Behind Climate Change: Why the World Needs Many More Terawatts of Energy,” featured outstanding and courageous scientists from around the world, both refuting the fake science behind the claim of anthropogenic climate change, appealing for an end to the Malthusian campaign against fossil fuels, and calling instead for a massive increase in nuclear power development and expanded research for fusion. Scientists and engineers from the U.S., South Africa, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany contributed.
The third panel, “Weimar Germany 1923 Comes Again: Global Glass-Steagall Policy to End Hyperinflation,” featured Jacques Cheminade, the head of the LaRouche movement’s sister organization in France, EIR economics editor Paul Gallagher, and EIR Ibero-America intelligence director Dennis Small.
Gallagher presented LaRouche’s discovery that the actual source of wealth is not raw materials or physical human labor, but ideas and discoveries translated into new technologies. He reviewed the reality behind the Green New Deal—the takeover of economic policy from elected governments by the banking cartels—what Mark Carney called “regime change”—to cut off credit from the productive economy under the lie of carbon-induced climate change. He compared these policies to those of Hjalmar Schacht, Hitler’s Economics Minister and central bank president, which led to war and the death camps. Today’s massive money printing must be stopped, a Glass-Steagall bank reform must be implemented in every country to wipe out the fake debt, and LaRouche’s Four Laws launched for global development.
Small reviewed several of LaRouche’s discoveries in physical economy and the horrendous crisis globally today from the pandemic, the financial bubble, the war, the killer sanctions policy, and cultural decay. He also exposed the bitcoin hysteria as a wildly speculative bubble.
Two men from Kansas spoke—a rancher, Mike Callicrate, on the urgent need to stop the cartelization of agriculture, showing the destruction of both farmers and the food supply which has resulted from agriculture being turned over to Wall Street. He called for the restoration of family farming. And State Sen. Mike Thompson, Chairman of the Senate Utilities Committee, who addressed “How Americans Are Herded Into ‘Green’ Energy, by Weaponized, Politicized, Monetized Science.” He said that Kansas now has 41% unreliable and highly subsidized wind power, while the reliable and cheaper coal plants are being shut down based on the carbon hoax, driving up energy prices and leaving the state uncompetitive.
Japanese economist Daisuke Kotegawa, a former leading official of the Ministry of Finance in Japan, gave a powerful demonstration that Japan’s allies, the U.S. and the U.K., have repeatedly subverted Japan’s economy. When the Plaza Accord in 1985 forced Japan to double the value of the yen, an unforeseen consequence was that the Japanese banks were able to move into London and compete with the British banks, forcing several venerable British banks to go under. They responded with a “Basel rule,” e.g., for minimum capital requirements, imposed by the BIS, aimed at stopping the Japanese banks.
But when the western banks were threatened with collapse in 2008, the Basel rule was not applied, but rather “stress tests” were conducted which, Kotegawa said, covered up that the banks were already bankrupt, so the tests were bogus. Thus, no western bankers went to jail, the QE simply increased the bubble, and now, without immediate Glass-Steagall measures, hyperinflation threatens.
French economist and jurist Marc Gabriel Draghi spoke on the massive impact of the speculative bubble and the Great Reset in Europe.
Pedro Rubio, President of the Association of Officials of the General Accounting Office in Colombia and a long-time collaborator of the LaRouche movement, focused on the disastrous impact of the pandemic and the economic collapse in Colombia, leading to weeks of massive demonstrations, primarily by youth who are facing a life with no future.
The final panel, “The Coincidence of Opposites: The Only Truly Human Thought Process,” was an extraordinary coming together of American doctors, retired military flag officers, a Russian diplomat, and Helga Zepp-LaRouche, literally putting together on the spot the makings of an international alliance of forces to begin the process of building modern health facilities in every country. This alliance would use the skills of military forces—potentially from several countries, including Russia—to deal with emergencies around the world to address the more long-term emergency of economic backwardness, starting with hospitals, clean water, power and other infrastructure required for functioning health care systems.
Zepp-LaRouche opened the session by describing what the 15th Century genius, Nicholas of Cusa, meant by “coincidence of opposites”—overcoming apparently contradictory concepts, or opposing political or religious forces, by rising to a higher platform, where the common aims of mankind supersede the subsumed contradictions. She asserted that the unipolar world is now gone, while the world is poised in conflict between the new multi-polar world, based on international law in the UN Charter, and the hangers-on of the unipolar world, who have unilaterally manufactured a “rules-based order,” ignoring international law.
Two former U.S. Surgeons General, Dr. Joycelyn Elders and Dr. David Satcher, and two retired military officers, Maj. Gen. Peter Clegg and Rear Adm. Marc Y.E. Pelaez, were joined by Boris Meshchanov, a Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations. Meshchanov addressed “The Russian Perspective on a Global Sustainable and Sustained Recovery.”
Following a rich discussion, Zepp-LaRouche asked if the discussion could lead to a concrete result. Could these representatives of the medical profession, the military, and the Russian Foreign Ministry commit to setting in motion a process to establish a working group to begin the process of building modern health facilities, perhaps in a selected group of countries in Africa, South America and Asia? While Mr. Meshchanov expressed support for the concept, he thought the strategic area that is now under discussion between Washington and Moscow must be the first area of cooperation, given the current extremely strained relations. Rear Admiral Pelaez asserted forcefully that clean water was an essential beginning, and that this was something the military could do, and which should not divide our nations.
Dr. Khadijah Lang and Marcia Merry Baker, members of the Committee for the Coincidence of Opposites, then gave a report on the Committee’s “Mozambique Pilot Aid Shipment—Action Diplomacy for World Health Security.”
Mayor David Castro, President of the Mayors Without Borders Coalition in Honduras, contributed a video “Greetings to the Conference,” expressing his strong support for the work of the Schiller Institute.
The conference concluded with a moving presentation by Diane Sare, a candidate for United States Senate from New York State and the founder of the Schiller Institute NYC Chorus. Her presentation title was “E Pluribus Unum: What We Can Learn from Beethoven.” First posing examples of less than stellar music that avoid the interface of complex voices, she then demonstrated the coincidence of opposites in the Credo movement of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, using examples from the performance of her own chorus. By first playing each vocal voice alone, then several of the instrumental voices alone, noting that there are about 29 voices altogether, sounding very different when played alone, she demonstrated how Beethoven makes it a unity in a way that provokes the mind to rise to the level of the creativity of the composer. She closed by playing the final performance as an uplifting close to an incredible conference.
The Declaration of the Inalienable Rights of Man, the founding document of the Schiller Institute in 1984, adapted from the Declaration of Independence of the United States to represent all of Mankind, was recited by the professional actor Robert Beltran, joined by a team of youth members of the Schiller Institute from Mexico, France, El Salvador, Colombia and the United States. Beltran also recited the Rütli Oath from Friedrich Schiller’s drama, William Tell, conceptually based on the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche closed the conference with the following words:
The state of tension we have discussed in the world is incredible—going to the edge of what could be a nuclear war, repeatedly…. I have no idea if the proposal to transfer American military production to a peaceful purpose [will succeed]—perhaps this is utopian. But I’m an eternal optimist that maybe the combination of these ideas, and the danger, and that it cannot be in the interest of anybody that this goes out of control, and at the same time the demonstration of good will shown here today, with doctors and military men offering that the military could help by providing clean water to the world—perhaps there are enough ideas that something will come out of it.