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Lyndon H. LaRouche, at an age of over 90 years, stands today as one of the foremost political activists for worldwide economic
development, national sovereignty, cultural advancement, and scientific
and technological progress as essential elements for meeting the common aims of
mankind. He is honoured for his achievements in many fields and in many areas of the world.
But is he moving far enough?
Does he need to? No.
He has achieved
amazingly in what he has fought for. He laid critical foundations in many
fields on which the most critical challenge in human history, the
Ice Age Challenge, might ultimately be met, and this in time, which might not be met
While the Ice Age
Challenge is the most critical challenge in the history of humanity, it
unfolds at a time when lesser challenges have crippled the world scene in
numerous ways, such as the need to eradicate the terror of nuclear war,
political tensions, of fascism, of the scourge of economic collapse, of
the policies for depopulation and the decapitation of science, and so on.
LaRouche has been building foundations for dealing with these challenges,
extending over many years, that can serve as a basis on which a brighter
and more secure civilization can be built.
On this path Mr.
LaRouche has stood for
election for the U.S. Presidency eight times in his political career spanning half a
century, a career that has been consistently oriented towards the betterment of
humanity. And this front he stood against
the most powerful forces of the western empire, courageously fighting for pioneering
platforms that obsolete war, economic looting, enslavement, diminishment,
hunger, and depopulation.
He spoke of the imperatives of the future,
to determine the policies in the present, and he still speaks of this
need, looking forward fifty years, up to a thousand years, as a policy
driver to shape the world. He has established the necessary patterns for
us to move forward effectively, which in turn becomes our task.
When science is
betrayed, as it is in our time, which nevertheless guides the pioneers
whoever they may be, the most courageous mental efforts are required to
avoid potential traps, especially in the light of the start of the
next Ice Age that according to a wide range of evidence, will be our
future in 30 years. The available physical evidence indicates that the Sun will go inactive
in this time frame, with 70% less energy being radiated. This
potential changes everything, right across the entire
political and economic landscape of the world. I am drawing Lyndon LaRouche
into this context as one of the foremost pioneers in almost all fields
that are critical for meeting this challenge, though he stops short of acknowledging
the Ice Age Challenge itself.
In order that the
great challenge, which is without doubt the Ice Age Challenge, can be met
successfully in the present, it is advantageous to consider the
principles that the pioneer, Lyndon LaRouche, has discovered as critical
elements for building a more powerful and secure civilization than we
presently have, especially in economics and strategic defence.
On this note I will focus on
a few examples of Mr. LaRouche's most famous pioneering interventions that
his name became synonymous with.
Example #1 - The NAWAPA proposal
NAWAPA (the North American
Water and Power Alliance) is a project of the 1960s, that had been pioneered during
the Kennedy era. The intended object of the project is to divert some of the outflow of major
rivers in Northern Canada and Alaska that drain into the Arctic, southward to irrigate the dry
regions of the U.S. Southwest and Northern Mexico.
If the project had
been implemented in the 1960s, it would have become the largest civil engineering and
construction effort in the world. The cultural
dynamism would likely have been so great and far-reaching that it
would have prevented the Vietnam War. The project is that huge. It is made up of 360 individual projects, requiring a 50-years
construction period. If it had been started in the 1960s, it would likely have been completed just about
now, and would have prevented the current drought-emergency in the
reasons, NAWAPA was never implemented. LaRouche has fought several times
to revive the concept with updated versions of it (NAWAPA 21) for its obvious advantages,
especially to serve as an economic driver to revive the currently dying U.S.
economy. (See LaRouche videos on NAWAPA)
The problem is
that the window for NAWAPA to succeed, is now closed. With the Ice Age
us in 30 years, the sources for NAWAPA would freeze solid long before the
project would be completed, whereby the entire effort would be wasted.
And still, a
greater tragedy looms behind the NAWAPA idea at the present time. The tragedy is two-fold. The
northward oriented development focus would divert the attention away from
the tropical development efforts that must be implemented prior to the
time when all
the northern countries in the world become largely uninhabitable, as the Ice Age begins.
If the construction of NAWAPA
was actually started,
it would further block the needed tropical development efforts to
secure the world's food supply.
Without these efforts being made, and them succeeding, 90% of humanity (or more) would
most likely die of starvation when the Ice Age begins. No one can live
without food, and the food that we eat comes almost entirely from
agriculture. This is what is at
stake at the present time as a consequence of incorrectly focused
contribution in the context of NAWAPA, puts onto the table the
critical idea that the largest construction efforts are justified to
enhance the world's food supply. He turns the table in conventional
thinking by rejecting the question as irrelevant, of what will the
project cost, and by asking instead what we need to create and develop
to make the project a reality.
course, NAWAPA was a 'small' concept in scale, in terms of what the
Ice Age Challenge places before us. Nevertheless, the critical pathway
for implementation is the same in both cases, though the Ice Age
Imperative (or NAWAPA 22) is larger is scale and global in scope.
Example #2 - The World Land-Bridge project
A key element of
LaRouche's World Land-Bridge development proposal is the building of a 50
Km long railway tunnel below the Bering Strait between Russia and
Alaska. The completed project would link the Eurasian continent with the
American continents. The railway tunnel project would provide a
highly-efficient transportation link between the Eurasian and American
Continents. And more
than that, it would enable vast new opportunities for economic development
extending away from both sides of the transportation link along its
entire 5000 Km long main line. The
resulting economic opportunities that such a project would enable, are almost unimaginable in principle.
Nevertheless, the Bering Strait tunnel project is only a small part of
Related to it are
three continental transportation projects that become linked together by
the tunnel. One arm of the World Land-Bridge project would stretch across
Eurasia - from China to Central Europe - with a second arm extending
from Alaska to South America. A third arm would stretch across Africa.
LaRouche recognized that these long-distance transportation arteries,
which in some cases would become large networks of arteries, would
provide a foundation for economic development projects in the adjacent
areas, which in short, would develop the world.
Lyndon LaRouche has proposed for decades that these projects should be
built as soon as possible as the entire world would greatly benefit
critical factor arise that makes the key-element of the World
Land-Bridge project, the Bering Strait tunnel project, obsolete.
One of the
critical factors is again the
coming Ice Age. When the Ice Age begins, potentially in 30 years, the intercontinental
transportation link across the 'top of the world' would become almost
'instantly' unusable. And this loss would occur at a time when such a transportation
system would be most needed.
critical factor that stands against the Bering Straight tunnel project is, that a more efficient option exists for building intercontinental
railway links, than building them across the inhospitable terrain of the top of the
world. A more efficient option would be, to build a floating bridge across the
oceans, made out of basalt, constructed in nuclear-powered high
temperature automated industrial processes (see: The Intercontinental
Bridge). As a construction effort, the floating bridge across the oceans
would be faster to build, and more effortlessly, than the proposed link across the top of the
world. In addition, the floating link would
not be broken when the next Ice Age begins. Further in addition, the floating
intercontinental bridge would serve as a supporting infrastructure for
floating agriculture along the way, complete with floating cities, extending from
the floating bridge across the
All this means that
the northern tunnel project won't likely ever be built. In the current
context, the tunnel project is inherently a dangerous project, as the
building of it would block the building of the critically needed
tropical development infrastructures.
While the principle for
development is the same in both cases, the looming near Ice Age reality
completely changes the focus, and puts the focus onto the tropics where
the critical need for it exists.
While the tunnel
project has become obsolete by the Ice Age imperative, meaning that the intercontinental floating bridge concept will be implemented instead,
LaRouche's name will likely be honoured as the originator of the World
Land-Bridge concept and its 'alongside-development' principle. In
practice, the 25,000 Km long floating World 'Land'-Bridge, with hundreds
of major node points along the way, would open up the greatest economic
development that has ever been seen on this planet.
Example #3 - Energy for the Future
The more advanced an
economy becomes, and the more-powerfully it functions, the greater must
be its energy utilization. The two factors are linked. A powerful economy
is an energy-intense economy. Lyndon LaRouche has discovered, as one of the
principles of economics, that increasing energy intensity requires
advanced energy production processes that enable ever-greater energy-density
to be achieved.
Wood for example
poor fuel. For greater energy needs, more-powerful fuels are created,
mostly from coal and oil resources. Wood-powered airplanes are simply not
possible. However, oil too, is fast becoming obsolete for many industrial
processes. Increasingly, electric power drives the modern economy.
Nuclear reactors offer
the most efficient option for generating electric energy, second to
none. Perhaps it was for this reason the Lyndon LaRouche has been a leading proponent
for decades, of large-scale nuclear power
development. He also recognized long ago that nuclear power is itself already obsolete
as an energy resource for meeting the needs of the future.
Based on a false
concept that is widely propagated in the sciences, LaRouche has promoted
nuclear-fusion energy development, which in real terms is not possible
to implement. Still, by knowing that the next step beyond nuclear-fission
power is increasingly required, Lyndon LaRouche has promoted for decades the
development of nuclear-fusion-power technology.
The problem is that
nuclear fusion is inherently an energy-consuming process, not an energy-producing
process. On the Sun, electrically-powered nuclear fusion synthesizes all
the atomic elements that exist in the solar system. Thermal energy is
generated along the way, as a secondary effect. This means that it is
not a prime energy producer.
The few cases in
which nuclear fusion releases vast amounts of energy, such as by the
atomic bomb, the energy released is not really generated by the fusion
process itself, but is derived from unbinding from an atomic nucleus,
previously bound protons as neutrons. The so-called nuclear-fusion power
that is derived, results from a fission process. While the underlying
principle is understood, the process cannot be implemented in practice
for energy production, for a long list of inhibiting barriers.
One of the
inhibiting barriers is that it takes more energy to cause the fusion to
happen, than the process gives back in released energy (typically 10:1).
Other inhibiting barriers are related to the scarcity of the fuel and
the damaging effect of the neutron radiation with which the unbinding
energy is released. In order to overcome these problems, the nuclear
fusion of helium-3 is now envisioned. Helium-3 exists in large
quantities on the Moon. The problem with helium-3 fusion is, that its
vastly greater Coulomb Barrier against fusion, is hard to overcome. In
one experiment, for NASA, a million-times greater energy input was
needed for the fusion to happen than the process gave back.
I am presenting
these observations to illustrate a point. The point is that it is well
recognized that the world's energy resources are fast becoming depleted,
so that for mankind to have a future, new and more-powerful energy resources
must be developed. Those who have acknowledged this fact, including
LaRouche, who stood on this front for more than 30 years already, have
become so desperate in searching for the needed new energy resource that
nuclear-fusion power development is pursued as an option in spite of the
vast barriers standing against it, to the point of planning to mine the
Moon for helium-3, and this even while it would be a miracle for
helium-3 power production to ever be efficiently possible.
Do we have no
Oh yes, we do
have hope. The Ice Age Challenge provides a basis for hope. The platform
on which the challenge rests, also provides a platform for 'boundless'
cosmic electric-energy utilization for our terrestrial electric power
production. The challenge in this arena, is no longer physical, but is
mental. It is a challenge to look beyond today's decapitated science
where cosmic electric energy streams, and with them the nature of the
universe as an anti-entropic electric system, is deemed not to exist.
Lyndon LaRouche, together with much of the world, is stuck in this trap
by clinging to small-minded options that offer no actual solutions. What
sets Lyndon LaRouche apart in this scene, is his pioneering focus on
advancing the power of real science, which is already becoming echoed in
China, India, and Russia. Cosmic Electric Power utilization will become
an option once the deadlock of small-minded perceptions is broken.
Example #4 - The Strategic Defense
intervention in the global strategic policy arena was without a doubt
his famous global defence initiative against a potential nuclear war.
President Regan had supported the project and had tried to implement it
under the term SDI.
The project was
simple. In order to eliminate the threat of nuclear war, LaRouche
invited the world to work together to build a space-based defence system
against long-range missiles. The system was designed to be based on new
physical principles that would be 10 times more efficient than the
offending system. The proposal was thereby designed to create a
protective shield for all mankind, and beyond that, to foster
international scientific and technological cooperation that would in its
course take the wind out of the sails of war.
The SDI project
was blocked before it got off the ground, and LaRouche was imprisoned
for it, as the SDI would have eliminated one of the foundations of the
system of empire that controlled the West, which thrives and profits
from creating tensions in the world, rather than fostering peace and
development. The watchword of empire has always been, "Balance of
Power" - an intentional division in the world designed to create tensions
that enable political control. The SDI would have wrecked this system
that stands at the foundation of empire. Universal cooperation would
have eliminated the tensions and the wars flowing from it, such as the
Vietnam War became.
While the SDI was
scrapped, the principle of Strategic Defense with international
cooperation for the benefit of all mankind, which LaRouche had
pioneered, is still a valid principle today. In fact it is more
critically needed now than in the time when it was proposed.
LaRouche still speaks of the principle of the strategic defence to the
very day, such as the Strategic Defence of the Earth from endangering
asteroids, there exists a vastly more-critical need at the present time
for a Strategic Defence system for Agriculture to be initiated, in
preparation for the Next Ice Age, that will likely be upon us in 30
years. The Strategic Defence of Agriculture would required that most of
the world's agriculture becomes relocated into the tropics where
agriculture continues to be possible in an Ice Age environment with a
70% weaker Sun. Lyndon LaRouche does not promote this critical defence
initiative yet, but the day may not be far distant when he does so.
In any case, what
LaRouche has started serves us today as a foundation in principle to
Rolf A. F.
Witzsche (Dec. 6, 2014)
Published by Cygni Communications Ltd.
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