For an Economic Renaissance of Humanity and the Exoneration of Lyndon LaRouche
Statement of Schiller Institute Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche for International Days of Action Oct. 10-15, 2019
Imagine: the end of the world happens, and nobody comes! Picture teenage climate idol Greta Thunberg, and all the central and investment bankers, hedge funds and speculators, who are euphoric about the alleged certainty that the planet will boil over in 18 months (according to Prince Charles) — while the latter are ecstatic over the astronomical profits they think can be made from “green finances.” But then, nevertheless, the world — despite various climate fluctuations — simply continues to exist!
This variation on the peace movement’s old slogan: “Suppose there’s a war and nobody comes,” is useful to make the point that an ideology only influences reality if the majority of the population believe in it.
There is no climate emergency. The climate data of the past 500 million years show that the Earth’s climate has varied continuously, with a constant alternation between warm and cold periods. (The last of those cold periods only ended in 1850 with the Little Ice Age.) The climate alarmists of today cannot base themselves on scientifically verifiable facts, but use climate models whose predictions have already proved to be exaggerated. The failure of these models underscores the fact that the climate is a highly complex subject, that must urgently be put back on a scientific basis. While anthropogenic activities have a limited effect on the climate, to ignore — as the IPCC does — the profound impact of processes in the Sun and in our galaxy is the height of scientific incompetence!
The demonization of CO₂ and the resulting goal of decarbonizing the world economy are just as rational as burning witches at the stake as a remedy for disease. CO₂ is not a pollutant, but is an indispensable condition for life on earth, and in particular for the flourishing of plants and agriculture as the basis of human existence. The real emergency is the decarbonization of the global economy pushed by the financial sector, which would lead to a collapse of the industrialized countries, the destruction of the developing world, and massive, global population reduction—that is, genocide.
The climate hysteria orchestrated by the financial sector and the mainstream media is the biggest-ever propagandistic manipulation of the population, a manipulation which has worked so effectively that Nazi propaganda master Josef Goebbels would give up his job due to his relative failure. The real issue at stake is quite different: The neo-liberal financial system is absolutely finished. The causes of the 2008 crash, far from having been solved, have instead been compounded through eleven years of quantitative easing and interest rates set at zero, or even below. What is the financial oligarchy’s plan? Central banks, according to a paper recently proposed by BlackRock at the Jackson Hole annual bankers’ meeting, should effect a “regime change” under which the central banks that remain “independent” print large amounts of money and give it directly to governments, which will only spend it according to the rules of the central banks. It’s the same thing in principle that Hitler’s Finance Minister Hjalmar Schacht did to fund the military buildup at the time — but, this time, all the money thus created is to be used to “green” the world economy.
For the majority of people who are trapped in the neoliberal ideology orchestrated by the mainstream media, it is very hard to imagine that the entire axiomatics of this system is wrong. But this ideology involves not only the planned “regime change” by central banks, but also “regime change” against U.S. President Donald Trump, as against Russia and China, seen in the “color revolution” now being fomented in Hong Kong. And it also includes the idea that it is perfectly normal for a small layer of rich people to become ever richer, while the majority grows ever poorer; that Africa should remain underdeveloped forever; that in any case, every human being is a parasite who pollutes the environment; and that the limits of growth have been reached. And let’s not forget the liberal ideas that “anything goes,” and that every opinion is as good as every other.
However, from the standpoint of the laws of the universe and the evolution of humanity that they determine, these axioms are just as wrong as most of the assumptions of the Middle Ages, such as scholasticism, witchcraft, or flagellation.
If we are to get out of the currently escalating crisis, in which everything seems to be spinning out of control, we need to change our entire way of thinking. We need to find a point of reference from which we can reappraise all our assumptions about mankind and the universe we inhabit, and examine their validity. This point of reference is space research and space travel.
Manned space travel is the triumphant proof that Leibniz was correct to argue that we live in the best of all worlds. Of course not in the sense that the cynical Voltaire — in a sense the Sir David Attenborough of his time — attacked the optimistic image of man of Leibniz, but in that it demonstrates that mankind is the only creative species (known so far) that can, through the discovery of ever new principles of the physical universe, create the basis to overcome all bounds.
As Lyndon LaRouche demonstrated in his groundbreaking book There Are No Limits to Growth (PDF) and in his entire life’s work, it is the original discoveries of ever more complex experimentally verifiable principles of the universe, that provide the basis for completely new economic platforms, which can generate the means to sustain better-fed, longer-living and better educated people. In that way, the concept of growth is not that imagined simplistically by fools, such as Malthus, who think in the causal world of a Euclidean arithmetic or geometrical multiplication, but it corresponds to a multiply-connected Riemannian manifold that unfolds to higher orders that cannot be understood in terms of the lower ones. Creative reason, as the most developed element of the universe, creates new singularities that can increase the degree of human effectiveness in the universe beyond all bounds.
The best examples of this are the foreseeable mastery of thermonuclear fusion — in which man imitates the fusion process in the Sun and thereby produces unlimited amounts of energy and raw materials reserves — and the confirmation of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, as was recently done with the verification of gravitational waves, and the imaging of black holes, which are at the center of each of the two trillion galaxies that the Hubble telescope has been able to detect so far.
The new way of thinking must reject the pseudo-religions of bankers, mainstream media and climate apostles, and replace them with a scientific debate about experimentally verifiable facts. The Artemis program enacted by President Trump, which will bring people back to the Moon by 2024 and establish a permanent station there by 2028, is promising in this regard, as are the space programs of China, India, Russia and the European Space Agency. Incidentally, China's unprecedented economic success and the dynamics of its New Silk Road show that the focus on scientific innovation is more beneficial for the countries involved, than the neoliberal system’s focus on profit.
If it is possible to bring Europe and the United States into cooperation with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, and, in the case of the U.S., into working with China on space travel, mankind will not be on the verge of a climate apocalypse, but rather at the beginning of a new era, in which man’s inherent capacity for reason can freely develop, and we can enter, in a certain sense, the adulthood of our species. We will shape a more human age, and demonstrate that this world is actually the best of all possible worlds, because a genius is potentially located in every human being, and the degrees of freedom in the development of our species will increase without limit to the extent that more people can realize that potential in themselves.
The indispensable step to achieve this new paradigm of thinking is the full exoneration of Lyndon LaRouche, who was persecuted and imprisoned in the 1980s and 1990s by the evil and desperate Grand Inquisitors of the British Empire, in their attempt to block access to his ideas.
We need the bold and optimistic vision of thinkers like Leibniz, Schiller, Einstein, Krafft Ehricke, and Lyndon LaRouche, because the cultural pessimism of Malthus, Nietzsche, and Spengler leads to fascism and war, while positive ideas of mankind lead to new Renaissances and flourishing periods in history. It is up to all of us, which direction we take!