Reanimating an Actual Economy

The six-part class series is an opportunity to debunk the disastrous economic policies ruining most economies today through a demonstration of Lyndon LaRouche's superior economic method (a method that actually forecast the 2008 crash). We will engage in an in-depth work-through of a 2006 paper he wrote, entitled “Why the Senate’s Intelligence Has Failed: Reanimating an Actual Economy” (html / pdf), which launched a project of education led by Mr. LaRouche: his "Basement" project. LaRouche's intention was to establish new scientific leadership which could orient society towards an understanding of physical economy.

In this essay, Lyndon LaRouche launched a new project of education and economics: his "Basement" project, to establish new scientific leadership which could orient society towards an understanding of physical economy. LaRouche demonstrates the fallacy of approaching economics (and history) with a purely statistical approach, using Kepler’s treatment of the planetary orbits to convey the necessary, dynamic approach to economics:

“The study of the implications of Kepler’s principal discoveries … is the best historically-grounded approach to prompting the student’s ability to locate science in discovery of the experimental form of expression of universal physical principles per se, thus freeing the student from the dumbing-down effects of today’s common ontological malpractice…” 

Today, the need for this educated citizen-leadership is greater than ever! Join us in this participatory class series. Below are the classes and the assigned readings and videos for you to review before each class. Be sure to register to receive the homework questions and links for discussion sections!

Unless otherwise noted, classes will be on Saturdays at 2pm eastern. Note that there is no class on Dec 7.

Class 1: Reanimating an Actual Economy

WHEN: Nov 30, 2pm eastern
SPEAKERS: Megan Beets and Jason Ross, members of the LaRouche "Basement" Project

Over the past fifty years, the vast majority of economists have had an awful track record. They missed the dot-com bubble, the 2007-2008 blowout, and are by-and-large blissfully unaware of the “everything” bubble ready now to collapse at any time.

What is the source of their failures? LaRouche uses Johannes Kepler’s discovery of the cause of the planetary orbits to contrast the approach underlying an economic study by William Nordhaus (2018 winner of the economics Nobel) with LaRouche’s own approach.

  • Reading: Lyndon LaRouche, “Why the Senate’s Intelligence Has Failed: Reanimating an Actual Economy” (html / pdf),” EIR, August 4, 2006.
  • Reading: William Nordhaus, “Geography and macroeconomics: New data and new findings (pdf)” PNAS, March 7, 2006.

Class 2: “Whaddaya Know?” Kepler and the Limits of Mathematics

WHEN: Dec 14, 3pm eastern (note time change!)
SPEAKER: Jason Ross, LaRouchePAC "Basement" Project

The fraudulent 1972 book The Limits to Growth used a computer model to prove that excess growth was dooming the human species. Yet their silly model couldn't account for the creation of fundamentally new technologies. So, in reality, they "proved" that without fundamental technological progress, the human species would be in danger, and then claimed, on this basis, that progress must be halted.

This failure of mathematics was deliberate and meant to fool others. But how many people fool themselves? Trump points to the growth of the stock market as representing an economic boom, but do these numbers tell the full story? What is creating our economic future?

In this class, we will accompany the first modern scientist, Johannes Kepler, as he forces astronomers to abandon mathematical explanations for the planets and to join him in demanding a knowledge of physical causes. This is the crucial factor required to really understand economics!

Class 3: What Creates an Economic Orbit?

WHEN: Dec 21, 2pm eastern
SPEAKERS: Jason Ross and Phil Rubinstein

From the 1930s through the 1960s, the United States had a period of incredible economic growth. From the 1960s to the 1990s, that physical economic growth slowed and was replaced with financial growth. Today, while enormous efforts are put into maintaining the financial system, the physical economy is nearly an afterthought.

How did we get here? And is this problem temporary or systemic?

In this class, we continue our journey with the first modern scientist -- astronomer Johannes Kepler -- as he throws away the ineffective crutches of mathematical modeling to step boldly into the unknown world of physical cause. From his physical principles, he arrives at the motion of the planets, based on the powerful concept of the infinitesimal. We will compare Kepler's revolutionary discovery with LaRouche's understanding of economic cycles, returning to LaRouche's criticism of the Nordhaus paper discussed in the first class.

Class 4: Economy as Dynamic: Leibniz and the Infinitesimal

WHEN: Dec 28, 2pm eastern
SPEAKERS: Rachel Brown and Phil Rubinstein

Kepler presented future scientists with a question, and Leibniz solved it with his development of the infinitesimal calculus, which made physical action a measurable process. This quality of approach, however, is missing from economic forecasts today, which measure the components of economic processes, while missing the principles that guide their development. LaRouche based his forecasting method on the scientific approach of Kepler, Leibniz, Gauss, and Riemann.

In “Reanimating an Actual Economy,” LaRouche wrote: “However, the crucially underlying objective of these studies, is to discover the principal factors which are determining, or might determine either net growth, decline, or stagnation in the rate of the performance of the economic-phase space considered, or a national or larger economy as a whole.”

Reading assignment: Leibniz on Analysis Situs

Class 5: The Value of Creativity

WHEN: Jan 4, 2pm eastern

LaRouche’s central discovery in economics addressed the connection between scientific discoveries and the resulting improvements in the productive powers of labor. This relationship is not purely scalar, and demands a framework that can directly incorporate changes in quality, not merely of quantity. He explained that the work of Bernhard Riemann was key to opening the doors to this framework, and thus named his economic approach the LaRouche-Riemann method.

In this class, we will discuss Riemann’s treatment of physical space as well as his application of analysis situs to a domain of mathematics that brings out the qualitative nature of economic growth.

Class 6: What Should Guide Our Economic Orbit?

WHEN: Jan 11, 2pm eastern
SPEAKERS: Megan Beets, Jason Ross, TBD

With our deepened understanding of planetary orbits as trajectories governed by physical principles, Leibniz’s infinitesimal, and Riemann’s hypergeometries, we return to the issue of economic orbits. Monetarism is a central principle presently guiding our economic orbit. What should be the principles shaping our economic future, and how can they be brought into being? Cooperation among the US, Russia, China, and India to instate a new economic and political system, built around LaRouche’s four central economic laws.