EIR LEAD EDITORIAL SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2023
Diane Sare for Senate Hosts Town Hall on ‘Putting Away Childish Things: America In a World Without War’
April 22, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Today, the Sare for Senate campaign organized a live town hall meeting in New York City, both in-person and via Zoom, titled, “Putting Away Childish Things: America in a World Without War.” The event drew some 120 people from New York and other states, along with around 90 online participants. The gathering brought together diverse political voices that collectively called for the United States to return to its anti-colonialist philosophical roots and commit to building a community of sovereign nations, in the spirit of John Quincy Adams, Franklin Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. The program for the event stated that the participation of the speakers did not constitute an endorsement by them of her Senatorial campaign.
Tara Reade, a former junior staffer for Joe Biden’s Senate office, introduced and moderated the event. She cited the controversial FBI raid and arrest of Uhuru Movement members in St. Petersburg, Florida, whom the Justice Department has charged with having “sowing discord” and spreading “Russian propaganda” as setting a dangerous precedent for anti-war activists. Reade also acknowledged the Schiller Institute’s essential role in fostering a global peace movement.
Schiller Institute founder and chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in her keynote, highlighted the necessity of introducing her Ten Principles for a New International Security and Development Architecture into the global dialogue. Though her first seven principles may be considered obvious and programmatic, she said, the last three, which focus on the philosophical foundations of a world security and development architecture, are crucial ideas for citizens across the world to realize in order to avert the extinction of the human species, whether through nuclear war or financial breakdown. She emphasized the role of the Global South in turning away from neocolonialism and creating an alternative non-dollar-based financial system, which idea has enraged many of the lunatics in the trans-Atlantic. In order for the United States to avert a potential nuclear showdown with Russia and China, Zepp-LaRouche emphasized, citizens must demand that their leaders join the new paradigm, represented emphatically by China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The rest of the panel featured significant and exciting speakers, including Janice Kortkamp, a journalist who reported her experience in Syria; Steven Starr, a nuclear weapons expert who gave a glimpse of a theoretical nuclear conflict between the U.S. and Russia, noting that the potential now is even higher than it was in the 1980s; Dennis Speed, a long-time collaborator of Lyndon LaRouche, who recalled the hope and optimism represented by John F. Kennedy’s famous June 1963 American University commencement address, and called upon everyone to consider the true meaning of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, as civil rights minister James Bevel emphasized Americans do, and restore a government in alignment with the principles of natural law, and respect for the dignity of man; José Vega, a young member of the LaRouche movement, spoke about the interventions he and others have led against government officials; and Scott Ritter, who described his role in the INF Treaty that wiped out intermediate nuclear weapons in the 1980s, and insisted on the strategic importance for nuclear disarmament in saving human civilization today. Other speakers also included Larry Sharpe, Nick Brana, Cade Levinson, and Gerald Celente. Many other speakers from various political parties, including the Libertarian Party, Green Party, and People’s Party, praised Diane Sare for helping to break the artificial left-right political matrix, and bringing together voices to form a coalition dedicated to ending the war regime.
Diane Sare concluded the event, urgently calling upon people to resist the tug of primitive habits and instincts, and recognize their short, but meaningful existence as part of the immortality of the entire human species. The United States needs to jump off the insane path of endless bank bailouts and financial speculation, return to a Glass-Steagall based system, and increase the population and its energy consumption from generation to generation. She also evoked the unjust imprisonment of Lyndon LaRouche, showing a short video of LaRouche’s attorney Odin Anderson’s 1995 testimony before an independent panel convened to expose Justice Department misconduct in the LaRouche and other cases. LaRouche’s discoveries in the field of physical economy, along with creative genius as being the spark to a sound, healthy economy, must be studied and implemented, Sare said.
A recording of the event will soon be made available, and transcripts of the remarks by Sare, Zepp-LaRouche, and Ritter have been prepared.