EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 3 , 2023
Principles, Not Principalities and Powers
May 2, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—There is an important, essential conception that Helga Zepp-LaRouche and Jacques Cheminade have presented in recent discussion and presentation. Referring to the 2024 Presidential election in the United States, Helga Zepp-LaRouche said,
“This election campaign will take place in these two years of the biggest danger of history, ever. And I think that this is why we should really conceptualize this in a different way, and warn people against the danger of polarization, and the need to have the kind of national unity, instead; and not only national unity, but to try to move toward an international approach, to solve the existential crisis.”
Cheminade, in an April 26 editorial called “War and Peace,” (in French) states:
“One single question dominates all others: Do we want to stop the race toward a world war? The clock is seconds from midnight. The slightest misjudgment or absurd provocation would suffice to trigger the unthinkable.... For this reason, the upcoming elections in 2024, in Europe as well as in the United States, should be focussed first and foremost on nuclear disarmament and arms control of all offensive weapons.... But much more has to be done. In order to take down the financial system of the top oligarchy, which needs war in order to survive, we have to change the rules of the game.”
The domination of the minds of the once-intelligent trans-Atlantic elite with “game theory” applied to warfare, and systems analysis applied to finance and economy, must be overturned, or humanity will not survive. Those that believe that there is no essential difference between the human mind and a computer are unable to think creatively, that is, humanly, outside of geopolitics, to stop the present “axiomatic” slide into a thermonuclear World War Three.
For example, those uncertain about the nature and science of the human mind are impotently warning about the danger of the applications of “artificial intelligence” now being deployed by such as the Palantir Corporation in the battlefield in Ukraine, and in future operations. “Palantir showcased how its software could be used by the military in modern warfare scenarios. An operator could use a ChatGPT-style chatbot to order drone reconnaissance, generate attack plans, and coordinate the jamming of enemy communications,” reported the April 27 Metaverse Post. The “launch of Palantir’s AIP is sure to raise questions about the ethical implications of Palantir’s involvement in military operations.”
The problem, of course, is the mind and bias of the programmers. What is their conception of war? In 2003, as the Second Iraq War, a “preventive war” of aggression of the type that was declared a “crime against humanity” at Nuremberg, was about to be enacted, Lyndon LaRouche declared it to be of the highest strategic importance to denounce “political philosopher” Leo Strauss (1899-1973) and his conceptions of law and humanity. Various members of Bush 43’s cabinet, and more importantly, the profile of the entire Bush team, conformed to the “beast-man” conception of humanity held, not only by Strauss, but by Palantir founder and Strauss follower Peter Thiel, as stated by Thiel in his 2004 lecture, “The Straussian Moment.”
In a letter to Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), nicknamed “Crown Jurist of the Third Reich,” in September 1932, Strauss said: “The ultimate foundation of right is the principle of the natural evil of man. Because man is by nature evil, he therefore needs dominion. But dominion can be established—that is, men can be unified—only in unity against other men.” For Peter Thiel, September 11, 2001, was “the Straussian moment,” because it “called into question ... the entire political and military framework of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and indeed of the modern age.” Actually, the trans-Atlantic world was placed on a perpetual war footing by the Cheney-Bush White House, and by London’s Tony Blair and his “Responsibility To Protect” doctrine, reversing the 1644-48 Treaty of Westphalia. A modern Ermächtigungsgesetz, like the Enabling Act of March 1933 which gave Hitler supreme emergency power, was enacted, called the Patriot Act. While the emergency that this ostensibly triggered has long past, the Patriot Act, officially termed the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001, remains in force.
Is this the conception of warfare that informs and motivates Palantir’s collaboration with Ukraine today? Consider, in this context, the designation of Vladimir Putin as a war criminal by the International Criminal Court and the declaration by the European Parliament in November of last year that Russia is a state sponsor of terrorism.
The financial practices of the Anglosphere betray the same Straussian worldview. As Pam and Russ Martens put it yesterday in Wall Street on Parade, commenting on the May 1 “acquisition” of First Republic Bank by JPMorgan Chase: “On Wall Street, the business model is you eat what you kill. Jamie Dimon and the bank he helms, JPMorgan Chase, just devoured First Republic Bank after Dimon had orchestrated the worst ‘rescue’ of First Republic in the history of banking rescues.... JPMorgan Chase’s history of gobbling up competitors is both stunning and an indictment of federal banking regulators.”
Even more stunning may be Jamie Dimon’s expected deposition later this month in the Jeffrey Epstein trial, “the gift that keeps on giving.” Financial Times of London has reported, “The lawsuits claim JPMorgan, which banked Epstein for 15 years from 1998 to 2013, benefited from human trafficking and ignored several internal warnings about its client’s illegal behavior. The lender has described the claims as meritless.” Will JPMorgan and its CEO be eaten by a predator by another name?
The existential crisis—financial, strategic, and moral—that Helga Zepp-LaRouche alluded to, is indeed one that requires a completely new leadership to emerge not from the “elites,” but from the very citizenry of the trans-Atlantic nations. That citizenry must not fall below the level of history. The mission requires that the universal spirit of the American Declaration of Independence, as that spirit was re-cast in the Schiller Institute’s Nov. 24, 1984 Declaration of the Inalienable Rights of Man, be that which informs the intervention into the present—“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends [of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,] it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government”—based on the principles such as those discussed in the Ten Principles for a New International Strategic and Development Architecture document.