Story 21 - 'Empty' People
I pointed out that if a corporation goes bankrupt, the debts get written off. So why shouldn't one deal with the debt as a separate issue and keep the economy functioning? Why should one shut everything down?
I suggested to the students that it would have been the policy in the American intellectual tradition to keep the economy functioning, on which people's life depends, and to deal with the debt as a separate issue in a global bankruptcy reorganization.
I suggested that this would be done as a matter of principle to save the economy,
to save people's pensions and other essential things. This kind of action would
once have been assured under the general welfare constitutional principle that was an acknowledged principle in the American intellectual tradition. But we don't do that anymore. We let everything disintegrate, which is insane. This means we have to go back to a tradition that was sane; that worked; that protected and advanced society. That is, what the reverse paradigm shift is all about. That is LaRouche's policy.
I suggested that this kind of policy isn't actually so much
LaRouche's own personal policy. Rather, it is a policy that simply reflects the paradigms of the long established American intellectual tradition that LaRouche
merely represents, a tradition that is founded in certain invariable fundamental principles that had
once been acknowledged constitutional principles in that tradition. It is the American intellectual tradition to do that, and this is what we need to get back
to all over the world.
At this point another student stood up and gestured in protest. "I don't want to hear about your American intellectual tradition," he shouted angrily. "It's all rubbish. It's a miserable failure. America has become a failure, a sewer, its activities around the world, stink."
"That's just the point," said another student next to him in broken English, so that Wai-ye didn't have to translate, and gestured his friend to sit down.
I agreed with the student that America has become a sewer, but I pointed out that what stands behind that sewer, as the cause of it, has nothing to
do with the American intellectual tradition. I told them that the paradigm shift that turned America into a sewer was the result of a crisis that was abused to destroy that
tradition and the nation with it. I pointed out that the whole tragedy resulted from a people being unable to protect themselves in a
time of crisis. Sure, that could have been accomplished were the people embracing their intellectual tradition at this critical point. Unfortunately, this didn't happen. This single failure to embrace the traditional paradigm, caused the tragic breakdown that led to the paradigm shift, but it does not imply that the intellectual tradition itself had been wrong, or had failed. The people had failed themselves.
I told the students what really happened. We had just come through World War Two, we had eighteen million people overseas fighting a war to restore civilization, but in the background to this war, America was being attacked covertly by the American/British imperial oligarchy that was about to be eliminated by the Roosevelt mobilized renaissance, a renaissance that was totally build on the American intellectual tradition. Then Roosevelt died suddenly. In the resulting vacuum the oligarchy saw its chance to take over the strategic area for a nation's future, the education of its children. By the time that anyone realized what had happened, the war was already lost.
I suggested that it is evidently easier to fight a physical war against a visible enemy, even on a global scale, than it is to fight a war against an enemy that one can't see, that works quietly in the background.
I pointed out that this singe defeat put an end to the policies of the American intellectual tradition, both in America and throughout the world. Still one can't blame the tradition for it. The tradition was extremely substantial. It had worked well. It had worked so well that a single man,
as Roosevelt was, based on that tradition, could advance a nation out of its deepest economic depression to becoming the most powerful economy on the planet in just a few years, and
all that while the nation had eighteen million people to support in a war overseas. This horrendous achievement, all by itself, illustrates the substance of the American intellectual tradition in terms of humanist policies, and economic policies, which are really both the same, fundamentally.