Lyndon LaRouche Day: The Real Revolutionary We Need Now
Today, September 8th, would have been the 98th birthday of Lyndon LaRouche, the economist and statesman whose work, The Power of Reason, 1988, was only one of those numberless works, great projects, and bold initiatives by which he located the power of labor in the limitless power of human reason and creativity. From his earliest major economic work, Dialectical Economics, Lyndon LaRouche demonstrated Lincoln’s conception that the productive labor force is the prior creator of capital, and of new and higher forms of productive labor, through creative invention, scientific breakthroughs, and their translation into new technologies.
But he went far beyond this. Standing on the shoulders of Gottfried Leibniz, the great thinkers of Greece and the Italian Renaissance, and Alexander Hamilton, Lyndon LaRouche exceeded any physical economist, in forecasting and describing how high the world’s poorest of labor forces could raise their physical, cultural and scientific powers, over periods of decades, through great projects of development.
In elaborating his conception of the power of labor, LaRouche advanced upon Leibniz’s founding idea of the ability of human reason to create “artificial labor” in machines of all kinds; Percy Shelley’s intense conception of the poetic elevation of the “mass strike” powers of the public mind upon perceiving the onset of crisis and hope for change; Alexander Hamilton’s discovery that credit was the effect of the future power of labor in the present; Abraham Lincoln’s fierce personal opposition to anything resembling physical or mental slavery; Beethoven’s capacity to compose music for the higher understanding of better generations yet unborn; and more.
Lyndon LaRouche made the power of reason to be the first and “prior to” power of labor; and that of labor using reason to discover, the first and “prior to” the many, many forms of new capital which could burst like a fountain from a scientific discovery. And he educated himself — though a genius — through engagement in every kind of hard productive work, even as Lincoln further described the progress of the powers of a free workman, in the speech to Congress below.
This is a day, then, to think about Lyndon LaRouche, and the exoneration and spread and act upon his ideas at a time when the nation and the world are in desperate need of them, where they are the crucial force which will determine whether, indeed, we live in the best of all possible worlds.