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The Five Percent Solution

May 29, 2020
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine watches as NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken return to the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building from Launch Complex 39A after the launch was scrubbed due to weather, Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine watches as NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken return to the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building from Launch Complex 39A after the launch was scrubbed due to weather, Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Executive Intelligence Review announced today that it is making available on its website a special 29-page digital offprint of the cover feature of the May 29, 2020 issue of EIR magazine, “The LaRouche Plan To Reopen the U.S. Economy: The World Needs 1.5 Billion New, Productive Jobs.” That discussion document—which details the manner in which 50 million new productive jobs can be created in the U.S., as the driving force for a global industrialization drive which will provide productive employment to 1.5 billion currently unemployed people around the world—has begun to circulate among engineers, workers, farmers, scientists, students and others across the country. It is also being translated into a number of foreign languages, for its wide circulation internationally as well.

At the heart of the report’s proposals is Lyndon LaRouche’s specification that a truly healthy, anti-entropic economy must have about half of its labor force working as productive, goods-producing operatives; and an additional 5% have to be engaged in the scientific and technological work that is the creative engine driving the whole economy forward. In the opening section of Chapter 6 of the new study, “America’s Space Mission: Youth’s Next Frontier,” that point is put into sharp focus:

“America’s space sector will play a decisive role in shifting 5% of the U.S. labor force into research and development. As specified by LaRouche, this is the key to increasing the productivity of the entire labor force. ‘Increases in productivity come directly, only, from improvements in technology derived from fundamental scientific discoveries; the higher the rate you convert fundamental physical discoveries into practice, the greater the rate of increase of productivity per capita of population, and per square kilometer of area.’ (Lyndon LaRouche, Sept. 2, 2000 speech)”

That outlook best locates the significance of America’s imminent return to launching spacecraft from its own territory, a task which was postponed from yesterday, May 27 to Saturday, May 30, due to the weather. America’s eyes are once again turning to the skies. As Nicole Mann, of the NASA astronaut office stated: “This is not just about one launch; this is Launch America. It’s not just about NASA; it is launch America and it’s huge.... It is the first big step on our roadmap to the Moon for the Artemis mission, and eventually to Mars.” Space is also the domain requiring international cooperation, as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine recently emphasized, when asked about the U.S. relationship to Russia: “Our cooperation transcends above terrestrial geopolitics.”

There is little more urgent than that. The U.S. and the whole world is being slammed by an economic, political and cultural shockwave unlike anything we have seen in recent history, Helga Zepp-LaRouche warned today. It is coming from a worsening pandemic, mass unemployment, a financial breakdown crisis, and a frightening escalation in the direction of war between the U.S. and China, and the U.S. and Russia. Nothing less than Lyndon LaRouche’s call for the bankruptcy reorganization of the current financial system and the creation of a New Bretton Woods, will be sufficient to totally change this global dynamic, quickly enough. The incessant provocations issuing from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with others acting on behalf of the British Empire’s geopolitics, are increasingly dominating the policy of official Washington and putting China and Russia between a rock and a hard place. We ignore their increasingly alarmed warnings about this policy drift, at our own peril, Zepp-LaRouche stated. Rather, this is precisely the moment we should be closely cooperating with China, Russia, India and other nations on space exploration, stopping the pandemic, and reviving the world economy with 1.5 billion new, productive jobs.

You might call it the 5% solution.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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