For over four decades, physical economist Lyndon LaRouche has provided the intellectual and political leadership in the fight for a new international economic order for the planet, for the purpose of ending the historic imperial control of monetarism and unleashing mankind's creative powers as a species in order to be able to fulfill the new human right of Wealth for All.
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The profound impact of LaRouche's intellectual leadership is clearly reflected in the current actions being taken by the BRICS nations and others to create a new global financial architecture and strategic alliance among nations, with the recent establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) and related developments.
A partial timeline of LaRouche's role in leading the fight for a new international economic order is chronicled below:
LaRouche Calls For Establishment of International Development Bank (IDB)
At a series of press conferences in April of 1975 in Bonn, Germany and in Milan, Italy, LaRouche presents his plan for “the immediate establishment of an International Development Bank as an agreement among the three principal world sectors—the industrialized capitalist sector, the so-called developing sector, and socialist countries.” He specifies that the immediate concentration of the investment thus made possible should be industrial development and expanded food production worldwide.
LaRouche predicts that the present, or then-existing, international monetary system of the I.M.F., would inevitably go bankrupt, and should be replaced by a different credit-creating institution, namely, an International Development Bank (I.D.B.), to facilitate long-term, low-interest credit for capital investment and capital-goods transfer from the industrialized sector to the so-called developing sector, in order to overcome the underdevelopment of Africa, Latin America, and large parts of Asia.
LaRouche issues a policy document for international circulation titled "IDB: How The International Development Bank Will Work" [PDF] in which he declared that two immediate, interconnected actions were imperative:
(1) The declaration of a commitment to sweeping financial
reorganization of the world monetary system, involving an orderly
process of debt moratoria and the establishment of an institution
such as the proposed International Development Bank (IDB)
(2) Immediate commitment to enact, within each national sector of
the capitalist world, these measures of emergency
financial-reorganization legislation required to facilitate
immediate economic recovery in conjunction with IDB efforts.
Non-Aligned Movement Summit Calls for New International Economic Order
Within months, eighty-five nations, representing 2 billion people,
meet in Colombo, Sri Lanka for the Fifth Summit of the Non-Aligned
Movement and issue a unanimous declaration [PDF]
calling for a new international economic order on August 19, 1976,
identical in many regards to LaRouche's proposals spelled out in his
policy document from the preceding year.
The declaration endorses both the establishment of a new
international monetary and financial system to replace the
International Monetary Fund and provide capital for Third World
development through the creation of a Bank of the Developing
Countries, as well as a debt moratorium for the least developed
countries whose outstanding debts at the time made economic
development for those nations impossible. The heads of state of the
Non-Aligned nations declare that this summit represented:
new step for the establishment of the new world economic order, and
in particular, the essential element of such a new order, a new
monetary and financial system."
In her keynote address to the summit, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike endorses the establishment of a development bank for the Third World: "The developing countries are consistently denied the true value of their output by the vagaries of the international market and the manipulations of international finance. The developed countries have shaped the international financial system to suit their interests. Should we in the developing world sustain such a system? Should we not, instead attempt to develop a system all our own? ... One area of great promise, would be the establishment of a commercial bank — a Bank for the Third World — the bank of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. This would not be another non-aligned solidarity fund. It would be a genuine commercial bank and a truly multinational enterprise."
Frederick Wills Calls for International Development Bank at United Nations
Immediately following the Colombo Summit, the Foreign Minister of
Guyana, Frederick Wills, addresses the United Nations General
Assembly in New York, on September 27, 1976, and calls for the
establishment of a new international economic order through the
creation of an international development bank and a debt moratorium
for the developing world. Wills declared that "there can be no
meaningful economic advance without the implementation of the New
International Economic Order."
"The IMF and the Bretton Woods monetary system must give way to
alternative structures like international development banks... The
crippling problem of debt and the servicing of debt has assumed a
special urgency. Developing countries cannot afford to depart from
their basic and fundamental demand made in Colombo earlier this year
calling for measures of cancellation, rescheduling, and the
declaration of moratoria. We cannot afford to mortgage the future of
unborn generations to the obligations of burdensome capital
repayments and crushing debt servicing. The time has come for a debt
LaRouche Declares: The United States Must Integrate Itself Into The I.D.B.
In his capacity as a presidential candidate for the U.S. Labor Party
in the 1976 Presidential elections, Lyndon LaRouche celebrates the
historic decisions made by the Non-Aligned Movement at the Colombo
have succeeded in mobilizing 85 countries and 2 billion people
around our program. That is what I have worked for all my life. Our
small organization has accomplished what many termed impossible. We
must use our victory at Colombo to organize the American working
class behind our program. They want to do something but the average
person lacks the sense of how to fight. Colombo changes this
prescription. Colombo has shown these forces what can be done on a
world scale with a cadre of a handful of people... The United States
will have to integrate itself into the International Development
LaRouche Situates India's Role in New International Economic Order
In a two-part special report called "The Struggle For Indian Freedom: A New Program" [Part 1, Part 2], LaRouche states that India can lead the Non-Aligned Movement in declaring a debt moratorium as a "strategic weapon," as well as establishing the International Development Bank to promote world economic development: "The first contribution India must make in this battle is to lead the developing countries, in convert with leading Third World nations, in a declaration of moratoria on the payment of all debt to the bankrupt monetarist institutions of the IMF-World Bank and their aid consortia. The freezing of unpayable debts to the monetarists is not only morally imperative but is the strategic weapon we must wield to open the way to the establishment of a new monetary system. As the 1975 programmatic document, The International Development Bank, proposed, the central task of a New World Economic Order is to facilitate the greatest possible flow of technologies and industrial process from the advanced sector into the developing sector."
Indira Gandhi Delivers Exclusive Interview To EIR Magazine
The year before her stunning comeback victory as Prime Minister of
India, Indira Gandhi delivers the first of several exclusive
interviews to LaRouche's Executive
Intelligence Reviewmagazine. In the interview, conducted at her
home in New Delhi, Gandhi strongly defends a return to the
non-aligned foreign policy of her father Jawaharlal Nehru, and
insists that only a policy of aggressive government support for
investment in science and technology can save India from crushing
and technology, this is essentialto
fight poverty. It is ridiculous to say that you can solve rural
problems without science and without industry; you simply can't. In
our scheme of things, there is no conflict between agriculture and
industry; they complement one another."
In another interview with EIR immediately
after her victory in the 1980 elections, Prime Minister Indira
Gandhi elaborates on her development policy:
is a developing country, and development has been rather uneven. It
is obvious that where there is industry it is much easier for that
area to grow and for people to get more jobs. We have a program for
developing backward areas and we have made progress in it... We have
to encourage investment to increase production, we have to build up
the distribution system for essential commodities... We have to take
up again the special programs for the poorest and weaker sections of
LaRouche Defines Program For The Industrialization of Africa
The Fusion Energy Foundation, an international association of scientists founded by Lyndon LaRouche, holds an international conference in Paris titled "The Industrialization of Africa" on the subject of a New International Economic Order as the indispensable precondition for the development of the African continent. The proceedings of the conference are published in a book [PDF] whose preface declares: "The purpose of this present book is to make the ideas a conceptions accessible to a broader leadership and, thereby, to make it an active element in the present conflict over the New World Economic Order... The purpose is to demonstrate, in concrete form, a perspective for the development of the entirety of Africa as an alternative to Malthusian polices... to launch the industrialization of Africa in the context of the New World Economic Order in the 1980s."
Lyndon LaRouche authors a paper for the conference titled The Myth About Equilibrium Economics which contains a section called "The Hamiltonian New World Economic Order" in which he elaborates the Hamiltonian principles underlying his original IDB proposal. This document is a follow-up to a report LaRouche authored the previous year titled The Theory of the European Monetary Fund, in which he stated: "The success of the United States has been based on the same essential 'dirigist' policy outlined in the IDB proposal. This policy was articulated in Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton's 1791 Report on Manufactures... The crucial feature of Hamilton's Report on Manufactures is his proof that the sole source of wealth of nations is technological, capital-intensive advances in the productive powers of labor."
LaRouche Drafts Forty-Year Plan to Industrialize India
Lyndon LaRouche releases a program to transform India into an
industrial superpower at a conference sponsored by Executive
Intelligence Review and
the Fusion Energy
Foundation. Greetings to the conference are sent by Indian
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who says:
1947 India has made considerable progress in science and technology.
The world now recognizes the versatility and capability of our
industries. Our aim is to make our country self-reliant... It is
appropriate to assess our progress now and to look into the future.
My good wishes to the conference on India's industrial development
being held by the European Fusion Foundation and the Executive
LaRouche Meets With Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in New Delhi, India
In April, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche travel to India where they meet with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for the first time, along with several members of parliament, leading scientists, industrialists and economists. While in New Delhi, LaRouche addresses the Indian Council of World Affairs, as well as the Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis, and the Jawaharlal Nehru University School of International Studies. LaRouche then travels to Bombay to tour the Bhabha Atomic Research Center. LaRouche's speech to the Indian Council on World Affairs is titled "A New Approach to North-South Relations" in which he states that the program adopted at the Non-Aligned summit in Colombo must be the basic model for achieving a new world economic order, and declares: "I propose that the developing nations, and the spokesmen of them, make a unilateral statement to this effect: that there will be international cooperation on East-West/North-South development interrelatedly; that conditions of political stability and peace be premised upon the mutual self-interests of the parties in promoting economic development."
LaRouche Meets With President of Mexico López Portillo in Mexico City
Immediately after returning from his meeting with Indira Gandhi in India, Lyndon LaRouche travels to Mexico City to meet with President of Mexico López Portillo on May 27, 1982. At a press conference at the presidential palace Los Pinos following the meeting, LaRouche proposes that the nations of Ibero-America unite to deploy a "debt bomb" against the City of London to force a restructuring of the world economic system as the means to ushering in the New International Economic Order. Multiple leading Latin American newspapers publish stories on May 28 covering LaRouche's proposal.
LaRouche Issues "Operation Juárez" Proposal for Nations of South America
Immediately following his meeting with Mexican President José López Portillo, LaRouche issues a major policy document titled "Operation Juárez" [PDF] in which he develops on his original proposal for an International Development Bank in the context of the debt crisis facing South America. LaRouche proposes that the nations of Ibero-America to use their collective strategic leverage as debtor-nations to unite in a common bloc and unilaterally declare a restructuring of their debts and the establishment of a new monetary order. The formation of an international development bank among these nations, would serve "as a coordinating agency for planning investments and trade-expansion among the member-republics," LaRouche says. "This bank will soon become one of the most powerful financial institutions in the world." he declares. "If a sufficient portion of the Ibero-American nations enter into such an agreement, the result is the assembly of one of the most powerful economies in the world from an array of individually weak powers... The Ibero-American continent could rapidly emerge as a leading economic power of the world, an economic super-power."
President López Portillo Demands New International Economic Order at UN
In August of 1982, President Lopez Portillo acts on LaRouche's
proposals as contained in Operation Juárez by adopting credit
controls on Mexico's currency, nationalizing the Mexican banking
system, and announcing a debt moratorium on Mexican debt. On October
1, he addresses the United Nations General Assembly, where he
constant concern and activity of Mexico in the international arena,
is the transition to a New Economic Order... It is imperative that
the New International Economic Order establish a link between
refinancing the development of countries that suffer capital flight,
and the capital that has fled... Let us not continue in this vicious
circle: it could be the beginning of a new medieval Dark Age,
without the possibility of a Renaissance....We cannot fail. There is
cause to be alarmist. Not only the heritage of civilization is at
stake, but also the very survival of our children, of future
generations and of the human species."
LaRouche in Rome: 'The Theory of the New World Economic Order'
Lyndon LaRouche delivers a speech on October 20 in Rome titled 'The
Theory of the New World Economic Order' [PDF]
in which he says "I shall summarize the scientific basis for the
establishment of a New World Economic Order." LaRouche states: "My
chief personal role in the effort to establish a just new world
economic order has been to apply my special skills as an economist
to design policy-structures of economic and monetary policies."
LaRouche elaborates the scientific theory behind his Operation
specifying "potential relative population density" as the necessary
measure for the performance of economies, and states:
define economic science as a study of the manner in which the use of
technological progress maintains and increases this potential
relative population density."
Helga LaRouche in Paris: New World Economic Order to Stop New World War
On the eve of the 7th Non-Aligned Movement summit in New Delhi,
India, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche address an international audience
in Paris to signal support for the creation of the New World
Economic Order from within the industrialized world. The conference
is attended by Frederick Wills, former Foreign Minister of Guyana,
as well as diplomats, scientists, and political leaders from over
fifty countries. Helga LaRouche tells the conference, "The gigantic
struggle which marks the battle for the New World Economic Order is
nothing less than the fight for the survival of the human race, and
a fight for the principle of the inviolability of human dignity and
the rights of all peoples on this planet." Helga LaRouche elaborates
the strategy detailed in LaRouche's Operation
is only one way the poor and the weak can force the world to reason:
the developing countries should form a debtors' cartel, to force
through a controlled reorganization of the world economic system,
and the New World Economic Order... In the next few weeks, at the
summit of Non-Aligned nations, or shortly afterward, a group of
developing nations must drop the debt bomb. On a certain day, Day X,
these countries must announce together their incapacity to pay their
debts, and, appealing to the self-interest of the industrialized
nations, propose a controlled, global, reorganization of debts, and
the creation of a New World Economic Order, as Lyndon LaRouche has
suggested in the document 'Operation
Indira Gandhi Hosts Non-Aligned: "New Economic Order or Nuclear War"
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi hosts the 7th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in New Delhi, India, where she warns, "Humankind is balancing on the brink of the collapse of the world economic system and annihilation through nuclear war" and calls for the convening of "an international conference on money and finance for development." She specifies that such a conference "should suggest comprehensive reforms of the international monetary system [to] facilitate the mobilization of developmental finance for investment in vital areas of food, energy and industrial development." Prime Minister Gandhi also calls for "a major debt restructuring exercise," stating that the "debt problem of developing countries has assumed an unprecedented dimension." She appeals to the 100 heads of state present to seize the "marvelous opportunity" before them, saying: "The eyes of the world are upon us. Let us decide here to usher in a New International Economic Order, to call for an International Conference on Money and Finance for Development."
The 'New Delhi Appeal' which is adopted by the 100 world leaders present, representing almost half of humanity, echoes Indira Gandhi's warnings of "the threat of a worldwide nuclear catastrophe" as well as her demands for an international conference on finance for development: "A thorough-going restructuring of the existing international economic order through a process of global negotiations is necessary. Non-aligned countries are committed to strive for the establishment of the New International Economic Order based on justice and equality. We propose the immediate convening of an international conference on money and finance for development, with universal participation, and a comprehensive restructuring of the international monetary and financial system."
Lyndon LaRouche's call for debtor-nations to unite and unilaterally declare a restructuring of their debts, as specified in his "Operation Juárez," pervades the debate at the summit, and is raised notably by the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, who calls for the establishment of "a common organization of debtor countries" to conduct "joint efforts and actions that would induce the creditors to seriously consider the necessity of a new international economic order." Ultimately, the Economic Declaration of the summit states: "It is essential to secure a cancellation of the external debt owed to developed countries by the least developed countries."
Ronald Reagan Announces the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
On March 23, 1983, only days after the summit in New Delhi, President Ronald Reagan shocks the world by announcing the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), calling on the scientific community to "turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace; to give us the means of rendering nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete." This historic announcement is the result of years of back-channel negotiations which Lyndon LaRouche conducted personally on behalf and at the behest of leading members of Reagan's presidential team.
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Brief History of LaRouche's SDI
LaRouche had proposed beginning in 1977, in a pamphlet titled "Sputnik of the Seventies" [PDF] that an international crash program to develop a space-based missile defense system based on new physical principles would provide the economic driver to fuel global development. The pamphlet proposed "long-range economic and scientific collaboration with the Soviet Union among other nations, which will eliminate the danger of world obliteration" and emphasized the "tremendous revolutionary industrial implications available to this nation and the world if the political will of the United States forces a recommitment to technological progress in the form of an International Development Bank (IDB) and its national concomitant, the Third National Bank."
On March 24, LaRouche greets Reagan's announcement saying:
is, at last, hope that the thermonuclear nightmare will be ended
during the remainder of this decade... The words the President spoke
last night can never be put back into the bottle. Most of the world
will soon know, and will never forget that policy announcement. With
those words, the President has changed the course of modern history.
Today I am prouder to be an American than I have been since the
first manned landing on the Moon. For the first time in 20 years, a
President of the United States has contributed a public action of
great leadership, to give a new basis for hope to humanity's future
to an agonized and demoralized world. True greatness in an American
President touched President Ronald Reagan last night; it is a moment
of greatness never to be forgotten."
LaRouche Meets With Indira Gandhi in India for Second Time
On July 13, as part of a tour of several nations in Asia, Lyndon and
Helga LaRouche have their second meeting with the Prime Minister of
India, Indira Gandhi. Ten days later, Indira Gandhi inaugurates a
new heavy water nuclear reactor at Kalpakkam, saying:
science, particularly nuclear science, is dedicated to development,
the achievement of freedom from want, and the provision of
essentials and an honorable life for the masses. We are to make the
In the weeks following, LaRouche issues a special report titled "A 50-Year Development Policy for the Indian-Pacific Oceans Basin" [PDF] proposing three projects for the development of the Pacific region: 1) a canal through the Kra isthmus of Thailand, 2) a new sea-level canal across the Panamanian isthmus, and 3) the expansion and improvement of the Suez Canal. LaRouche specifies that the preconditions for developing the Pacific basin are the "required reforms of the international monetary system specified in Operation Juárez" which would create "a new international economic order not inconsistent with the monetary and economic policies of the American System. The paradigm for a republican monetary order is the statement of policies set forth in U.S. Treasury Secretary Hamilton's famous Reports to the Congress, on credit, a national bank, and manufactures."
Lyndon LaRouche Addresses Conference in Bangkok on Kra Canal
Lyndon LaRouche travels to Thailand in October 1983 to address the
first of several conferences in Bangkok on building the Kra Canal,
jointly sponsored by EIR,
the Fusion Energy Foundation, and the Thai Ministry of
Communications. This conference is followed by another in October of
the following year for which LaRouche writes a policy paper titled
"The Pivotal Role of Thailand in the Economic Development of
Southeast Asia" [PDF]
in which he states:
prospect of establishing a sea-level waterway through the Isthmus of
Thailand, ought to be seen not only as an important development of
basic economic infrastructure both for Thailand and the cooperating
nations of the region; this proposed canal should also be seen as a
keystone, around which might be constructed a healthy and balanced
development of needed basic infrastructure in a more general way."
Schiller Institute Founded: Adopts Declaration of Inalienable Rights of Man
Helga Zepp-LaRouche founds an international strategic and cultural
organization, the Schiller Institute, named after the German 'Poet
of Freedom' Friedrich Schiller. In describing the intended purpose
of the Schiller Institute, Helga LaRouche states:
us enter into the solemn pledge to work to end for all time every
form of imperialism, and that means above all that we must bring
about a just world order that will make possible the urgently
necessary development of the southern hemisphere."
The International Schiller Institute adopts 'The Declaration of the
Inalienable Rights of Man' as its founding document, based on the US
Declaration of Independence, which asserts:
history of the present International Financial Institutions is a
history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct
object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States;
They have refused their Assent to our plans of development, the most
wholesome and necessary for the public good; They have forbidden
their Banks to engage in business of immediate and pressing
importance for us, and in equal terms; They have dictated to us
terms of trade and relations of currency, that have relinquished our
Rights as Equals in the World Community, a Right inestimable to them
and formidable to tyrants only; They have overthrown legitimate
governments repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness their
invasions on rights of the people; They have endeavored to prevent
the necessary population increase for industrialization of these
The document ends by declaring:
"We, therefore, the Representatives of the Peoples of the World, do
solemnly declare... that all human beings on this planet have
inalienable rights, which guarantee them life, freedom, material
conditions worthy of man, and the right to develop fully all
potentialities of their intellect and their souls. That therefore a
change in the present monetary and economic order is necessary and
urgent, to establish justice among the peoples of the world..."
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi Assassinated in New Delhi, India
On October 31, 1984, the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, is
assassinated at her home in New Delhi. Lyndon LaRouche writes:
morning, at 9: 18 a.m., New Delhi time, assassins of a London-based
terrorist cult murdered one of the greatest world leaders of our
generation. India's Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. My wife and I, who
loved her dearly, can not find words adequate to express our
personal grief. If India is destabilized as a result of this
assassination, the effects could become quickly as dangerous as the
murder of the Austrian Archduke Francis Ferdinand, on June 28, 1914,
the incident which triggered World War I."
Three days before her assassination, Mrs. Gandhi stated in a press
interview with United Press International:
I were to die serving my country, I would be very proud... I feel I
have to fight evil, I have to fight what is wrong, but you cannot be
bothered about what is happening to you in consequence. You have to
go on with your job."
Helga LaRouche: 'Indira Gandhi Memorial Summit' for a New Economic Order
On January 15, Helga Zepp-LaRouche addresses a 10,00 person 'March
For The Inalienable Rights of Man' in Washington, D.C. organized by
the Schiller Institute in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday, to call for the convening of an Indira Gandhi Memorial
Summit between debtor and creditor nations "to implement a rapid
program for massive debt renegotiation for a new, just world
economic order." Helga LaRouche told the rally:
have created a new movement, a movement for the Inalienable Rights
of Man, for all people on our planet; and we will not stop fighting
until a new, just world economic order has been created... I have a
dream today that all men shall become brothers."
Schiller Institute Conference in Rome: A New Just World Economic Order
At a conference in November attended by 800 people sponsored by the Schiller Institute in Rome, Italy, Helga Zepp LaRouche delivers the keynote titled "The New Just World Economic Order: Humanity's Only Chance for Survival," stating: "Only when we take the highest ideal of humanity as the point of departure for our efforts, will we be able to have a just world order based upon a community of national sovereign republics, progress among all peoples, and thus, peace."
The conference is also addressed by numerous political, religious,
and scientific leaders from Europe, Africa, South American, and the
United States, who adopt a resolution addressed to Pope John Paul
Schiller Institute, gathered in Rome to celebrate the 1,600th
anniversary of the conversion to Christianity of St. Augustine, the
father of European and African civilization, sends greetings to His
Holiness Pope John Paul II, requesting him to continue to exercise
his religious leadership and moral authority in the present crisis
of humanity to cast out the forces of usury and to favor the
creation of a just New World Economic Order for all nations."
LaRouche Publishes Program for 'The Integration of Ibero-America'
In 1986, the LaRouche movement publishes a 340-page book-length
special report in Spanish, named La
Integración lbero-Americana as
an elaboration of LaRouche's Operation
Juárez, specifying great projects for the development the
continent, including the construction of a interoceanic sea-level
'Second Panama Canal' [PDF].
The introduction of the book states:
the Malvinas War, in May 1982, U. S. economist Lyndon H. LaRouche,
Jr. traveled to Mexico to meet with President Jose Lopez Portillo
and other important political leaders. Some of them asked him to
write out his proposal for dealing with the problem of the foreign
debt. Three months later, the historic essay Operation
published, in which LaRouche takes up the old integrationist idea,
and poses the necessity of immediately forming a Debtors' Club and
an Ibero-American Common Market... This book intends as its primary
purpose to contribute to the realization of that longed-for
integration, demonstrating both the feasibility and the conceptual
grounding for the Ibero-American Common Market. Its more detailed
elaboration will be the task of that successful integrationist
movement that we also seek to awaken and consolidate."
LaRouche Forecasts October 'Black Monday' Stock Market Crash
In May 1987, Lyndon LaRouche issues a press release titled "Global
Financial Crisis Predicted For October" [PDF]
in which he states that, under the conditions of "a continuation of
the foolish international monetary policy" of the U.S. government,"
an October crash would be very probable." LaRouche identifies the
IMF "conditionalities" regime under which debtor nations are forced
to devalue their currency in order to obtain new lines of credit,
"turning a poor debt-repayment possibility by these countries, into
an impossible one, in each case." LaRouche states:
'zero-economic-growth mafia' inside the IMF and World Bank
bureaucracies, acting with U.S. government support, has been
collapsing the internal economies and world trade of both developing
and Western industrialized nations, while piling up the financial
obligations of both developing and industrialized nations. We have
been increasing nations' obligations to pay debt, while destroying
their means for paying that debt."
Precisely on schedule, on October 19 (now known as 'Black Monday'),
stock markets across the planet crashed, with the Dow Jones losing
almost a quarter of its value in a single day. LaRouche issues a
statement titled "October Financial Crisis Happened On Schedule" [PDF]
in which he situates the crash in the context of the failure to
enact his Operation
the spring of 1982 I warned the world that a 'debt bomb' was about
to explode in Central and South America. I forecast the explosion to
begin during the period of August and September that year. At the
request of leaders of some nations of Central and South America, in
June of that year, I wrote a detailed report, titled Operation
Juárez, explaining the nature of the crisis, and detailing the
measures which both these nations and the U.S. government must
take... President L6pez Portillo acted as my Operation
specified. The world was saved for another month. The governments of
Argentina and Brazil promised to support Mexico's policy, but both
later broke that promise. The Reagan administration rejected my
Operation Juarez option, and moved to crush and loot Mexico, and to
proceed to loot every nation of Central and South America... For
this five years, we have paid a terrible price. What could have been
the easily manageable 'debt bomb' crisis of 1982, has been pyramided
into the biggest financial crisis in history."
LaRouche in Bretton Woods: "A New International Economic Order"
The Schiller Institute sponsors a conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire titled "A New Just World Economic Order: Development Is The Name For Peace" on January 30-31, 1988. In attendance is Frederick Wills, former Foreign Minister of Guyana, who delivers a speech titled "The History of the Fight for the New World Economic Order" [PDF] relating how he first became acquainted with Lyndon LaRouche and his idea for an International Development Bank. Wills declares: "It is time to return to the fundamental appreciation that money and monetary systems are the servants of humanity."
Helga LaRouche also speaks on "The Dignity of Man in a New World
Economic Order," and Lyndon LaRouche delivers the keynote, titled
"The Tasks of Establishing an Equitable New International Monetary
in which he describes the history of his Operation
Juárezproposal, and elaborates how the President of the United
States can act to create a new international monetary system to
replace the post-1971 Bretton Woods system:
President, I would have most of the so-called "Third World" leaders
meet, and settle immediately the question of restructuring and
reorganization of debt. Once the United States government has
entered into such an agreement with a group of developing nations on
restructuring and reorganizing of their external debt, and expansion
of their import capacity, and conditions of new volumes of loans for
economic development, the rest of the world just has to go along
with it. And, thus we would have, in effect, the basis for a new
LaRouche in Berlin Forecasts Reunification of Germany
On October 12, 1988, Lyndon LaRouche delivers a press conference in West Berlin "on the subject of prospects for the reunification of Germany," asserting that "the world has now entered into what most agree is the end of an era. The state of the world as we have known it during the postwar period is ended." LaRouche states: "The economy of the Soviet bloc is a terrible, and worsening failure... The Soviet bloc economy as a whole has reached the critical point, that, in its present form, it will continue to slide downhill from here on." Therefore, LaRouche says, "the time has come for early steps toward the re-unification of Germany, with the obvious prospect that Berlin might resume its role as the capital."
LaRouche elaborates a program for the cooperative development of
Eastern Europe as an engine for creating a new economic system:
us say that the United States and Western Europe will cooperate to
accomplish the successful rebuilding of the economy of Poland. There
will be no interference in the political system of government, but
only a kind of Marshall Plan aid to rebuild Poland’s industry and
agriculture. If Germany agrees to this, let a process aimed at the
reunification of the economies of Germany begin, and let this be the punctum
saliens for Western
cooperation in assisting the rebuilding of the economy of Poland."
The Fall of Berlin Wall Presents Opportunity for New Era
Within one year of LaRouche's forecast of the coming reunification of Germany, mass demonstrations in Leipzig and other cities in East Germany lead to the lifting of emigration restrictions for people wishing to leave the G.D.R. on November 9, 1989. Numerous border crossings are opened, including the Berlin Wall, thus marking the end of the 'Iron Curtain' division between East and West. The East German state is officially dissolved on October 2, with an official celebration featuring Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the Schauspielhaus in the former east sector of Berlin.
Lyndon LaRouche immediately commissions a policy study to elaborate his proposals from the previous year to use the modernization of Eastern Europe as the "locomotive" for the economic development of Eurasia. The concept takes the form of the "Productive Triangle" linking together Paris, Berlin, and Vienna through high-speed rail, thus creating an integrated high-density 320,000 square-kilometer industrial development zone, spiraling out into eastern Europe via transport, energy, and communication development corridors. LaRouche elaborates the proposal in a policy paper composed the following year, "The Economic Development of Eastern Europe" [PDF] in which he counterposes his 'Productive Triangle' program for development to the shock therapy plan, which he asserts is merely a different form of the same model of 'primitive accumulation' that brought down the Soviet state.
Helga LaRouche Initiates International Campaign for 'Productive Triangle'
Special reports on LaRouche's 'Productive Triangle' program are published in every major European language, and Helga Zepp-LaRouche launches an aggressive speaking tour campaign throughout Europe, addressing conferences in numerous capitals including in many Warsaw Pact and other Soviet countries newly gaining their independence, including Hungary and Poland, while representatives of the Schiller Institute host seminars on LaRouche's program across eastern Europe, including in Czechoslovakia, Belarus, and Ukraine, as well as nearly every country in Western Europe.
Helga LaRouche issues a statement in which she says Germany has the opportunity to function as the locomotive for the world economy, both of the East and "above all for the development of the Southern Hemisphere," finally rising to the moral challenge of realizing a new, just world economic order:
"Germany, the heart of Europe, must be the locomotive which raises
the economic development of the whole of Europe to a qualitatively
new level. The program of the 'Productive Triangle,' proposed by the
U.S. economic scientist Lyndon LaRouche, is the crucial key to this.
A high-speed rail system will not only connect the
Paris-Berlin-Vienna triangle, but, simultaneously, will enclose a
region with the greatest immediate growth potential, as far as
industrial and labor capacities are concerned. The rapid expansion
of infrastructure and, especially of a productive Mittelstand in
industry and agriculture can initiate a new economic miracle here,
which, through new industrial corridors, will soon be able to reach
the whole of Eastern Europe, the not-so-developed regions of Western
Europe, and also the Soviet Union. The great expanse of Europe, with
the "Productive Triangle" as its core, will make possible such a
great increase in productivity and in the output of capital goods,
that it will function as the locomotive for the world economy — not
only for the infrastructure and industrial development of the East,
but above all for the development of the Southern Hemisphere. Our
answer to this question of whether we will finally develop the
countries of the so-called Third World, will decide ultimately
whether or not we meet the great moral challenge of the twentieth
century... It has to become the identity of a sovereign Germany,
that it is the place from which emanates the practical realization
of a new, just world economic order."
Schiller Institute: Productive Triangle Cornerstone of New Economic Order
In March 1991, the Schiller Institute convenes a conference in
Berlin on the 'Productive Triangle' program, attended by
representatives from numerous newly independent eastern European
nations, including Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Latvia,
Lithuania, Russia, Armenia, Bulgaria, and Croatia. In a message to
the conference, Lyndon LaRouche calls for "a sphere of cooperation
for mutual benefit among sovereign states" to united Eurasia. The
conference adopts a resolution, the 'Berlin Declaration,' which
calls for the nations of Europe to seize the "unique historical
opportunity" presented by the end of the disappearance of the Iron
Curtain, and states:
strive for a just, new economic order, which secures peace, in that
all peoples are given the same opportunities for economic and social
development. For, development is the name for peace."
Productive Triangle Concept Extended to 'Eurasian Landbridge'
Following the official dissolution of the Soviet Union, Lyndon LaRouche expands the concept of the 'Productive Triangle' to include the former Soviet territories in Russia and central Asia, stretching all the way to the Pacific coast of China. This proposal, which becomes known as the 'Eurasian Landbridge,' concentrates on three 'development corridors' spanning the Eurasian continent: a northern route via the Trans-Siberian Railroad to Vladivostok; a central route through Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and China; and southern route from Western Europe to China through Turkey and Iran. This plan would economically integrate the Eurasian continent, maximizing the productive potential of its territory and peoples for the common benefit of all, and resolving the artificially imposed strategic divisions among the great powers through the promotion of development in their mutual interest.
Executive Intelligence Review publishes a feature-length study elaborating this "integrated Eurasian development network stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific," stressing that it will serve as the centerpiece and foundation for creating "an alliance of nations committed to a common programmatic perspective for establishing a just world economic order." This new economic and monetary order would be comprised of a "community of interest among sovereign nations committed to rapid economic development" to replace the failed financial systems of both East and West, bridging the rich and diverse cultures of the Eurasian continent and ending to the legacy of the geopolitical "Great Game" policy of perpetual war.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche states that the world is experiencing the opportunity for "the beginning of a new more hopeful time and the emergence of a new, just world economic order" and issues a call for a peaceful revolution to establish an "International Coalition for Peace and Development" [PDF].
Publication of Russian-Language Edition of LaRouche's Economics Textbook
The Schiller Institute sponsors its first-ever conference in Russia, on October 30-31 in Moscow to announce the release of a Russian-language edition of LaRouche's textbook on physical economy, So You Wish To Learn All About Economics? [PDF]. With Russia undergoing the disastrous effects of the IMF "shock therapy" policy, the conference is titled "Alternative Approaches to Economic Reform," focusing on LaRouche's proposals for a rapid reconstruction of the Russian economy by means of the Productive Triangle/Eurasian Landbridge program. The conference, held at the Russian State Humanitarian University, is attended by over 50 individuals representing leading political and academic institutions within Russia, and is co-chaired by Dr. Professor Taras Muranivsky, rector of the Ukrainian University in Moscow. Muranivsky delivers a speech about "establishing a new economic theory" based on LaRouche's ideas on the science of physical economy.
In the foreword for the Russian-language publication of his
economics text, Lyndon LaRouche writes:
Russian edition of this textbook appears at the moment the greatest
financial bubble in history is collapsing upon us. If we fail to
take appropriate corrective action soon, this collapse could become
the worst economic disaster in European history. Out of the wreckage
of that monetary collapse, a new form of national economy must be
Lyndon LaRouche Travels for First Time to Moscow, Russia
In April 1994, Lyndon LaRouche travels to Russia for a week of
meetings and speaking engagements in Moscow, together with his wife
Helga. LaRouche's first public event is a lecture sponsored by the
Ministry of Economics of the Russian Federation on April 25, where
problems in Russia are a reflection not of conditions internal to
Russia, but the reflection of a collapse in the world economy...
What is going to happen, without question, is a general total
breakdown collapse of the global financial system... If there is an
agreement on principles of sound economy, then there can be an
agreement among states to reestablish, in a very short period of
time, a new world
financial and monetary system to replace the old one, while we
put the old one into bankruptcy."
LaRouche also addresses seminars at three institutes of the Russian
Academy of Sciences: the Institute on Scientific Information on
Social Science (INION), the Institute of Oriental Studies, and the
Africa Institute. At the INION, LaRouche stresses that the Russian
intelligentsia must understand the collapse of the Soviet system was
merely one part of a global process of collapse, caused by a general
failure to abide by the fundamental laws of physical economics,
which would doom the free-market system of the West as well:
get a reflection of a failure to comprehend this problem, and a
belief that the disease which is called free trade, is the superior
alternative to communism. So instead of bowing to the statue of Karl
Marx, you are now supposed to bow to the statues of Adam Smith and
Ricardo. This tends to create an instinctive lack of appreciation
for the fact that the entire global system is now about to
Additionally, LaRouche is hosted by Dr. Pobisk Kuznetsov at a
gathering of the "Prezident" group of approximately 60 academicians
and other scientists [PDF].
Following LaRouche's visit, Kuznetsov publishes a report in the
Russian journal Rossiya
which he calls for a new unit of measurement to be applied to
physical economics, which he proposes be called 'the larouche,'
or "La" for short:
us introduce the physical magnitude of 'a larouche,' designated by
La, which gives the number of persons who can be fed from 1 square
kilometer, or 100 hectares, during one year. Our base magnitude of
area is 1 square kilometer or 100 hectares. This base value of area
is necessary, in order to bring all existing world food statistics
to a single basis. The figures cited above... correspond to
'potential relative population density,' introduced by LaRouche. We
have introduced the new unit of measurement, the larouche,
which is the quantity of persons able to be fed from a certain
magnitude of area, taken as the unit value in this system... We
share LaRouche's view that the magnitude of potential relative
population density can serve as an indicator of 'intellectual
culture,' but taking into account the quite diverse values for farv (photochemically
active radiation per vegetative period), we shall compare not simply
100 hectares, but 100 hectares for a given local farv value."
Upon his return to Washington DC, LaRouche delivers a report on his
trip to a meeting of diplomats and press [VIDEO],
where he repeats what he had stated at the Ministry of Economics in
no doubt that the present global financial and monetary system is
not only going to collapse, but is going to go into an absolute
breakdown collapse, unless various governments, including the U.S.
government, were to put the present monetary system into bankruptcy.
That would stop the collapse, and nothing else will stop it.
Therefore intelligent governments will consider nothing serious,
except to make preparations for this collapse and to organize
quickly a recovery of a
new financial system and a new monetary order the
instant the collapse occurs."
Special Hearings in Russian Parliament on LaRouche Program
On February 20, the lower house of the Russian Parliament, the State
Duma, holds special hearings to discuss emergency measures to
prevent the disintegration of Russia's economy. A memorandum
submitted by LaRouche, titled "Prospects for Russian Economic
is presented to the hearing, in addition to oral presentations made
by representatives of the Schiller Institute in Moscow. In the first
point of LaRouche's memorandum, he states:
present phase of the economic crises inside Russia and nearby
countries is the result of the interaction between the ongoing, new
phase of collapse in the world monetary and financial systems, and
the relative exhaustion of Russia's ability to deliver a stream of
loot to western financier interests. There exists no possible
solution to this crisis, either for Russia or for the world, within
the bounds of the previously accepted terms of dominant
international economic and financial institutions. The present world
system, as derived from the post-1971 form of 'floating
exchange-rate' international monetary system, and present doctrines
of IMF 'conditionalities,' is doomed to extinction during the near-
to medium-term. The present system will either be brought to an end
in an orderly way, through governments acting responsibly to put
existing central banking and financial systems under
state-controlled reorganization in bankruptcy, or through a
chain-reaction form of rapid, "thermonuclear" implosion of that
speculative financial bubble which the world's financial system has
become. All workable alternatives to general collapse require
governments to assume responsibility for the
establishment of new monetary and financial institutions to
replace the bankrupt institutions which continue to dominate the
world up to this moment."
Lyndon LaRouche Makes Second Visit To Moscow, Testifies at Duma
In June 1995, Lyndon LaRouche makes his second trip to Russia,
joined by his wife Helga Zepp-LaRouche, where he testifies before
the Russian State Duma on the topic "The World Financial System and
Problems of Economic Growth." LaRouche also delivers addresses at
the Methodological University of Russia, the Institute of Economics
of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and at Moscow State University [PDF],
where he states that the world is headed toward what Rosa Luxemburg
identified as "a breakdown crisis" and the only solution is to
declare the IMF bankrupt and initiate an international credit system
to build the Eurasian Landbridge project:
believe the present IMF system must be reformed but essentially only
administrative reforms. Others of us take the view, as I do, that
the international monetary and financial system of the world today,
is totally bankrupt, and that only the elimination of that system by
bankruptcy, and the
establishment of a new system, is possible."
LaRouche: Russia & U.S. Must Create New World Monetary System
Executive Intelligence Review publishes
a report by Academician Dmitri Lvov, the vice-director of the
Central Economic-Mathematical Institute (CEMI) in Russia, called
"Toward a Scientific Grounding for Economic Reforms in Russia" [PDF].
Academician Lvov had hosted seminars at CEMI in the 1980s to study
LaRouche's economic model at the time Moscow was examining the
strategic and economic implications of the Strategic Defense
Initiative. Lvov's paper is prefaced by a short introduction by
LaRouche, titled "The New Role for Russia in U.S. Policy Today" [PDF],
in which he states:
the present, IMF-centered, global monetary and financial system
disintegrates in a holocaust of reversed financial leverage ,
Russia's present, most crucial predicament will be shared by every
nation of this planet. The challenge will be, to prevent the
collapse of the Earth's physical economy, by launching immediately a
new world monetary and state-credit system, on the basis of
"American System" principles contrary to every direction of change
in economic policy, under the IMF and World Bank system, during the
recent thirty years . In short, the Adam Smith system is shortly to
be carried away by the same Styx of dead history into which the
Soviet system had been thrown an historical instant earlier."
LaRouche Makes Third Trip to Russia for Meetings With Intelligentsia
In April, Lyndon LaRouche makes his third trip to Russia to conduct
meetings with top-level academics and policy makers from the Russian
intelligentsia. LaRouche participates in a round table discussion
jointly sponsored by the Institute for Socio-Political Research of
the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Free Economic Society of
Russia, established 1765. The event is chaired by Leonid Abalkin,
head of the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of
Sciences and economic advisor to the President, who invited LaRouche
to speak on the subject "Russia, the U.S.A., and the Global
Financial Crisis" [PDF].
LaRouche emphasizes that a partnership between the United States,
Russia, and China of the sort that Franklin Roosevelt organized to
defeat fascism in the 1940s, would be the combination of world
powers necessary to reorganize the international financial system:
are in the middle of the worst international monetary and financial
crisis of the century... The combination of the United States and
Russia, now, as in 1945, with the cooperation of China can change
the course of world history, and get out of this economic mess...
Only a majority combination among great powers can break the power
of these international authorities. Therefore, not in order to
create another global hegemonic system, but to create a world which
is safe for sovereign nation-states. We're in a great struggle.
We're in a great, strategic world-historical struggle. And
therefore, as in war, the unity of great powers can be decisive in
whether you win the war or lose it, as Roosevelt understood before
Participating in the dialogue with Mr. LaRouche were Valentin
Pavlov, former Prime Minister of the Soviet Union and former finance
minister of the U.S.S.R., and Vyacheslav Senchagov director of the
Center for Banking and Financial Research at the Russian Academy of
Sciences Institute of Economics. At the conclusion of the event,
Academician Abalkin stated:
we are facing the necessity of developing a new paradigm in the
social sciences... I see all the work of Professor LaRouche as a
step on the path to this paradigm."
Helga Zepp-LaRouche Travels to China to Promote Eurasian Landbridge
Immediately after Lyndon LaRouche's visit to Russia, Helga
Zepp-LaRouche travels to China to attend a conference in Beijing to
attend the "International Symposium on Economic Development of the
New Euro-Asia Continental Bridge," sponsored by the Ministry of
Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation of the People's Republic of
China. Helga LaRouche delivers a speech on May 8, called "Building
the Silk Road Land-Bridge: The Basis for the Mutual Security
Interests of Asia and Europe" [PDF],
in which she states:
governments of Eurasia should agree on an integrated infrastructure
program, which connects the industrial centers of Europe and Asia
with the population centers in South and Southeast Asia, through
'development corridors.' The development of those main axes of
traffic, through Great Projects for infrastructure in transport,
energy, water, and communications, is the precondition, to lay the
groundwork for the industrial development of the Eurasian land-mass,
and can thus become the motor for overcoming the world economic
Helga LaRouche calls for the establishment of a Eurasian Development
Bank in the image of Lyndon LaRouche's original International
Development Bank (IDB) proposal, to facilitate cooperation among the
sovereign states of Eurasia for development:
right to generate credit must be brought back under the control of
sovereign governments. Through appropriate legislation, national
banks must be able to generate credit lines for these projects. As
these credits are related to future production, wealth is being
created, and they are not inflationary... As the realization of
infrastructure projects of this magnitude, will require all
available industrial capacities of the participating nations, and,
as new capacities have to be created, the different countries should
work in a division of labor, and thereby balance existing three-way
trade flows through so-called clearing-houses. A newly founded
Eurasian Development Bank could take over this task."
Finally, Mrs. LaRouche calls for the convening of "an emergency monetary policy meeting of the principal nation-state powers, for the purpose of establishing a new international monetary system, based on stabilized parities of currencies, to the purpose of fostering a global revival and expansion of agricultural and industrial production, based upon capital intensive, energy-intensive modes of investment, in scientific and technological progress."
Special Report on 'Eurasian Landbridge' Released by EIR
On February 5, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche host a seminar of diplomats in Washington D.C. [VIDEO] to announce the official release of a book-length special report by Executive Intelligence Review called "The Eurasian Landbridge: The New Silk Road Locomotive For Worldwide Economic Development". In the introduction of this 300-page detailed 'blueprint' compendium of development projects across the Eurasian landmass, LaRouche is quoted: "Call together an immediate emergency conference of crucial powers, an international monetary conference setting up a new monetary system to replace the bankrupt one."
The introduction of the report further states:
"The realization of the 'New Silk Road' and the 'Productive
Triangle,' a real reconstruction of Russia and Eastern Europe, the
development of the entire Eurasian landmass with the most modern
infrastructure, would be the central economic issue at such a
monetary conference of world powers. The connection of the new
financial and monetary system, with concrete development projects
which demonstrably would set a new, worldwide economic miracle into
motion, would guarantee the success of the new system, overcoming
the current crisis, and ensuring the fundamental economic security
of the world far into the future."
Lyndon LaRouche Issues Call For a 'New Bretton Woods'
On January 4, LaRouche delivers an address in Washington D.C., in
which he first issues his call for a 'New Bretton Woods' to
reorganize the world financial system, calling on President Bill
Clinton to convene an international conference to launch a general
monetary reform for the planet on the basis of mutual development:
President must say, 'We are going to proceed to put what we know to
be bankrupt financial and monetary institutions, into bankruptcy,
that is, into receivership, for financial reorganization under the
supervision of government. The United States must act, together with
other powers, to put the world into bankruptcy reorganization. Every
financial system, every banking system in the world, is presently
bankrupt! Therefore, the United States must take international
leadership in proposing a new Bretton Woods. We have to create new
banking systems, which is very simple to do, on the basis of the
Hamilton model — national banking...
We have the basis for coming to an international policy agreement on
strategy, among such powers, on an ecumenical basis, to say, 'We're
going to do this. We're going to take this system out of its misery,
establish a new system, a new Bretton Woods. We're going to take the
Eurasian Landbridge concept and what it represents as a policy, as a
global policy, and we're going to rebuild this planet.'"
LaRouche elaborates on his call to President Clinton to convene an
international summit "to create a new monetary system" at a
conference of the Schiller Institute in February, at which a
resolution titled "Urgent Appeal to President Clinton to Convoke a
New Bretton Woods Conference" [PDF]
is endorsed by the participants. The appeal declares:
appeal to you, President Clinton, to use the Powers of the
Presidency of the United States, to convoke, on an emergency basis,
a new international Bretton Woods conference, to replace the present
bankrupt monetary system with a new one. A global debt
reorganization, the establishment of fixed-parity exchange rates and
a new set of trade and tariff agreements are the absolute
precondition for stability in world economic and financial
relations, which are required for a return to economic growth."
President Bill Clinton Calls for 'New Financial Architecture'
On September 14, 1998, immediately after returning from a state
visit to Russia, President Clinton delivers a major address to the
Council on Foreign Relations in New York City in which he calls for
"a new financial architecture for the 21st century." With the crash
of the Russian bond market threatening to set off a chain reaction
collapse of the global financial system, Clinton announces that he
is convening an urgent conference of the finance ministers of the
leading nations from both the developed and developing world (the G7
and the G22) to "douse the flames of the international financial
crisis" and resolve "the biggest financial challenge facing the
world in a half-century" — i.e. since the original Bretton Woods.
the face of this new challenge, America can and must continue to act
and to lead to take the urgent steps needed today to calm the
financial crisis, restart the engine of growth in Asia, and minimize
the impact of financial turmoil on other nations, and to make
certain that for tomorrow the institutions and rules of
international finance and international trade are prepared to
support steady and sustainable growth over the long term."
At the conclusion of his address, Clinton invokes Franklin
this moment, the United States is called upon once again to lead —
to organize the forces of a committed world... The World War II
generation did it for us 50 years ago. Now, it is time for us to
rise to our responsibility, as America has called upon to do often
so many times in the past. We can, if we do that, redeem the promise
of the global economy and strengthen our nation for a new century."
López Portillo: "World Must Listen To Wise Words of Lyndon LaRouche"
At a press conference in Mexico City, former President López
Portillo joins Helga Zepp-LaRouche to discuss the urgency of
establishing a New World Economic Order, asserting, "It is now
necessary for the world to listen to the wise words of Lyndon
LaRouche." In an accompanying editorial published in the leading
Mexican newspaper El
Universal, Portillo states:
new economic order must be oriented to the increase of production,
and not to the control of demand, the latter fundamentally directed
to favoring capital (frequently, that of speculative capital)
through outright depressive measures which reward profits, even if
this postpones the satisfaction of real human, social needs."
Helga Zepp-LaRouche Returns to China to Speak on Eurasian Landbridge
Helga Zepp-LaRouche returns to China in the end of October to
participate in a second conference on the Eurasian Landbridge,
called "Asia-Europe Economic and Trade Relations in the 21st Century
and the Second Eurasian Bridge," where she delivers a speech at the
keynote session in Beijing titled "Principles of Foreign Policy in
the Coming Era of the New Eurasian Land-Bridge" [PDF].
She begins her speech saying:
the present meltdown of the global financial system obviously
represents enormous dangers for the existence of entire nations and
their populations, the profound discrediting of the institutions
associated with that system, represents, at the same time, a unique
and unprecedented chance, to replace the unjust principles of the
old political and economic order with new, just ones, which will
allow the survival and well-being of all nations on this planet."
Helga LaRouche states that it will be through the mutual development
derived from the construction of the Eurasian Landbridge project
that a stable relationship between respectively sovereign nations,
peacefully cooperating for their common benefit can be achieved,
such that each nation's sovereign interest will be in accord with
the interests of the other:
the new, just world economic order is supposed to function, the
ancient philosophical paradox of the One and the Many has to be
addressed. The unifying principle has to be the development of
mankind as a whole, and there has to be an intelligible scientific
principle for how that development can be measured. At the same
time, the principle of national sovereignty must be absolutely
guaranteed. Universal history proves that there must absolutely not
be any contradiction between these two ideas."
Lyndon LaRouche Publishes 'My Strategy For The Americas'
Lyndon LaRouche publishes a policy document titled "In The Footsteps
of John Quincy Adams: My Strategy For The Americas" [PDF]
reasserting the applicability of the Monroe Doctrine for the Western
Hemisphere, and defining the neccesary anti-imperial community of
principle among the nations of North and South America. In the
conclusion of the document, LaRouche writes:
have come to a time, throughout the world, at which virtually every
central banking system of the world is not merely bankrupt, but
hopelessly so. There is no possible way, in which the world’s
currently outstanding nominal debt, could possibly ever be paid.
Hundreds of trillions of U.S. dollar-equivalents, must be abruptly
written off, or placed in frozen, non-interest-bearing accounts,
pending future disposition in bankruptcy-proceedings...
"These actions include, the power of the sovereign government to put
bankrupt institutions through government-directed bankruptcy
reorganization, and to generate large masses of newly created
credit, deployed through national banking methods of a Hamiltonian
type, to suddenly increase levels of useful employment, rather than
allow a collapse of employment and of essential services. This kind
of emergency action must occur not only within nations, but in
rapidly expanding hard-commodity trade among nations, with special
emphasis upon lines of trade within the hemisphere... Without
international cooperation among sovereign governments, along such
lines the otherwise manageable economic crisis immediately be fore
us will not be overcome."
LaRouche in Sudan: New Bretton Woods & The New World Economic Order
In January 2001, LaRouche travels to Khartoum, Sudan for a four-day conference sponsored by EIR and the Schiller Institute on "Peace Through Development: Nile Valley Development & The New Just World Economic Order." Lyndon LaRouche delivered the keynote address on "The New Bretton Woods System as Framework for a New Just World Economic Order" [PDF] in which he specifies three principles which must serve as the foundation for a new international economic system:
"First, we must restore the characteristics of the old Bretton Woods
system of the immediate post-war decades. That means, a system of
fixed-exchange rates, capital controls, currency controls, and
financial controls, and global growth fostered by the same methods
employed through institutions such as Germany’s Kreditanstalt fur
Wiederaufbau, to promote large-scale development of basic economic
infrastructure, and to use the market potential generated by that
infrastructural development, as the base for creating a still-larger
rate of growth in development of agriculture and industry.
we must do as President Roosevelt had intended: all sovereign
nations must be, on principle, full partners in the new
international monetary system. This is the fundamental difference
between the old Bretton Woods system, and what must happen now. We
cannot have a system which is going to work, which does not treat
the majority of the human race as full partners in the system.
Otherwise, it won’t work.
must rely chiefly on credit created by the authority of perfectly
sovereign nation-state governments, to generate the medium- to
long-term, domestic and international trade agreements on which the
economic recovery and expansion will be centered."
Lyndon LaRouche Returns to Russia to Address State Duma
On June 29, 2001, Lyndon LaRouche speaks before an official hearing of the lower house of the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, during hearings sponsored by Sergei Glazyev, the chairman of the Duma Committee on Economic Policy. The hearing, titled "On Measures to Ensure the Development of the Russian Economy Under Conditions of a Destabilization of the World Financial System," is attended by 150 parliamentarians and government advisors and broadcast live into all Duma offices and the Kremlin. Sergei Glazyev introduces LaRouche, saying: "I want to open our parliamentary hearings and to give the floor to our guest, the well- known philosopher, historian, and economist Mr. Lyndon LaRouche."
In his testimony, LaRouche states that "nothing can save the present
world financial and monetary system in its present form" and lists
four necessary measures to reorganize the global economic system
including the cancellation of illegitimate debts and the
reorganization of the rest, stating:
reorganization of the world monetary and financial systems, must be
based upon the use of large-scale, long-term cooperation in
infrastructural development within, and among nations, and heavy
emphasis upon adopted targets of scientific and technological
progress. The pivot for world economic growth, shall be a new system
of transcontinental cooperation among the sovereign nation-states of
Lyndon and Helga LaRouche Return to New Delhi, India
Almost two decades after their previous trip to India to meet with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1983, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche return to India to participate in an EIR seminar at the Jawaharal Nehru University School for International Studies, and to meet with top-level officials of the Indian government including two former Prime Ministers, Chandra Shekhar and I.K. Gujral. They also meet with India's President K.R. Narayanan as well as leading advisors of the serving Prime Minister, Atal Benhari Vajpayee.
Lyndon LaRouche delivers a keynote address, titled "World In Crisis
Needs a New Monetary System" [PDF],
which he concludes saying:
come to a time, when the alternative has failed. Free trade,
globalization, and so forth, have become horror-shows, which destroy
us. The floating-exchange-rate system has destroyed the world. It
must end... Indira Gandhi was right, in her instinct for
protectionism. Her father, and others, were right, in the
Non-Aligned Movement, in saying, 'You can not function, merely on
national protectionism. You must find a new,
more just world economic order...'
"And, that is exactly what we proposed in terms of the Eurasian
Land-Bridge. If we can agree, and understand that the nations of
East and South Asia require an early, and rapid infusion of
technology, to develop these economies so that they can survive; and
if this can be done through credit arrangements, extended by
governments at interest rates of 1 to 2% simple interest, on long
term; and if we take the great infrastructure projects as the driver
force; and if we unite the need of Western Europe for markets for
this type of technology, and the role of Russia, as the transmission
belt between East and South Asia, and Western Europe; and if we
think of this as the center of the world, and bring nations in
Africa, in the Americas, into the same arrangement, then we
have the basis for creating a new monetary system, under which this
world can come out of this mess."
LaRouche Returns to Moscow for Kusnetsov Scientific Conference
For the second time in one year, LaRouche travels to Moscow for a
four-day visit December 10-14 to participate in a scientific
conference honoring the memory of Pobisk Kuznetsov who died the
previous year. In addition, LaRouche also addresses a seminar hosted
by Academician Lvov at the Central Mathematical Economics Institute
(CEMI) and meets with the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov. The
Kuznetsov memorial symposium is titled "Space & Time in the
Evolution of the Global System Nature-Society-Man" at which LaRouche
speaks on the subject of "Russia's Role in Solving the Global
in which he states:
the world is to come out of this great financial, and monetary, and
economic crisis successfully, Russia, as a Eurasian nation, must
play a very crucial, central role... I have proposed, that we must
develop development corridors, superseding the Trans-Siberian
Railroad, across Eurasia... This would require, and would mean, the
greatest transformation in the biosphere, in the history of
LaRouche Visits Brazil, Calls for Emergency Monetary
In June 2002, Lyndon LaRouche travels to Brazil to receive an honorary citizenship from the City Council of Sao Paulo and to participate in a series of seminars on reorganization of the world financial system. At a meeting of the Commercial Association of Sao Paulo, LaRouche calls for "an emergency monetary conference" to create a new international economic system [PDF]. LaRouche states:
"Governments must act to put the system into bankruptcy
reorganization... What does this mean? First, we require a global,
monetary financial reform. The best model we have is the 1945-1964
system, not as a perfect model, but as a political model. Under
those, we must have, therefore, financial reorganization in various
countries. We require an emergency monetary conference among leading
countries to immediately negotiate a general reform and bankruptcy
reorganization. We must also, then, take certain steps in each
country and in treaty agreements to get the world economy moving
upward... We must generate a tremendous amount of capital
investment. How do we do that? We must create a credit system."
LaRouche Reasserts 'Operation Juárez' For Sovereign States of Americas
The LaRouche presidential campaign publishes a policy report titled "The Sovereign States Of The Americas: The Monroe Doctrine Today" [PDF] in which LaRouche reasserts his 1982Operation Juárez program:
"We must, as I proposed in my 1982 Operation
Juárez, develop a new credit-mechanism within the hemisphere,
through which we create and manage large flows of created long-term,
low-cost credit, credit generated by sovereign governments acting in
concert, for capital improvements in basic economic infrastructure
and production technologies, at borrowing costs of not more than
1-2% net annual simple interest...
also develop crucial fountains of technology from within various
regions of the hemisphere. All of this must function within the
framework of an economic protectionist form of fixed-rate monetary
order among the currencies of the Americas, similar to the
successful initial phase of the original, post-war Bretton Woods
monetary-financial system. The development of such an arrangement
and perspective within the Americas will directly complement and
mesh with the similar system of continental-wide cooperation now
emerging within the Eurasian continent. These two continental
systems, will be the foundation for a global system."
Lyndon LaRouche in India: Reorganizing the World Financial
In January 2003, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche travel to India to participate in an extensive series of public and private events in several different cities including Calcutta, New Delhi, and Jaipur, on the subject of creating a Eurasian alliance to reorganize the bankrupt world financial system. The seminars keynoted by LaRouche include one hosted by the Institute of Economic Growth at Delhi University which serves as a leading think-tank for the government of India, and a conference hosted by the Political Science Department of Jaipur University. LaRouche emphasizes in his speech to the Institute for Economic Growth, titled "The Indispensible Role of the State in Reorganizing a Bankrupt System" [PDF] that the "Strategic Triangle" of Russia, China, and India must be the primary engine for economic growth in the world, stating, "we must use the experience of the first phase of Bretton Woods as a model for reorganizing the international monetary and financial system, now."
In his speech in Jaipur, titled "Globalization is a Prescription for
LaRouche again highlighted the Strategic Triangle of Russia, China,
and India "as a keystone for bringing together the nations of Asia
in an alliance of mutual security and economic progress" and defined
the means by which credit can be created to develop Eurasia:
need to go back very quickly to a fixed-exchange rate system... We
need a system under which nations can cooperate, as I indicated in
the case of Asia: 25- to 50-year treaty agreements of cooperation.
That means that each nation wants a strong national economy, because
the basis of credit will not be central banking credit, will not be
private credit... On the precedent of Alexander Hamilton, the state
creates the credit and provides that credit for necessary projects
in national infrastructure. The second way is through treaty
agreements among The second way is through treaty agreements among
states. That is, two nations who agree to a project, can guarantee
each other a relationship over, say, a 25-year period. That will
create credit, without issuing money... Put the bankrupt system into
bankruptcy, and create credit for socially significant, economically
sound, long-term projects, manage them well on the objectives
determined, agreements among nations made, and we can recover."
LaRouches Return to India: Renew The Fight for New Economic Order!
In May 2003, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche return to India for the second time that year to participate in a major international conference co-hosted by the Schiller Institute and the Center for Social Justice of India. The conference is opened with a speech by Indian Member of Parliament Shri K. Natwar Singh, who was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement under the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when India hosted the Non-Aligned Movement Summit in New Delhi in 1983. In his speech, Singh emphasizes the historic role of the Non-Aligned Movement as leading the fight for the New International Economic Order.
LaRouche then echoes that theme and declares:
must have what we fought for at Colombo, Sri Lanka in August of
1976. We must revive the spirit of Bandung, as a part of an
international movement. We must revive the concert of a just,
new world economic order—now!
"How can this be brought into being? We need large-scale projects,
infrastructure projects. We need long-term agreements among nations
on trade. We need fixed parities in currencies. We need interest
rates on long-term loans which are not excessive: 1-2% simple
interest rate. We need 25- to 50-year agreements and treaty
agreements, among nations on trade and development. We need a
monetary system, with many of the best features of the Bretton Woods
system, of the immediate postwar period. But, this time, the United
States can not run it, as the United States did back then... . We
must have aconcert of nations which
does this. We must have a concert of nations take over the
international financial institutions, and reform them. We must use
the power of government, to put bankrupt systems into bankruptcy
reorganization. We must use the power of government and treaty
agreements, to create large-scale credit and credit systems, to
enable these potentials to be realized."
LaRouche also authors a written policy document for the conference, titled "A Precis: The Peaceful Concept of Technology Transfer" [PDF] in which he details the necessary scientific principles to be applied in "establishing a more just, peaceful, and profitable new world economic order within a global community of perfectly sovereign nation-states."
The conference participants endorse The Bangalore Declaration:
'Toward a New World Political-Economic Order' [PDF]
a just and equitable economic order in the world is an urgent
necessity if the vast majority of people in the world are to enjoy
the benefits of human and scientific progress... Developments
leading to war, especially the position adopted by some of the
leading powers, demonstrate that the international order is becoming
less aligned. This opens new opportunities to strengthen the process
and build a more cooperative International Order. What we need is a
new community of nation-states, non-aligned in military terms, but
aligned against all forms of political, social, and economic
injustice, and a global movement to pursue a new,
just political-economical order... The conference calls upon
the peace-loving people, especially young men and women, to launch a
worldwide movement to achieve the above goal."
Sergei Glazyev Issues Call for New World Financial Architecture
Member of the Russian Duma Sergei Glazyev, who had invited Lyndon
LaRouche to Russia in 2001 to testify to the Russian Parliament,
issues a call for a "new world financial architecture" during a
press conference in Moscow announcing his campaign for President of
key priority today in world politics, where Russia could take the
lead, is the formation of a new world financial architecture...
Russia could take active steps to transform the ruble into an
international reserve currency, and propose to all countries to
shift to an equality-based, mutually beneficial system of financial
and monetary relations, rejecting the use of the national currency
of any one country as a world currency. We should get away from the
excessive dependence of the world financial system on the currency
issues of any one country, and shift to a system of equality-based
financial and monetary relations. In practical terms, it is possible
to reach a consensus among a large group of countries and begin to
move to a new world financial and monetary system that would be more
stable, more reliable and more fair."
LaRouche Travels to Russia, Publishes 'Economics of the Noösphere'
In April 2004, LaRouche travels again to Moscow to keynote a
conference sponsored by the Vernadsky States Geological Museum of
the Russian Academy of Sciences and cosponsored by the Schiller
Institute. LaRouche's speech, "Entering the Economy of the
echoes the themes which he elaborates in his newest published book,
titled "The Economics of the Noösphere" featuring the ideas of
Russian scientist Vladimir I. Vernadsky. LaRouche declares that
mankind is entering "a new era" which must impel revolutionary
changes in the existing economic order:
the increasing severity of the present world economic and related
crises, will compel us to institute those urgently needed changes in
the present world order... The growing needs of humanity could not
be met without the kind of scientific revolution which we should
associate with what the great V.I. Vernadsky defined as the
Noösphere... We are entering a new era of mankind, an era which must
grasp more fully, more practically, the implications of V.I.
Vernadsky's development of the notion of the Noösphere."
LaRouche in Berlin Details 'New Westphalian' World Economic Order
At an EIR-sponsored seminar in Berlin, Germany involving leading Russian, Chinese, Indian, American, and European policy makers, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche elaborate the 'Westphalian' principles which must serve as the foundation for a new international order between states. LaRouche authors two discussion documents for conference, titled "Toward a Second Treaty of Westphalia: The Coming Eurasian World" [PDF] and "The Dialogue of Eurasian Civilizations: Earth's Next Fifty Years" [PDF].
During the dialogue at the conference, Lyndon LaRouche invokes the
fight for a new economic order, saying, "go back to 1976 to this
experience, where the Non-Aligned nations group, in majority on the
initiative of India, actually, adopted a resolution on a just new
world economic order." In his speech titled "We Need a New Treaty of
LaRouche declares that the time for that new international order has
into either a period of chaos, which could be a Dark Age, or we're
going into a period in which the assumptions of relations among
states, especially respecting economic and related kinds of
relations, will be changed forever... The decision is on the table:
are we going to create a new monetary system, which presumes that a
concert of nation-states, sovereign nation-states, will put the
existing IMF system into bankruptcy receivership? In other words,
governments would take these banking institutions into receivership
and manage these bankrupt entities, in such a way as to promote the
During the seminar, Helga Zepp-LaRouche delivers a speech titled
"Society Needs a New Paradigm Worthy of the Dignity of Man" [PDF],
in which she elaborates the history of LaRouche's role in leading
the fight for a new international economic order and asserts the
urgent need to "put the new world economic order back on the
1971, when Nixon decoupled the dollar from gold, creating the
private banking power over money creation in the offshore markets,
LaRouche said, this will lead to a new depression, the new danger of
fascism, and the danger of a collapse of society—or, the just new
world economic order... In 1975, Mr. LaRouche went to Iraq, to
participate in the celebrations of the Ba'ath Party. And he came
back, and he made for the first time, the proposal to have the
International Development Bank, as an instrument to replace the IMF,
to be the vehicle for a $400 billion credit per year for clearly
defined development projects. This idea, we then circulated for one
year, among 85 countries, the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.
Many of these countries did feasibility studies, with the idea of
Mr. LaRouche's work. Then, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in '76,
eighty-five nations accepted the idea of a new world economic
order... Then, the next major thing was when LaRouche got the
cooperation of López Portillo, to make a proposal—again, to have a
new world economic order. This time coming from a debtors' cartel,
from the Latin American debtor countries: Mexico, Brazil,
Helga LaRouche traces this history through the collapse of, first,
the Soviet Union and then the collapse of the free-market
'globalization' system, asserting:
is now the opportunity to put the idea of a just new world economic
order, back on the agenda. If you want to have a just new world
economic order, it's not a technocratic question; it's not only a
question of a new financial system, a new economic system: It's a
question of a passionate idea, of the idea of the
international community of people.... So, I think we need to
have the discussion on this level, and put the new world economic
order, back on the agenda."
Helga Zepp-LaRouche Renews Calls for New Bretton Woods
In April 2005, the president and founder of the Schiller Institute,
Helga Zepp-LaRouche, renews the call for a New Bretton Woods,
issuing an international petition signed by leading elected
officials and government figure, including numerous members of the
Italian Parliament who had sponsored resolutions in support of the
New Bretton Woods, as well economists from several western and
central European countries. The petition states:
measures must be implemented if we are to alter the mistaken course
that we have followed since President Nixon did away with fixed
exchange-rates in 1971, a course that has led to the present upsurge
of a grotesque and predatory form of capitalism, thanks to unchecked
‘globalization' after the fall of the U.S.S.R. The New Bretton Woods
Conference shall decide as follows —
shall immediately be re-established fixed exchange rates
treaty shall be enacted between governments, forbidding speculation
in derivative products.
debt shall either be cancelled, or reorganized.
credit lines shall be opened by the State, to create full employment
by investing in critical infrastructure and technological
building of the Eurasian Land-Bridge, as the keystone for rebuilding
the world economy, is the vision that will bring about not only a
new economic miracle, but peace in the 21st Century.
6. A new
Peace of Westphalia will ensure that for no less than the coming
half-century, raw materials shall be extracted and processed for the
benefit of every nation on this planet.
undersigned, believe that so-called ‘globalization,’ this predatory
form of capitalism, has shown itself beyond all doubt to be bankrupt
on every front. It is Man who must stand at the center of the
economy, and accordingly, the economy must serve the common weal.
The purpose of a new world economic order is to guarantee the
inalienable rights of Man.
Argentine Foreign Minister Calls For New Bretton Woods at
On September 14, 2005, during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of Argentina Rafael Bielsa calls for:
international conference of heads of state, similar to the 1944
Bretton Woods conference, to rebuild a more just global monetary and
financial architecture which eliminates financial bubbles and
concentrates on supporting the real economy."
This speech, prepared in direct coordination with the Argentine president Nestor Kirchner, comes in the wake of Argentina's victory over the international vulture funds, forcing them to renegotiate Argentina's debt and accept a vast write-down of the face value of their claims against Argentina. Refusing to give into the threats and 'conditionalities' of the IMF, Argentine President Nestor Kirchner had delivered a speech that April in which he declared:
"There is life after the IMF, and it's a very good life. And
remember, being in the embrace of the IMF isn't exactly like being
in heaven. I received an Argentina devastated by an economic program
supported by the International Monetary Fund: The placing of private
interests over the general interest was the expression of a specific
model of society which led to generalized poverty, uncertainty,
isolation, and impoverishment of life at all levels...
it operates today, the IMF has no future, and the developed world
has to understand this. Argentina is prepared to work actively and
constructively on behalf of a
new world economic order."
Argentine President Kirchner Calls for New Financial Architecture at UN
Nestor Kirchner, the President of Argentina, delivers a speech
before the United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2006, in
which he calls for a "new financial architecture" to replace the
failed and destructive IMF system. Denouncing the violation of
national sovereignty and prevention of economic development that the
IMF 'conditionalities' regime represents, Kirchner declares:
is sufficient empirical evidence to demonstrate that the
participation of the international financial organizations in the
promotion of development of poorer nations has not been successful,
and in many cases, with their conditionalities, they have acted in a
contrary sense, preventing development... That is why, together with
the majority of countries, we support the reform of the
international financial architecture, such that it will lead to the
progress of the poorest nations. In noting the scant willingness of
these international financial organizations to produce a real change
in their policies, we deem it necessary to make this change, and to
consider the creation of new international financial instruments
that will permit the building of development projects to combat
poverty and hunger in the world and to provide real options for
International Conference in Moscow Demands Bering Strait Tunnel
Lyndon LaRouche is invited to participate in a conference on April
24, 2007 in Moscow, Russia called "Megaprojects of Russia's East: A
Transcontinental Eurasia-America Transport Link via the Bering
Strait" organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences Council for the
Study of Productive Forces (SOPS), in conjunction with the Russian
Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MERT), the Russian
Ministry of Transport, the state-owned company Russian Railroads,
and several regional governments in Siberia and the Russian Far
East. Lyndon LaRouche speech, prepared and submitted to the
conference, is titled "The World’s Political Map Changes: Mendelyev
Would Have Agreed" [PDF]
in which he states:
onrushing collapse of the world’s presently hyperinflated,
disintegrating world monetary-financial system, requires early
concerted emergency action by responsible leading nations... These
must include the U.S.A., Russia, China, and India, as the
rallying-point for a new, spreading partnership among perfectly
sovereign nation-state economies. In such cooperation, the
development of a great network of modern successors to old forms of
rail transport, must be spread across continental Eurasia, and
across the Bering Strait into the Americas... The bridging of the
Bering Strait becomes, thus, now, the navel of a new birth of a new
LaRouche Invited to Moscow as Featured Guest of Academy of Sciences
Lyndon LaRouche is invited to Moscow to attend a celebration
sponsored by the Russian Academy of Science of the 80th birthday of
Stanislav Mikhailovich Menshikov, a prominent Russian economist. The
celebration is also attended by Academician Alexander Granberg who
sponsored the Bering Strait forum earlier in the year, and Dr.
Sergei Glazyev, also a member of the Academy of Sciences. Lyndon
LaRouche makes remarks to the gathering, in which he says:
United States must change its behavior, by approaching Russia,
China, and India, in order to create a
new order of relations in the world, bringing all the smaller
nations in to cooperate with them. I think we can do it: We can
During his visit to Moscow, LaRouche is interviewed by several
Russian media, both television and print, including by economist
Mikhail Khazin [PDF]
during which LaRouche reviews the history of his role in shaping the
economic policy relations between the United States and Russia:
"From 1994 on, since I was visiting Russia, in that period, my
concern, which I shared with many of my Russian friends in high
positions, was to try to get an understanding with President
Clinton, and people in Russia. So, some of the key people here in
Russia organized a meeting which I addressed in Moscow. They were
prepared, through me, because they knew my connection to Clinton, to
open a new channel of economic understanding and cooperation with
the United States. [Academician Gennadi] Osipov was one of the
leaders of that group, to organize it. The former Prime Minister,
[Valentin] Pavlov, was part of it. But the Vice President of the
United States, Al Gore, was a close friend of Yeltsin, and they put
pressure on Clinton not to do it. Finally, in 1998, in August and
September, Clinton recognized I had been right... We must have a
dialogue between Russia and the United States, involving other
countries, like China, India, and so on, who understand that we
believe the same thing about the present world crisis, and can
understand what we must do for the next 50 years."
Russian President Calls for 'New International Economic Architecture'
At the annual gathering in Russia for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on June 10, 2007, attended by almost 10,000 people from over 65 nations (including nine Presidents, four Premiers, 44 ministers, and 40 ambassadors), Russian President Vladimir Putin issues a call for a "new international architecture of economic relations" between nations. Putin highlights the increasingly dominant role being played by the developing countries in the world economy, and states that the existing international financial organizations are in need of "serious restructuring" and that the former paradigm of international economic relations has become archaic.
President Putin declares:
we want to achieve sustainable development we need to create a new
architecture of international economic relations based on trust and
mutually beneficial integration. We cannot ignore the importance of
healthy competition, but at the same time, we need to move towards
forming common and interdependent interests and ties... The new
architecture of economic relations implies a principally new
approach to the work of international organizations."
Lyndon LaRouche Forecasts the Financial Crash of 2007
On July 25, 2007, during an international webcast in Washington DC, Lyndon LaRouche goes on record stating that the banking system had reached the point where a catastrophic collapse could no longer be avoided and must be expected to occur in the immediate future. Three days later, Bear Stearns goes under, triggering a chain reaction crisis throughout the entire global financial system.
In his webcast, Lyndon LaRouche states:
is no possibility of a non-collapse of the present financial
system—none! It's finished, now! The present financial system can
not continue to exist under any circumstances, under any Presidency,
under any leadership, or any leadership of nations. Only a
fundamental and sudden change in the world monetary financial system
will prevent a general, immediate chain reaction type of collapse.
At what speed we don't know, but it will go on, and it will be
unstoppable. And the longer it goes on before coming to an end, the
worse things will get."
Helga LaRouche: Landbridge Is The Cornerstone of New Economic Order
The Schiller Institute sponsors a conference in Kiedrich, Germany on September 14-15 attended by 350 people from 40 nations, including a prominent delegation of Russian academicians and political figures, including Prof. Stanislav Menshikov of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Victor Razbegin, deputy chairman of the Council for the Study of Productive Forces (SOPS); and Dr. Sergei Cherkasov and Academician Dmitri Rundqvist, both of the Vernadsky State Geological Museum. Lyndon LaRouche delivers the keynote to conference, calling for an urgent bankruptcy reorganization of the world financial system:
"The only peaceful remedy for the present world situation, today,
would be by actions which, in effect, place the present world
monetary-financial system into a process of reorganization of
bankruptcy; and a return to a design consistent with what U.S.
President Franklin Roosevelt had intended for the Bretton Woods
System, had he lived. No possible solution for this crisis exists
within the structures of the present world financial-monetary
system. Only a political reform of the world system, as it must be
promoted by the initiative of a relevant leading group of powerful
nation-states, could turn the tide of horror now gripping the fate
of this planet as a whole."
Helga LaRouche addresses the conference and states that the gathering is intended to be a creation of a global forum of dialogue for the purpose of achieving a just new world economic order:
"This conference is supposed to be the beginning of a worldwide
dialogue, and forum, of people who want to reconstruct the world; of
putting together the combination of people who want to fight for the
old idea, which used to be the agenda, for example, of the
Non-Aligned Movement, to build a just
new world economic order. And the key to this is building the
Eurasian Land-Bridge, which, from the beginning, never was meant to
be limited to Eurasia, but the cornerstone of a global
reconstruction program... We have reached a situation where either
we establish a new world economic order based on the Eurasian
Land-Bridge, and go for global reconstruction, or we will plunge
into a dark age... The question of the new
world economic order has
been our life's work, and it is now the time to implement it.
Helga LaRouche In Rhodes: A New Westphalian World Economic Order
During the week of October 9-13, 2008, Helga Zepp-LaRouche is invited to participate as a keynote speaker at the Sixth General Meeting of the World Public Forum's 'Dialogue of Civilizations' conference, held in Rhodes, with more than 700 people from 70 countries attending. The World Public Forum was founded and chaired by Vladimir Yakunin, chairman of Russian Railways, and brings together political, religious, and intellectual leaders from around the globe for annual conferences. Helga LaRouche's speech is titled "For a New World Economic Order in the Tradition of the Peace of Westphalia" [PDF] in which she states:
"An emergency conference, modelled on the Bretton Woods Conference
of 1944, has long been proposed by Lyndon LaRouche... In order for
this new system to have credibility and integrity, the initiating
powers—the U.S.A., Russia, China, and India—have to build the core
of a representative group of nations which, in the tradition and
spirit of the Treaty of the Peace of Westphalia, decide on a
multicultural and multinational credit system, even while the
current monetary and financial system is put through an orderly
bankruptcy process.... The most important principle of the
Westphalia Treaty, upon which international human rights are based,
was the idea that, in the interest of peace, all foreign policy must
be oriented to the "advantage of the other."
Lyndon LaRouche Promotes Four Power Alliance in New Delhi, India
Both Lyndon and Helga LaRouche attend a seminar in New Delhi, India
in December 2008, sponsored by the Forum for Strategic Security
Studies (FSSS), a leading military think tank, in addition to
participating in extensive private meetings on the subject of
organizing a Four Powers alliance between India, China, Russia, and
the United States to lead in creating a new global political and
economic order [PDF].
LaRouche states in his speech to the forum:
are four nations on this planet, which are significantly large and
important enough, that they could, if willing, make a decision which
would eventually change the direction of affairs on the planet...
How do we expand the capacity for carrying the world's population in
a stable, growing way, which can't be done under the present
monetary syste? If these four nations agree to form a nucleus, in
recognition of defense against this crisis, then we can change the
world... These four governments, the United States, India, Russia,
China, can sponsor the idea of an agreement to deal with this
particular crisi by creating a new credit system to replace the
present bankrupt monetary system.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche: 'We Need A New World Economic Order, Now!'
Helga LaRouche issues a renewed call for a new international economic order [PDF], specifying eight specific points which must serve as the foundation for such a new system:
An emergency conference must be called, at the level of heads of
state, to establish a new financial architecture. This emergency
conference for a New Bretton Woods must resolve that:
present world financial system must be declared hopelessly bankrupt,
and replaced by a new one.
2. It must
promptly set up a fixed-exchange-rate monetary system, so that
long-term investments in international infrastructure projects are
possible, under predictable conditions.
Derivatives speculation and speculation in food, energy, and raw
materials must be banned by treaty among governments.
must be an immediate reorganization, including, for example,
cancellation of debts.
5. In a
New Deal for the world economy, in the tradition of Alexander
Hamilton, Friedrich List, Henry Carey, and FDR, new credit lines
must be made available for investments in basic infrastructure and
Building the Eurasian Land-Bridge, as the core project for
reconstruction of the world economy, is therefore the vision that
can not only bring a new economic miracle, but also bring peace to
the 21st Century.
production must be doubled worldwide in the coming years
8. A new
“Peace of Westphalia” must, within at least 50 years, secure the
availability and development of raw materials for all nations on
maintain that the system of globalization, with its brutal,
predatory capitalism, is economically, financially and morally
wrecked. Instead, man must be placed at the center again, and the
economy must serve the common good. The new world economic order
must guarantee the inalienable rights of all men on this planet.
LaRouche: Banking Reorganization According to Glass-Steagall Standard
In October 2009, Lyndon LaRouche outlines a program for bankruptcy reorganization of the financial system [PDF], specifying that, through the application of the "Glass-Steagall standard," fictitious values of speculative debt will be distinguished from productive debt with legitimate economic value. LaRouche asserts that the speculative debt must not be honored or bailed out, while the legitimate productive debt must be protected and reorganized as was done by Alexander Hamilton.
is required is to put all regular commercial banks through
reorganization in bankruptcy... The accounts which are in commercial
banks will be put into reorganization in bankruptcy, such that those
accounts which correspond to a Glass-Steagall standard will receive
full protection and will be assigned protection under the category
of a Glass-Steagall qualified account. These banks, which we will
clean up in that way, have to be under bankruptcy protection, even
though they've been purged of this garbage... We're going to put the
commercial banking system through a Glass-Steagall-standard
reorganization; we're going to use the end-product of that
reorganization to reestablish the full support of the Federal
system, as a credit system, not a monetary system."
Lyndon LaRouche Attends World Public Forum in Rhodes, Greece
Lyndon and Helga LaRouche are both invited to attend the seventh annual conference of the World Public Forum in Rhodes, Greece, attended by over 500 academics, religious leaders, economists, politicians, artists, and journalists, from 60 countries. Lyndon LaRouche gives an address titled "A Four-Power Agreement Can Create a New World Credit System" [PDF] in which he states:
"The task is for Russia, and the United States, and China, and
India, to agree, as a group of countries, to initiate and force a
reorganization of the world financial and credit system, under those
conditions, with long-term agreements, of the same type that
Franklin Roosevelt had uttered before his death... The United
States, Russia, China, and India, must become a bloc of countries,
which each have different characteristics, but if they recognize
among themselves, that they have a common interest, they will adapt
to each other and respect each other’s different characteristics.
The result of this, will be the elimination of the monetary system
of the world that has been dominating European civilization since
the Peloponnesian War."
Helga Zepp-LaRouche's speech is titled "New Alliances for a New World System" [PDF], which she concludes by saying:
"We must open a new era of humanity, one in which oligarchical and
imperial designs have been defeated once and for all, replaced with
an alliance of republics which are perfectly sovereign, yet, which
are united through the higher interest of mankind as a whole. It is
possible to bring this about, but it will require interventions by
courageous individuals who are fired by a passionate love for
LaRouche: 'A Revolutionary Change in International Financial Policy'
At a private seminar in Washington DC, attended by numerous representatives of the international diplomatic community, Lyndon LaRouche delivers a speech [PDF] in which he calls for a "revolutionary change" in the economic system of the planet to "eliminate the tyranny of international finance." LaRouche states:
"We need a revolutionary change in international monetary financial
policy. We can not live on the kind of trends in economic policy,
financial policy, which have ruled the United States since October
1987. We have to go back to a fixed-exchange-rate system of the type
that Franklin Roosevelt intended... We must eliminate the tyranny of
international finance, which preys upon and sucks the blood of
mankind now. The authority for creation of credit lies with the
sovereign nation-states. But the sovereign nation-states must have
agreements among themselves, which are fixed-exchange-rate
"This is the worst crisis in modern history; it's also the greatest
opportunity in modern history, and it depends upon consciousness and
will to do some simple things in terms of policy which will fix it.
And bring the trans-Atlantic region and the trans-Pacific region
into harmony with each other."
BRICS Leaders Demand New International Financial Architecture
At their fourth summit in New Delhi on March 29, 2012, the leaders of the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — issue a statement calling for "a more representative international financial architecture, and the establishment and improvement of a just international monetary system that can serve the interests of all countries and support the development of emerging and developing economies."
The New Delhi Declaration of the BRICS announces:
have considered the possibility of setting up a new Development Bank
for mobilizing resources for infrastructure in BRICS and other
emerging economies and developing countries. We direct our Finance
Ministers to examine the feasibility and viability of such an
initiative, set up a joint working group for further study, and
report back to us by the next Summit."
EIR Publishes Special Report: 'There Is Life After The Euro!'
Executive Intelligence Review publishes a special report titled "There Is Life After The Euro: Economic Miracle For Southern Europe & Mediterranean" [PDF] which details the development programs which could be built to reconstruct Europe if the European nations were to free themselves from the collapsing Euro system. In the introduction to the report, Helga Zepp-LaRouche says:
"The euro system, and the entire trans-Atlantic financial system,
are in the process of total disintegration... A solution does exist.
That solution, however, is absolutely impossible within our current
system. The hopelessly bankrupt system of globalization, and today's
casino economy, must be replaced by a credit system that is oriented
exclusively toward future investment into the real economy, with
high energy-flux densities. We must return to national currencies,
fixed exchange rates, and an economic reconstruction program for
Southern Europe, the Mediterranean region, and the African
"By implementing a two-tier banking system in the exact tradition of
the Glass-Steagall standard established by Franklin D. Roosevelt in
1933, commercial banks would be put under state protection as a
first step, while the entire array of 'creative financial
instruments' and derivatives contracts would have to be struck from
the books. A moratorium must be declared on all state debt, and the
portion of indebtedness stemming from financing all sorts of bailout
measures, would likewise be wiped from the books."
Schiller Institute Launches 'New Paradigm for Civilization' Conferences
The Schiller Institute sponsors a conference in November 2012 near Frankfurt, Germany titled 'A New Paradigm for Civilization' as the first in a series of international conferences [VIDEO]. The conference is attended by over 300 participants from 25 countries in Europe, and Middle East, Asia, and the United States. Helga Zepp-LaRouche introduces the new EIR report 'There Is Life After The Euro' and stresses that only by adopting a development program in the common interests of mankind can global war be averted.
See Website: Forum For A New Paradigm
Lyndon LaRouche's remarks to the conference [PDF]
feature the specific steps that must be taken to reorganize the
bankrupt financial system:
The first of the three essential preconditions for recovery is that
the relevant, combined leading nations of both the United States and
the leading parts of Eurasia, must immediately enact the
recovery of the economy of the relevant nations depends upon the
actual creation of a set of systems based on the principle of
national credit, among respective nations. This means that the
future investments must be those rightly deemed physically worthy of
the credit which is uttered under the authority provided by the
credit systems of the respective sovereign nations...
3. It must
be recognized, that it is the increase of physical wealth which must
be made practicable by the respective nations' extension of systems
of public credit. The future wealth of nations and of the
enterprises must warrant the extension of national credit, within
and among cooperating nations. That economic policy shall serve for
both the public and private investment, in the creation of that
which will exist only through the means of the productive future of
the nation and mankind in general."
LaRouche Interviewed In Chinese Press: 'Change The Direction of History'
Lyndon LaRouche is interviewed by Xinhua, the official news agency of the People's Republic of China, on July 27, 2013 [PDF]. During the interview, the interviewer Zhang Mian states "as an economist, you've committed yourself to establish a new world economic order" and asks him what is required to accomplish this goal. LaRouche replies:
"We have to create a new world, a new world which is based on a
commitment to high technology, because only by increasing the
technological potential of the nations of the planet, can we
possibly work our way out of this problem. That could be done. China
is potentially a very important part of this new world system. We
can create an agreement among leading nations of the world, to
change the general direction of the history of this planet in modern
times — and China is a key nation in this whole process... The
important thing is to turn conflict into a source of alliances, on
this issue. And that issue will only work if we are actually
promoting technologically progressive improvements in productivity."
Chinese President Xi Jingping Announces 'New Silk Road Economic Belt'
On his way to a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization
(SCO), Chinese President Xi Jingping visits Kazakhstan on September
7, 2013 and announces his policy to push the rapid development of a
'New Silk Road Economic Belt' stretching "from the Pacific Ocean to
the Baltic Sea." While speaking at Nazarbayev University in Astana,
President Xi states:
forge closer economic ties, deepen cooperation and expand
development in the Euro-Asia region, we should take an innovative
approach and jointly build an ’economic belt’ along the Silk Road.
This will be a great undertaking benefitting the people of all
countries along the route... We must expand the development of
Eurasia, creating an economic belt along the Silk Road. China and
the Central Asian countries are at a crucial stage; we need a
broader vision for cooperation. The peoples of this ancient Silk
Road together can compose a wonderful new chapter in the much-told
story. Now is a golden opportunity for development."
Helga LaRouche to UN: New Economic Order Begins With New Silk Road
Helga Zepp-LaRouche publishes an appeal to the United Nations [PDF]
stating that Xi Jingping's adoption of the Silk Road policy creates
the opportunity to "put the legitimate demand of the Non-Aligned
Movement for a just world economic order back on the agenda." Helga
all know that the current economic order in the world only allows a
very small percentage of the population to live a life of luxury,
that only a relatively small percentage live decently, that many
languish in inhumane poverty, while what Pope Francis called "hidden
euthanasia" is widespread...
"It is high time to put the legitimate demand of the Non-Aligned
Movement for a just world economic order back on the agenda. Such a
new order could begin with the proposal of Chinese President Xi
Jinping at the latest SCO conference, to build the new Silk Road as
the basis for peaceful cooperation among all the countries along
that route. This proposal is totally in line with the proposal for a
Eurasian Land-Bridge that the Schiller Institute advanced beginning
in 1991, in reaction to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. That
concept has been expanded, in the meantime, to a World Land-Bridge
to bring people together, which has gained many friends and
supporters throughout the world. Such a worldwide infrastructure and
development program would hoist us onto the next higher economic
platform, where hunger and underdevelopment could be eliminated
LaRouche Movement Publishes Video Detailing Thailand 'Kra Canal' Policy
On September 23, a feature video is published by the LaRouchePAC detailing the thirty-year history of the LaRouche movement's leadership in the campaign to build a sea-canal across the Kra Isthmus in Thailand to connect the Gulf of Thailand with the Indian Ocean as a keystone project for the development of the Southeast Asian region. The video also reviews other key economic development projects for this region, including the development of nuclear power and rail transport. A transcript of this video is featured in Executive Intelligence Review magazine [PDF].
A Chinese-language journal Fortune Times contacts LaRouche a few months later to interview him on the Kra Canal [PDF], in which LaRouche states:
"The great boost to economic development of the South-Asia
development, the massive economic advantage, and relative
simplicity, of the undertaking, fulfillment, would be the
exceptionally massive economic benefits such a canal represents for
all of the nations of East and South Asia. There are two truly great
nations in Asia: India, and the more populous China. The sheer
volume of maritime trade between the two great nations of Asia, and
their connections through the South Asia maritime regions, make the
canal probably the most potentially beneficial, and also efficient
project for the entire region of the Pacific and Indian Ocean
regions, and the co-development of the major regions of Planet Earth
as a whole."
President Xi Jingping Calls for 'Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century'
Less than a month after calling for a 'Silk Road Economic Belt' through central Asia during his trip to Kazakhstan, Chinese President Xi Jingping follows this up with a call for the creation of a 'Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century' during a speech to the Indonesian Parliament on October 3, 2013. This policy proposal would be for the maritime development of East and Southeast Asia in tandem with the policy for land development of Central Asia that he had announced the week before. During the speech, Xi also announces the creation of an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to fund these projects.
President Xi states:
Asia has since ancient times s been an important hub along the
ancient Maritime Silk Road. China will strengthen maritime
cooperation with ASEAN countries to vigorously develop maritime
partnership in a joint effort to build the Maritime Silk Road of the
21st Century. China is ready to expand its practical cooperation
with ASEAN countries across the board, supplying each other’s needs
and complementing each other’s strengths.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche Returns to China to Promote 'New Silk Road'
In February 2014, Helga Zepp-LaRouche returns to China for the first
time since 1996 to participate in over a dozen seminars,
conferences, and television interviews on the subject of the New
Silk Road. The trip was occasioned by the announcement by President
Xi Jingping the previous year of his 'Silk Road Economic Belt'
policy, which precipitated numerous invitations to Helga LaRouche
from academics and policy makers familiar with her leadership role
since the early 1990s in promoting the Eurasian Landbridge.
During her trip, Helga LaRouche is featured in a half-hour interview on the prime-time CCTV'Dialogue' program by Yang Rui, a prominent journalist in China who has interviewed numerous world leaders and heads of state. He begins by introducing Helga LaRouche as the person "who first advocated the idea of a Eurasian Land-Bridge more than 20 years ago" and is referred to as the New Silk Road Lady. In the interview, she stresses that the extended Eurasian Landbridge can serve as the foundation for "a peace order for the 21st century" and create a paradigm shift away from perpetual war:
"We have to move away from geopolitics, because geopolitics gave the
world two world wars in the 20th Century. If we stay with
geopolitics, we are on the verge of a Third World War. The
conception of the Eurasian Land-Bridge is larger than only the Silk
Road, because it also involves the building of a corridor along the
Trans-Siberian Railway, and it has many routes going all the way to
Indonesia, into Africa. We are really talking about the Silk Road
being the beginning of a World Land-Bridge... It is extremely
important to put a peace order for the 21st Century on the table and
create a level of reason, where everybody who participates has a
benefit, so that historical conflicts, past wars, and all these
problems are put behind us, if you build the Eurasian Land-Bridge as
Helga LaRouche was also interviewed on China Radio International's 'People In The Know' program [PDF], in which she stressed that the New Silk Road can serve as the pathway to "a new system of credit among sovereign nations" to replace the current collapsing financial system:
"The New Silk Road idea, which is really identical with our Eurasian
Land-Bridge proposal of 24 years ago, would have large projects,
building corridors, building fast-speed railways, building water
projects to overcome the deserts. And these are projects which would
be international. So you need to have international mutual credit
agreements among different nations, to build these over the long
term. Meaning that you cannot expect profit in two months, but you
would plan these projects over 10, 20, 40, even 50 years, and you
make credit arrangements among sovereign countries to accomplish
that. So, we need to think about how to replace the present
collapsing financial system, with a new system of credit among
China and Russia Establish Historic Strategic-Economic Relationship
Chinese President Xi Jingping and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold an historic summit on May 22, 2014 in which they significantly upgrade and solidify the strategic and economic relationship between their two nations. The two leaders issue a joint declaration giving clear support to each other's economic development initiatives, the President Xi's 'Silk Road Economic Belt' and President Putin's 'Eurasian Economic Union', pledging to merge their efforts for mutual development.
At the core of the agreement is the finalization of a 30-year natural gas deal in which Russia will provide China with 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually in exchange for Chinese financing of necessary pipeline construction and oil field development. The economic agreements also include mutual investment in transportation, infrastructure, mineral development and "increases in the effectiveness of cooperation in areas of high technology, developing collaboration in the realization of priority projects such as the international use of nuclear energy, civil aviation, and in the program of cooperation on fundamental space research, satellite monitoring of the Earth, satellite navigation, and the study of deep space and human astronautics."
Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus Create Eurasian Economic Union
At a meeting on May 29 in Astana, Kazakhstan, the presidents of
Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus sign a treaty creating the Eurasian
Economic Union [PDF].
President Putin of Russia emphasizes at a press conference that this
economic union will facilitate the creation of trans-Eurasian
"transport-logistic routes" of global importance:
Treaty we signed is one of truly epoch-making, historic importance.
It opens up the broadest possible prospects for economic development
and improvement of the welfare of the citizens of our countries.
Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan are moving to a fundamentally new
level of cooperation, creating a common area. Our three countries
will be able to conduct a coordinated policy in key economic areas
such as energy, industry, agriculture, and transport. energy,
industry, agriculture, and transport... The geographical position
permits us to create transport logistic routes of not only regional,
but also global importance that permit attracting massive trade
flows in Europe and Asia."
President Nazerbayev of Kazakhstan emphasizes that the Eurasian
Union will become a new model of relations between sovereign states:
new geopolitical reality of the 21st Century is born fundamentally
new model for good neighborly relations and interaction between
peoples in the great Eurasian space."
Majority of Planet Unites Behind Argentina's Resistance to Vulture Funds
In response to a ruling by a New York court in favor of 'hold-out'
vulture fund NML Capital's usurious debt-claim against Argentina at
1,608% profit, a majority of the world's nations unite in support of
Argentina's refusal to pay. Argentine President Cristina Fernández
de Kirchner makes a speech to the G77 Summit in Bolivia in which she
kind of anarcho-capitalism, where a small group of financiers runs
the rest of humanity, a group known as ‘vulture funds’ obtained debt
instruments at absurdly low prices. This small group of vulture
funds is endangering not only Argentina. In reality what is at stake
is the international financial system, and the international
economic system more than the financial system. This is financial
capitalism and the appearance of what is called financial
derivatives, which began to generate, or at least make the world
believe that they were generating, money without going through the
cycle of the production of goods and services, which is impossible
and obviously generate astronomically high profits, but also the
existence of fictitious money."
The entire Group of 77 (G-77), representing 133 nations and a total of 5.6 billion people, or 78% of the world's population, largely overlapping in terms of membership with the nations of the Non-Aligned Movement, votes unanimously to support Argentina and stand in solidarity against the vulture funds.
President Fernández de Kirchner welcomes the international
outpouring of support and stresses:
the vulture funds endanger the international financial system. This
is not a matter of North or South, but of a productive economic
against a speculative one."
At an emergency meeting in Washington D.C. of the Organization of
American States (OAS), the acting Foreign Minister of Guyana Robeson
Benn calls for a return to Glass-Steagall to defend nations from the
usury typified by the vulture funds [PDF]:
would like to pose the question as to whether we should not, out of
this imbroglio, re-look at the overall question of the repeal of the
Glass-Steagall Act in 1999 in the United States, which related to
the activity of the banking system, the international financial
institutions, mainly resident in the United States and in the United
Kingdom. President Roosevelt, of the United States of America,
established a banking act, signed off on the Banking Act of 1933,
which set up firewalls between the activities of the banks, and on
the questions of speculation in the financial system. There is,
perhaps, the need now to take a look at putting back in place
important sections of the Glass-Steagall Act which was repealed in
1999... We need to review the question, or call upon U.S.
legislators to pursue efforts to put back in place the type of
regulation in the banking system which would prevent vulture funds,
which would prevent this 'modern-day piracy' which has serious
implications for the world economy."
Helga LaRouche: New Silk Road Is Creating New World Economic Order
On the eve of the BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, Helga
Zepp-LaRouche publishes an article titled "The New Silk Road Is
Creating a New Just World Economic Order" [PDF]
in which she states:
strategic realignment of a large number of states is currently
taking place... The core of this positive change is the emergence of
an economic platform to develop the New Silk Road which China has
made a priority of its foreign policy. Chinese President Xi Jinping
and numerous government officials have repeatedly emphasized in
international forums, the principles on which the New Silk Road
economic zone is based: mutual development, non-confrontation,
mutual respect and dialogue, respect for the other’s choice of
social system, support for the strategic interests of the other
state, absolute respect for sovereignty, and renunciation of any
form of hegemonism...
"Various aspects of the Silk Road policy are already on the agenda:
connections along the historic route in Central Asia; the maritime
Silk Road, including construction of a “second Panama Canal” in
Nicaragua, with Chinese help; and the strategic cooperation between
Russia and China which was adopted at the summit in May between
Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. The principle also
includes the offer by Prime Minister Li Keqiang, that China is ready
to connect all the African capitals by high speed rail.
"It is expected that at the summit of the BRICS countries in
Fortaleza, Brazil on July 13-14, not only will the five member
states intensify their cooperation according to the “Silk Road”
concept, but there will also be various bilateral and multilateral
meetings be tween their leaders and those of Latin America, at which
large projects and contracts will be agreed upon, constituting, in
combination, the beginning of a new world economic order. A BRICS
Development Bank is to be established, with a starting capital of
$100 billion, as well as a foreign exchange pool to better protect
participating developing countries from currency turbulence. In
addition, China is preparing the ground work for an Asian
Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), with initial capital
equivalent to $50 billion. The goal of these new institutions is
also to reduce dependence on the dollar and move toward trade in the
respective national currencies...
"The new international economic order is coming into existence
through China’s New Silk Road policy."
BRICS Summit: Half of Humanity Launches New World Economic Order
The leaders of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) meet on July 16 in Fortaleza, Brazil for the Sixth BRICS Summit and take actions establishing a New International Economic Order. The BRICS Summit issues a 72-point Fortaleza Declarationannouncing the formation of the New Development Bank (NDB), directly echoing the proposal by Lyndon LaRouche from nearly four decades before to create an International Development Bank (IDB) to create long-term, low-interest credit for capital investment into the so-called developing sector in order to overcome the underdevelopment of Africa, Latin America, and large parts of Asia. The Declaration also announces the establishment of a Contingent Reserve Requirement (CRA) to protect nations from currency speculation and financial manipulations.
President Putin of Russia highlights these two initiatives in his
address to the conference:
are united by a desire to act from unified positions in all issues
of global development and the formation of the global financial and
economic architecture... We have been able to achieve significant
successes. I want to stress that all the plans we set for ourselves
a year ago have come to fruition. I am referring, first and
foremost, to our plans to create a new Development Bank and a
Currency Reserve Pool for BRICS nations. Today, we have confirmed
their founding documents. The BRICS bank will become one of the
largest multilateral financial development institutions in the
world. Its stated capital will be $100 billion. The scale of
possible operations within the framework of the Currency Reserve
Pool may also reach $100 billion. This mechanism creates the
prerequisites for effectively protecting our countries from
financial market crises. The bank and the Currency Pool, with
combined resources of $200 billion, lay the foundation for
coordinating a macroeconomic policy between our nations."
Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates the
leadership significance of the BRICS as defining the future, saying:
"The vision of a New Development Bank, at the Delhi Summit two years
ago, has been translated into a reality, in Fortaleza. It will
benefit BRICS nations, but will also support other developing
nations... The uniqueness of BRICS as an international institution
is that for the first time, it brings together a group of nations on
the parameter of 'future potential' rather than existing prosperity
or shared identities. The very idea of BRICS is thus
forward-looking... We have an opportunity to define the future — of
not just our countries, but the world at large. Coming from a land
where the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — the 'whole world being one
family' — is rooted deep in our ethos; I take this is as a great
Immediately following the BRICS summit, the five heads of state hold
a follow-on summit with the Union of South American Nations
(UNASUR). Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner speaks
to the gathering and declares the establishment of a new
international financial order:
is with great pleasure that we salute this decision of the BRICs to
create a development bank, focused on infrastructure... We are
posing a new global
financial order, one that is not jut fair and equitable, but
indispensable. What we demand from the world, is precisely the
creation of a new
global financial order which
will permit sustainable and global economic growth.... Thus, the
appeal to all nations is to join forces in this real crusade for a
new global political, economic and financial organization that will
have positive social, political, economic, and cultural consequences
for our nations."
EIR Publishes Updated Special Report on World Landbridge
In her introduction to a newly published special report on the World Landbridge project fromExecutive Intelligence Review, titled "The New Silk Road Leads To The Future Of Mankind" [PDF], Helga Zepp-LaRouche writes:
"In less than one year, an alliance of nations has been created,
which has built a parallel economic order with giant steps, one
which is dedicated exclusively to the building of the real economy,
in opposition to the maximization of speculative monetary profit,
and which now includes more than half of mankind. This new community
of nations represents a power center based on economic growth, and
above all, on leading-edge technology, one which belongs to the
"A new strategy for mankind means the ability, from now on, to see
the human species as a unity, and to see that unity in the process
of mutual development... This also signifies a new model of
cooperation among the nations of the world. It means that all
potential treaty organizations and alliances must be inclusive, that
they cannot be for the security and economic interests of some
nations, while excluding others. While the support of mutual
development is the premise, they must nonetheless respect the
different levels of development, history, culture, and social
systems, and above all, respect national sovereignty. That is
Nicholas of Cusa's idea of unity in multiplicity, and it must be
inspired by a tender love for the idea of the community of nations,
for the idea of mankind as the creative species."
Helga Zepp-LaRouche Tours Silk Road Route on Return Visit to China
Helga Zepp-LaRouche is invited to return again to China to tour the Silk Road route and address several high-level conferences on the Silk Road Economic Belt initiative of Xi Jingping. On September 5, 2014 she addresses a high-level forum in Beijing on the topic “One Belt, One Road" [PDF] along with Col. Bao Shixiu, Professor (Emeritus) of Military Science at the People's Liberation Army Academy of Military Science, who emphasizes in his speech the leading role of both Helga and Lyndon LaRouche in the campaign for the New Silk Road since the beginning of the 1990's [PDF]. The event, sponsored by China Investment magazine, which is an arm of the National Development and Reform Commission, the main economic policy planning commission under the State Council of the Chinese government, is the first of what is intended to become an annual event bringing together researchers from many Chinese think-tanks tasked with the mission of developing a program for President Xi Jinping’s Silk Road Economic Belt.
Helga LaRouche is also a participant in an international conference on
the New Silk Road at Lanzhou University attended by representatives of
the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the president of Russian
Railways Vladimir Yakunin. Additionally, she is interviewed twice on the
prime-time CCTV 'Dialogue' show, as well as on Chinese Radio
During the latter interview she states:
"In these six months,
tremendous developments have taken place. You had the strategically
extremely important summit between President Xi Jinping and President
Putin in Shanghai in May, and then in July, the equally important BRICS
meeting in Brazil, which was followed by a summit between the BRICS
countries and the heads of state of Latin America. And what has emerged
out of this series of meetings is a fantastic development, namely, the
shaping of a new
financial order and a new economic system. And this is extremely
important, because this has given tremendous hope to many other
countries to finally go for the kind of development which is in their
Capital - Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas
Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer
The radical economist's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century has angered the right with its powerful argument about wealth, democracy and why capitalism will always create inequality as long as Real Wealth does not increase sufficiently to support humanity, as long as investment in mega projects in infrastructure are not funded, as long as Fusion Power is under funded as it has been for the last 40 years, as long as irrigation is under funded.
That capitalism is unfair has been said before. But it is the way Thomas Piketty says it – subtly but with relentless logic – that has sent rightwing economics into a frenzy, both here and in the US.
Piketty's argument is that, in an economy where the rate of return on capital outstrips the rate of growth, inherited wealth will always grow faster than earned wealth. So the fact that rich kids can swan aimlessly from gap year to internship to a job at father's bank/ministry/TV network – while the poor kids sweat into their barista uniforms – is not an accident: it is the system working as it is meant to work.
DO YOU THINK THIS IS AN ACCIDENT?
Designed to Fail
Principle of Poverty.
AUSTERITY TOO MUST BE PLANNED!!
If you get slow growth - why do we get slow growth? - alongside better financial returns, then inherited wealth will, on average, "dominate wealth amassed from a lifetime's labour by a wide margin", says Piketty. Wealth will concentrate to levels incompatible with democracy, let alone social justice. Capitalism, in short, automatically creates levels of inequality that are unsustainable. The rising wealth of the 1% is neither a blip, nor rhetoric.
To understand why the mainstream finds this proposition so annoying, you have to understand that "distribution" – the polite name for inequality – was thought to be a closed subject. Simon Kuznets, the Belarussian émigré who became a major figure in American economics, used the available data to show that, while societies become more unequal in the first stages of industrialisation, inequality subsides as they achieve maturity. This "Kuznets Curve" had been accepted by most parts of the economics profession until Piketty and his collaborators produced the evidence that it is false.
In fact, the curve goes in exactly the opposite direction: capitalism started out unequal, flattened inequality for much of the 20th century, but is now headed back towards Dickensian levels of inequality worldwide because invesment in real wealth has been stopped..
Piketty accepts that the fruits of economic maturity – skills, training and education of the workforce – do promote greater equality. But they can be offset by a more fundamental tendency towards inequality, which is unleashed wherever demographics or low taxation or weak labour organisation allows it. Many of the book's 700 pages are spent marshalling the evidence that 21st-century capitalism is on a one-way journey towards inequality – unless we do something.
If Piketty is right, there are big political implications, and the beauty of the book is that he never refrains from drawing them.
Piketty's call for a "confiscatory" global tax on inherited wealth makes other supposedly radical economists look positively house-trained. He calls for an 80% tax on incomes above $500,000 a year in the US, assuring his readers there would be neither a flight of top execs to Canada nor a slowdown in growth, since the outcome would simply be to suppress such incomes.
As all real fortunes are made off the books in Foundations, Ford, Rockefeller, Gates and are thus not liable for tax or in offshore banks in tax havens or International Companies who do tax deals with Governments in advance of Investment this too will not provide any taxes. The solution is not to overtax that which is less but the invest in more - with more wealth, more tax and no-one will notice it.
While bestriding the macro-economic agenda, the book's sideswipes against trendy micro-economics, often in footnotes, read like a sustained in-joke against the generation for whom all problems seemed solved, except the street price of cocaine in Georgetown.
The book has, in addition, mesmerised the economics profession because of the way Piketty creates his own world, theoretically. He defines the two basic categories, wealth and income, broadly and confidently but in a way nobody had really bothered to before. The book's terms and explanations are utterly simple; with a myriad of historical data, Piketty reduces the story of capitalism to a clear narrative arc. To challenge his argument you have to reject the premises of it, not the working out.
From page one he illustrates with visceral reminders of the unfair world we live in: he begins with the Marikana mining massacre and he never lets up. He marshals not just 18th-century interest rates as evidence but also the work of Jane Austen and Honoré de Balzac. He uses both authors to illustrate how, by the early 19th century, it was logical to disdain work in favour of marrying into wealth. That it has become so again busts the central myth of, and moral justification for, capitalism: that wealth is generated by effort, ingenuity, work, wise investment, risk taking etc.
For Piketty, the long, mid-20th century period of rising equality was a blip, produced by the exigencies of war, the power of organised labour, the need for high taxation, and by demographics and technical innovation.
Put crudely, if growth is high and the returns on capital can be suppressed, you can have a more equal capitalism. But, says Piketty, a repeat of the Keynesian era is unlikely: labour is too weak, technological innovation too slow, the global power of capital too great. In addition, the legitimacy of this unequal system is high: because it has found ways to spread the wealth down to the managerial class in a way the early 19th century did not.
If he is right, the implications for capitalism are utterly negative: we face a low-growth capitalism, combined with high levels of inequality and low levels of social mobility. If you are not born into wealth to start with, life, for even for the best educated, will be like Jane Eyre without Mr Rochester.
Is Piketty the new Karl Marx? Anybody who has read the latter will know he is not. Marx's critique of capitalism was not about distribution but production: for Marx it was not rising inequality but a breakdown in the profit mechanism that drove the system towards its end. Where Marx saw social relationships – between labour and managers, factory owners and the landed aristocracy – Piketty sees only social categories: wealth and income. Marxist economics lives in a world where the inner tendencies of capitalism are belied by its surface experience. Piketty's world is of concrete historical data only. So the charges of soft Marxism are completely misplaced.
The real problem is the lack of increase in real wealth.
A lack in the increase in real GDP.
A lack of increase in wealth of 10% per annum every year, in every country in the World.
And you think this is an accident?
Piketty has, more accurately, placed an unexploded bomb within mainstream, classical economics. If the underlying cause of the 2008 bank catastrophe was falling incomes alongside rising financial wealth then, says Piketty, these were no accident: no product of lax regulation or simple greed. The crisis is the product of the system working as it has been created to work, towards the creation of a fellahin economy and genocide for the poor.
One of the most compelling chapters is Piketty's discussion of the near-universal rise of what he calls the "social state". The relentless growth in the proportion of national income consumed by the state, because the national income is planned to get smaller and smaller, with not enough left too spend on benefits and the rich, spent on universal services, pensions and benefits, he argues, is an irreversible feature of modern capitalism. He notes that redistribution has become a question of "rights to" things which must be based on a continuous increase in real wealth to give us all – healthcare and pensions – rather than simply a problem of taxation rates.
The policy logic for the left is clear. For much of the 20th century, redistribution was handled through taxes on income. In the 21st century, any party that wants to redistribute would have to increase real wealth, not just income.
You would expect the Wall Street Journal to dissent, but the power of Piketty's work is that it also challenges the narrative of the centre-left under globalisation, which believed upskilling the workforce, combined with mild redistribution, would promote social justice. This, Piketty demonstrates, is mistaken. All that social democracy and liberalism can produce, with their current policies, is the oligarch's yacht co-existing with the food bank, failed state and World genocide - for ever.
Instead we need a real increase in wealth.
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