2017 Class Series on LaRouche’s Physical Economy

A New Paradigm of Economics, or Death by Geopolitics?

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1 — Introduction: Lyndon LaRouche’s Science of Economics is the Basis for the USA Joining China and Russia in a New Historical Paradigm

October 4, 2017 — The United States presently has the opportunity to abandon a dead, failing geopolitical and economic system, and join with China, Russia, and other nations in a win-win paradigm of joint development.  However, standard textbook economics fails to provide the needed scientific understanding of human progress and development.  We have to turn to Lyndon LaRouche’s science of economics as the basis for this new historical paradigm, starting with his discovery of Potential Relative Population Density.

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2 — LaRouche’s Physical Economic Metrics, Part I: Productive Powers of Labor vs Jobs

October 11, 2017 — How do you measure the growth and progress in an economy?  Textbook economics notions of GDP, market analysis, and monetary theory fail to provide a measure of true progress or decline.  Economics is fundamentally a physical process, and we start by understanding the role of technologies and machinery in improving the productive powers of labor.


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3 — Physical Chemistry: Stages of Development

October 18, 2017 — Building on the concept of the productive powers of labor, we cover the most important shifts in technological level, which, over historical time, have brought about new eras of human history. These incommensurable improvements, based on new knowledge, demand new vocabularies.

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4 — Qualitative Change: What Number Cannot Measure

October 25, 2017 — Compared to making money by investing in the market, the economic changes discussed last week—in the upgrades of power over different forms of “fire,” from wood, to charcoal, to chemistry, electricity, nuclear, and fusion—occur as jumps. They create new fields of potential that did not exist before, and cannot be understood in terms of the past.


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5 — Bernhard Riemann and the Shape of Economic Space

November 1, 2017 — Over the period 1948–1952, Lyndon LaRouche made a series of discoveries in the field of economics. Key to his breakthrough was his developing a fuller understanding of Bernhard Riemann's 1854 Habilitation Dissertation, which re-defined the nature of geometry, physics, and the human mind. In this class, we take up Riemann’s profound work.


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6 — LaRouche’s Physical Economic Metrics, Part II: How to Define Value

November 8, 2017 — To scientifically define what is, and isn’t, valuable economic activity we must start from the economy as a whole.  Does something contribute to increasing the Potential Relative Population Density or not?  To measure this we must define all metrics from the top down, from the economy as a whole.

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7 — The True Meaning of Infrastructure: Physical Economic Platforms

November 15, 2017 — Taking a long-term perspective of human development, the growth of Potential Relative Population Density isn’t a smooth, continuous process, but has characteristic leaps associated with new infrastructure platforms. These infrastructure platforms define how productive the labor force can be.  Currently mankind is embarking on the full development of the inland territories of the continents with high speed rail systems, and looking to the next great platform leap into nearby space.

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9 — Science Driver Principle

December 6, 2017 — Fundamental scientific discovery comes before the technologies based on that scientific insight, making scientific revolutions an indispensable part of ensuring continual economic progress.  Where do we look for potential future scientific revolutions?   What must the United States, China, Russia, and other leading nations do to pursue this?

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8 — Making it Happen: Money vs. Credit

November 29, 2017 — Now that we have covered scientific and technological breakthroughs as specific advancements, making jumps in the economy, and how a system of infrastructure is best understood as providing a platform for a level of economic activity, we take up the question: “How do we organize social structures to make this happen?” How do national banking and federal credit differ from money?

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10 — Inside the Creative Mind: Metaphor

December 13, 2017 — How does a new idea arise in the mind? Is this something Artificial Intelligence can achieve? Can a complex logical system recreate the human act of creativity? What approach to knowledge ushered in the Renaissance and modern science?

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11 - Series Wrap Up

December 20, 2017 — The wrap-up.

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