25th Anniversary: Fall of the Berlin Wall

November 9, 2014

On November 9, 2014, the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a world-historic moment of revolutionary proportions. However significant those dramatic events of twenty-five years ago may have been, they merely serve as prelude to the far greater revolutionary moment that the world now finds itself in. Today, not only do we see the imminent collapse of the bankrupt and decaying western system, but in the other half of the world, we see a new international order now beginning to emerge — two converging realities both of which were forecast and directly shaped over decades by Lyndon and Helga LaRouche.

In the years leading up to the events of 1989, both Lyndon and Helga LaRouche had warned that unless a radical change in economic policy was adopted by both the Soviet and the western governments, not only would the Soviet system collapse in a matter of years, but the economic and political disintegration of the Western system would not be far behind.

The world has now entered into what most agree is the end of an era... The time has come for early steps toward the reunification of Germany, with the obvious prospect that Berlin might resume its role as the capital... Let a process aimed at the reunification of the economies of Germany begin, and let this be the punctum saliens for Western cooperation."– L. LaRouche · Berlin, October 12, 1988

In the beginning of the 1980s, Lyndon LaRouche had proposed what became known as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) as a joint economic science driver between the United States and the Soviet Union to develop new, space-based missile defense technologies between the two superpowers, both to put end to the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), while at the same time eliminating the causes of war by initiating the scientific and technological breakthroughs that could transform both nations’ economies, averting the inevitable economic catastrophes both sides were careening towards. The Soviets rejected the offer, and within just over five years, just as LaRouche had warned, the Soviet system crumbled.

Immediately following the fall of the wall, both Helga and Lyndon LaRouche seized on this historic moment and proposed the European Productive Triangle, to link East and West and to fuel a recovery of western Europe by rapidly modernizing the former Soviet territory to the east, salvaging the most productive regions of eastern Europe and jump-starting the economic engine of the west. This proposal was the extension of what LaRouche had proposed during his prescient speech in West Berlin on October 12, 1988 in which he had foreseen the coming reunification of Germany and called for "a kind of Marshall Plan aid to rebuild [the] industry and agriculture" of Eastern Europe. Within a few years, the Productive Triangle was extended to become the Eurasian Land-Bridge, a vast network of development to unite the entire Eurasian continent which was to be the cornerstone of an entirely new strategic and economic order for the planet.

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However, instead of adopting this proposal, instead brutal austerity and the pillage of Russia’s resources ensued. Meanwhile, western Europe, missing its opportunity for a joint, industrial renaissance with the east, tied the euro noose around its neck, opting for the illusion of ‘monetary security,’ thus setting itself on the path toward fulfilling LaRouche’s forecast that the west would soon become the "next shoe to drop."

Today, 25 years later, this forecast has been proven to have been absolutely true. But while the West crumbles, the leading nations of Eurasia are now creating an entirely new economic and strategic order, based directly on the ideas that Lyndon and Helga LaRouche proposed at that time, 25 years ago, as can be seen clearly with the Silk Road Economic Belt of Xi Jinping and the strategic alliance among the three great nations of Russia, China, and India, and the extension of this through the BRICS.

Video remarks by Helga LaRouche for Schiller Institute observance of November 9, 2014 in New York City.

However, the final chapter of this story has yet to be written. Even after two and a half decades, half of the world is still stuck in the Cold War mentality, threatening the outbreak of thermonuclear conflict globally. As President of Russia Vladimir Putin stated at the Valdai International Discussion Club, the new international order of cooperation and development which should have emerged following the fall of the Berlin Wall failed to materialize at that time, thus setting the stage for global war that the world now faces, and the only option now is to finally bring that new order into existence.

"The Cold War ended, but it did not end with the signing of a peace treaty with clear and transparent agreements on respecting existing rules or creating new rules and standards... We are sliding into the times when, instead of the balance of interests and mutual guarantees, it is fear and the balance of mutual destruction that prevent nations from engaging in direct conflict... If we do not create a clear system of mutual commitments and agreements, if we do not build the mechanisms for managing and resolving crisis situations, the symptoms of global anarchy will inevitably grow.

We are well aware that the world has entered an era of changes and global transformations, when we all need a particular degree of caution, the ability to avoid thoughtless steps. Otherwise, hopes for a peaceful, stable development will be a dangerous illusion, while today’s turmoil will simply serve as a prelude to the collapse of world order... Building a more stable world order is a difficult task. We are talking about long and hard work... Our common duty is to resolve this fundamental challenge at this new stage of development."
— Vladimir Putin, Valdai Club · Oct. 24, 2014

Knowing this history today is just as important as it was 25 years ago. And the revolutionary opportunity we have in front of us is even greater.

The incredible story of the collapse of both the Soviet system and the western financial system as seen through the eyes of the man who forecast both, Lyndon LaRouche.