Fidelio Articles by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
Of British Fools
and Post Reviewers
Taking off from a recent Washington Post review of Cold War Strategy, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. examines the issue of national and international strategic policy for today’s global crisis, from the interrelated, long-term perspective of economics, history, and their cultural determinants in the classical arts and sciences.
Man’s Original Creations
Science: The Power To Prosper
Complementing this Schiller celebration is a recent theoretical essay by Lyndon LaRouche, “Science: The Power To Prosper,” which is appropriately subheaded “How Most of Today’s Economists Became Illiterates”—since it is clear that the members of this profession do not understand the ABCs of the subject.
LaRouche begins with a series of seemingly simple and direct questions: “To overcome the present crisis of our national and world economy, I have chosen the timely example of urgent need to diagnose and cure the present collapse of the auto industry. What was wrong? What should we now do instead? How must we think about economics if we are to succeed in overcoming this challenge? How must we think about a successful rebuilding of both the U.S. and world economy over the coming 50 years and more?”
LaRouche’s answers to these questions are anything but “simple,” however, since they require a wholesale re-evaluation of the history of man’s development through scientific progress, in which the “powers” of creativity, morality, and artistic beauty are inextricably linked. As he writes: “[T]he sublime notion of the purpose of work pertains to a specific distinction of man from beast, the available option of cognitive immortality available to the moral human individual. We are, in that sense, the 'fire-bringers' of our society, or, the tool-makers of the automotive plant. ...
“Work must be conceived as a true universal, as what society does to increase its power in and over the portion of the universe which society inhabits. It is that quality of transformation of the society’s quality of work, which, in turn, supplies the criteria for defining the universal implication of both the work of the individual, and the individual’s appropriate moral motivation for that work....
“Such is the goal of happiness....”
Follies of the Economic Hitmen: Re-Animating the World’s Economy
In “The Follies of the Economic Hitmen: Re-Animating the World’s Economy,'' Lyndon LaRouche takes on the false assumption that the failure of the major infrastructure projects of the United Nations Development Decades of the 1960s and1970s--which were inspired in no small measure by the great encyclical of Pope Paul IV, “Populorum Progressio,'' discussed in the Commentary in this issue of Fidelio--to lift the former colonial nations of the world out of poverty, proves that such development projects are inherently unsound. In fact, as LaRouche demonstrates, it was the failure to raise the educational and cultural capacities of the populations of these regions, which made the potential contribution of these projects unrealizable.
Those Populist Fools Who Would Seek A Contract Even With God
Shakespeare As a Scholar: U.S. Politics As Tragedy
It is owing to the need to address this as a degeneration in the quality of mental life of the population—both populace and leaders—that Lyndon LaRouche directs us in his “Shakespeare as a Scholar: U.S. Politics as Tragedy,” to the power of great drama to craft the historically specific metaphors needed to inspire us in this fight for humanity’s future. As LaRouche writes: “What must be evoked by the performance of Classical drama is not merely a documentation of interpersonal relations. What must be accomplished, is to lift the member of the relevant audience upwards, away from the pathetically small-minded immoralities of so-called 'morality plays,' to pass judgment upon the impassioned, historical unfolding of processes of entire societies.”
Believing Is Not Necessarily Knowing
As LaRouche writes in the introduction to this essay: "A see-saw battle between the opposing forces of Classical science and philosophical reductionism, has reigned throughout globally extended ancient, medieval, and modern European civilization, up through the present day. Now, once again, a new youth movement has appeared an indispensable ingredient for the effort to rescue civilization; but, this time, let us build it more wisely, on the basis of lessons which should have been learned from the outcomes of the campaigns of the past. We must rapidly develop many veritable 'platoons' of truly qualified, young intellectual leaders steeped in a distillation of the most crucial products of the Classical tradition to date. For this, we require not only a movement for education, but a political movement which is education in and of itself.”
The True Statesman: The Historical Individual
The Next Generations
The intent of the issue, which features a groundbreaking symposium on “Leibniz and the American Revolution,” is set forth by Lyndon LaRouche in his essay "The Next Generations,” a tour de force synthesis of the historical development of the arts, sciences, and politics. LaRouche poses the challenge before today’s youth, if they are to asssume their place in world history:
"There is no perfect model of a just form of modern nation-state in practice today. The principle is clear; but, the practice is contested and usually contradictory. The job is, to bring practice into conformity with scientific principle ... to establish the Classical principle securely in power, at last."
LaRouche highlights the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra, discovered by Carl Gauss, as an example of an idea whose mastery provides an efficient understanding of the difference between formalist "learning,” and true knowledge based upon the transformation of reality.
How ‘Democracy’ Became Diseased
In ‘Freedom vs. Democracy’: How ‘Democracy’ Became Diseased, Lyndon LaRouche demonstrates the dependence of the post-Renaissance nation-state, upon each individual’s moral responsibilty to seek truth for the betterment of mankind. This has been the core of the American Intellectual Tradition--of which LaRouche is today’s leading exponent--from its roots in Tudor England, through the influence of G.W. Leibniz on Benjamin Franklin and the Founding Fathers, up to the Presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. In facing today’s crisis, LaRouche juxtaposes such seemingly “strategic'' evaluations as
“[s]ince the U.S. republic has still the capability of assuming a unifying role, not easil replaced, of leadership among nations, the reform of our political party system should be mustered around the effort to bring about those specific forms of economic cooperation to bring the world out of the mess the U.S. and its parties have contributed so much to creating,'' with the intensely “personal'' challenge, modelled on the exemplary life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that “[t]he task before us, a task on whose outcome the continuedexistence of our republic may depend absolutely, is the rapid recruitment of young people, and others, to emerge, soon, as true leaders.”
Lyndon LaRouche in Rome:Toward a Dialogue of Civilizations
... My experience with Sept. 11 began at about 9 o'clock in the morning, U.S. Eastern Daylight Time. I was scheduled to be on a two-hour radio interview at that point. So, as the 9 o'clock hour passed, then the story of the first strike against the building in New York occurred, and then, shortly after that, the second. And, naturally, the discussion with my host and me, on the air, concerned these developments which had just broken out. Before the two hours was up, and by the time that the Pentagon had been struck, I knew with certainty that what I had experienced, was an attempted coup d'état, by forces inside the United States, at a very high level of the military command. Nothing else. The technical features of the developments were sufficient to prove that at that time. ...
Dialogue Among Cultures: The Road to Peace
This speech was presented to the final session of the symposium, “Peace Through Development Along the Nile Valley in the Framework of a New, Just World Economic Order,” Khartoum, Sudan, January 14-17, 2001. The symposium, which was co-sponsored by Sudan’s Ministry of Information and Culture, the Centre for Strategic Studies of Sudan, Executive Intelligence Review, and the Schiller Institute, brought together leading political figures from a group of nations, including Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, whose cooperation will be crucial to the development of the region.
Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr - Politics as Art
Some winced or giggled, when the amiable and gifted Senator Eugene McCarthy conducted political campaigning as poetry-reading sessions. I laugh happily at what he did. Senator McCarthy’s critics did not remember, as I do, that President Lincoln had won a terrible, justified, and absolutely necessary war on behalf of all humanity, by aid of lessons adduced from Shakespeare, which he had taught, as directives, to the members of his Cabinet. No one, friend or foe, laughed at the awesome result of that instruction. ...
Jesus Christ and Civilization
On the Subject of Strategic Method
From my knowledge of the world situation today, the currently leading policy-postures of the U.S.A., as expressed in its leading news media, and in the presently dysfunctional three branches of its Federal government, represent, for civilization as a whole, a recipe for a global catastrophe of monstrous proportions and profundity. The central feature of this tragedy, is the fact, that the U.S.A., like the world in general, is presently gripped by the terminal phase of the worst financial, monetary, and economic crisis in more than a century.
The most ominous feature of the situation, is not merely that economic crisis itself. The worst problem, is that state of mind which is expressed by the current policy-shaping of not only the U.S.A., but by London, and also among numerous other leading governments of the world.
Prometheus and Europe
“...Man imagines his gods according to a conception of the universe which coheres, functionally,with man’s image of himself.
“Aeschylus’s Prometheus did not simply defy the pagan gods; he pointed toward a real God, the same God identified in Plato’s Timaeus, upon whose justice for mankind Prometheus implicitly relied. A Prometheus image as, artistically, a necessary idea, which contributed an essential role during the recent thousands of years of emergence of the best features of modern European civilization today."
How to Save a Dying USA
Nearly 2,400 years ago, history’s greatest philosopher, Plato, premised his optimistic outlook for the future of civilization, on a rigorous scrutiny of those principles, by means of which mankind had risen out of even the most awesome among the types of natural and other catastrophes it had suffered during earlier ages.1 Today’s new threat of apocalyptic times, should impel us to examine, and to revive, once again, that lately neglected capability and wont of the human mind, by means of which the level of the human condition had been moved upward and forward, despite even the darkest among intervening periods of calamity.
On Erastosthenes, Maui’s Voyage, and Reviving the Principles of Discovery Today
This presentation keynoted a panel commissioned by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., entitled “What Is Real History As Science?,” at the November 21-22, 1998 European conference of the Schiller Institute/International Caucus of Labor Committees, held in Bad Schwalbach, Germany [see: this issue for news coverage]. Other panel presentations included "Homer’s Odyssey, Seafaring, and the Principle of Colonization” and "Wilhelm von Humboldt’s Study of the Kawi Language” [see this issue].
The Substance of Morality
Justice, Truthfulness, and those creative powers by means of which we may discover valid, revolutionary principles of our universe, form a seamless whole, in which Classical culture, morality, and physical science, are united by a common passion for universal justice and truth. Where are the men and women fit to lead us in the pathway toward safety, the pathway toward rule by the principals of truth and justice, not ‘popular opinion’?
How to Think in a Time of Crisis
The generation of former university students, which occupy most among today’s high-ranking positions of power in society, is no longer the virtually unchallenged pace-setter in national and global policies. The cults of ‘political correctness,’ the world of make-believe into which the frightened ‘68’ers had fled, are no longer the unchallenged wave of the future. The new cultural paradigm-shift, the back-to-reality paradigm-shift, is the changed political opportunity to which wise statesmen will hitch the destiny of their nations.
The Classical Principle in Art and Science
... My purpose here is not to dissect a corpse, but to cure the living of a potentially fatal mental illness. The timeliness of my exertion to this latter purpose, is located in my certainty that the "Pearl Harbor-like” effects of the ongoing disintegration of the present international financial and monetary systems, can be employed to an effect akin to the anti-Windsor effect of the murder of Princess Diana, as a "reality shock,” to reverse the youth-countercultural revolution of the mid-1960’s, to shock today’s fantasy-ridden "Baby Boomer” and "X” generations into a sense of reality. ...
Spaceless-Timeless Boundaries in Leibniz
We know we exist within the universe, when we begin to change that universe for the better, when we begin to realize the inborn, special potential of the human individual, the cognition whose power to make miracles fascinated our Johnny and Jimmy. Somewhere, in the higher reaches of hypothesizing the higher hypotheses, mankind is known to exist as the kind of special creature whose innermost nature, whose outermost efficiency, Johnny and Jimmy were exploring in the classroom. Man exists because man is needed.
The Essential Role of Time-Reversal in Mathematical Economics
... The change which distinguishes characteristically human ideas of the future, from the bestial intent which might be expressed by a beast, or in a mans moment of beastliness, is always of the ontological quality designated by the connotations of the term Platonic idea, rather than mere contemplation of a real, or merely desired object of sense-perception. ...
Leibniz from Riemann’s Standpoint
One who has not merely learned, but knows relevant features of the work of Johannes Kepler, Gottfried Leibniz, Carl Gauss, and Bernhard Riemann, must be appalled by the unbridgeable gulf between the actual work of those exemplary, leading figures of modern European science, and what most of today’s relevant academic specialists misrepresent crucial elements of that work to have been. ...
In reply to an inquiry concerning computer simulation of physical-economic process, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., summarizes the role of creative cognition in education, in the arts and sciences, and in the history of mans social development
How Hobbes Mathematics Misshaped Modern History
... There is no area of prevailing opinion in the fine arts, the so-called social sciences, in political-economy, in the teaching of theology, in doctrines of historiography, within the departments of philosophy, and so on, which is not premised upon the same, false, axiomatic assumptions which are derived from the mathematical-physics presumptions of the mathematicians Sarpi, Galileo, Hobbes, et al. ...
Solution to Platos Paradox of `The One and the Many’
This article appears as the Foreword to the Institute’s Manual on the Rudiments of Tuning and Registration