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.

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  • Chuck Jones
    commented 2019-05-25 18:23:47 -0400
    Wasn’t SDI just an expensive deterrent? The threat of nuclear war would have still existed and shooting down an incoming nuclear warhead would cause wide nuclear environmental contamination, SDI would also not have done anything to deter dirty bombs.
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  • Chuck Jones
    commented 2019-05-05 22:55:29 -0400
    What is the LaRouche organization’s position/opinion on Elon Musk’s designs to visit and colonize Mars?