Schiller Institute Conference, April 13-14, 2013

“Attaining Freedom through Necessity:
The Last Chance for Humanity”

A completely new financial and credit system, planetary defense of the Earth, energy security through nuclear power, the future of Eurasian cooperation, elimination of monetarism and the euro system, and the need for a renaissance of classical culture and science: all this and more was discussed intensely, and polemically, over two packed days of the Schiller Institute conference April 13-14 near Frankfurt, Germany.

All videos of the conference have already been, or will be, posted here:

Lyndon LaRouche: “Don't Stick to Stagnant Old Ideas, Ensure Mankind's Progress!” [more]

Schiller Institute Frankfurt Resolution: “Either Glass-Steagall, or Chaos and Genocide” [more]

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Helga Zepp-LaRouche opens the conference of the Schiller Institute

Delegates from 27 countries came together to deliberate on the “new paradigm” humanity needs to overcome the existential crises now bearing down in full force. As described by the founder of the Institute Helga Zepp-LaRouche in opening the conference, that paradigm has to be based on the true identity of man as a creative, cognitive being with an unbounded potential for self-development, who must be the center of the economy. Nothing less than such a positive vision for the future will work, she stressed.

The title of the conference comes from Schiller's idea of the “creative genius”, as a person who achieves freedom in fulfilling necessity, and for whom duty and compassion are the same thing.

Physical economist Lyndon LaRouche, in all his interventions, hammered on the overriding urgency of implementing a new credit system worldwide, with Glass-Steagall legislation as a first step, to bring down the “British Empire” system once and for all, and of taking up the challenge of planetary defense for mankind as a whole, which by itself will spark a tremendous economic recovery (cf. excerpts of his speech below).

What became perfectly clear over the course of the presentations is the utter failure of the present system of neo-liberalism and globalization – what LaRouche refers to as the “British Empire” -- which cannot even provide any more for the physical existence of the population. As Jacques Cheminade pointed out in his presentation, what is happening in Europe right now has nothing to do with capitalism, or even financial capitalism, it is financial fascism. Economist Natalia Vitrenko, head of the progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, gave a gripping account of the conditions there since the unbridled privatization spree began in the early 1990s. Prof. Theodore Katsenevas from the University of Piraeus in Greece, showed the devastation in his country, while calling for Greece to leave the euro. A very similar picture emerged from short reports by the Spanish and Australian delegations attending, while economist Nino Galloni of Italy went into the possibilities for financing development in the Mediterranean area.

Also from Europe came messages from Icelandic parliamentarian Alfheidur Ingadottir of the Green Party, who reported on the fight for Glass-Steagall type legislation in her country, and by two members of the Cyprus Green Party, parliamentarian George Perdikes and Secretary for International relations Efi Xanthou, who denounced the “shock therapy” applied by the Troika in Cyprus. These contributions, each in its own way, underlined the urgency of stopping the rush into a “bankers' dictatorship” in Europe and of freeing the peoples from the euro system.

From the United States, LPAC leader Diane Sare, currently running for governor of New Jersey, described the dire conditions there under the Obama Administration, but also the growing impact the LaRouche movement is having with its campaigns. Bruce Fein, a former Assistant Attorney General in the Reagan Administration, denounced the creeping totalitarianism taking over the United States, while going more deeply into the question of the very foundations of civilization and of government.

The issue of Eurasian economic cooperation was introduced by Jacques Cheminade with a sweeping view of the methodology needed to meet the challenges today. The panel also heard from Daisuke Kotegawa, the Research Director of the Canon Institute and former representative of Japan at the IMF, who showed how the lessons from the so-called Asian crisis 20 years ago were deliberately never drawn by the trans-Atlantic region (cf. SAS of this week), and from Dr. Cui Hongjian, the Director of European Studies of the China Institute of International Studies, who went into recent developments in China and the problematic of the swift economic growth in some parts of the country. EIR Arabic Editor Hussein Askary presented the prospects for peace and development in the Middle East, before showing a video message from the Iraqi representative to the FAO endorsing the “Green Belt” great project promoted by the Schiller Institute.

The Institute was pleased to feature several Russian speakers at the conference, on different panels. Historian Alexander Nagorny, deputy editor of Zavtra, spoke on the Chinese dimension of the strategic triangle U.S.-China-Russia; the role of Russia in the global crisis was dealt with by Mikhail Delyagin, doctor of Economics, Director of the Institute of Problems of Globalization; historian Andrey Fursov, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, went into the social nature of the crisis and the challenges it poses to social science. All three are members of the recently-founded Izborsk Club in Russia, which is dedicated in its own way to seeking a “new paradigm” for the future.

Dr. Kirill Benediktov, a writer and editorial board member of Terra America, presented the dangers of asteroids and comets from an historical viewpoint, and then went into the Russian proposals on planetary defense. After him spoke Jason Ross of the LaRouche scientific team in the United States, who followed up with the incredible benefits to the real economy that a strategic defense of the Earth project would have.

On energy security for the 21st Century, three presentations on the indispensable use and development of nuclear power, in particular new generation technologies, were given by Dr. Henri Safa of the French Atomic Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA), Prof. Dr. Eduardo Greaves, currently at the Institut de Physique Nucléaire in France, and Dr. Urban Cleve, a senior nuclear engineer from Germany

The last panel was devoted to classical culture and in particular the work of the Schiller Institute in bringing about a new Renaissance. The leitmotif that kept coming up during the course of the two days, a high point of which was a classical concert on Saturday evening featuring Verdi arias and the Mozart Requiem, is that classical culture and the image of man it conveys, is and will be the determining factor for overcoming the current crises.  

Lyndon LaRouche: “Don't Stick to Stagnant Old Ideas,
Ensure Mankind's Progress!“

Lyndon LaRouche opened his remarks to the Schiller Institute conference on April 13 by underlining the extreme dangers facing mankind today. The problem is centered on Europe and North America, with other regions being secondary, and unable to provide the solution.

We now face a hyperinflationary financial crisis, he said, with ferocious austerity already being imposed in Europe, the U.S., and elsewhere. The rate of production of necessities is falling, and it's falling at an accelerating rate. Despite that, what is not understood in almost any part of Europe, and little understood in the United States, is that “this system is about to go into a collapse.” There is, LaRouche stressed again and again, an intention behind this. That intention has been expressed in the entourage of the Queen of England, “who considers herself the Empress of the world -- and to a large degree she is... Western and Central Europe are nothing but puppets of the British Empire. You don't have nation-states any more. You don't have sovereignty any more. You have a system, and the system is run essentially from London,” and it must be defeated. But “no one in Europe has a chance, now, of doing much about it. Because they're all tied in, so heavily, to the so-called euro system. The euro system is a mass suicide system of the unwilling.” The intention of the British Empire is massive depopulation of the world. The oligarchy is going with “a program of explicit genocide,” which is also the policy of the President of the United States, as seen in the various wars he's waging, and in his health policy, LaRouche noted. Their policy is “be nice to money”, even if it means “killing people”. The solution, LaRouche stressed, is to separate the banks under Glass-Steagall legislation, and then set up a real credit system, which corresponds in fact to “the fundamental law” of the United States. “Glass-Steagall is [just] the name given to that law, at a specific time in history.” It's the way America, which later became the United States, was able to reach such phenomenal development. That approach can save the countries of the trans-Atlantic region, and beyond, by building up the physical economy, LaRouche explained. The problem is that people don't understand what economy is all about. “We can learn a lesson from the animal kingdom, because the animal kingdom evolves. Evolution is the natural state of living processes. As far as we know, the general trend of all living processes is based on evolution. The evolution to higher energy flux forms of existence.” All the progress mankind has made is a result of the utilization and recognition of this principle. Under the evolutionary process, LaRouche went on, species go from lower qualities of development to higher. But mankind, differently to all other kinds of animals, “has the power to evolve voluntarily... not by changing his biology, but by changing his mind....Only human beings have noetic powers of mind.” The object, thus, “is always to go to higher levels of technology, which means kill off the Green policy! If you want to survive, end the Green policy, because that's a death sentence. It's a suicide pact!” Mankind must progress, and rise from lower forms of energy flux density to higher forms of energy flux density. Today, for example, we are helpless against the asteroids and comets inside the solar system, and we must develop the means of protecting future generations of mankind. The principle of a successful economy, LaRouche said, is the principle of progress, of going to higher energy flux density, to higher standards of productivity. If we don't, we won't be able to defend Earth and the people on it from threats coming from outer space. But we will not be able to do so unless we implement a Glass-Steagall policy now. The new kinds of threats we face, LaRouche suggested, should “frighten everyone into doing something good about it,” by increasing the energy flux density of technology and reversing the Green policy,” which prevents mankind from ensuring life in the future. At this stage, he said, the landmark of that “lies in dealing with the threats of those asteroids out there. What once I used to call the Strategic Defense Initiative, when I pushed that policy and we got a lot of people to accept it, in Russia as well, or in the Soviet Union as well.... These kinds of discoveries of principle, which depend upon that mankind must always become better than himself. Whoever you are, whatever you represent, you must become better than yourself. “The whole point of the U.S. system, the system which we're trying to revive as a Glass-Steagall system today, is the only system which provides for a survival of civilization. So let's dump all those things that people have as cheap-shot successes. There's only one thing that will save mankind -- increase the productive powers of labor. And don't stick to stagnant old ideas. There are new threats and new opportunities and new happinesses out there waiting to be seized. People have to know they exist, and then they have to choose to accept them.”  

Schiller Institute Frankfurt Resolution:
“Either Glass-Steagall, or Chaos and Genocide”

The following resolution was adopted on April 14, at the conclusion of the conference dedicated to the creation of a New Paradigm to Save Civilization.

"We, gathered here near Frankfurt, Germany, representing countries from all continents, give our full support to the immediate voting up of a Glass-Steagall Act in the United States, both in the House of Representatives and the Senate, in line with the bill introduced by Rep. Marcy Kaptur and Rep. Walter Jones called the “Return to Prudent Banking Act” (HR 129).

"We are all convinced that it is a matter of life or death, and that it is only a Glass-Steagall Act in the United States that can stop the genocidal policies of the worldwide monetarist system. It is the necessary weapon to break the chains of the British Empire. In a word: It is either Glass-Steagall, or chaos and genocide.

"We in our respective countries are committed to lead that fight for a Glass-Steagall principle, both in the United States and within each of our nations. Glass-Steagall is only the first step. We must also replace the present monetary system with a public credit system in the tradition of Alexander Hamilton, based on national banking, in order to finance reconstruction of the world economy. That implies each country's sovereignty over its own currency.

"If mankind is to have a future, we must end the present policies of conflict resolution through war, and agree on the common aims of mankind, such as overcoming poverty on Earth, and defending the planet against the very real dangers from outer space through the policies of the Strategic Defense of Earth.

"The immediate implementation of Glass-Steagall, however, is the absolutely irreplaceable mandatory first step, without which none of the other objectives has any chance of realization.

"Our common development is the new name of peace and the only alternative to thermonuclear war."