EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR TUESDAY JUNE 7, 2022
Stop War, Feed the World—Discover How Much an Idea Weighs
June 6, 2022 (EIRNS)—Do ideas actually change the world?
Lyndon LaRouche used to ask, how much does an idea weigh? While fools might rush in, thinking that ideas are hereby being discounted as not real, or as some sort of epiphenomenon, LaRouche was putting on the table the seeming paradox, that something that did, indeed, change the world—and change the world as it had to be changed, and could not be changed any other way—might be more real than all the things, stuff and matter that we too often take as primary.
The May 26 Schiller Institute conference, “The Insanity of Politicians Threatens Nuclear War,” addressed an ugly reality without flinching, and did so beautifully. It thereby serves as a rather unique model for any caring soul, that they have the power to work through this strategic crisis—and therefore can organize others. How else could it be done?
Certainly, the howlings of the “disinformation” thought-controllers testify to the reality and potency of ideas. Kyiv’s National Security and Defense Council—the particularly nasty part of Ukraine’s government, running “extrajudicial” procedures, closing down opposition political parties, etc.—reacted to the main presentations at the conference as if a cross were thrust before them. The president of the Atlantic Council produced a paranoid argument, desperate to batten down the hatches against any talk of peace. The “powers that be” in NATO/EU circles spent their time and muscle to stop one plane flight of Russia’s Foreign Minister. Something is bothering them.
But examine the modest elements of sanity bursting upon the scene: India’s Minister of External Affairs, after a couple of months of rebutting silly geopolitical questions, boxed Europe on the ears. Why respect a Europe that insists their problems are the world’s problems, when Europe can’t hold the world’s problems—hunger, starvation, disease, etc.—in their attention span for a microsecond. Mexico’s President took no prisoners, when the U.S. State Department played their oh-so-clever games, trying to split up Ibero-America on silly issues. The daughter of the famous Telford Taylor, Chief Prosecutor at Nuremberg, weighed in with the voice of history upon the real, present Nuremberg crime of NATO’s war of aggression.
So, life is exciting! Ideas are real. How they work, though perhaps wrapped in mystery, may always be a subject worth pursuing. Yet, Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poets are the true legislators—but if and only if they master the “profound and impassioned ideas respecting man and nature” that are most succinctly bound up in Lyndon LaRouche’s “Four Laws”—folding together human creativity and physical necessity. Not yet convinced? Consider the living example of one poet-legislator who actually delivered some of his poetry from the White House: “The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
So, join the battle. How could a person not wrap their mind and soul around the next deliberately planned and necessary intervention of human ideas: The June 18-19 Schiller Institute Conference, “There Can Be No Peace Without the Bankruptcy Reorganization of the Dying Trans-Atlantic Financial System.” Your better angel is already there!