EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR SATURDAY DAY JUNE 11, 2022
June 18-19: A Dialogue on the Culture of Sovereignty
June 10, 2022 (EIRNS)—While the credulous get all hot and bothered about Vladimir Putin referring—and not, as is reported, comparing himself—to Russian Czar Peter the Great in a dialogue with young entrepreneurs and scientists in St. Petersburg yesterday, another, truly dangerous statement goes virtually unreported. In an interview in Handelsblatt, American apparatchik Heather Conley of the German Marshall Fund, while urging Germany forward in its mad, €100 billion ($100 billion-plus) plan to remilitarize, said, “ We must prepare for the use of tactical nuclear weapons.” But by whom? Is the multi-agency network actually responsible for “9/11” prepared to act again?
The new security and development architecture that must be quickly brought into being will require many individuals to take an uncomfortable but necessary step forward, if saner minds are to prevail. The trans-Atlantic world, in every measure, appears to be going the way of Admah, Zeboim, Sodom and Gomorrah, the “cities of the plain” at the southern end of the Dead Sea, which were summarily extinguished by their own decadence, according to the Biblical account, some 2,000 years ago. In that account there were not 50 people among the cities’ inhabitants that could be found, who were willing to defy prevailing social conventions and “rules of law” to reverse direction, instead capitulating to the all-engulfing, self-condemning decadence that doomed everyone, and their posterity.
The June 18-19 Schiller Institute conference theme, “There Can Be No Peace Without the Bankruptcy Reorganization of the Dying Trans-Atlantic Financial System,” proposes to address the true cause of this headlong flight towards, not World War III, but something actually worse—the abdication of human identity itself. The United States, out of depraved indifference, has disinvested in the health of its citizens so far that, besides the 1 million dead, either through Covid infections or the prior impoverished conditions that made people far more susceptible to Covid-induced deaths than otherwise, has now become an engine for the production of subvariants of the disease. This, without any motion toward a universal health initiative of the type demanded either by the Schiller Institute’s Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and her Committee for the Coincidence of Opposites, or by President Xi Jinping of China.
The astounding decay of the American urban landscape, the abandonment of public education, the runaway inflation, disemployment and destruction of a productive workforce, the flaunting of rationality through the state-sanctioned de facto legalization of all drugs, is a “Gomorrah” condition that increasingly erupts into the mad violence of mass shootings as “suicide by homicide.” Are these shootings an enactment “in the small” of the foreign, military, and diplomatic policies of the City of London and Wall Street in the large—policies which, in the form of drone killings, or the financing of known Nazi military formations, as just as Satanic as are those shootings? Similar things can be said, if perhaps to a lesser degree, about the true economic condition of France, Germany, Italy and Central Europe, increasingly looted by the very sanctions that were supposed to hurt Russia.
National spokesmen from India, Ghana, Argentina, Pakistan, China, Russia and other nations have spoken forcefully about this, to one degree or another, over particularly the period since 2020’s pandemic, and now after the February outbreak of the “Ukraine” proxy war. Some of their statements bring to mind Schiller Institute co-founder Fred Wills, the former Minister of Trade and Foreign Affairs of Guyana, who took a step forward on behalf of humanity. Fred Wills was forced from 1978 to live in exile with the LaRouche forces after his heroic call for the creation of “International Development Banks” at the United Nations General Assembly in September 1976. But Fred, slightly younger than his friend, Lyndon LaRouche, was from a different generation, one that believed in fighting for humanity as a whole. Of his exile from Guyana, Fred defiantly quoted Shakespeare’s As You Like It:
“Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile
Hath not old customs make this life more sweet
Than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods
More free from peril than the envious court!”
Wills said in his “History for the Fight for a New World Economic Order” at the January 30-31, 1988 Schiller Institute Conference, “Development Is the Name for Peace:” “We had ideas. We wanted to diversify agriculture, put in infrastructure: health, housing, education, we wanted to bring (the developing nations) out of the 14th and into the 20th century. Grandiose ideas. Independence was not an end in itself, but only a means to an end. The end was development. Nations and peoples have to come into existence, have to survive, have to grow and have to develop: these were our aims ... we were sovereign, we thought....” Now, 34 years later, as President Irfaan Ali of Guyana says: “We cannot address climate issues unless we address the fundamental needs and wants of human beings. We cannot even speak about climate change if we have people who are hungry, people who don’t have access to water, people who don’t have access to wages and earnings. Then they have no other alternative but to seek out every possible way to survive,” it must be said: national sovereignty, and the dignity of man is at stake more than ever.
President Vladimir Putin outlined four aspects to national sovereignty in a speech to young engineers and entrepreneurs in St. Petersburg, making the point that “There is no in-between, no intermediate state: either a country is sovereign, or it is a colony, no matter what the colonies are called ... if a country or a group of countries is not able to make sovereign decisions, then it is already a colony to a certain extent. But a colony has no historical prospects, no chance for survival.”
It is essential that persons in the United States and Europe, and others associated with the “Anglosphere” like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc., reverse course. The successful mobilization of tens of thousands of New York State’s citizens to sign petitions giving LaRouche associate Diane Sare the right to propose the LaRouche Four Laws as the basis for a new strategic and development architecture, demonstrates that, unlike Sodom and Gomorrah, there is support among the American people, if organized, for a “bootlegger’s turn” away from war, and a return to Hamilton’s and Lincoln’s American System, the one with which the nations of Russia and China were proud to collaborate at the time of the American Revolution and the War of 1861-65. The campaigns of LaRouche forces in France, and collaborators in Italy, Greece, Sweden Denmark, Germany, and various nations in South and Central America, must converge a week from now, at the Schiller Institute June 18-19 conference in a single chorus for sanity and durable survival, drowning out the cacophony of war and despair.