Speakers on Panel 1: Dennis Speed, moderator, Schiller Institute; Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. (video clips); Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Founder and Chairwoman, Schiller Institute; Dmitry Polyanskiy, 1st Deputy Permanent Representative, The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the United Nations; H.E. Ambassador Huang Ping, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in New York; Jacques Cheminade, Chairman, Solidarité et Progrès, former French Presidential Candidate; Michele Geraci, Economist from Italy, former Undersecretary to the Development Ministry in Rome; Bassam el-Hachem, Professor of Sociology, Lebanese University in Beirut, Lebanon; Antonio Butch Valdes, Founder of Philippine LaRouche Society, Democratic Party of the Philippines
To watch the archived Panel 1, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OCAxLIpAMY.
Dennis Speed, the morning’s moderator, opened with two video clips from Lyndon LaRouche, one from 1997 and one from 2007, which presented the powers of foresight that defined LaRouche’s career. The clips, combined, emphasized the importance of U.S.-China collaboration on major infrastructure platforms, as well as the critical strategic role of the nations of the United States, Russia, China, and India to end the system of the British Empire, also known as the British Commonwealth.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche placed the audience in the broader scope of history, presenting the emerging confluence of multiple crises, i.e. the pandemic, the locust plague from Africa to India, the threatening global food crisis, rising unemployment, etc., as incomparable even with the 14th-century Little Dark Age. She called on the world to discover new principles and to identify the long-term causes of the current crisis, eliminate them, and open a new chapter on universal history, so that we can end the era of geopolitics and establish a new system based on the identity of mankind as a creative species.
She addressed the ongoing escalation towards nuclear war, as seen from the escalated propaganda, run by the same elements behind the coup against President Trump such as MI6 and the Henry Jackson Society, but this time targeting China. Yet, this operation also exposes our enemy, the British Empire, as a dying empire wholly detached from reality. And if anyone should “pay”—as the British now insist China should pay for the economic costs of the virus—then the British should pay for their crimes against humanity and loss of unnecessary life over the last two centuries.
Mrs. LaRouche presented a broad intellectual overview of the degenerate liberal/neo-liberal world order, from Rev. Malthus’ economics of genocide, premised on the Italian Giammaria Ortes views of population control, to Venetian agent Paolo Sarpi and his cast of characters such as Galileo, Newton, or the philosophy of Adam Smith and the modern expressions in game theory and computer-run financial speculation based on the corruption of science by Bertrand Russell. Russell’s call for an occasional black death to sweep through the world to “solve” the overpopulation problem was referenced as characteristic of the evil of Empire. The solution, she insisted, is an entirely new world view premised on the scientific advancement of mankind, such as space exploration, fusion energy, and the development of human genius.
The next speaker was the First Deputy Representative to the UN from Russia, H.E. Dmitry Polyanskiy, who addressed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the broader social impacts, and the necessity for increased global cooperation, especially not placing blame or using the crisis to increase competition. He also stressed the role of the G20 to address the concerns especially of the developing nations.
He was followed by the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China for New York, Huang Ping. Ambassador Huang, who presented via video recording because he was required to assist in the delivery of needed medical supplies arriving from China to Boston this afternoon, provided an overview of the Chinese approach and philosophy to the current pandemic, and called for an increase in collaboration between the U.S. and China.
A short sequence of questions followed, with the Science Counselor from the China Consulate General in New York Zhou Guolin taking questions on behalf of Ambassador Huang. The first question addressed the importance of a visionary UN Security Council Permanent Five summit recently raised by Russia. An additional question came in from the Deputy Rep. to the UN from South Africa regarding the role of nuclear power to develop Africa. Mr. Polyanskiy also had time to respond to questions before having to leave for another virtual meeting.
Jacques Cheminade, two-time Presidential Candidate of France, began part two of the first panel, implicitly entitled “A Europe Not To Be Ashamed Of.” Mr. Cheminade presented his view of the lost cause of Europe under its current system of culture and policy, or as he stated, “Where lying has become a perverse art,” and then addressed the kinds of changes required to revive the true sovereign nations of Europe to participate in a new paradigm of development. He referenced the 30-year period during European reconstruction after World War II as an example of the true Europe.
Following Mr. Cheminade was Mr. Michele Geraci, economist and former Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Economic Development of Italy. Mr. Geraci has extensive experience in China as an economist, and played a pivotal role in introducing China’s Belt and Road global development program to the people of Italy during his time in government. He addressed his experience from both China over a ten-year period, as well as his experience in the Italian government in the recent years, focusing on the need for greater expertise, competence, and representation of the Italian people.
Statements were also made by Bassam Al-Hachem from the University of Lebanon on the crisis of his country; part of the statement by Butch Valdes, the leader of the LaRouche Movement in the Philippines, who addressed the rise of President Duterte and his rejection of the neo-con/neo-liberal agenda that began with his blatant disregard for President Obama’s neo-colonial policy (his full statement is expected to be played Sunday); and Daniel Burke, independent candidate for U.S. Senate in New Jersey, who gave a call to youth worldwide to take up the cause of global development through the ideas of Lyndon LaRouche. Questions came in from the Ambassador of Costa Rica to Canada, the Ambassador of Mali to Canada, and the Ambassador of Nigeria to Canada, among others.
A video presentation by Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche was presented on the profound importance of her husband’s ideas and our effort to produce his “collected works” in many volumes, the first volume of which is now produced and available for purchase at https://larouchelegacyfoundation.org. She said his ideas today are “as important today as Plato was to sparking the Italian Renaissance,” and she concluded the first panel with a call to arms, or even better, a fire in their seats to get people moving!
Schiller Institute Conference Panel 2: For a Better Understanding of How Our Universe Functions
Speakers on Panel 2: Jason Ross, Moderator, LaRouche Science Team; Megan Beets, LaRouche Science Team; Ben Denniston, LaRouche Science Team; Jean-Pierre Luminet, Ph.D., Astrophysicist, emeritus researcher at National Center of Scientific Research; Michel Tognini, Astronaut, Association of Space Explorers, founding member; Walt Cunningham, Apollo Astronaut; Marie Korsaga, Ph.D., Astrophysicist, Burkina Faso Sen. Joe Pennacchio, New Jersey State Senator, sponsor of Fusion Energy Resolution; Will Happer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Physics, Princeton University; Guangxi Li, M.D., Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing
To watch the archived Panel 2, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQlZ-2CcXiY.
The Schiller Institute’s historic conference’s second panel was titled “For a Better Understanding of How Our Universe Functions.” It was a broad-ranging international discussion on applying human creativity, science, and technology for the betterment of humanity through cooperation among nations. Moderator Jason Ross opened by saying that the question of creating a global health system, as Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche has called for, should be considered more broadly as part of the strategic defense of the human species. Ross was joined by his fellow members of the LaRouche PAC Science Team, Megan Beets and Benjamin Deniston, who elaborated on Lyndon LaRouche’s perspective on how to carry out that objective.
Deniston referred to the 2011 Russian proposal for a Strategic Defense of the Earth (SDE), which was an obvious reference to the proposal presented by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, called the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). Lyndon LaRouche was known to have been the author of that Reagan policy, and to have carried out a back-channel negotiation with the Soviets to gain their agreement. But other people were also vying for their own version of the SDI—often to subvert LaRouche’s proposal. Deniston defined LaRouche’s SDI as a science driver program, like the Apollo Project of John F. Kennedy, that would help develop both nations’ failing economies, and in the process of collaboration, end the geopolitical divide that was imposed by the British Divide Et Impera operation. This reference to the importance of international collaboration and pushing the boundaries of human knowledge became a critical theme for the panel. A video clip provided Lyndon LaRouche’s own description of the concept.
Megan Beets elaborated how the SDE concept would entail aspects of space’s impace on weather, and defense from coronal mass ejections and solar flares. Beets and Deniston also took up other issues of asteroid and comet defense, long-range solar and galactic cycles, and how that plays into extinction of species, as well as how that may play into life cycles of viruses. Ross also raised that allowing ourselves to be held hostage by a virus or failed economic policies was really a question of tragedy—of failing to free ourselves of failed axioms.
Jean-Pierre Lluminet, Ph.D., astrophysicist and emeritus researcher at France’s National Center of Scientific Research, took up the issue of scientific thought in his presentation, “The Role of Free Invention in Creative Discovery.” Luminet provided his view of the development of science from ancient times through to Kepler, Einstein, and modern theories, but stressing that breakthroughs were more akin to artistic expressions.
Luminet was followed by two former astronauts, Michel Tognini and Walt Cunningham. Tognini is a Brigadier General in the French Air Force, and former astronaut with both the CNES and ESA, logging in a combined 19 days in space on the International Space Station, aboard both the Columbia and the Soyuz. Tognini was a founding member of the Association of Space Explorers, which has membership from 38 countries, and he laid out some of his experiences in his presentation, “Friendship Between Astronauts: An Exemplary Precedent for International Cooperation.” Tognini was followed by former NASA astronaut Walt Cunningham, who flew on the Apollo 7 mission. Cunningham described how he was listening to the launch of Alan Shepard on the radio and after pulling his car over to hear the countdown, exclaimed “Lucky S.O.B.!” Eighteen months later, he was sharing an office with Shepard.
Astrophysicist Dr. Marie Korsaga, from Burkina Faso, took up “The Necessity of Science Education for African Youth.” She described the fact that 40% of Africa is under the age of 15, which will be explosive in the coming years, for either good or bad, depending on whether that wealth is cultivated with education and economic development. She also shared her reflections on women in science in Africa, of which she is sadly one of the few.
New Jersey State Senator (2008–present) Joe Pennacchio echoed Korsaga’s appeal for the future of youth in his presentation, “Making Nuclear Fusion a Reality.” Pennacchio is the author of a bill in the New Jersey Legislature which calls for the development of fusion. He said that he is fighting for fusion for the future generations.
Will Happer, Professor Emeritus of Physics at Princeton University, who also spent time on President Trump’s National Security Council, gave his insights into the fight around climate change, describing it as a “cult religion,” since its adherents refused to even debate it. Happer described how many scientific discoveries have occurred through “accidents,” when scientists found that their experiments did not give the expected results, forcing them to come up with a higher ordered concept of the laws of the universe to explain the unexpected result. This which provoked a lot of discussion in the lively question and answer session.
Dr. Kildare Clarke, a physician from New York, shared his insights into the implications of the take down of the public health system in the United States through privatization. Dr. Clarke has worked for decades with the LaRouche movement on this issue going back to the LaRouche-led fight to save D.C. General Hospital from closure in the 1990s.
Clarke was followed by Guangxi Li, M.D., Ph.D. at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in Beijing, and at the Mayo Clinic. Li presented his success in using traditional Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of COVID-19 in early stages, which he described as different than other viral pneumonias.
The historic panel concluded with a question-and-answer session that took up issues of the importance of international collaboration, creating avenues for young people to participate in scientific breakthroughs, and ending the failed axioms that have brought us to the edge of this virtual dark age.