EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2021
At Stake: Survival
March 16 , 2021 (EIRNS)—In November 1996, Lyndon LaRouche published an article in EIR magazine under the headline: “The Murderous Issue of Food Policy.” He began as follows:
“The following series of quotations tells its own story.
“It is to be read as selections to be featured within the opening statement of an indictment, for capital crimes against humanity, to be presented to an appropriate tribunal. The clearly implied difficulty, is selecting a tribunal composed of persons untainted by complicity with persons and institutions which have been continuing parties to the crime against which complaint is made.”
LaRouche then cited a series of statements calling for Malthusian depopulation, and in particular for using food as a weapon to achieve that result, by Bertrand Russell, Lester Brown, and—perhaps most notoriously—Henry Kissinger, who wrote bluntly in his “NSSM-200”: “Mandatory programs may be needed and we should be considering these possibilities now. Would food be considered an instrument of national power? ... Is the U.S. prepared to accept food rationing to help people who can’t/won’t control their population growth?”
Today, a quarter-century later, that tribunal has yet to be convened, that battle against the British Malthusian world order has yet to be won. In fact, the implied mission that LaRouche called for back then is the context for the Schiller Institute’s international conference today, which will be held this weekend, March 20-21.
Today’s proponents of Green Malthusianism are no less evil than their forebears.
• London’s Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) in February proclaimed that food production was the principal cause for “the loss of biodiversity” and other climate problems, and therefore must be drastically reduced.
• President Biden’s Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, in March 9 remarks to the EU Commission threatened to impose a top-down global green dictatorship: “The market will lead the transformation in a phenomenal way in the next two to three years, believe me. In two or three years, the latecomers and climate deniers won’t have any place any more in our politics and our economies.”
• That same day, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation that he fully shared Kerry’s view that “development finance is a powerful tool for addressing the climate crisis”—i.e., that countries could be financially strangled into submission; that de-carbonization was the Biden administration’s #1 priority; and that this policy “will be front and center at the [Biden] climate summit on April 22.”
• In mid-March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proudly announced that it had pressured Brazil into not permitting the use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, all the while refusing to provide vaccines from America’s supplies to any Third World nations, including Brazil and Mexico. Brazil today is being devastated by an uncontrolled COVID crisis, in part due to the lack of vaccination, which is already breeding new strains of the virus that threaten the entire planet.
Is hoarding COVID vaccines any different from the Kissinger policy of using food as a weapon of British geopolitics and depopulation?
The problem for the British, of course, is that such policies have a high probability of backfiring under conditions where nations have an alternative policy before them, such as that of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, along with a strategy for bringing Europe and the Americas into such a New Classical Paradigm—as will be elaborated at the upcoming Schiller Institute conference.