Zepp-LaRouche: ‘Systems Are Manmade—You Can Change Systems When One Breaks Down’
President Donald Trump delivered a very sober, and sobering, report to the nation at the March 31 daily White House coronavirus press briefing, in which he warned Americans to expect an extremely difficult period in the next few weeks ahead, as the coronavirus pandemic hits the nation with full force. He announced gravely that, if serious national “mitigation” efforts are put in place, deaths could be held to 100-240,000, based on modeling projections put together by medical experts. If that is not done, the deaths could soar into the millions. He stated:
“Our country is in the midst of a great national trial.... Success in this fight will require the full absolute measure of our collective strength, love, and devotion.... Every citizen is being called upon to make sacrifices. Every business is being asked to fulfill its patriotic duty.... Frankly, it’s a matter of life and death.... This is going to be a very painful, very, very painful two weeks.”
Clearly moved, President Trump again recounted the scene he observed at Elmhurst Hospital in New York City: “I watched as doctors and nurses went into a certain hospital in Elmhurst this morning. I know Elmhurst, Queens, I grew up right next to it. I know the hospital very well, been seeing it all my life, my young life. And I will tell you that to see the scenes of trailers out there and what they’re doing with those trailers, they’re freezers and nobody could even believe it.... And I watched the doctors and the nurses walking into that hospital this morning. It’s like military people going into battle, going into war. The bravery is incredible.”
Although President Trump did not mention it in his press briefing, the crisis produced by the other virus—the virus of casino economy—is also threatening to escalate exponentially over the next 2-4 weeks, with more and more desperate (but doomed) bailout efforts by the Fed to save the world financial bubble. Official U.S. unemployment will soar up to more than 32%, according to the latest estimate published by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank.
What this all amounts to, Helga Zepp-LaRouche said today in her weekly strategic webcast, especially when you consider the way the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to hit the developing sector, “is an unprecedented crisis, and I think none of us has experienced anything like that in our lifetime....
“You have places like Jakarta in Indonesia—10 million people in one city. Half of the people don’t have access to clean water. A similar situation exists in many developing countries, including Mexico and Peru. So, we are really looking at an unprecedented world crisis. The danger is that this will overwhelm the health systems; there is not enough production possible of urgently needed equipment. The winter, which is now developing in the Southern Hemisphere, will favor the spread of the virus. You really will probably see many millions of people dying. I think this makes very clear that we need urgently a completely different system. Nothing will be like it was before.”
In providing an overview of the devastating crisis facing mankind, Zepp-LaRouche reminded viewers that “systems are manmade,” and can be changed when they break down. She pointed to the promising personal diplomacy that President Trump has reestablished with President Xi Jinping of China and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, as well as the “incredible efforts being made in the U.S. to retool some of the industries. There is an air bridge which has been established with many planes from China and other Asian countries—50 planes all together. Yesterday, the first Russian airplane came to the United States delivering medical support.
“So, there is an incredible mobilization going on, but it is also very clear that this is a pandemic, and you will have mass unemployment and death.”
Zepp-LaRouche issued an urgent call to action:
“I think we have to go into a mass mobilization internationally, which the Schiller Institute is already engaged in, to establish a new world economic order. We have called for that for a very long time, but immediately in this situation it requires a summit of the most important powerful countries: China, Russia, India, the United States. They have to establish a new system. What we need is a completely new system. All the rules of the liberal economy, of the neo-liberal model, the cheap labor markets, the outsourcing, all of that has to be replaced; and it has to start with the immediate building of a world health system where a decent health system is built up in every single country. That must be the beginning of an industrial revolution for the whole world. Nothing short of that will do. That means we need a New Bretton Woods system, and a new credit system to finance that.
“If you agree with that,” Zepp-LaRouche concluded, “then help us in this mobilization, because what is at stake are the lives of many millions of people, and maybe yourself.”