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The Most Important Moment in
Your Lives to Date!

by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

February 8, 2004

It will be approximately two o'clock in the afternoon, U.S.A. Eastern Standard Time on Feb. 14, when many people from around the world will see, or hear a broadcast of my delivery of the most important political address to have been given anywhere in the world, by anyone, in more than a century to date. That debate will describe a presently oncoming turning-point in world history, a turning-point to be reached, in fact, between the period of the Democratic nominating convention, in Boston, Massachusetts this summer, and the election of the next President of the U.S.A. a few months later. The content and occasion of that address will prove to be, whether that audience now agrees, or not, the most important moment of the lives of every person living today.

I outlined the principal topic of that debate to a select group of leading figures of my association at a meeting held this past Saturday. The background to the crucial features of that topic is outlined as follows.

A Ship of Fools

I preface that report with a relevant warning against the folly of certain leading Democrats.

During a recent turn among some leading circles of the U.S. Democratic Party and others, some degree of agreement was made in response to the same set of facts referenced in a published report by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, on the economic situation of the U.S.A. in the period immediately ahead. Circles of the Democratic Party associated with Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) were prompted by this report to abandon their indifference to the outcome of the 2004 Presidential election, and to move for defeat of the incumbent President's re-election on the ground that that Administration is incapable, morally and intellectually, of facing the reality of the onrushing general financial collapse of the present world monetary-financial system.

These facts about the internal deliberations within leading U.S. Democratic Party circles are, already, also well known in some leading, concerned circles in Europe. Attempted denial of my report of these facts by those leading Democratic Party circles, would therefore not succeed in deceiving anyone of relevance in leading circles outside the United States itself. The shame of those Democrats is naked for all the world to see.

Obviously, the facts of the situation, as indicated by Rubin, required that the Democratic Party's already ongoing, corrupt and immoral efforts to blacklist my candidacy, must be shoved aside by any sane leading Democrats.

However, at the strong urging of some such leaders, that proposal was rejected by some few, and the rejection supported more or less reluctantly, by other leading figures of that coalition. Whatever the motives or personal pettiness which may have contributed to the demand that I be excluded, the fact of the matter is that that exclusion could lead to, not only the party's loss of the 2004 general election, but the early disintegration of the U.S.A. caused by the lack of a Presidency qualified even to understand the nature of the onrushing crisis. It would not be the first time that the pettiness of a few leading individuals had brought a powerful nation to Classical tragic doom wrought by such a ship of fools.

Of such fools as those who blocked my active inclusion in the electoral process in that way, Shakespeare's Cassius spoke on the subject of plotters' opposition to Julius Caesar:

"Why, man, he doth bestride the narrow world
Like a Colossus; and we petty men
Walk under his huge legs, and peep about
To find ourselves dishonourable graves.
Men at some time are masters of their fates;
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings...."

Such was the contemptible pettiness of those who moved for my exclusion on those recent occasions.

However, whatever the personal pettiness involved in perpetrating that folly of my exclusion, the moral failure of those circles had a much deeper, historic root than any of the personal pettinesses expressed in that decision. The root of the matter is the interests associated with the presently doomed international banking system. This latter fact is already known in leading circles outside the United States, most notably leading circles in Europe itself. The petty motives for my exclusion bring contempt upon those responsible for that; the deeper motives, tied to the motives of the frantic, imperilled banking interests, evoke fear and trembling at the thought of the future of all mankind inperilled by aid of the Lilliputian pettiness of the personal gut-reaction against me.

Meanwhile, most of the ordinary citizens are dwelling in a nightmare, creating a spectacle like squirrels scampering among the sands of the Sahara, gathering nuts where they may. You think their behavior senseless? For them, a bad dream were better than the dreadful reality against which even bad recurring dreams seem a place of refuge.

A Cycle of Doom: 1763-2004

The world is now approaching the final collapse of a cycle of world-history, which began with that 1763 Treaty of Paris from which Lord Shelburne's British East India Company emerged as a world-empire in the image of ancient Rome, and which will end, soon, with the collapse of what had been the continued hegemony of an Anglo-Dutch Liberal form of imperial financier hegemony, up to the imminent general collapse of that entire, centuries-old system.

Since 1763, the only significantly successful challenge to that Anglo-Dutch Liberal system of financier tyranny, has been that defense of the North American English colonies led by Benjamin Franklin, and supported by the leading Classical humanists from throughout Europe. The success of establishment of the U.S. Federal Constitution of 1789, has been the only durable threat to that Anglo-Dutch financier tyranny since that time, to the present date.

More recently, with the aftermath of that 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy which allowed Secretary of Defense McNamara to unleash the waiting U.S. War in Indo-China, the U.S.A. itself has undergone an accelerating degeneration from its earlier characteristic as the world's leading producer-nation, to a piece of contemptible, ruined, "post-industrial" wreckage, subsisting, ever more miserably, as a pleasure-seeking parasite, like ancient imperial Rome, upon the poorest nations of the world. The now inevitably immediate collapse of the U.S.-dominated financial-oligarchical system reigning over nations today, means that either the United States leads in overturning that rotted-out monetary-financial system, or U.S. power pitted in support of that rotted-out system will unleash a chain-reaction collapse of the world economy which would rapidly reduce the world's population-levels toward a point of less than one billion persons.

To understand any issue of importance in any part of the world today, especially within the U.S.A., we must define all leading policies of the U.S.A. now in terms of that cycle, so described, from February 10, 1763, to whenever the outcome of the election is officially determined, prior to January 2005. Only the U.S.A. could do this: If the U.S.A. fails to adopt that leading role which I, uniquely, represent, then the existence of the U.S.A. in any presently recognizable form were soon finished, and the world doomed to go down into the aftermath.

That is, therefore, the only subject worth debating within the context of the present U.S. election-campaign. Unfortunately, it is a subject on which most recent U.S. university graduates are pathetically ignorant. This is a job that will require a dedicated effort.

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