‘The Most Essential Thing at This Point, Is Ideas’: Lyndon LaRoucheBy Dennis Small
March 30—How, then, should we go about organizing our fellow citizens and those of other nations, under conditions where the world is facing the very real possibility of thermonuclear war; where it is already descending into a physical-economic meltdown unseen since the 14th-century New Dark Age; and where most about us are gripped by a pessimism which numbs their concern for humanity—and for themselves?
A good starting point is to listen to—or at least read—the wise words of Lyndon LaRouche.
“We come to a point of crisis. What is the alternative to sitting back, and either pretending this isn’t happening, or to simply complain about it’s happening, and protest wildly?
“Now, humanity is different than the animals. Animals, under these conditions, would simply go crazy. But, except for some of my opponents, human beings are not animals. Human beings are cognitive, and the characteristic of history is that, when mankind uses his brain, his mind, and exchanges concepts with others, which define an alternative to an impossible situation, mankind will adopt an intention, a governing intention of action, to make some innovation in institutions, to try to solve the problem. Therefore, the most essential thing at this point, is ideas….
“But that’s not enough. You also have to provide a clear image of the feasible alternative. What do we do instead?”
Those were Lyndon LaRouche’s words to a May 4-6, 2001 Schiller Institute conference in Bad Schwalbach, Germany, on the subject of “Winning the Ecumenical Battle for the Common Good.”
Those ideas, that intention, and just such a clear image of the feasible alternative will be at the center of the Schiller Institute’s upcoming April 9 international dialogue, “For a Conference To Establish a New Security and Development Architecture for All Nations.” And the just-issued “LaRouche Plan for a New International Economic Architecture,” now published on the Schiller Institute website, is an essential discussion document for participants in that conference, and in fact for every government and political leader around the world, each of whom is facing existential decisions that will determine the fate of their nations and of all mankind.
As you will read below, movement in the direction of the required policy is well underway in Eurasia, with the in-depth strategic coordination between Russia and China, the growing potential for the involvement of India, and China’s leading role in addressing the Afghan crisis. As Lyndon LaRouche explained in that same 2001 speech, “This is what came up when Primakov was Prime Minister [of Russia], on the triangular cooperation, which we boosted very much, and pushed for, between China, Russia, and India. That is a viable idea. It has to be given more legs to walk on and a mind to direct it, in that sense.”
And, as LaRouche then emphasized, “Western Europe has to adopt a mission, and Central Europe has to adopt a mission, of participating in this development of Eurasia.” Moreover, “the object would be to bring the United States in to cooperate with that great venture … and then look at the needs of Africa, in order to see humanity in its wholeness.”
That broad strategic orientation, identified by Lyndon LaRouche 21 years ago, remains our mission today.