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
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, political prisoner of George Bush, 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 . . . .”
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.
“No analyst nor government could possibly have a competent strategic assessment today unless it understood the significance of historian Arnold Toynbee’s rather long tenure at the head of the British foreign-intelligence service. . . . .
“We, fools that we are, are induced to believe usually that we developed our foreign policies through thorough assessment of a massive ingathering of intelligence. . . .”
Yet, without an historical view from above, we have been constantly suckered into one or another disaster.
“We must see that process as if it were a drama unfolding to our observation on a stage, and we for a moment here, reading this report, are directing our consciousness to see our own consciousness elaborated on that stage . . . .”
“When the proper acquaintance with Shakespeare was ripped out of our schools’ curricula, what our nation lost was persons adequately developed to become future citizens of this republic. Without Shakespeare, Milton and Shelley in our secondary schools, those schools will produce chiefly eternally adolescent functional illiterates or worse . . . . these works represent a distillation of those aspects of our English-speaking culture by means of which true citizens are produced . . . .”
Finally, Mr. LaRouche presents an outline for a foreign policy of which Benjamin Franklin would have been proud—a foreign policy based upon mutual respect and cooperative physical development.