When Fate Hangs on a Forecast
It is proper that, as we commemorate the first anniversary of the Feb. 12, 2019 passing of Lyndon LaRouche, we turn to his concepts and method to evaluate the current strategic situation, and chart our course into the future. In the Sept. 7, 2007 issue of Executive Intelligence Review magazine, LaRouche published an article headlined “When Fate Hangs on a Forecast,” which began as follows:
“The actual, strategic purpose and function of competent economic forecasting, is not to attempt to predict what will happen, but to cause it to happen.
“Today’s subject is a field of combat in which I have developed certain unique skills, skills in that branch of strategic intelligence called long-range forecasting. This is not merely foreseeing, passively, what might be likely to happen; it is about crafting policies of the type which I am presenting, with the intention to bring about an urgently needed action which might rescue us from a currently onrushing, global financial disaster, an oncoming disaster which has now entered its terminal phase.
“It is not through bare perception that we might calculate what willful power lies, hidden from perception, between those mere dots upon the screen of our senses. It is by our acting upon the universe, to force its secrets to manifest themselves, not merely as perception, but manifest themselves as the higher authority of the mind which must test the unseen presence and suspected intentions of whatever willful power lies behind that action which might be otherwise only perceived.
“These unseen powers must be forced, thus, to reveal themselves. They must be forced to reveal not only the efficient presence hidden behind the footprints we call perceptions. We must test the suspected willful intentions of those powers, tested intentions which true science knows as universal principles, as such principles were known as dynamis to the Pythagoreans, or modern dynamics of Nicholas of Cusa, Johannes Kepler, Gottfried Leibniz, and Bernhard Riemann. From the knowledge which can be gained by us only in this way, we obtain the means by which man and woman made in the likeness of the Creator, are enabled to act more or less efficiently according to the manner which fulfils our mortal destiny, in a manner uniquely assigned to us by Him.
“On this account, the fact is, that, since the time, during 1953, I settled upon Bernhard Riemann’s method of physical geometry, no economic forecast I have ever delivered, has failed; and, only by exception has that forecast assumed the form of what might have appeared, mistakenly, by some, to have been what is usually regarded as merely a prediction.”
Today, more than 13 years later, the dominant reality shaping the planet is much as LaRouche forecast: the bankruptcy blowout of the trans-Atlantic financial system, and the 50-year descent into hell of the physical economies of its host nations and victims. The locust plagues devastating much of Africa and Southwest and South Asia; the hunger threatening large parts of Africa in particular; the emergence of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which, had it not been for the heroic measures adopted by the Chinese government, might well have already swept every continent and most nations with uncounted casualties—these are all deadly problems that can be contained and defeated with the measures proposed decades ago by LaRouche. Crash scientific programs to develop fusion power, space colonization, and optical biophysics remain the urgent need of the day, in order to raise the overall technological platform of the noosphere, man’s physical economy, to cope with such crises.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche took up the issue of the various indications of the collapsing physical economy, in remarks on Feb. 11, where she urged “international cooperation with China to defeat the virus. The idea that this is a ‘Chinese virus’ is most despicable racism. I’m amazed that anybody could not see that, because there is no nationality to diseases. The West should rather help, and send medical teams, offer cooperation, and otherwise get together to defeat such new problems as the locust danger in Africa. Right now it would be possible to stop it, but if you don’t catch it early now, it will develop into a huge problem that will be much more difficult to get rid of after one year. Many people will die as a result of food shortages, because these locusts tend to just eat up every crop and leave devastation.”
Zepp-LaRouche continued: “There is a collapse of the West.... What we need is a new model of cooperation, a new paradigm where you stop this kind of geopolitical confrontation which can only lead to a disaster. And for that we need the Four Laws of Lyndon LaRouche. We absolutely need to think of the human species from the standpoint of the future.”
She concluded by urging people to take advantage of the fact that this is the Year of Beethoven, and that many people are listening to Beethoven’s music as a result. The deep cultural crisis we are facing is part of the overall decay throughout the trans-Atlantic sector, Zepp-LaRouche said, and listening to Classical music, most especially Beethoven, “is the best way to get people to elevate their mind. We need a cultural renaissance in the West.”