This civilization could be saved--if we earn that.
If we are not all to drown, your neighbor too, must learn now to swim.
What therefore did you urgently need to know, which I had either neglected to tell you, or, perhaps, had not said clearly enough? What did you require most urgently, that you might rescue us from your neighbor’s folly? A grander strategic perspective, a more alluring set of programs of economic reconstruction? I thought that was not where my omission lay.
What your neighbor required, most urgently, was not instruction on what to think, but remedial assistance in the matter of how to think. One must never make apology for saying even unpleasant things which are needed, most urgently, to be said. One need not apologize for saying that as well as possible--if no one else were saying it better.
I wish devoutly it were better; but nonetheless, it had been better said than not.
Now, my friends have elected, very kindly, to reissue these three published philosophical writings together, in a single volume. May it enrich you and so give you pleasure. I can do no better but share with you something slightly better than that which I have to give. --Lyndon Larouche