EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2021
America at 245; Communist Party of China at 100
July 1, 2021 (EIRNS)—Heading into the July Fourth weekend in the United States, it is useful to think about the founding of the United States together with the celebration in China today of the centennial of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The U.S. has survived as a republic for 245 years, although often failing to live up to that Platonic concept, while the CPC has survived as a party for a century, and as the ruling party of China for over 70 years, with some very dark moments and some great advances. The history is important, but more important is the directionality. How do you perceive the future development of the United States, and its role in the world going forward? How do you perceive the future development of China, and its role in the world going forward? If you have not thought this through, it is past time you do so.
Lyndon LaRouche never failed to insist that what makes us humans, rather than animals, is that we can look at the world today from fifty years in the future, or even thousands of years in the future, which no animal can do. We can then determine what needs to be discovered about the laws of the universe, and how to apply those discoveries to the development of new technologies required to make the world a better place for far more people living at a higher standard of living, economically and culturally. This requires a rising rate of the rate of increase of what he called “potential relative population density.” How does that measure apply today to the United States, and to China?
Over the past fifty years, since approximately the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the rate of potential relative population density in the U.S. has slowed dramatically, and went into decline sometime over the past three decades. Kennedy’s plan for fusion power by the end of the 20th century was scrapped, and even the building of nuclear power plants was sabotaged, and now the insane Green New Deal is shutting down fossil fuel plants and building wasteful, unreliable wind and solar parks. The American System of Hamiltonian economics, with the government directing credit into the infrastructure required for private entrepreneurs to have access to clean water, cheap power, adequate transportation, and a healthy and well-educated workforce, has been systematically replaced by the British System demand for the “independence of the Fed”—i.e., no government “interference” in the financial direction of the economy imposed by the banks, which have turned to speculation rather than production. The result is: The destruction of American industry through “globalization”; the collapse of American infrastructure; the failure to provide water resources to the Western states, causing their desertification today; the privatization and deconstruction of health care, leading to the abject failure to counter a virus and the deaths of hundreds of thousands; a virtual disappearance of Classical education and Classical culture in favor of the libertarian proliferation of drugs, sexual perversity, and the glorification of ugliness; the conduct of perpetual, genocidal warfare against weaker nations which were no threat to the U.S. And now, preparation for military confrontation with nuclear powers Russia and China. Virtually no one thinks about the nation fifty years from today.
In China, there is more application of the Hamiltonian “American System” of directed credit to provide for the general welfare, as called for in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, than has been seen in the U.S. for decades. President Xi Jinping, addressing the nation from the balcony of the Forbidden City facing Tiananmen Square, spoke today to a proud people about the struggle to survive the “century of humiliation” under British colonial control and the Japanese invasion. Xi said: “We Chinese are a people who uphold justice and are not intimidated by threats of force. As a nation, we have a strong sense of pride and confidence. We have never bullied, oppressed, or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will. By the same token, we will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us. Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.” [http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/special/CPCcentenary/index.htm]
Americans hearing daily harangues about China’s “aggression” and “genocide” and “slave labor” had best consider that China has eliminated abject poverty throughout the nation, built a space program comparable to that of the U.S., built a scientific and industrial infrastructure which is the envy of the world, has taken that scientific and industrial infrastructure to 140 other nations through the Belt and Road Initiative, and educates more scientists, engineers, and Classical musicians per capita than the U.S., by far. President Xi also proudly reported that the nation had reached its first centenary goal of becoming a “moderately prosperous society,” and called on the youth to “make their mission to contribute to national rejuvenation.” China’s long-term goal is to achieve the status of a “great modern socialist country” by 2049—the centennial of the founding of the People’s Republic—which is “prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.”
Imagine what could be achieved if the U.S. and China were jointly dedicated to achieving these goals, together, for every nation on Earth. This was the theme of the Schiller Institute Conference last weekend, with Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s call for building a modern health system in every country as the necessary start to that process. Such thinking may be considered utopian by some, but it was the common thinking of the founders of our nation, as it was of Franklin Roosevelt, and as it is of the leaders of China and Russia today. America has fallen far, but is not hopeless. The spark of optimism and commitment in the great Americans of the past, of Lyndon and Helga LaRouche, of the Chinese leaders today, can be restored, if our citizens make that choice.