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.”
It is from this rigorous scientific standpoint that Lyndon LaRouche has uniquely defined the fundamental conflict in current world history as the conflict between two systems and two views of man: the British, or more precisely, the Anglo-Dutch liberal imperial system, on the one hand, and the American system of Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln as the realization of the Golden Renaissance launched in Europe by Nicolaus of Cusa, on the other hand. The above two essays, plus Lyndon LaRouche’s 2004 essay entitled “Toward a Second Treaty of Westphalia: The Coming Eurasian World,” are recommended reading.
Many more questions came in than could be answered during the class. Will has responded to many of them here:
Question: Why were the British allowed (and get away with) infiltrating our country and using the USA as a big puppet? And the same goes for people in power, like James Comey and Clapper. How have they gotten away with lying, and how can we make sure they don’t get away with it? — Jose
- Will’s response: Jose, I tried to answer this during the class. As I said, the British have used many means including assassination but their biggest weapon is cultural warfare. Lyn was uniquely "inner directed," as opposed to most Americans and people of other nations who tend to be "other or outer directed." They rely not on their own power of reason, but on what so-called authorities say. They also do not seek for the "cause" but only react to the effects. One of the reasons I joined the LaRouche movement in 1971 was that I realized that the problems that I saw could did not have a local derivation, including problems that I had personally. I had to look for the root causes affecting everyone and work to eliminate those causes. If you don't act as a microcosm acting on the macrocosm, you end up fighting predicates, which is a losing battle. Knowing that the root cause is the problem of imperial monetarism and what the alternative is which you must fight for is the key. Otherwise you end up like Sisyphus.
Jason, Please tell Will Wertz that his class today was excellent and appreciated and very important. Agape, Michele
- Thank you very much Michele.
Moses led only some if the children of Israel to the Promised Land. Many went to Greece. This is a connection that needs to be better understood in addition to better understanding of the origins of creative reason.
- I would refer you to Friedrich Schiller’s lecture "On the Mission of Moses.: It appears in Volume II of our translations of Schiller. In the lecture he writes: “He (Moses) wanted to lead he people of Israel out of Egypt, and help hem to possession of their independence and a national constitution in a land of their own.” So indeed I believe that the Exodus was an early expression of the impulse towards the nation state and, of course, Lyndon LaRouche relies heavily on the words of Genesis about God creating man and woman in his image as the source of the notion of human creativity (imago Dei) and the mandate given to man to exert dominion over nature as the basis for his economics. See the Power of Labor class series.
I’m studying Schiller’s Aesthetical Letters, and in them, he says that man has two natural drives, a sensual-physical drive and an intellectual-moral drive. Rather than allowing one to dominate the other, they find a balance in a third drive, the aesthetic-play drive. This third one allows mankind to develop and mature in the presence of beauty, which restores his humanity by restoring his free will over these two natural drives, so they can work in tandem. For this reason, Schiller says that Beauty is a second Creator of mankind, after God.
It’s easy to understand why this makes classically composed music and art better than modern methods. But what role does Schiller’s aesthetical approach play in getting more people involved in non-art subjects, such as international policy, fighting against geopolitics, the Monroe Doctrine, the British coup against President Trump, or the Belt and Road Initiative?
- Hi Ian,
The key is that if you achieve an aesthetical state of mind you free yourself of being controlled by sense perception and logical deduction and you gain a freedom of mind (the creative play drive) in which state you have what in theological terms is capax Dei. It is in that sense that beauty is a second Creator. Beauty can give you the power (capacity) to actively participate (contribute) to the ongoing creation of intended by the Creator as in the living image of God. Only in that state of mind, is the individual free to define the policies necessary and with agape act on those policies. This is what Nicolaus of Cusa would call being raptured (transported) into the Third Heaven of creative intellect. That is also being in a state of timeless time.
Best regards, Will
A new book by Israeli Yoram Hazony called The Virtue of Nationalism states the concept of nationalism is described in the Old Testament and thus predates the French.
- I have not read this book. I have responded to another question on this same subject in recognition of the Mosaic contribution to the development of the nation state. The development of France and England as nation states follows a long struggle in Europe in this direction in opposition to the Roman, Holy Roman and Venetian imperial systems. Although imperfect the French and English nation states came into being as an expression of Nicolaus of Cusa’s Concordantia Catholica, which is a deeper conception of the sovereign nation state than mere nationalism. Implicit in Cusanus’ writings is the notion of a concord among sovereign nation states based on harmony with the Logos, by which he means creative reason. Cusanus also develops the conception of government by the consent of the governed based on his conception of all men and women created in the living image of the creator, therefore having free will, creative reason and the capacity for love. His conception is based upon a notion of natural law, to which even the ruler is subject. From this standpoint the notion of the common good or general welfare becomes the stated principle of government as in our Preamble to the Constitution. So these are the more fully developed ideas, which were unique to the development of the sovereign nation state beginning in the 1400s.
How was the US structured, post revolutionary war, such that the US could cultivate and the creative potential within the population which lead to the rapid progress throughout the 19th century?
The way I see it, man has the mind of a god and the body of an animal. If we're trained to act on our animal impulses then that's how we'll be, but to be trained to be creative, which we're not. But we get a glimpse of that potential in early America, the Italian Renaissance, and the Renaissance of the 12th century. — Daniel
- Dear Daniel,
First of all there was a high level of literacy in the US. Through the efforts of Benjamin Franklin two important associations were created: The American Philosophical Society centered in Philadelphia and the Committees of Correspondence initiated in Boston. Benjamin Franklin was known as the American Prometheus.
The views expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were influenced by Leibniz most directly and by Nicolaus of Cusa indirectly.
I would recommend that you read a short story by Edgar A. Poe entitled Mellonta Tauta. There he describes how the imperialist control the way people think by reducing their methods of thinking to empiricist (Bacon) and logical deduction (Aristotle) and deny the existence of creativity as reflected in the method of hypothesis.
Best regards, Will Wertz
Dear LaRouche PAC Team,
Thanks for the latest class-series.
History and its deeper questions has been a passion of mine and Lyndon's many inspired talks coming from that perspective of Principle are a gift for humanity.
Will's excellent presentation did, I think, justice to the meaning of that Principle, and I thank Will Wertz for his continued work in bringing this to myself and all of us.
The reason for my mailing is to address a simple question from Manhattan by Jose from the Bronx. The question posed is akin to many I have heard in the past, 'what will justice look like?' (future tense)
Will here gives an excellent response to 'HOW it would look,' but for many of us following the series and not being so familiar with the complexities of system-dynamics, I think what Jose is asking, is rather not on addressing the 'how' but the 'WHAT' thus coming from the affects of that external point of view perhaps.
Addressing this 'what' (that so many people seem to ask) brings to mind four points I would like to ask:
1) Over what time period can this courageous change happen?
Can such a courageous LaRouche moment be overnight? (politically speaking) Or does history inform us that such huge changes are spread out over time? (justice in future if not now?)
2) A new Bretton Woods effecting the media?
Can such a positive change and its effects to nations globally, be observed outwardly if 'controlled' media simply pushes this to one side?
Can the MSM still play games? Or would a new playing field make the MSM obsolete due to their narrative not changing although our worldly observations might?
3) Could such a LaRouche moment look something like a sudden cancellation of the Debt for the US citizen?
Thus a sense of freedom from a burden for yourself and future generations?
4) The role of faith?
Like Will said: 'it is not for us to belittle ourselves'
Can such a radical change help free people to see and understand fully what means to be Children-of-the-Heavenly-Father? (grasping the true meaning of the eternal now)
Bless all you guys!
And all those who have gone before! ☺️
- Dear Steven, thanks for your question.
1: The creation of a New Bretton Woods system as proposed by Lyndon LaRouche based upon a community of principle among sovereign nation states would eliminate imperial monetarism and create a just new economic world order. This can and must be done in the immediate period ahead.Otherwise, perfect justice is something one must work towards without necessarily achieving with absolute perfection. That is why Friedrich Schiller in his Letters on the Aesthetical Education of Man says that you have to give the world the direction of the good.
2: Yes, if the US, Russia, China and India, joined by other nations, create a New Bretton Woods, this changes everything, including the Main Stream Media narrative. If those four nations are united based on principle, then they can’t be played against each other.
There is legitimate debt and illegitimate debt due to speculation. Lyndon LaRouche’s support for Glass–Steagall and for a New Bretton Woods system includes the notion that there must be the equivalent of a bankruptcy reorganization of the Trans-Atlantic IMF-City of London-Wall Street system. in the course of such a bankruptcy reorganization a determination will have to be made as to what debt is illegitimate and that debt will have to be cancelled.
As Nicolaus of Cusa stresses in On the Peace of Faith, all people are created in the living image of the Creator and therefore have creative intellect and the capacity to love others. World peace, he says in Concordantia Catholica requires all to come into harmony with the Word or the Logos (creative reason).Faith is in the power of reason and the power of love is absolutely necessary. “In the beginning was the Word (Logos)....” and “God is love.”
Best regards, Will Wertz