However, across the “developing world," especially in China, leaders eager to overcome backwardness sought out answers to questions such as: “How did America become a powerful, productive force in the world?” “How can we apply LaRouche’s ideas to overcome our own problems and secure a better future for our people?”
Many of the answers are found in this book, first published in 2000. Much of it was written in response to questions or requests from the “developing world.” The biggest question which this book answered was “How can we get around the strangulation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditionalities so we can actually begin to build up our nations?”
After a long detour down the suicidal path of “post-industrial society,” Americans too face almost the same problem today as did the “developing countries” before they adopted LaRouche’s ideas for Hamiltonian banking on a global scale to bypass the IMF. Will America finally give up subservience to Wall Street and London imperial banking and join with the New Paradigm of LaRouche’s Hamiltonian World Land-Bridge development banks?
The answer to that question is in this book and in your decision to take some responsibility to ensure that America returns to its Hamiltonian roots.
The author is the founder and contributing editor of Executive Intelligence Review magazine, whose forecasts for the US. economy have been the most accurate in the history of economics.
Lyndon LaRouche, the leader of the global forces seeking to replace geopolitics and imperial warfare with a New Paradigm of relations among all mankind based upon cooperative development of science, technology and infrastructure developing from Earth into the galaxy, is best known as an eight-time contender for the U.S. Presidency, the author of what became the Strategic Defense Initiative, the most successful economic forecaster in history, founder of the Executive Intelligence Review and the Fusion Energy Foundation, fighter for classical musical culture, and defender of truth and justice everywhere. In short, he is someone you should get to know!
“Through three millennia of recorded history to date, centered around the Mediterranean, the civilized world has been run by two, bitterly opposed elites, the one associated with the faction of Socrates and Plato, the other with the faction of Aristotle. During these thousands of years, until the developments of approximately 1784-1818 in Europe, both factions’ inner elites maintained in some fashion an unbroken continuity of organization and knowledge through all of the political catastrophes which afﬂicted each of them in various times and locales.
“It was the elite associated with the Platonic (or, Neoplatonic) faction which organized the American Revolution and established the United States as a democratic constitutional republic. . . .
“In the aftermath of the 1815 Treaty of Vienna, the shattering of the power of the Platonic elite in Europe meant in large measure both a scattering of the main forces of that faction, and an associated, increasing loss of the “secret knowledge” through which the Platonic inner elite had formerly developed and exercised its factional power. From that time to the present period, the inner circles of the Aristotelian (or, more exactly, “neo-Aristotelian”) faction have been hegemonic increasingly in ordering world affairs. Although humanist (Platonic) factional forces have continued in existence and are represented among political and related elites today, the Platonic elite has lost connection to the body of knowledge upon which its former power depended . . . .
“The principal function of this report is to summarily, but systematically identify the “secret knowledge” of the Platonic inner elite. That includes the Platonic’s knowledge of the secrets of the enemy, Aristotelian elite . . . .”
His thinking processes are sometimes summed up in his concept of the “coincidence of opposites.” Instead of starting his thought process from accumulated sense perceptions and deducing law from observed appearances, Cusa starts with the hypothesis that there must be an original potential from which all multiplicity derives. By starting from the top, or “the Origin,” Cusa was able to solve previously insoluble problems.
For example, his idea that the “right to govern comes from the consent of the governed” was not only the basis for solving clashes within the Catholic Church, and even the attempt to reunify all of the various Christian churches at the Council of Florence, but also lay at the heart of the experiments in government set up in the New England colonies of North America and the later creation of the United States Constitution.
Besides the title work “On the Peace of Faith” which resolves the conflicts among the religions, 17 other papers are translated into English--14 for the first time.
The ongoing renaissance in the study of Cusa worldwide is the basis for resolving the conflicts which still plague the world.
The fact that many Asian nations have eagerly adopted his ideas to leapfrog from poverty to the frontiers of science and space development, while the “leaders” of most of North America and Western Europe have fearfully clung to old discredited imperial geopolitical doctrines, underlines the importance and also the controversial nature of this work.
Consider the $20 bill.
It has no more value, as a simple slip of paper, than Monopoly money. Yet even children recognize that tearing one into small pieces is an act of inconceivable stupidity. What makes a $20 bill actually worth twenty dollars? In the third volume of his best-selling Naked series, Charles Wheelan uses this seemingly simple question to open the door to the surprisingly colorful world of money and banking.
The search for an answer triggers countless other questions along the way: Why does paper money (“fiat currency” if you want to be fancy) even exist? And why do some nations, like Zimbabwe in the 1990s, print so much of it that it becomes more valuable as toilet paper than as currency? How do central banks use the power of money creation to stop financial crises? Why does most of Europe share a common currency, and why has that arrangement caused so much trouble? And will payment apps, bitcoin, or other new technologies render all of this moot?
In Naked Money, Wheelan tackles all of the above and more, showing us how our banking and monetary systems should work in ideal situations and revealing the havoc and suffering caused in real situations by inflation, deflation, illiquidity, and other monetary effects. Throughout, Wheelan’s uniquely bright-eyed, whimsical style brings levity and clarity to a subject often devoid of both. With illuminating stories from Argentina, Zimbabwe, North Korea, America, China, and elsewhere around the globe, Wheelan demystifies the curious world behind the paper in our wallets and the digits in our bank accounts.