Earth’s Last Fifty Years, and Earth’s Next Fifty Years

Can a single individual change history and bring about a New Renaissance?

Lyndon LaRouche's ideas live on! To celebrate LaRouche’s life, and to continue his mission, LaRouchePAC is launching a series of classes examining the last fifty years through his mind and through his eyes—the ideas he created and how he used them in different parts of the planet to shape the world, from the standpoint of shaping Earth’s next fifty years.

Classes are at 1:30pm eastern.

Class #1 (Apr 27): Overview: The Individual’s Role in History

Featured speaker: Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Schiller Institute founder

One person can change history, and the most powerful force in history is not weapons, money, or armies: it is ideas. Lyndon LaRouche harnessed this concept and used it to change the world. Today, the fruits of his decades of organizing, alongside many colleagues, and his wife (the teacher of this class), are seen in the potential for international collaboration exemplified by the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative. To escape the dark age that nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia threatens, an idea of the needed renaissance is necessary.

Class #2 (May 4): LaRouche’s Unfinished War for a New World Economic Order

Featured speaker: Dennis Small

The story of the fight for a just New World Economic Order (NWEO) based on North-South cooperation and development, is a perfect case study of how ideas, and in fact only ideas, create history. The ideas around which the initial battles of the war for a NWEO were fought, especially in the period 1979-1983, and the concept of how to wage that war, were developed by Lyndon LaRouche. His approach was not simply to propose the idea, and to demonstrate that this policy would be beneficial for both the North and the South. His method was to actually lay out the underlying philosophical concepts and scientific physical-economic basis to prove that such an approach can actually work. The political relationships among the major protagonists in that battle—Mexico’s José López Portillo and India’s Indira Gandhi—were also fostered intentionally by LaRouche. And when an opening emerged when Ronald Reagan assumed the Presidency of the U.S. in January 1981, LaRouche pounced on it, to bring into the battle the forces that would actually be capable of defeating the enemy and winning the strategic war. That is an object lesson in an unfinished war.

Class #3 (May 11): Lyndon LaRouche’s Unique Contribution to the Science of Universal History

Featured speaker: Will Wertz

The purpose of this class is to pay tribute to Lyndon LaRouche’s unique contribution to the Science of Universal History. In an essay he wrote published in the Spring 1993 issue of Fidelio entitled “On the Subject of God,” Lyndon LaRouche wrote: “If we measure history by the standard of each person as imago viva Dei, we have a completely different notion of history in general than is taught in our foolish university textbooks and kindred places.” In a subsequent essay published in the Fall 1993 issue of Fidelio entitled “History as Science,” Lyndon LaRouche continued: “A rigorous definition of the term ‘history’ begins with the fact, that the continued existence of our human species is governed by a principle which does not exist in an other species of life.”

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Class #4 (May 18): Italy—Science & Culture

Featured speakers: Liliana Gorini, John Sigerson

The influence of Lyndon LaRouche's ideas in Italy reflects an advancement based on the scientific and artistic revolutions of the 15-century Florentine Renaissance. These advances include our return to natural, scientific musical tuning, as demanded over a century ago by Giuseppe Verdi; Italy’s recent moves to implement LaRouche’s proposal for Glass-Steagall banking legislation; a return to Hamiltonian principles of economic policy; and Italy’s bold leap to join China’s Belt and Road world development movement.

At root, however, there is nothing specifically Italian about these advances; Italy is the rich soil bearing the fruits of the Platonic current that rose in Ancient Greece, stretching through Nicolaus of Cusa, Johannes Kepler, the German mathematical physicist Bernhard Riemann, and the musical genius Wilhelm Furtwängler. Furtwängler’s almost single-handed effort to save European musical culture from being utterly destroyed by the British golem Adolf Hitler, later came to be a chief inspiration for LaRouche’s insistence that music unfolds not in sound, but in the Riemannian complex domain.

Four Serious Songs, Johannes Brahms, Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh (Ecclesiastes 3:19-22)

2. Ich wandte mich, und sahe an (Ecclesiastes 4:1-3)

3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du (Sirach 41:1-2)

4. Wenn ich mit Menschen- und Engelszungen (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 12-13)

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Class #5 (May 25): From the Moon to Mars: LaRouche, Reagan, and the SDI

Speakers: Benjamin Deniston and Paul Gallagher

On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan made a decision—against strong resistance from many of his advisers—to make Lyndon LaRouche’s policy of beam weapon defense, the “Strategic Defense Initiative,” official U.S. policy. Had the SDI been implemented as Reagan and LaRouche envisioned, nuclear weapons would have been rendered “impotent and obsolete,” and the possibility of nuclear war a relic humanity’s past. The SDI was part of an overall vision for economic transformation, subsumed under a Moon-Mars mission orientation, which was the central feature of LaRouche’s presidential campaigns in the 1980s. Today, President Trump’s commitment to a Moon-to-Mars mission, and the great potential for international cooperation in the development and exploration of space, once again offers humanity an opportunity to embark on a new era of potentially limitless progress.