Recent viewers of the 1987 Presidential Campaign program The Woman On Mars have been shocked to learn that its author, Lyndon LaRouche, was not only under federal indictment, as a Presidential candidate, at the time he composed the program, but was also tried, convicted and imprisoned shortly thereafter. Indeed, despite evidence that operatives of American and foreign intelligence agencies were engaged in illegal and unethical forms of harassment against his 1988 Presidential campaign, LaRouche was jailed in January of 1989.
LaRouche’s lawyer on appeal was former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who wrote in an open letter to then-Attorney General Janet Reno:
"I bring this matter to you directly, because I believe it involves a broader range of deliberate and systematic misconduct and abuse of power over a longer period of time in an effort to destroy a political movement and leader, than any other federal prosecution in my time or to my knowledge."
LaRouche authored papers such as “The Science And Technology Needed to Colonize Mars,” “Design of Cities: In The Age of Mars Colonization”, and “Private Initiative for Colonizing the Moon and Mars,” the last of which was the keynote delivered at a 1985 Memorial Conference in honor of then recently deceased scientist Kraft Ehricke, the 20th century’s leading proponent of travel to the Moon. From his prison cell, LaRouche in 1992 issued a book-length memo entitled Cold Fusion: Challenge to U.S. Science Policy, a book on scientific method entitled The Science of Christian Economy, and many other writings.
At recent October gatherings in the United States devoted to World Space Week, a video presentation of LaRouche speaking was shown for those that had never seen nor heard him before, in which LaRouche said:
"If you wanted to take a ship, and you wanted the ship to take you from Earth-orbit, as in, from the Moon to Mars orbit, with people in it — if you wanted to have that ship travel at a speed which gives a gravitational effect for the inhabitants of the capsule, you will have a tank attached to it, as big as the Moon, just to contain the fuel. It’s not a very good idea.
"So therefore, what you need, is you need a much higher energy-flux density thing; you need fusion thrust. And where do you get the fusion thrust? Well, you go to the Moon. That’s your filling station. You’ll find at the filling station on the Moon, there’s helium-3, an isotope of helium. Helium-3 is the best fuel for thermonuclear fusion, it’s the most efficient. So if you wanted to have a ship go, so the one-gravity effect on the passengers and the crew, between Earth orbit and Mars orbit, you would want to have thermonuclear fusion as your propellant. And it would come from helium-3, picked up from the gas station on the Moon. And most of the equipment you would fly in, would also be built on the Moon, from raw materials which are present on the Moon. And once we get into that racket, we find that we’re not limited to the Moon. Once we become gatherers of raw materials and so forth, in various parts of the Solar System, then, we find that we have many more kinds of resources to deal with."
It was this film segment, coupled with the shock of LaRouche having been in jail for five years, which, justifiably, precipitated many questions as to why he had not been exonerated.
Both his work on devising a 40-year Moon-Mars Mission for the span of 1987 to 2027, and his earlier 1977-1983 work on creating the policy proposal adopted by President Ronald Reagan in March 23, 1983 that came to be known as the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), made Lyndon LaRouche a figure of international notoriety. LaRouche’s political and military opponents in several nations were not unhappy to see him indicted, tried and convicted through a series of legal actions beginning in 1984 and concluding, in their first phase, with his January 27, 1989 incarceration. A second, subsequent phase was conducted, which, though it failed to keep LaRouche in jail for his entire fifteen year term, nonetheless made it impossible for the ideas propounded by LaRouche, including those he developed while he was incarcerated, to receive, not only a fair hearing, but any sort of hearing whatsoever.
An important effect of this injustice was that groundbreaking applications of advanced science were significantly retarded in the United States and internationally as a result of LaRouche’s vilification. An example is Mike McCormack’s “Magnetic Fusion Engineering Act of 1980,” which called for a twenty-year “Apollo Project” crash program to develop fusion, including for commercial application, by the year 2000. Although the U.S. Congress passed it into law (primarily as a result of a collaboration among members of Congress and LaRouche associates), funding for this initiative was never allocated.
LaRouche’s battles with the Department of Justice, emerging publicly during the 1984 U.S. Presidential Campaign, also had the result that, in an outrageous travesty of justice, the primary group in the United States advocating thermonuclear fusion, the Fusion Energy Foundation (organized and founded by LaRouche), was shut down along with the FEF’s well-known scientific journal, Fusion. At the time it was shut down, Fusion’s 120,000 subscription and single-copy circulation made it the #2 most-read popular science magazine in the United States.
Now, we are witnessing attempts to convince the presidents of America’s major colleges to spy on students in the sciences, and not only those from specific “adversary” nations. The emerging campaign for the censorship of scientific thought and collaboration, which threatens to stifle even the newly-announced campaign to return to the Moon and then go to Mars, expressed, for example, in the Wolf amendment, is a continuation of the campaign against threatening, “maverick” intellectuals like Lyndon LaRouche. The exoneration of Lyndon LaRouche would send a strong message, to other nations as well as to American citizens, that the suppression sought by the powerful and foolish against the scientifically creative will not be allowed to stand.
In the name of human progress, and human decency, we call for scientists, academics, and thinkers, to respectfully request of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, that the 1988 conviction of physical economist Lyndon LaRouche be re-evaluated, overturned, and that Lyndon LaRouche be exonerated.
For an Economic Renaissance of Humanity and the Exoneration of Lyndon LaRouche
by Schiller Institute Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche
Imagine: the end of the world happens, and nobody comes! Picture teenage climate idol Greta Thunberg, and all the central bankers, investment bankers, hedge fund managers, and speculators, who are euphoric about the alleged certainty that the planet will boil over in 18 months (according to Prince Charles)—while the latter are even more ecstatic over the astronomical profits they think can be made from “green finances.” But then, nevertheless, the world—despite various climate fluctuations—simply continues to exist!
This variation on the peace movement’s old slogan, “Suppose there’s a war and nobody comes,” is useful to make the point that an ideology only influences reality if the majority of the population believe it.
There is no climate emergency. The climate data of the past 500 million years show that the Earth’s climate has varied continuously, with a constant alternation between warm and cold periods. (The last of those cold periods only ended in 1850 with the end of the Little Ice Age.) The climate alarmists of today cannot base themselves on scientifically verifiable facts, so they instead use climate models whose predictions have already proved to be exaggerated. The failure of these models underscores the fact that the climate is a highly complex subject, which must urgently be put back on a scientific basis. While anthropogenic activities have a limited effect on the climate, to ignore—as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) does—the profound impact of processes in the Sun and in our galaxy is the height of scientific incompetence!
The demonization of CO₂ and the resulting goal of decarbonizing the world economy are just as rational as burning witches at the stake, as a remedy for disease. CO₂ is not a pollutant. It is essential to the continued existence of life on Earth--for the flourishing of plants and agriculture, for human existence. The real emergency is the drive for the decarbonization of the global economy pushed by the financial sector, which would lead to a collapse of the industrialized countries, the destruction of the developing world, and massive, global population reduction—that is, genocide.
Central Bankers Push ‘Financial Regime Change’
The climate hysteria orchestrated by the financial sector and the mainstream media is the biggest-ever propagandistic manipulation, a creation of hysteria which has worked so effectively that Nazi propaganda master Josef Goebbels would readily give up his job due to his relative failure.
The real issue at stake is quite different. The neo-liberal financial system is absolutely finished. The causes of the 2008 crash, far from having been remedied, have instead been compounded through eleven years of quantitative easing and interest rates set at zero, or even below zero. What is the financial oligarchy’s plan? Central banks, according to the proposal recently presented by BlackRock at the Jackson Hole annual bankers’ meeting, should effect a “regime change” under which the central banks, which will maintain their status as “independent,” will print large amounts of money and give it directly to governments, which will only be allowed to spend it according to the rules set by the central banks. It is in principle, the same method that Hitler’s Finance Minister Hjalmar Schacht used to fund the Nazi military buildup. This time, all the money created is to be used to “green” the world economy.
For the majority of people who are trapped in the neoliberal ideology orchestrated by the mainstream media, it is very hard to imagine that the axiomatics of this system are completely wrong. This ideology includes not only planned “regime change” by central banks, but also “regime change” targeting U.S. President Donald Trump, and also Russia and China—seen clearly in the “color revolution” now being fomented in Hong Kong. And it also includes the idea that it is perfectly normal for a small layer of rich people to become ever richer, while the majority grows ever poorer; that Africa should remain underdeveloped forever; that every human being is a parasite, polluting the environment; and that the limits of growth have now been reached. Let’s not forget the liberal ideas that “anything goes,” and that every opinion is as good as every other.
However, from the standpoint of the laws of the universe, and the evolution of humanity which only moves forward in coherence with those laws, these axioms are just as wrong as most of the assumptions of the Middle Ages that resulted in scholasticism, witchcraft, and flagellation.
There Are No Limits to Growth!
If we are to get out of the currently escalating crisis, in which everything seems to be spinning out of control, we need to change our entire way of thinking. We need to find a point of reference from which we can reappraise all our assumptions about mankind and the universe we inhabit, and examine their validity. This point of reference is space research and space travel.
Manned space travel is the triumphant proof that Leibniz was correct to argue that we live in the best of all worlds, not in the sense cynically satirized by Voltaire (who was in a sense the Sir David Attenborough of his time) in attacking the optimistic image of man of Leibniz, but in that manned space travel demonstrates that mankind is the only creative species (known so far), which can, through the discovery of ever new principles of the physical universe, create the basis to overcome all bounds.
As Lyndon LaRouche demonstrated in his groundbreaking book There Are No Limits to Growth, and in his entire life’s work, it is the original discoveries of ever more complex, experimentally verifiable principles of the universe, that provide the basis for completely new economic platforms, which can generate the means to sustain more, better-fed, and better educated people with longer life expectancy. In that way, the concept of growth is not that imagined simplistically by fools, such as Malthus, who think in the causal world of Euclidean arithmetical or geometrical multiplication, but it corresponds to a multiply-connected Riemannian manifold that unfolds to higher orders that cannot be understood in terms of the lower ones. Creative reason, as the most developed element of the universe, creates new singularities that can increase the degree of human effectiveness in the universe beyond all bounds.
The best examples of this are the foreseeable mastery of thermonuclear fusion—in which man imitates the fusion process in the Sun and thereby produces unlimited amounts of energy and raw materials reserves—and the confirmation of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, as was recently done with the verification of gravitational waves, and the imaging of black holes, which are at the center of each of the two trillion galaxies that the Hubble Space Telescope has been able to detect so far.
A New Way of Thinking
This new way of thinking must reject the pseudo-religions of bankers, mainstream media, and climate apostles, and replace them with a scientific debate about experimentally verifiable facts. The Artemis program enacted by President Trump, which will bring people back to the Moon by 2024 and establish a permanent station there by 2028, is promising in this regard, as are the space programs of China, India, Russia, and the European Space Agency. China’s unprecedented economic success and the dynamics of its New Silk Road show that the focus on scientific innovation is more beneficial for the countries involved, than the neoliberal system’s focus on financial profit no matter the cost in human lives.
If it is possible to bring Europe and the United States into cooperation with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, and, in the case of the U.S., into working with China on space travel, mankind will not be talking about being on the verge of a climate apocalypse, but rather be initiating a new era, in which man’s inherent capacity for reason can freely develop, and we can enter, in a certain sense, the adulthood of our species. We will shape a more human age, and demonstrate that this world is actually the best of all possible worlds, because the potential for genius exists in every human being, and the degrees of freedom in the development of our species will increase, without limit, to the extent that more people can realize that potential in themselves.
The indispensable step to achieve this new paradigm of thinking is the full exoneration of Lyndon LaRouche, who was persecuted and imprisoned in the 1980s and 1990s by the evil and desperate Grand Inquisitors of the British Empire, in their attempt to block access to his ideas.
We need the bold and optimistic vision of thinkers like Leibniz, Schiller, Einstein, Krafft Ehricke, and Lyndon LaRouche, because the cultural pessimism of Malthus, Nietzsche, and Spengler leads to fascism and war, while positive ideas of mankind lead to new Renaissances and flourishing periods in history. It is up to all of us, which direction we take!