Friday Webcast

December 1, 2017

Join us at 2:00 pm eastern for our weekly Friday webcast, with your host, Matthew Ogden.

TRANSCRIPT

MATTHEW OGDEN:  Good evening.  It's December 1, 2017.  My name is Matthew Ogden, and you're joining us for our Friday evening strategic webcast here from larouchepac.com.

We've got a lot to go over tonight, because we really are witnessing the inauguration of a completely new era on this planet.  What we've now witnessed, especially over the last week, since the conclusion of the extraordinarily historic Schiller Institute conference that took place near Frankfurt, Germany last weekend, we are now seeing the fact that the New Silk Road dynamic — this dynamic of great projects and "win-win" cooperation which has been initiated by China — this New Silk Road dynamic is now the dominant and truly irresistible dynamic on this planet.  This is something which is completely reshaping the policies of every nation on this planet.  And the center of gravity has indeed shifted away from the old paradigm which we've witnessed in the trans-Atlantic system to this New Paradigm which has now firmly taken hold because of the initiatives that have been taken by China most of all.

So, what I would like to do is just start off by playing a video compilation of a short excerpt from Helga Zepp-LaRouche's extraordinary keynote address which she delivered at this conference which was sponsored by the Schiller Institute near Frankfurt, Germany last weekend.  The title of the conference was "Fulfilling the Dream of Mankind", and the title of Helga Zepp-LaRouche's keynote address was "The New Silk Road; The New Model for International Relations".  So, here's a short excerpt from Helga LaRouche's address:

HELGA ZEPP-LAROUCHE [video]:  So, let me start with an idea of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.  He said that we are actually living in the best of all possible worlds.  This is a very fundamental ontological conception.  It's the idea that we are living in a developing universe; that what makes the universe the best of all possible ones is its tremendous potential for development.  It is in such a way created, that every great evil challenges an even greater good to come into being.  I think when we are talking about the New Silk Road and the tremendous changes which have occurred in the world, especially in the last four years, it is actually exactly that principle working.  Because it was the absolute manifest lack of development of the old world order which caused the impulse of China and the spirit of the New Silk Road having caught on that now many nations of the world are absolutely determined to have a development giving a better life to all of their people.

Now, I think that the New Silk Road is a typical example of an idea whose time had come; and once an idea is in that way becoming a material reality, it becomes a physical force in the universe.

Now the Chinese Ambassador to Washington, Cui Tiankai, recently made the point that there were 16 times in world history when a rising country would surpass the dominant country up to that point.  In twelve cases it led to a war, and in four cases the rising country just peacefully took over.  He said that China wants neither, but we want to have a completely different system of a "win-win" relationship of equality and respect for each other.

Obviously, the most important question strategically, if you think about it, is that we can avoid the so-called Thucydides trap.  That was the rivalry between Athens and Sparta in the 5th Century BC, which led to the Peloponnesian War and the demise of ancient Greece.  If this were to occur today between the United States and China in the age of thermonuclear weapons, I think nobody in their right mind could wish that; and therefore, we should all be extremely happy that Trump and Xi Jinping have developed this very important relationship.  I stuck my neck out in the United States in February of this year, by saying if President Trump manages to get a good relationship between the United States and China, and the United States and Russia, he will go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents of the United States.  Naturally, everybody was completely freaked out because that is not the picture people are supposed to have about Trump.  But I think if you look at what is happening, you will see that Trump is on a very good way to accomplish exactly that.

So, he came back from this Asia trip with $253 billion worth of deals with China.  I watched the press conference of the Governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, where he said that now, because of China, there is hope in West Virginia.  West Virginia is a totally depressed state; they have unemployment and a drug epidemic.  But he said now we can have value-added production, we will have a bright future.  So, the spirit of the New Silk Road has even caught on in West Virginia.  Obviously the United States has an enormous demand for infrastructure, especially now after the destruction of all these hurricanes; which just to restore what has been destroyed requires $200 billion, not even talking about disaster prevention.  So, this is all on a good way that China will invest in the infrastructure in the United States, and vice versa; US firms will cooperate in projects of the Belt and Road Initiative.

So, just think about it, because almost everything I'm saying goes against everything you hear in the Western media. But think:  From who comes the motion for peace and development? Is it coming from those who attack Putin, Xi, and Trump?  And those who side with Obama?  It's obviously time for people to rethink how the Western viewpoint is on all of these matters.  Or change the glasses which they have to look at the world.

OGDEN:  So, as you heard from Helga Zepp-LaRouche, that was just a short excerpt from her speech, but she said we have to change the glasses through which we look at the world.  That's what she did really with the entirety of her keynote address; which was an hour long.  It is available on the newparadigm.schillerinstitute.org website right now; but she really did change the glasses through which people should see the world.  Both by reviewing what the strategic breakthroughs have been in terms of the New Silk Road dynamic which has been sweeping the planet and supplanting this outmoded and failed geopolitical world order which has brought the world really to the edge of what she said; this Thucydides trap and the danger of thermonuclear war.  But she also did some very extraordinary; she took the audience back through the history of the relationship between the Confucianism of China and the Leibnizian philosophy of Europe.  This was the best of European culture, and really the consolidation of the Renaissance culture of Europe.  What Gottfried Leibniz was able to do in his time, recognizing the failures of European culture due to the kinds of rivalries between these warring empires and what had really turned into a corruption and a rot at the core of the European system at that time.  He said the future can be secured if we recognize the best of European culture — the Christianity and the heritage of the Greek philosophy which built European culture; but put this together with the aspects of Chinese Confucianism which are in fact harmonious with the best of the ideas of European philosophy.  He pointed out that the idea of an understanding of the pre-established harmony between man's creative mind and the created universe, is something which indeed is recognized in Leibnizian European philosophy; but is also at the core of Confucian philosophy.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche said that in a very real way, Xi Jinping has reflected a profound understanding of this kind of harmonious relationship between man and the created world, and also between the nations of this planet, and has given it a substance; actualized this idea through the form of the New Silk Road.  She also reviewed the history of her husband's — Lyndon LaRouche's — role in creating the basis of the ideas that are now taking their form in this New Paradigm of development coming out of China and the Belt and Road Initiative.  She traced it all the way back to a paper that Lyndon LaRouche had written in the 1970s about the development of Africa, and the fact that his ideas — which were at the core of that vision — are now what are actually taking place in Africa and other nations that are being touched by the Belt and Road Initiative.  Again, this is an extraordinary keynote address, and we would encourage you to watch the speech in its entirety.

But after Helga LaRouche's keynote, the conference — which was a two-day conference — unfolded; and it was a series of extraordinary panel after extraordinary panel.  The first panel was titled "The Earth's Next Fifty Years"; obviously taking that from the title of a wonderful book that was published by Lyndon LaRouche over a decade ago.  But this panel began with a keynote by Professor He Wenping, who's the Director of African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing.  The speech was "President Xi's Perspective for the Year 2050 and the Perspective of African Development".  That was followed by the former Transport Minister of Egypt, who gave a speech called "Integration of Egypt's Transportation Plans 2030 with the New Silk Road Project".  Then, there was a statement from George Lombardi, who is the former social media consultant to President Donald Trump; and his speech was titled "The Trump Administration: Impending Economic Policies and Media Discord". Then that panel concluded with a speech by Marco Zanni, who is a member of the European Parliament from Italy.  His speech was titled "A Future for Europe After the Euro".

Panel I was followed by Panel II, which was the second panel of the first day, which was titled "The Need for Europe To Cooperate with China in the Industrialization of Africa and the Middle East; Transaqua as the Rosetta Stone of the Continent's Transformation".  This began with an extensive speech by Hussein Askary, who is the Southwest Asia coordinator for the Schiller Institute.  This was on "Extending the Silk Road into Southwest Asia and Africa; A Vision of an Economic Renaissance".  The bulk of this is also actually included in a new Special Report that is just been published by the Schiller Institute, that was jointly written by Hussein Askary and Jason Ross.  He was followed by the Foreign Director of the Bonifaca S.p.A., Italy company; which is actually involved with China in building this Transaqua project. It's called the Italy-China Alliance for Transaqua.  Then, the General Consul to Frankfurt from Ethiopia spoke — Mehreteab Mulugeta Haile.  The title of his speech was "The Need for Europe to Cooperate with China in the Industrialization of Africa". Then that panel concluded with a speech by the Executive Manager of Pyramids International called "Egypt's 2030 Mega Projects: Investment Opportunities for Intermodal and Multimodal Connectivity".

The third panel took place on the second day of the conference, and that panel was titled "Europe As the Continent of Poets, Thinkers, and Inventors  An Optimistic Vision for the Future of Europe".  It was keynoted by Jacques Cheminade, who's the former Presidential candidate in France.  His speech was titled "What Europe Should Contribute to the New World Paradigm". Then, Dr. Natalia Vitrenko, who's the chairwoman of the Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, gave a speech — "China's Initiative from the Doom of Self-Destruction, to Presperity and Progress; A View from Ukraine".  Then, a speech from a representative from Serbia; an author and journalist named Dr. Jasminka Simic.  Her speech was titled "One Belt, One Road — An Opportunity for Development in the Western Balkans".  Then that panel concluded with a speech from Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Professor Mariana Tian — "Bulgaria's Contribution to the Belt and Road Initiative".

There were also two other speeches; the chair of the Anglo-Hellenic and Cypriot Law Association, and the founding Director of the China Africa Advisory.

Then the concluding panel of the entire conference, Panel IV; "The System We Live in Is Not Earthbound — Future Technologies and Scientific Breakthroughs".  This was keynoted by Jason Ross, scientific advisor to the Schiller Institute.  His speech was titled "The Scientific Method of LaRouche".  He was followed by Prof. Dr. Helmut Alt, from the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen; who gave a speech — "Energy Transition; From Bad to Worse".  Then that concluded with Dr. Wentao Guo, from Switzerland — "Current Situation of High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors in China".

Then there was an extensive Q&A period after that, in which there was very important input from the audience.  The attendees at this event — which you could see just from the speaker's list alone — represented countries from Western Eurasia, from Central Europe, from Africa, from the United States, from Western Europe, from Scandinavia, from really literally all over the world.  This was an extraordinary conference.

There was a resolution that was adopted at the concluding of the conference that I'd like to put on the screen here [Fig. 1]. The resolution is taking a note from what China has committed itself to — eliminating poverty by the year 2020 in China.  So, this is the resolution adopted by the Schiller Institute conference in Bad Soden, Germany:

"At this conference, with the title 'Fulfilling the Dream of Mankind,' we discussed the incredible transformation of the world catalyzed by the Chinese initiative of the New Silk Road. The Belt and Road Initiative, which is creating optimism in Asia, Africa, Latin America, more and more states in Europe, and after the state visit of President Trump in China, in several states within the United States.

"The Belt and Road Initiative has the concrete perspective on how poverty and underdevelopment can be overcome through investment in infrastructure, industry and agriculture, based on scientific and technological progress. The Chinese government which uplifted 700 million out of poverty in the last 30 years, has now proclaimed the goal to lift the remaining 42 million people living in poverty out of their condition, and create a decent living standard for the entire Chinese population by the year 2020.

"Within the European Union, there are living approximately 120 million people below the poverty line, according to our own criteria characterizing the costs of life. Given the fact that Europe is still an economic powerhouse, there is no plausible reason why Europe cannot uplift these 120 million people out of poverty by the year 2020, as well. The best way to accomplish this, is for the EU, all European nations to accept the offer by China to cooperate with China in the Belt and Road Initiative on a 'win-win' basis.

"We, the participants of the Schiller Institute conference, call on all elected officials to join this appeal to the European governments. Should we in Europe not be proud enough to say, if the Chinese can do this, we can do it, too?"

As you can see here, newparadigm.schillerinstitute.com, that is the location of the proceedings of this conference which will be published as they're prepared; but also, that resolution that I just read to you, is available on that website —newparadigm.schillerinstitute.com — and it's collecting signatures.  It's something that you can add your name to and you can circulate that.  Obviously, it applies not only to Europe, but applies to the United States as well; this goal of eliminating poverty by building infrastructure and high technology projects to increase the living standards and the productivity of our populations; as China is doing through the Belt and Road Initiative.  This is what can be accomplished in the United States.  We'll review a little bit of that.

I do want to note that Helga Zepp-LaRouche made a special notice of the statement by West Virginia Governor Jim Justice after he secured $87 billion in joint investment into the state of West Virginia; which is greater than the entire GDP of that state.  This accomplishment is really the spirit of the New Silk Road, which is now sweeping through the world and has even taken hold in our very own state of West Virginia here in the United States.

Now, let's look at the extraordinary rate of developments that have occurred since this conference happened in Frankfurt, Germany last weekend.  This is part of putting on those new glasses that Helga LaRouche talked about in order to see the world as it really is; not to see the world through the kind of spin and propaganda that you're inundated with on a daily basis by the media.  If you were following the media, you would think that the only issue on the table are the series of sex scandals that are coming out from celebrities and news anchors and so forth and so on.  And you would miss the fact that we are literally living in the absolute epicenter right now in history of a total paradigm shift in the history of mankind.

So, let's look at this extraordinary rate of developments. This conference, obviously, in Europe — the Schiller Institute conference — took place right on the heels of President Trump's extraordinarily successful trip to Asia; where he had his state visit-plus visit with President Xi Jinping in China.  And the $250 billion worth of deals that were signed there for joint investments, the fact that President Xi Jinping put directly on the table the idea of the United States and US businesses collaborating with the Belt and Road Initiative, and the fact that President Xi Jinping and President Trump solidified a very close personal relationship and really ushered in a new era of US-China collaboration.  After that, just during the course of the last five days, you've seen what was just mentioned there in the resolution from the Frankfurt conference; that nations of Europe are now beginning to reach out and reciprocate the hand of friendship that's coming from China to participate in the Belt and Road Initiative.

This is taking place most significantly in the more impoverished countries of Eastern and Central Europe.  We have the just-concluded 16+1 talks, which occurred in Budapest, Hungary.  This is the meeting of the so-called CEEC, or the Central and Eastern European Countries — those are the 16; and then the +1 is China.  So, this is the 16+1, the Central and Eastern European Countries plus China.  What was discussed at this conference was the further coordination between these countries of Eastern Europe and the Chinese, especially on the idea of the Belt and Road Initiative; the New Eurasian Land-Bridge as it was termed by Helga and Lyndon LaRouche back in the 1980s.  The core feature of that proposal back in the end of the 1980s, which gave birth to this idea of the Eurasian Land-Bridge, was the idea of taking these Eastern European countries — what had been formerly part of the Soviet Union or the Soviet space — and taking what was an under-developed area of Europe and developing it through bridging Western Europe with Russia and then beyond through these kinds of transportation corridors and high technology development grids.  That's exactly what China was discussing with these countries in Eastern Europe during the 16+1 conference.  These are mainly countries such as Hungary, Serbia, Poland, which really this is their conception of themselves; they serve as Europe's front door onto the New Silk Road.  As the New Silk Road comes westward across Eurasia, the front door to Europe are these Eastern European countries.  They have gone from being on the margins of Europe with under-development and poverty and prolonged unemployment and these other crises, they've gone from being on the margins to being at the very center of this new dynamic which is sweeping from the East.

This is referred to in Hungary as their "eastward opening"; that Hungary's future is to orient towards this new era of development which is coming from Eurasia, rather than orienting towards the collapsing system of Western Europe and the failed EU.  Zhang Ming, who's China's ambassador to the European Union, published an article that was published immediately prior to the 16+1 meeting on November 27th, in which he emphasized the central role of the Belt and Road Initiative in China's policy towards Europe.  He said, "As China and Europe work together to synergize the Belt and Road Initiative, the 16 CEEC countries will play a more prominent role as a hub which connects Asia and Europe. Faster development in CEEC countries contributes to a more balanced development across Europe and European integration." So, in other words, the faster development of these impoverished countries in Central and Eastern Europe will be a "win-win" for everybody involved.  He used these words, that these countries will serve a "prominent role as a hub which connects Asia and Europe."

Then as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban stated a few weeks ago — and he was the host of this meeting in Budapest, Hungary obviously — but this was a statement that he made back in October.  This is absolutely to the point of what we're discussing on this webcast today; this idea that the Belt and Road Initiative is now the irresistible and dominant dynamic on this planet.  This is a quote from Prime Minister Orban:  "The world's center of gravity is shifting from West to East.  While there is still some denial of this in the Western world, that denial does not seem to be reasonable.  We see the world economy's center of gravity shifting from the Atlantic region to the Pacific region.  This is not my opinion, this is a fact."

Now incidentally, that quote, that statement by Prime Minister Orban, is exactly the point that Lyndon LaRouche made in this book; this very prescient book that he published over a decade ago called Earth's Next Fifty Years; The Coming Eurasian World.  In that book, Mr. LaRouche said the dominant dynamic of the world is going to be the rising countries of Asia; these are where the most concentrations of population are, this is the fastest rates of growth.  And this is where the world's center of gravity is shifting economically; the coming Eurasian world, or the Pacific-centered world.  So, this is a direct echo of exactly what Lyndon LaRouche said way back when before any of this economic miracle took place.  But Mr. LaRouche was very prescient on that fact.

Now, while a number of leading European press outlets have been doing exactly what Viktor Orban said — denying this fact; trying to deny this inevitable fact that the center of gravity has shifted from West to East.  You had, for example, the Financial Times ran an extensive article headlined "Brussels Rattled As China Reaches Out to Eastern Europe"; obviously just hysterical that these Eastern European countries are now oriented towards the Belt and Road Initiative.  Despite that fact, there are some leading circles in Europe who are, indeed, recognizing that Europe's future lies in joining this New Paradigm. Obviously, that could be seen from this extensive speaker's list at the Schiller Institute conference in Frankfurt; but there was another very significant conference that occurred just a few days later this week in Paris.  This was the first annual Paris Forum on the Belt and Road Initiative; so it's going to take place very year.  This is the first annual event.  It was co-organized by the Chinese embassy and the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs — IRIS is their acronym.  This is the third largest think tank in Paris.  The founding director is Pascal Boniface, who is very positive in terms of his attitude towards this idea of France and Europe as a whole joining with the Belt and Road Initiative.  There were some 400 people in participation at this very important event.  There were think tanks, there were civil servants, people from the French government, there were heads of different French companies — CEOs — retired military, there were cultural figures, and there were media who attended.  Among them, the forum was addressed by the Chinese Ambassador to France, Zhai Jun.  He put directly on the table, France, Europe should join this new emerging paradigm, this Belt and Road Initiative.  This goes directly along with the attendance by Raffarin, the former Prime Minister of France to the Belt and Road Forum that occurred this past Spring in Beijing.  There have been other prominent figures inside France who have done exactly what these people have done at this very significant event, and said "Look, this is the future of the world economy.  The center of gravity has shifted, and we better get on board."  This was also the subject, by the way, of Jacques Cheminade's speech at the Schiller Institute conference; and this is something that he's been in extensive conversation with, with numerous leading figures inside France as part of his Presidential campaign.  He even met with the former President of France, Francois Hollande, while he was President at the Elysée Palace and discussed exactly this idea.

So, as you can see, the movers and shakers behind this, the ideas which are driving history, are really the leaders and the collaborators of the LaRouche Movement worldwide.

Let me shift focus now.  We're continuing to catalog the extraordinary rate of developments that have occurred just over the last five days since this extraordinary conference in Frankfurt.  Let's shift focus now to Latin America.  We had the 11th China-Latin America-Caribbean Business Summit, which happened in Uruguay; actually it's still happening.  It started yesterday, and it's going through this Sunday, so it's a four-day conference.  This was to discuss the idea of how Western Hemisphere countries, especially countries in South and Central America, can participate in China's One Belt, One Road Initiative.  Whereas this is the 11th annual conference between the Central and South American countries and China, this was by far the largest of these conferences to have taken place.  There were over 2500 people in attendance, which included high-level businessmen, government officials, and policymakers from all over Latin America.  One of the plenary sessions which took place at this conference was titled, "A New Vision of Collaboration Among China, Latin America, and the Caribbean in the Framework of the One Belt, One Road Strategy".  So, that's explicit; this is the idea of Latin American joining the New Silk Road.

Just because we're discussing Latin America, there was a wonderful sentiment which was voiced by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.  This was a speech that she gave on November 23rd at the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Confucius Institute in Chile.  She said, "The world is orienting more than ever towards China and the Pacific Basin. Therefore, we know very well that our relationship with China and the Asia-Pacific in particular, is crucial for us to fulfill our destiny."  She said, "Chile's relationship with China goes well beyond trade ties.  It is one of our primary political partners on the path to opening integration and cooperation for progress." Then Michelle Bachelet said after she retires as the President of Chile, she intends to study the Chinese language in depth.  So, that's a commitment that perhaps all heads of state should make, as we recognize that the center of gravity of the world's strategic and economic reality is shifting towards China.  We did see that from President Trump's granddaughter, Arabella Kushner — that's Ivanka's daughter — where she recorded the song in Mandarin Chinese.  A video of her singing a song in Mandarin Chinese, and sent that as a goodwill offering to President Xi Jinping in China.

And one more item I should just note.  This is a yet-unconfirmed report, but it's very credible, that Japan — now we've shifted from Europe to Central and South America, and now we're in the Asia Pacific.  Japan is actively considering joint projects with Chinese companies on building the One Belt, One Road.  This is hugely significant, judging by the historic conflicts between Japan and China, which have been played on by these Western geopoliticians for decades; to try to keep these two extraordinarily significant countries from collaborating.  If Japan and China collaborate on the Belt and Road Initiative, this is a dynamic which is absolutely unstoppable.  There was an article in a Japanese paper titled "Government To Help Japan, China Firms in Belt and Road".  It reports that the Abe government is considering supporting companies to carry out joint projects with Chinese companies along the Belt and Road.  I think underscoring this fact, as I stated in the beginning of today's broadcast, that the Belt and Road is an absolutely unstoppable and irresistible dynamic; which has now become dominant and is something which cannot be ignored.  Underscoring that fact that, indeed, this New Silk Road is the dominant irresistible dynamic on this planet, here's a statement from the Global Times which is absolutely to the point.  It says "Generally speaking, Japan's economy has been always greatly dependent on overseas markets. So, for the sustainable development of its economy, Japan needs access to the business opportunities offered by the vast infrastructure projects along the Belt and Road route."

So, this is the sentiment that's being expressed by everybody.  We go from the hosts of this first annual conference on the Belt and Road Initiative in Paris.  Look at what Viktor Orban said at the 16+1 conference in Budapest, Hungary.  Look at what Michelle Bachelet said in Chile at the Confucius Institute. Look at the statements that were made at this Central and South American-China Business Forum.  Look at what's now being said in Japan.  Look at the statements that were made at the Schiller Institute conference in Frankfurt.  And look at what was done by President Trump during his trip to China, and the summit that he had with President Xi Jinping.  Everything is being shaped by this initiative, by the New Silk Road; by this initiative which is coming out of China for "win-win" mutually beneficial cooperation on great project development for the entire planet. This is the dominant of the future.

As Helga Zepp-LaRouche said, you need to put on the new set of glasses to be able to see reality as it really is; not through the skewed mirrors and the propaganda which is coming out of the Western media.  I think that perhaps the best statement, and the most candid statement of all — of all of these statements about the reality of this future dynamic — and why the United States and Europe and South America and Asia need to jump on board with the New Silk Road, need to join with this new dynamic and catch this spirit of the New Silk Road; probably the best and most candid of those statements came out of Governor Jim Justice from West Virginia during his press conference that he gave there at the state capital, announcing this extraordinary $87 billion deal between China and the state of West Virginia.  Here's what Governor Jim Justice had to say:

GOVERNOR JIM JUSTICE [video]:  And I would say to all of you all that may be doubters that this could become a reality, "Don't get on the wrong side of it."  Because, really and truly, it's a comin'.  It's a comin'."

OGDEN:  "It's a comin'."  I would say to all the doubters, "this could become a reality, 'Don't get on the wrong side of it.'  Because  it's a comin'," he said.  "It's a comin'."   So, that was actually from the conclusion of a really wonderful and important video that was just put on the LaRouche PAC website this week, all about West Virginia.  West Virginia, which as Helga LaRouche said, is known across the country right now as the epicenter of poverty, unemployment, drug epidemic overdoses, and just general backward economic conditions.  West Virginia could now become the cutting edge and the economic driver of the entire Appalachian region here in the United States because of this "win-win" investment that came from China.  So, I would encourage you to watch that video in full on the LaRouche PAC website.

But let me just say, this is an extraordinary rate of development of events that have occurred over the past five days. I think that anybody who is looking at the reality soberly and with clarity will see that, indeed, the efforts of the LaRouche Movement over the past several years to put this question on the table; to put this idea of a New Paradigm of economic cooperation and "win-win" development, this New Silk Road — this Eurasian Land-Bridge, this World Land-Bridge idea.  Put that on the table and to shape all of the discussions that are occurring at the highest levels of policymaking worldwide around that idea.  I think that truly is becoming the dominant dynamic, and it's a testament to the fact that a small handful of people with very powerful ideas, can indeed be very successful in shaping the course of world history.

Now, I would say that what Helga LaRouche began, those remarks that I played at the beginning of the show; this idea of the greatest, the best of all possible worlds — what Gottfried Leibniz had to say.  This is an understanding of how the universe corresponds to the creative will of mankind.  That there is a principle of good that is behind the creation, the creation of the universe; and that principle of good corresponds with the creative nature of mankind.  And when mankind acts on that creative quality, and acts for the benefit of the greatest number of possible people, the greatest possible General Welfare; acts on the basis of this principle of good, that the universe corresponds and, indeed, responds.  Because of this harmony, this pre-established harmony which Leibniz discussed.  That was at the core of his understanding of the best of all possible worlds.

So, with that axiomatic understanding of the philosophical nature of what this effort is all about — to bring about a New Paradigm of human relations on this planet — let's conclude with the concluding quote from Helga Zepp-LaRouche during her keynote at that Schiller Institute conference in Germany.  Helga Zepp-LaRouche said the following:  "If we  revive the Classical culture of all nations, and enter a beautiful dialogue among them, mankind will experience a new renaissance and unleash an enormous creativity of the human species like never before.

"So, it is very good to live at this moment in history and contribute to make the world a better place.  And it can be done, because the New Paradigm corresponds to the lawfulness of the physical universe in science, Classical art, and these principles.  What will be asserted is the identity of the human species as the creative species in the universe."

So, as Helga Zepp-LaRouche said, it is very good to live at this moment, and to contribute to this New Paradigm which is now emerging on this planet, and to contribute to the good of mankind.

So, thank you very much for joining us here today.  We strongly encourage you to not only watch Helga Zepp-LaRouche's keynote address in its entirety, but to stay tuned to that Schiller Institute channel as all of these panels, all of these videos, all of these presentations are produced and put up on the website for you to watch in their entirety.  So, thank you for joining in, and let's continue to spread the spirit of the New Silk Road.  Thank you and good night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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