Panel 4: ‘The Art of Optimism: Using the Classic Principle to Change the World’
September 11, 2022 (EIRNS) – Dennis Speed opened the closing panel of the LaRouche Centennial Program with a discussion of how, over the past three centuries and more, the culture of North America and “the West” fluctuated up and down. He read a 1696 statement from the leader of the American colonies Cotton Mather: “We grow little… We shrink to nothing. He then showed a 1952 video of die-hard colonialist Lord Bertrand Russell, whom LaRouche had identified as the most evil person of the 20th century. In the interview on his 80th birthday, Russell described conditions as “empires crumble to dust” and called Asia “pessimistic”.
Speed then returned to the late 17th and early 18th centuries to explain how the great mathematician, physicist, physical economist, philosopher and political leader Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz had become the leader of a group of “patriots”, c ie dissidents of English royalty, Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere. Leibniz, he could have served as prime minister under Queen Anne, but on his death in 1714 George Ludwig of Hanover succeeded King George I and cut all ties with Leibniz.
Nevertheless, Leibniz continued his development of a science of physical economy which was eventually implemented by the United States. He was a total opponent of John Locke, who had been trained by Britain’s Dutch monarchs, William and Mary, and is, to this day, considered by many Americans to be the mastermind behind the Declaration of Independence that was written over 70 years ago. years after Locke’s death. The main thing they seized on was Locke’s phrase, “Life, Liberty, and Property,” which is used in colonialist “constitutions” and later in the Confederacy. The signatories, however, chose Leibniz’s idea, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”, with the understanding that “happiness” is not personal pleasure, but a continuous and improved condition that characterizes the development of mankind.
Megan Dobrodt followed with a presentation on “harmony,” based on Kepler’s understanding of solar system harmonics and its relationship to the well-tempered musical scale. She explained how Kepler was able to demonstrate that the planets had elliptical, not circular orbits, by measuring their angular motion. She explained that there was actually no mathematical operation that could be used to define the orbits linearly, but that different fractional multiplications could establish varied approximations. It turns out that the “math” of orbits is the same as the math of musical scales, and the same mathematical adjustments used for orbits are called “temperature”, when used musically.
Jacques Cheminade, the president of the French political party Solidarité et Progrès, provided a whimsical discussion of “optimism” beginning with a reference to Lazare Carnot’s poem, Ode to Enthusiasm. He described enthusiasm as the most advanced form of optimism and pointed to NATO, Liz Truss, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron as examples of pessimism.
Youth organizer Anastasia Battle, editor-in-chief of Leonore magazine, closed the presentations by asking listeners to think carefully about what they had heard and what they think they need to do to help them develop their happiness and their capacities.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche joined the panel for a closing discussion period. His goal is to make mankind the immortal species. She highlighted the rise of the developing sector and other nations to end colonialism (slavery) forever, a new spirit of Bandung, the Non-Aligned Movement, and to do so with the non-violent methods of Mahatma Gandhi.