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British Imperialist Outlines Destiny in Hell

March 22, 2010 (EIRNS)—In discussion with associates, and in an editorial statement for the weekly magazine EIR, Lyndon LaRouche has pointed to the significance of a lengthy article published by British strategist Niall Ferguson in the March-April issue of the New York Council on Foreign Relations bi-monthly, Foreign Affairs, to prepare public opinion for a coming new dark age.

For LaRouche, Ferguson's writings

present an echo of the immediate future, for the world of today, an echo of what the British intelligence services of the 1980s have done to wreck both Russia and the economies of western and central continental Europe since the imposition of the 'euro' policy of the trio of Britain's Margaret Thatcher, France's President François Mitterrand, and the U.S.A.'s President George H.W. Bush, during 1990 and beyond.

On that account, Ferguson's forecasting, with all its included flaws, is useful in the respect that he presents a credible representation of a British imperialist's foresight into what the ruling oligarchy of the Inter-Alpha combination threatens to do to the immediate future of the world, especially the Trans-Atlantic world, as during the course of the weeks and months presently coming upon us now.

Ferguson, a Professor of History at Harvard University, in his article, titled, "Complexity and Collapse/Empires on the Edge of Chaos," wrote:

Imperial collapse may come much more suddenly than many historians imagine. A combination of fiscal deficits and military overstretch suggests that the United States may be the next empire on the precipice.

The reader astute enough not to fall for Ferguson's new theory of "complex systems" is annoyed by his treatment of the reasons why empires collapse. "British imperialists" such as Ferguson, LaRouche warned, do not believe in their fake theories, but they use them to "confuse the befuddled silly wits of their credulous believers." Thus, Ferguson lies on the real causes of World War I, or of the current world economic crisis. He knows that he is lying, but uses those theories to "delude the believers in Liberalism ... into assisting in the destruction of their own nation."

Thus, Ferguson presents the coming collapse of the United States and of western society as inevitable, and comparable to the devastating effects of the Roman Empire and, among others, the Soviet Empire:

What is most striking about this history is the speed of the Roman Empire's collapse. In just five decades, the population of Rome itself fell by three-quarters.... What Ward-Perkins calls 'the end of civilization' came within the span of a single generation.... Less than five years after Gorbachev took power, the Soviet imperium in central and Eastern Europe had fallen apart, followed by the Soviet Union itself in 1991. If ever an empire fell off a cliff—rather than gently declining—it was the one founded by Lenin.

What are the implications for the United States today? First, debating the stages of decline may be a waste of time—it is a precipitous and unexpected fall that should most concern policymakers and citizens. Second, most imperial falls are associated with fiscal crises. All the above cases were marked by sharp imbalances between revenues and expenditures, as well as difficulties with financing public debt. Alarm bells should therefore be ringing very loudly, indeed.

LaRouche asked:

To what Hell, and where, is Ferguson's perceived forecast for the presently onrushing conflict, intended to lead the bringing down of the world upon us all today?" Ferguson "does not disclose an estimate of the choice of strategic doctrine to be adopted by the British empire; rather, he presents the nature of the situation now being created as a product of British imperial intention, without specifying the actual intention itself.

What remains to be seen, is the choice of strategic options which the British empire would select as an optional strategy under a condition of world affairs such as that which H.G. Wells follower Ferguson presents today.

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