Now You Know What Lyndon LaRouche Meant by a 'Phase Shift'

March 18, 2020
Lyndon LaRouche delivers the keynote speech at a Schiller Institute conference: "A New Paradigm To Save Mankind: After 30 Years: The Need for the Principle for the SDI Today!" March 23, 2013 - Sterling, VA (EIRNS/Stuart Lewis)
Lyndon LaRouche delivers the keynote speech at a Schiller Institute conference: "A New Paradigm To Save Mankind: After 30 Years: The Need for the Principle for the SDI Today!" March 23, 2013 - Sterling, VA (EIRNS/Stuart Lewis)

The rules that seemed to govern society and the economy yesterday, no longer work today. And today’s rules, will be dysfunctional by tomorrow morning—if not sooner.

The planet is living through a period that is so dizzying that it produces mental vertigo in most people. American statesman Lyndon LaRouche repeatedly discussed this as a “phase shift” in human development, where the laws that seemed to govern a process change fundamentally, akin to what happens when there is a physical phase-shift. In an article published in the March 13, 1997 edition of EIR, entitled “London in a Phase-Twitch,” LaRouche wrote:

“By ‘phase shift,’ we mean a radical change in the characteristics of a system, as when ice melts, when water turns into steam, steam into plasma, or the first jet-aircraft achieved transsonic speeds, and beyond, in powered flight. What now is happening in the world’s financial systems, economies, and politics, is just as fundamental a change as any of the changes in state noted by the physicist.”

The signs are everywhere. In the United States, we see a “Pearl Harbor reflex” to the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to spread across the country. In Europe, where Italy, Spain and France are in a lockdown (to varying degrees), and other countries could follow soon, the EU bureaucracy is opening the floodgates to counter the economic effects of the crisis. But only a total paradigm shift on a world scale will work, Helga Zepp-LaRouche again emphasized yesterday. The COVID-19 crisis and the bankruptcy breakdown of the trans-Atlantic financial system are just the most visible expressions of a systemic crisis of the old paradigm, which has entered its death throes. The underlying problem is that the British liberal system has looted the majority of the world’s population, especially in the so-called Third World, to the point of genocide. Unless that is remedied, Zepp-LaRouche emphasized, starting with a world healthcare mobilization, the human species faces an extinction crisis.

Such a global development program requires levels of increase of basic physical economic parameters (such as water, electricity and food) that cannot possibly be achieved without a rapid upward shift of the technological platform for the entire planet—of exactly the sort called for by Lyndon LaRouche in his prescient Four Laws, most especially the fourth of these.

And that required solution cannot possibly be financed without putting the City of London and Wall Street through bankruptcy reorganization, through a global Glass-Steagall process. A speculative bubble of $1.8 quadrillion cannot long coexist in the same universe with a thriving human population, planet-wide.

No other approach will work, Zepp-LaRouche stressed. Our task is not to focus on the little things and emotionally hold on to them. Rather, it is to educate people to understand things the way we do, as we were trained to do by Lyndon LaRouche.

World Health Organization Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus usefully captured the spirit of the times in his March 16 press conference:

“This is the defining global health crisis of our time. The days, weeks and months ahead will be a test of our resolve, a test of our trust in science, and a test of solidarity. Crises like this tend to bring out the best and worst in humanity.

“Like me, I’m sure you have been touched by the videos of people applauding health workers from their balconies, or the stories of people offering to do grocery shopping for older people in their community.

“This amazing spirit of human solidarity must become even more infectious than the virus itself. Although we may have to be physically apart from each other for a while, we can come together in ways we never have before.

“We’re all in this together. And we can only succeed together. So the rule of the game is: together.”

A leading Chinese medical doctor involved in the Wuhan war against COVID-19, Dr. Wu Dong, explained what motivated him to join the battle: “Human beings are mortal, but love is not, and I love my daughter, my patients, my country and Mankind. As humans, we’re all in this together, and we will get through this together.”