“There Is Hope!”By Gretchen Small
Oct. 21—Most people have yet to recognize the enormity of the crisis in which all humanity finds itself today, but it is beginning to dawn on most that something very, very big is up. Something unlike anything experienced before. Something that requires new ideas, new ways of thinking if we are to get ourselves out of what otherwise appears to be an unstoppable physical-economic, financial, political, military-strategic meltdown.
The physical economy of the entire Western sector is in the process of disintegrating. A lengthy story published by London’s Financial Times this week under the headline, “Will the Energy Crisis Crush European Industry?” reads like a battle assessment report after an aerial bombing run. Every energy-intensive manufacturing sector across Europe is shutting down production, laying off workers en masse, and purchasing heavy winter coats and gloves for those working in the factories which companies manage to keep running, but cannot afford to heat. The driver of this collapse is energy scarcity (due to sanctions and insane Green Rest policies) and hyperinflationary prices (due to speculation and shortages caused by the above two policies): an entirely manmade crisis.
The deindustrialization of Europe will, in turn, send new shockwaves across the already-disintegrating global economy. Japan, the world’s third-most industrialized economy, is also entering into the maelstrom, reporting rising corporate bankruptcies, along with financial turmoil. The West is sitting on its hands, while the financiers blow up the productive capacity we urgently need to reconstruct depressed once-modern economies and help industrialize former colonial nations abandoned to poverty.
Political breakdown follows economic and financial breakdown, a process for which the U.K. is merely today’s leading example. Entire political institutions are disappearing. Some say that if a general election were held in the U.K. today, the erstwhile Tory Party could lose as many as 300 seats in Parliament, and win only 20! A leading political poll in Germany found that the Linke party’s Sahra Wagenknecht—who is opposing sanctions on Russian energy, calling for a negotiated solution in Ukraine, and focusing her fire on NATO’s Green Party—is now the second most popular politician in Germany. In the United States, hysteria has broken out over the growing likelihood that there will be a Republican majority in the House of Representatives after the Nov. 8 midterms, and that majority, under pressure from their voters, will refuse to keep pumping arms and finances into NATO’s proxy war against Russia, using Ukraine.
As for the strategic breakdown, Russia’s Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov told Newsweek magazine on Oct. 20 that the Biden administration has “demolished” communication channels with his country. Newsweek understood the message, titling its report: “Russia Envoy to U.S.: Channel That Stopped Nuclear War 60 Years Ago Is Dead.” State Department spokesman Ned Price dismissed the charge out of hand, but Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin appears to have recognized the significance of Antonov’s message. He and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke by phone today for the first time since May.
These are not separate developments. As the late American economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche explained over and over, this is what happens when a system enters a “boundary condition,” where the old rules and conventional measures not only do not work anymore, but any action to “control” a problem generates a bigger one. The only solution is to go outside the system, and come up with the new axioms, more fit for humanity’s progress, on which a new system must be created. As proven by history, that is how Renaissances are brought about.
Or, as China’s Global Times daily advised Western governments after Liz “Who?” Truss resigned: “Truss’ dramatic resignation could also be seen as a microcosm of the decline in Western politics, as only replacing leaders without changing the mindset will not solve any problem.”
The “change in mindset” required to come out of this “epochal” crisis alive was precisely the issue raised by Lyndon LaRouche’s widow, Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in an interview today on CGTN’s “Dialogue” program. “It’s high time that a completely different geometry is being introduced; a new paradigm in thinking. We should be patriots, yes; but we should be at the same time world citizens, where the one humanity is put first,” she argued.
“The only way we can get out of this crisis is that enough forces in the United States—governors, state legislators, mayors—and also in Europe, recognize that we only have one planet. Either we work together with the many challenges we have, or we go in the direction of confrontation and we could even annihilate the human species if it ever would come to a global war; which we are very close to, by the way.”
New York’s independent LaRouche Party candidate for Senate, Diane Sare, is demonstrating in her campaign that such bold proposals for a total change on behalf of all humanity is what people in New York State, and those watching her campaign around the world, are looking for and responding to. Campaign reports from the streets of Staten Island and Buffalo are similar to the response in Mexico: as Celeste Sáenz, head of the Mexican Journalists Club, said in urging people to listen to the radio broadcast of her pre-taped interview with Diane Sare this Friday afternoon: “Please listen to her…. Don’t miss this: There is hope! There are many more of us citizens of the world who are for peace.”