#3, Jan 19: Why Do We Need Nation-States?

SPEAKER: Will Wertz

Is the nation-state a historical accident, or a useful discovery, akin to a technology? The thinker most individually responsible for the Golden Renaissance, Nicolaus of Cusa, was also instrumental in creating the concept of the nation. Themes from three of Cusa's great works (On Learned Ignorance, On the Peace of Faith and Catholic Concordance) will be applied by Will Wertz to address the New Bretton Woods needed today.

This class will also address the fundamental divide between Plato and Aristotle and the emergence of the USA, in opposition to the British Empire and the Anglo-Dutch liberal system.

#2, Jan 12: Science — not Mathematics! — is Key to the Economy

Join us LIVE on January 12, 2019 at 2pm eastern.

SPEAKERS: Jason Ross and Megan Beets, collaborators with Lyndon LaRouche in his “Basement” project, to draw out the connection of the history of science to economics

LaRouche holds that, in order to understand the anti-entropic nature of the human mind, and its ability to develop new concepts granting us increased power to shape and understand nature, we should look to the central role of Johannes Kepler, the first modern scientist. Kepler created science by ending Aristotle's centuries-long suppression of knowledge, and by venturing beyond mathematics into the domain causes.

Similarly, LaRouche maintains, Kepler's discoveries are key to understanding economic cycles as the result of dynamics, the result of physical causes. This is in opposition to the failed and unfortunately widespread approach that looks at financial numbers and tries to build up a model based on them.

Observed trends do not create themselves — their causes do. Join us in our encounter with the creativity of the human mind, and learn how it provides us crucial insights into economics!

#4, Jan 26: What, Exactly, Is This “Creativity” That Is the True Source of all Economic Value?

Physical economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche has dedicated his life to insisting that it is not enough, to merely assert that value in a successful physical economy is uniquely determined, not by monetary standards, but by the extent to which we, as individuals, and as a society, make creative leaps in our ability to master the principles governing our living, self-developing universe.

Rather, it is our sacred duty as human beings, to investigate, nurture, and master, within ourselves, i.e., within our souls, the nature of this creative capacity itself. And in order to do so, we must learn to understand, and then to speak, the language of poetry, music, and the plastic arts.

One of the most pernicious recent sins against human culture, was committed by the Romantic philosophers Immanuel Kant and G.W.F. Hegel, and their follower Friedrich Carl von Savigny, who claimed that there was an unbridgeable gap between the physical sciences (Naturwissenschaft) and the so-called liberal arts (Geisteswissenschaft). Theirs was a direct assault against the great poet Friedrich Schiller specifically, but more generally against everything that makes mankind truly human, since their doctrine seeks to relegate art to the domain of unknowable, arbitrary emotion, guided by animal instincts―sometimes raw, other times merely modified by what they cynically term “a veneer of culture.” 

As a result, today, the true languages of poetry and music, as opposed to the “Brand X” versions that are hawked in popular culture, have been all but buried under more than a century of cultural detritus.

In this class, we will use just a few examples from the domains of poetry and music, to assist you in finding your own entry-point into the beautiful, yet scarcely known, wonderfully “dynatropic” (to use Bruce Director's term) domain of Classical art. We will also touch on the principle of harmonic “well-tempering” as discovered by Johannes Kepler in the action of the Solar System, and as applied by the composer Johann Sebastian Bach, sparking a revolution in musical potential which, just as with fusion power today, is still only in its infancy.

#5, Feb 2: Friedrich Schiller, The Poet of Freedom

Speaker: Will Wertz

In his essay entitled “Can We Change the Universe?” Lyndon LaRouche wrote: “Schiller’s greatest achievement, beyond what Shakespeare accomplished at his best, lies in Schiller’s degree of emphasis upon the principle of the sublime.” The fundamental issue facing humanity today is whether a great moment finds a small-minded people, which would lead to a tragic result, such as occurred in the French Revolution, or whether present moment finds individuals, who like Joan of Arc, are capable of acting sublimely in behalf of all of humanity. This class will focus on the distinction between the sublime as expressed in Schiller’s play “The Virgin of Orleans” and in his essays on the Sublime and tragedy as expressed in his Wallenstein trilogy and his play Don Carlos. Other works by Schiller will be drawn on such as the Legislation of Lycurgus and Solon to contrast the imperial, oligarchical model of human society established in Sparta to the republican model of human society established in Athens, which serves as a metaphor for the contrast today between the Anglo-Dutch or British imperial model versus the American system. Overall, Schiller’s notion, as expressed in his Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man, that political freedom is only possible through the role of beautiful art in educating the emotions of the individual so that he or she acts freely based on Agape (love) rather in a Kantian manner, based merely on obeying external moral precepts, will be developed as the prerequisite for ensuring durable political change.

#6, Feb 9: Vladimir Vernadsky: The Biosphere and the Noösphere

SPEAKER: Benjamin Deniston, collaborator in LaRouche's economic research project, the “Basement”

In this final presentation, we take up LaRouche’s relationship to Vladimir Vernadsky, who developed the concepts of the biosphere and the noösphere. Can study of the evolution of advanced life on this planet provide insights into the development of the human species through the uniquely human phenomenon of economic growth? What is man as a geological force, and what is the future of cognition, beyond planet Earth?

#1, Jan 5: The Creative Powers of the Human Mind Reflect the Underlying, Creative Principle of the Universe as a Whole

SPEAKER: Bruce Director, Author of “Riemann for Anti-Dummies” and many other works on the history of science

This first class of the series will focus on LaRouche’s demonstration that the creative powers of the human mind reflect an underlying, ontological, creative principle in the universe as a whole. In short, the deeply held belief that the entropy of the universe is always increasing is not only demonstrably false, it is clinically insane. Unless this pervasive insanity is corrected, there can be no real recovery and emergence of a new economic order based on unlimited human progress.

The class will present LaRouche’s concept of anti-entropy as a unique contribution to human knowledge with antecedents in the discoveries of Cusa, Kepler, Leibniz, Gauss, Riemann, Planck and Einstein (the latter will be covered more in depth in the subsequent classes). Couched in the framework of economic science, LaRouche’s concept of anti-entropy has broad implications for all areas of science, including physics and biology, as well as the arts. It lays the basis for resolving many of the outstanding questions in science and poses new ones that define the frontier areas of the future economy.

Thus, LaRouche’s discovery forms the framework for any competent discussion of economic and social policy.