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Reversing the Breakdown of the Very Fabric of Society

April 17, 2020
Pennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth microbiologist Kerry Pollard performs a manual extraction of the coronavirus inside the extraction lab at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Over the last 15 days, since April 1, the total number of human beings infected with the coronavirus has doubled, rising from 1 million on April 1 to over 2 million today. In these two weeks, U.S. deaths from COVID-19 leapt six-fold, from 5,100 on April 1 to over 30,000 today, April 16.

In the last days of March, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the Federal Reserve would be channeling at least $4 trillion to bail out the bankrupt trans-Atlantic financial system, at taxpayers’ expense.

This bailout is already an order of magnitude greater than the disastrous 2008 bailout of the financial system—and an order of magnitude crazier and more dangerous. In 2008, the U.S. Congress was blackmailed into reversing their initial rejection of the TARP bailout, when Wall Street and the City of London told them that, if they didn’t approve it, such chaos would ensue that martial law would be required.

What are the gun-to-the-head tactics being deployed by the British Empire to get their way this time around? How have they “flooded the zone” around President Donald Trump, for example?—as the ex-British ambassador to Washington once quaintly put it.

Over these same first two weeks of April, the British and their American partners in crime have sharply escalated their drive to unleash war between the U.S. and China—precisely the two nations whose close collaboration is needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic and to quickly build a World Health System, as Helga Zepp-LaRouche has called for.

Earlier nasty rhetoric and incitement to trade war have escalated into explicit charges—originating, as usual, with British intelligence services and trickling down through their American counterparts and credulous neo-cons in Trump’s entourage —that China not only created the deadly coronavirus in a Wuhan laboratory, but that they may have even infected their own people in order to then unleash it deliberately as biological warfare against the U.S. and the West.

Also over these two weeks, a new feature of the deadly double crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and the meltdown of the trans-Atlantic financial system, has emerged: institutional breakdown and chaos can be seen planet-wide. Food and other riots have begun in South Africa, India, and elsewhere; people in Europe and the United States despair of finding any rational solution to the crisis, and rail instead against the lockdown measures that have been adopted; and governments and multinational institutions show themselves unequal to the task facing the planet.

We are witnessing the breakdown of the very fabric of society—a breakdown which can only be reversed in the same fashion in which the Golden Renaissance uplifted Mankind from threatened extinction during the Black Death.

The LaRouche movement and its friends and allies are mobilizing internationally for the upcoming April 25-26 Schiller Institute conference, called to address and solve this existential crisis before us. We do so driven by the enduring concept of the Dignity of Man embodied in the following lines written by Lyndon LaRouche in June 1976, from the conclusion of his essay, “Laughter, Music, and Creativity”:

“There is a sick world to be rebuilt. In this world—typified by the disgusting linguisticians—we are plagued by herds of humorless, uncreative, officious louts, best summarily described as of an oppressively grey color turning toward an ominous yellow. Otherwise, the general population is psychologically stoop-shouldered with a burden of growing fears—fears whose exact nature and shapes those persons would prefer not to know—each plodding miserably from one familiar, greying place to another, ‘trying, somehow, to take care of my own personal business.’ Meanwhile, the storms grow.... There are storms of erupting and threatened regional wars, and overall the threat of general combined atomic, biological, and chemical warfare on a global scale. Meanwhile, sickened rats proliferate, and the deadly new waves of killer and debilitating epidemics spread against man, beast, and foliage.

“We must shake this off, and build this world as it lies so immediately and wonderfully within our capabilities to do so. We must, meanwhile, wake up science, sweep away the rubbish, and otherwise become a generation to which the future will look back in warm pride of its ancestors. While we do this, we must laugh hearty laughter, laughter chiefly because of the excitement we rightly take from our achievements. For this, let there be music.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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