'We Have the Greatest Opportunity for the Improvement of the Condition of Humanity, Worldwide’
Lyndon LaRouche transmitted the following remarks to the 10th anniversary celebration of the Technological University of Peru, on Friday, Sept. 7, 2007. An audio file of LaRouche's remarks, dubbed in Spanish, was played to the gathering, and a written version of it was handed out to all participants.
Well, this is Lyndon LaRouche speaking, from Germany in fact, and I want to extend my greetings to the Technological University of Peru, and to our host Engineer Amuruz [Ing. Roger Amuruz Gallegos], on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Technological University.
This is an interesting time, because we're having a conference, here in Germany, this coming week, which will be an international conference attended by some hundreds of people from various parts of the world: on the subject of the present crash of the international monetary-financial system, and at the same time, on measures for economic recovery worldwide under these conditions. One of these conditions of course, which will be of interest to the faculty and students at the Technological University, is, we are involved in something I've been pushing for a long time--my wife and I--of developing a Land-Bridge across the Bering Strait, from Siberia to Alaska, with the idea of extending that rail connection, and I would propose magnetic levitation, down through Canada, through the United States, into Central America, through the Gap, into South America. This would, in effect, unite three continents: Eurasia, the Eurasian continent in particular; the Americas, North and South; and therefore, Europe. And it would mean, easily, we could extend the same type of line through Southwest Asia, and also directly from Europe itself, where there are plans to run lines, as from Spain, into North Africa and so forth.
This would mean a change, a geopolitical change in the planet. It would mean that no longer would we be depending on shipping, which is slow, nor would we have to use expensive, and inefficient economically, air transport; but we can move not only people, but freight, efficiently, by modern systems of up to the equivalent of 300 miles per hour, or about 500 kilometers an hour. We can move freight from part of these three continents, or mega-continents throughout the world.
This means that whole areas of the world which are less developed, but which contain potential natural resources of value, would now be accessible to humanity in an efficient way.
This would mean a revolution in the economy of the world. Now, as I said, this comes at a time when we face the biggest crisis, the biggest financial-monetary crisis in modern history, since at least the 1648 signing of the Treaty of Westphalia, the Peace of Westphalia. So therefore, we come at a collision point between the worst economic depression, potentially, the worst financial collapse of modern civilization since 1648, and at the same time, the greatest opportunity for physical development of the world economy and its continents, over the same period.
We now have a struggle inside the United States, to defeat what is a presently onrushing financial-monetary breakdown crisis, not only in the United States, but of Europe. Such a breakdown crisis, of Europe and the United States, would have chain-reaction effects on the world as a whole. For example: As a result of outsourcing policy, China depends greatly on sales to the United States of exports; India, more or less, a similar kind of situation, not quite the same. Of course, Africa is desperate. And the already bad conditions in the United States are terrible for Mexico, and for countries in South America.
So therefore, what we're doing now, is, we're now mobilizing an emergency measure, the first of a series of proposed emergency measures, which I have launched with some favorable reception among leading circles inside the United States. As you probably know, the world financial-monetary crisis is reflected most conspicuously in the fact that the large-scale investments in real estate--that is, in mortgages, and the use of mortgages as security for large-scale financial speculation--is the breaking point causing this now-onrushing financial breakdown crisis of the world, which is what we have to think of. So I have proposed, and we've had much acceptance of this, we're pushing for the adoption of the relevant U.S. Federal regulations now, for the month of September--should happen now, could happen now, but we're going to have to fight to make it so. But my proposal, my proposed draft legislation, after its enactment by the U.S. Congress would guarantee that no householder would be thrown out of their home because of foreclosure on a mortgage. We would also protect the chartered banks of the United States, those that are registered as Federal banks, under Federal law, or those which are registered as state banks, under state law; they're private banks, but nonetheless, they are protected because of their status under Federal and state law.
Therefore, this would not solve the crisis, but it would prevent a breakdown crisis of the United States, and potentially Europe. And stopping that breakdown crisis, would give us the room to launch a recovery program, with the same spirit that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt organized the U.S. recovery from the Depression of 1929-1933. That's our perspective.
Obviously, the fate of the nations of South and Central America depend greatly on how we deal with this crisis. Now, there are many opportunities, and there's also something else: As you know, during a period, especially since 1968-1972, there has been a breakdown, coming out of the long U.S. war in Indo-China, a breakdown in U.S. policy, away from the Roosevelt fixed-exchange monetary system. As a result of that breakdown, we had a crisis in international finance and monetary systems over the course of the 1970s. We also had, after 1972, a series of changes in policy, which led to this present policy of globalization, and so forth. This has been a disaster, and has been the real cause of the present crisis.
If we're going to recover, from the onrushing Great Depression--we're going to stop it, and recover--we're going to have to create state credit, which will be emphasized at more than 60%, if we're sane, on reconstruction and improvement of the basic economic infrastructure of the United States and other nations. What we will do, is, use the engineering and production capabilities, which are stimulated by large-scale infrastructure projects, as a way of building up the economy for the production of goods and for agriculture. And thus, have a general recovery, which will remind us in some ways of what Franklin Roosevelt did to defeat the Depression which he faced, when he went into the Presidency in March of 1933.
That means, that for the students at the University, that there are challenging careers opening up, and great needs--not merely opportunities for great projects, but great needs for these projects--if we are to ensure the security of the sovereign states of the Americas, and of other parts of the world. In terms of the cooperation, there was a conference recently held in Russia, to which I was invited--I didn't attend directly, but I had a representative there; and I was in Russia for an event, immediately in the period following. What has been agreed upon, by Russians and others, is the launching of one of the greatest projects that mankind has ever undertaken, in terms of engineering: That, not only the Bering Strait Tunnel project, from the tip of Siberia to Alaska, but this means the greatest revolution in the large expanse of Northern Asia and the Americas so far. This has been agreed to, by Russia, by leading Russians--for example, the former head of the scientific research institute at Novosibirsk, Vladimir Lamin is the key sponsor of this, initiator of this, and head of one of the committees.
People in the Russian government otherwise have supported it. Other countries have indicated their interest. There are proposals from Denmark, for example, for magnetic levitation railway systems, to connect, implicitly out of Denmark, but implicitly aimed across Eurasia. Other countries want this.
So, we are on the verge of the greatest challenge in engineering the world has ever known: And it's coming on your doorstep, if we succeed, by the time you graduate from your studies at the University.
So, let us hope that we succeed. For, if we do, we shall make a better world, for all of us. And the aspirations of the Peruvians which have been there for a long time, could now begin to be realized. And patriotism would mean, not fighting wars--we hope we don't have to fight more wars; we think this would help--but it means that the sovereignty of nations in rebuilding their countries, or building them up, solving the problems of poverty, solving the problems of misery, the management of water, the supply of power, and the development of better health programs, all of things would flow.
So, again, this is our situation, this is your situation. We're at a point of a great divide: We have the greatest financial crisis, worldwide, in modern history, is coming on like an avalanche, now. But at the same time, if we all address this problem, we have the greatest opportunity in the history of humanity, for the improvement of the condition of humanity, worldwide.
Thank you very much.