Friedrich Schiller Poet of Freedom Volume II

Friedrich Schiller Poet of Freedom

Book 2
Executive Intelligence Review
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     Friedrich Schiller, the great German classical poet and friend of the American Revolution, assigned to art the task of ennobling the spirit of Man, especially at those times when political circumstances are most unfavorable, men most degraded, and when the qualities of genius are most urgently required to find a way to avert political catastrophe. 

     Reading Schiller’s poetry, as well as his historical, philosophical, and aesthetic works, has precisely the effect on the sensitive reader of which Schiller informed us--to produce in the reader an ennobling power which then continues to exist long after the reading is done. 

     This is volume II of the four volume collection of translations. Volume II includes Schiller Institute English translations of the following:

Wilhelm Tell 
The Parasite 
What Is, and to What End Do We Study, Universal History 
The Legislation of Lycurgus and Solon 
On Grace and Dignity 
Kalias, or, On the Beautiful 
The Mission of Moses 

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    Schiller fulfilled his own ideal concept, namely, to elevate, “jokingly and playfully,” the public up to his own level, and he demanded of himself the very highest standard. Schiller’s concept of beautiful humanity, of the “beautiful soul” represents the noblest image ever drawn of the potential of human beings. A human being possessing a beautiful soul, is he in whom reason and feeling, duty and passion coalesce, he who does his duty with joy. It is the genius who lawfully extends and creatively restores all limits.

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Sep 7, 2015
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Architecture / History / General
Drama / European / German
Philosophy / Aesthetics
Poetry / European / German
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     As you look around the world, you may wonder how it came about that one nation after another has lined up behind the LaRouche perspective for global development. It was not a miracle. As a universal genius, Lyndon LaRouche sought to apply his ideas universally--not just in his immediate neighborhood. Over a span of decades, more and more of the world's leaders came to the view that some version of his approach was the only possible way to achieve a better future for their nations.

      The two Schiller Institute conferences of 1988, were watersheds in this process. Both were held on the theme, Toward a New World Economic Order, the first convened in Andover, Massachusetts, in January, and the second in Cologne, Germany in March.

      In the presentations of the two conferences transcribed here, you will encounter not just solutions, but the image of Man necessary for leaders to stand up courageously against organized evil.

      You will read the inside stories of leaders such as former Foreign Minister of Guyana, Fred Wills, who went head to head against Henry Kissinger and, in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly, became the first government official in the world to propose a debt moratorium as a pathway to overcoming the enforced imperial looting of the Third World.

      As you read the enclosed presentations, remember that they are not just speeches, but history-changing interventions which created the opportunity for the founding, beginning in 2013, of a whole series of International Development Banks, based upon LaRouche’s Hamiltonian proposal of 1975.

     Saint Augustine is indisputably the founder and savior of Western as well as African civilization. Never has it been more urgent to recall his work than today, on the eve of the 1600th anniversary of his conversion to Christianity. Today the entire world is in the throes of a crisis just as grave as that which confronted him following the fall of the Roman Empire in 410. In opposition to the moral degeneracy of his times--and the final phase of the Roman Empire shows a terrifying number of parallels with the present--he asserted the concept of man as the imago Dei, the image of God.

      It is only by virtue of this image of the Divine within us, of our participation in the Divine, that we can set the dignity of man on an unassailable level. But for Augustine, such participation was not passive; he conceived of man as God’s helper on Earth, so to speak, who, as an instrument of God, acts to continue the process of creation within the universe. And whenever this creation becomes endangered because evil personified stalks the world, then it is the duty of man, acting in the image of God, to bring the world order back into agreement with justice as God intended it.

      Since Augustine’s thought is of vital significance for us today, the Schiller Institute held its Sixth International Conference on November 1-3 [1985] in Rome, so that we might link up with these ideas and, inspired by the richness of his works, define solutions to our problems today.

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