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How Lyndon LaRouche Functioned as the Shadow Presidency of the United States

Jan. 30 , 2021 (EIRNS)—The following is taken from moderator Dennis Speed’s opening remarks made by to The LaRouche Organization Manhattan Project Dialogue on Jan. 30:

Dennis Speed: For over four decades, Lyndon LaRouche and his organization functioned as a kind of shadow Presidency in the United States. Policies were formulated, offered, discussed, debated, sometimes rejected; but relentlessly proposed by Lyndon LaRouche. His collaboration and dialogue with various leaders throughout the world, including former President Ronald Reagan, and others, led to changes in policy. Changes which were often greeted with—shall we say—great consternation and sometimes legal actions taken against his organization. But they were done because LaRouche was aware, as a result of his work in the field of physical economy, and his advancement of that work, that there was a process underway in what was called the trans-Atlantic sector that doomed that sector, and doomed the monetary system that was established after 1944-45 at Bretton Woods, to extinction once President Richard Nixon took the dollar off the gold standard on August 15, 1971.

Since that time, the trans-Atlantic sector has been involved in a now-accelerating self-cannibalization process. People have called this economic recovery; they’ve called it all sorts of things. But what has happened is that the process of our increasingly destroying our own heavy industry and power generation, as has now been codified in the latest actions being taken by the Biden Administration to return the United States to the Paris Climate Accords, are an expression of another problem. That problem is a failure to understand or to assimilate not only the fundamental lessons of the American Revolution and its Constitution, the establishment of a constitutional republic, but more importantly, the advanced conceptions about that republic that Lyndon LaRouche put forward.

What we’re going to do today is present a kind of panel to try to get at the issue of how people have to begin to reconsider how they should think in this situation. You have a situation in which the question about what’s really going on is a fundamental question that confronts people.

For example, right now in the United States, on either the left or the right—neither of which actually exist, by the way—but those people who believe themselves to be on the left or the right are talking about fears of a civil war. Some people are talking about the need for a civil war in the United States. Such a thing would essentially end up with billions of people dead. This isn’t a United States affair; it’s not an internal matter. It indicates that the inability to understand how to think as Abraham Lincoln thought may be what people have to consider may be their actual circumstance. Maybe the fact of Lincoln’s lack of any formal education whatsoever, but rather his dependence on the Bible, the works of Shakespeare, and the poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns, for his fundamental inspirations about his entire life. Maybe that’s what qualified him to know how to think as he did, and therefore, preserve the Union from the secession sometimes mistakenly called the Civil War.

Lessons of that kind of thought, and actions to master the true history of this country and the real science of physical economy, were what Lyndon LaRouche devoted his entire life to. Mr. LaRouche, who passed away on February 12, 2019, was the preeminent physical economist in the world. What we want to do today is to use his method of thinking to attack the problems that presently are confounding people’s thinking not only in the United States, but throughout the globe.

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