With great sadness, we report that Lyndon LaRouche passed away on February 12, 2019 at the age of 96. Mr. LaRouche has been a constant source of inspiration for EIR in the fight for economic and social development for all peoples and a cultural renaissance worldwide.
Lyndon LaRouche is best known for his breakthrough in the science of physical economy. At the same time, for all those who knew and so deeply valued his insights, he was a scientist, artist, and above all a universal thinker.
LaRouche was a true American who belonged to the generation of Franklin Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. He fought ruthlessly to return America to its original mission of becoming a “beacon of hope” and a “temple of liberty” for the entire world, against all forms of oligarchism. Such was the vision of the Founding Fathers of the United States, taken up most notably by Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Kennedy.
LaRouche’s approach to economics is rooted in the “American system of political economy” as developed by Alexander Hamilton and Henry Carey, which is fundamentally oppsed to the British Empire’s “free trade” doctrine. The true source of wealth in any society, he insisted relentlessly, is human creativity, which translates into scientific discoveries that in turn spawn technological applications that concretely improve living conditions. His unique understanding of economic processes led him to make nine correct forecasts of financial crashes.
Lyndon LaRouche founded an international political movement in the early 1970s to fight to bring about the needed changes worldwide. He actively collaborated with leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement and authored scores of books and articles on economic policy based on the unique nature of mankind as a creative species, as well as concrete development programs.
LaRouche’s “heavy ideas” and tireless activity throughout the world made him the declared enemy of the international oligarchy, which orchestrated vile slander campaigns and witch hunts against him, using such instruments as the FBI. But he was not to be intimidated by anyone, his deep sense of mission would not let him.
Lyndon LaRouche often spoke of true immortality and the sacred nature of every human life. We have chosen two quotes that express his view on the matter. On the occasion of Martin Luther King’s birthday, on Jan. 17, 1990, he said:
“Imagine a time 50 years after you are dead. Imagine in that moment, 50 years ahead, that you can become conscious and look back at the entirety of your mortal life, from its beginning to its ending. And, rather than seeing that mortal life as a succession of experiences, you see it as a unity. Imagine facing the question respecting that mortal life, asking: Was that life necessary in the total scheme of the universe and the existence of mankind, was it necessary that I be born in order to lead that life, the sum total of that number of years between birth and death? Did I do something, or did my living represent something, which was positively beneficial to present generations, and implicitly to future generations after me? If so, then I should have walked through that life with joy, knowing that every moment was precious to all mankind, because what I was doing by living was something that was needed by all mankind, something beneficial to all mankind.”
Later, speaking about Martin Luther King’s unique genius in January of 2004, LaRouche said:
“We’re all mortal. And to arouse in us the passions, while we’re alive, which will impel us to do good, we have to have a sense that our life, and the consuming of our life — the spending of our talent, is going to mean something for coming generations. The best people look for things, like Moses, that are going to happen, when he will no longer be around to enjoy them. It’s this sense of immortality. It’s why parents, in the best degree, sacrifice for their children. It’s why communities sacrifice for education, for their children, for opportunities for their children. You go through the pangs of suffering and shortage, but you have the sense that you’re going someplace, that your life is going to mean something. That you can die with a smile on your face: You’ve conquered death. You’ve spent your talent wisely, why life will mean something better for generations to come.”
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