Discovering LaRouche's Method:
A New York Class Series on Economics

The crisis facing especially the future of the United States, and the possibilities opened by the global revolt against the British System, require the creation of a real leadership in the American population. Without that development, whatever the Trump Presidency might do for the better is unlikely to succeed. Leadership in this context means an in-depth comprehension of the policies and method of the one figure who has foreseen the nature of the crisis and the solutions required, and has at the same time the respect internationally among nations such as Russia and China, Lyndon LaRouche.

Therefore, beginning Saturday, February 11, 2017, LaRouche PAC will present a 12-part series on LaRouche's Discoveries in physical economy and the method that produced them. This will include classes on the unity of science and art, with presentations by Helga Zepp-LaRouche on Schiller and choral director John Sigerson on music. Other classes will include members of LaRouche's research group.

Part I: The Mind and Universal Creativity

Kicking off a series of classes on the economics and epistemology of Lyndon LaRouche, Phil Rubinstein focuses on axiomatic change. When you change an underlying principle, everything changes. Glass-Steagall doesn't adjust the financial system, it sets it on a fundamentally different basis. The progress of human economy demonstrates the necessity of scientific discovery. Creativity is intelligible.

February 11, 2017. Class 1 of 12 of Lyndon LaRouche's Economic and Epistemological Method class series. Speaker: Phil Rubinstein.

Part II: The Basis for LaRouche’s Successful Forecasts

This is the second in a series of classes on the economic method of Lyndon LaRouche. It builds on the concept of human relationship to nature presented in the first class, and develops the criteria for successful, true economic growth. This knowledge is a basis for creating the urgently needed new level of economy.

February 18, 2017. Class 2 of 12 of Lyndon LaRouche's Economic and Epistemological Method class series. Speaker: Phil Rubinstein.

Part III: The Value of Productivity

Economic science is a science of composition, not components. Can the value of a new technology be expressed in a scalar relationship to the cost to develop it? No. In this discussion, Jason Ross takes up several of Lyndon LaRouche’s ironic economic concepts to provide an effective framework to understand economic “value”: physical chemistry, infrastructure as an economic “platform,” and the unique characteristics of the human mind that make it all possible.

Homework for next time: Watch this video on Bernhard Riemann’s habilitation dissertation, “On the Hypotheses That Underlie Geometry.”

February 25, 2017. Class 3 of 12 of Lyndon LaRouche's Economic and Epistemological Method class series. Speaker: Jason Ross.

Resources:
Short demonstration of Einstein's non-existence of simultaneity.
Handout (pdf)
Presentation slides (pdf)
Changing Nature

Part IV: Non-Scalar Economic Value of Discovery

Economic modeling is a series of failures, literally. Every time there’s a fundamentally new discovery or technology, the models break down. Is there a way to directly represent the inherently incommensurable nature of human progress? Yes! In this fourth in a series of classes on Lyndon LaRouche’s economics, Jason Ross takes up the LaRouche-Riemann method, and a topological clue to representing economic growth.

March 4, 2017. Class 4 of 12 of Lyndon LaRouche's Economic and Epistemological Method class series. Speaker: Jason Ross.

Resources:
The Riemann Project – A guide to Riemann and non-quantitative change
Handout (pdf)
Slides (pdf)

Part V: Motivführung 101: Introduction to the Haydn-Mozart Revolution

Filippo Brunelleschi’s use of the principle of higher-order, non-mathematical curvature in the construction of the cupola of the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral in Florence, Italy was not only a crowning architectural achievement of the Italian Golden Renaissance; it also posed a challenge to apply that same principle in all domains of human endeavor, including physical economy and art. In this fifth class of the series on Lyndon LaRouche’s economic thought, Schiller Institute Music director John Sigerson introduces the layman to the two revolutions which finally succeeded, three centuries later, in fully grasping the implications of Brunelleschi’s principle in the musical domain: the discovery of the well-tempered musical domain elaborated by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Haydn’s (and Mozart’s) discovery of an entirely new method of composition, Motivführung (motivic thorough-composition), which eliminates all arbitrary formalisms, making possible the full development of what Lyndon LaRouche describes as a “musical thought-object.”


Part VI: Tuning the Mind for the Music of Classical Poetry

by John Sigerson

In his 2000 essay “Politics as Art,” Lyndon LaRouche wrote that “The object of the leading personalities of society, must ... be to awaken and to address those cognitive qualities of the individual mind, in which the passion required to induce cognitive solutions to paradoxes is aroused by musicality.” In this sixth class of a series, Schiller Institute National Music Director John Sigerson helps the audience to distinguish between the musical characteristics of true Classical Poetry, and those of “Brand X” representations. Included are discussions of J.S. Bach’s well-tempered tuning versus other tempering systems; the problems great singers have had to confront because of the artificially high tuning; and the Classical, thorough-composed art-song as the “Rosetta Stone” for communication of higher-order thought-objects. Click here to watch the class


Part VII: Principles of Fundamental Scientific Discovery

“Physical Economy, economic science, is the principle of fundamental scientific discovery comprehended in these terms of reference; the scope of economic science, properly defined, extends from the final measure of scientific knowledge, at the end of the production line, backwards to the fundamental scientific discoveries upon whose continued proliferation the continuation of the process of production depends. In that connection lies the location of the ultimate secret of economic value's determination: the principles of fundamental scientific discovery.” Lyndon LaRouche, "So You Wish to Learn All About Economics?"

March 25, 2017, Class 7 of 12 of Lyndon LaRouche's Economic and Epistemological Method class series. Speaker: Benjamin Deniston.

Part VIII: Our Anti-Entropic Universe

"In life on Earth, we have available to us only two well-defined classes of particular experience which correspond in fundamental species-distinctions to the negentropic universe implicitly proven to exist by proof of Kepler's astronomical laws. These are living processes generally, and the negentropic behavior of entire societies (economies). In biology, we have made poor progress, chiefly for reasons of oversight and misdirection, toward mastering the principles of living processes as living processes. We have made better progress on this account in Physical Economy (economic science). Hence, [the instant] we prove a principle of negentropic transformation in the domain of economic science, we must rush to astronomy, glancing at biology generally as we pass; we must uncover in the universality of astronomy, the species of transformation we have discovered within the bounds of inquiry of economic science." —Lyndon LaRouche, "So You Wish to Learn All About Economics?"

April 1, 2017, Class 8 of 12 of Lyndon LaRouche's Economic and Epistemological Method class series. Speaker: Benjamin Deniston.

Part IX: The Economic Value of Infrastructure

Understanding the promise of the World Land-Bridge / 一带一路 requires a better approach to economics. Monetarist economics cannot gauge the value of science and infrastructure because of their incommensurable benefits, the non-locality of these benefits, and the indirect returns created. Jason Ross discusses how applying the LaRouche–Riemann approach of directly considering such incommensurable, non-local, indirect returns on investment puts infrastructure in its proper context: as an artificial environment serving as a platform for our life and production.

April 8, 2017, Class 9 of 12 of Lyndon LaRouche's Economic and Epistemological Method class series. Speaker: Jason Ross.


Part X: A Fusion Driver Crash Program: Upshifting the Human Species

By exerting full control over the atomic nucleus, mankind will move beyond mere chemical and physical recombination of the elements, to the fine-tuned creation of elements, and the associated energies of the nucleus, on a mass scale. This kind of willful upshift will completely revolutionize our relationship to the universe around us, and will cause the greatest economic upshift in history, to date. A crash program to master nuclear fusion is the urgent step to be taken toward that goal.

April 15, 2017. Class 10 of 12 of Lyndon LaRouche's Economic and Epistemological Method class series. Speaker: Megan Beets.