“Inspiring Humanity to Survive the Greatest Crisis in World History”
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Lyndon LaRouche, the Schiller Institute held a highly successful online conference on Sept. 10-11 under the banner in the title above. And inspiring it was, as the participants and speakers agreed. On Sept. 8, the actual birth date of LaRouche, who passed away in February 2019, celebrations were held in many cities around the world, while a “video marathon” took place on the Schiller Institute website, with excerpts of speeches and presentations by the American economist over nearly 50 years.
The conference itself looked into many aspects of LaRouche’s method of thinking, his science of physical economy and the programs he proposed to solve so many of the crises and challenges humanity faces. A leitmotif of the two days was that if the world, and in particular, the United States, had listened to LaRouche, we would not be in this, “the greatest crisis in world history”, today, with the very real danger of a nuclear world war that would annihilate civilization.
In Panel III, a small sampling was shown of seven speeches he held over the years in different countries (Peru, 2000, Poland, 2001, India, 2003, a seminar on China, 1997, Russia, 1996, Brazil, 2002, United Arab Emirates, 2002). Each presentation began with a universal principle or a strategic overview, to then address the economic and cultural concerns of the nation which he was addressing in a global context, always incorporating profound ideas, and emphasizing the creative powers of the human mind to develop solutions.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche said that she had had the good fortune of traveling with her husband to some 40 different countries, and “what always struck me, and naturally also other people, was that he was able to talk with the most diverse groups of people: be it scientists in Russia, fishermen in Peru, shoemakers in Italy, military men in France, political leaders from Africa, philologists in India, musicians from many countries, historians from Europe, engineers and farmers from the United States, industrialists from Germany, and the list could go on for a very long time. He would always leave his interlocutors with the impression that he was an expert in their field, knowing more about the matter than they themselves….
“But despite his universal knowledge, there was not one iota of arrogance or ego in Lyn. He lived so much in the heights of ideas that he was able to evoke in his discussion partners a creative spark, a self-subsisting impulse to think with greater clarity, so that the person he was speaking with always would feel self-elevated, motivated to explore new areas of knowledge and different viewpoints. In this way, he touched the lives of a very large number of people in his long and extremely productive life.”
A highlight of the conference was the announcement by the LaRouche Legacy Foundation (LLF), also in Panel III, of the opening of the digital “LaRouche Library” (https://larouchelibrary.org/). The goal is to publish, in text, audio and video forms, all of his works and make them available, free of charge, to everyone who wishes to study the ideas of this great mind. Several hundred documents are already up on the website and can be consulted. Translations in foreign languages will also be included.
In addition to the digital library, the LLF is also preparing Volume II of LaRouche’s Collected Works for publication, which focuses on his cultural contributions. (If you don’t have Volume I of the Collected Works already, you can order it from our services, at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our readers are encouraged to watch the proceedings of the conference at https://schillerinstitute.com/blog/2022/09/09/. The program for the two days is provided below.