EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR TUESDAY MAY 9 , 2023
There Is No Shortcut: You Have to Change the Whole Picture
May 8, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—The following is slightly edited from Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s opening remarks to a strategic discussion with associates.
I think that the historic moment we are faced with is, on the one side, definitely a repetition of what happened in Germany 80 or 90 years ago, and what Lyndon LaRouche many decades ago, with great foresight, had called “fascism with a democratic face.” It was latent then, and existing then, but now it is coming to the fore with a vengeance, with a power that even someone who is completely historically ignorant and politically blind should see: Namely, that it is the repetition of the Great Depression, the danger of a financial blowout of the system, which the oligarchy is reacting to with Schachtian economics, going for a militarization of the economy in Europe, giving free rein to the military industrial complex in Great Britain and the United States, and actually driving the world to the edge of World War III—and possibly beyond.
All of that is based on a fascist ideology which, again, in one sense is not new. It’s Carl Schmitt, it’s Leo Strauss, it’s Nietzsche, it’s the beast-man image of the oligarchy going back to their conception many, many empires ago. But it adds the skills and the potentials of the advances in technology, including algorithms, including AI, fake intelligence, and the complete manipulation of the population.
So what we are faced with is quite a huge problem. And the problem we have is that many people see aspects of that, they see this side or that side, but they don’t see the full picture. It’s almost like the blind men touching the elephant: one has the tail, the other one has the trunk, and each gives a slightly different description of what they think is the elephant.
There is no shortcut, there is no short way of saying: We just have to go for Glass-Steagall, or we have to do this, or that. We have to get people to understand the whole picture. And I know that many people say that this is impossible, that people are not educated. But I think the only chance we have is to get a sufficient number of people internationally to understand both the historic dimension of what is happening, the economic-financial side of it, the military side, and most importantly, a vision of where this has to go.
That is the gigantic task which we have to accomplish, if there is to be any hope that this can be stopped, a nanosecond before midnight—or hopefully it’s seconds, but it could be much less.
Because what is still hanging over us like a Damocles Sword is that the drone attack on the Kremlin was very likely what Colonel Bosshard had characterized as a probe for a decapitalization strike against Russia and the Russian President; followed by the announcement by the Russians that they will counter that, in ways which they will keep secret and covert, but it will be felt. Now, what that response is going to be, I have no idea: It could be some use of hypersonic missiles, it could be all kinds of things.
But we are in an absolutely, incredibly dangerous moment. And the problem is that the vast majority of people on both sides of the Atlantic are absolutely sleepwalking, and the mass media are involved in the most criminal effort to distract people, to use disinformation to convince people that the world is very different than it actually is.