Open Letter to President Donald Trump In Defense of Columbus

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by Liliana Gorini, Chairwoman, Movisol
September 2017

President Donald Trump
The White House
Washington DC

Mr. President:

Christopher Columbus’s expedition was a creative act, carrying through the mission outlined by Nicholas of Cusa. Shown: Columbus lays out his plans to Queen Isabella at the Spanish Court, painting by V. Brozik, 1884.

As an Italian citizen and chairwoman of Movisol, Lyndon LaRouche’s movement in Italy, I call on you to intervene in defense of Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day. The same people who are out to destroy the US Presidency, led by Wall Street speculator George Soros (who destroyed the Italian lira in 1992), are also trying to eradicate history and culture not only in the United States, but internationally. Cardinal Nicholas  of Cusa, his Italian collaborator Paolo del Pozzo Toscanelli, Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci and others were part of a revolution in culture, art, geography, and science, which made the discovery of America possible. The deliberate explosion in human creativity that was the Italian Renaissance is a truly proud moment in all humanity’s history, and not merely for Italians. The people who want to abolish Columbus Day, whether they are maliciously witting, or merely deluded, are out to also dismantle this Western cultural and scientific heritage.

It has always been the British, including the “cultural thought-police” associated with the British Museum, who have tried to downplay and dismantle the Italian Renaissance: to undermine its successful expedition to explore new lands, and to obfuscate and deny its mission to construct, “in a new world”, a new and better sovereign nation-state, superior to those of Europe. The United States of America eventually became that nation-state. This was a central, conscious part of the grand project of discovery, of Cusa, Toscanelli and Christopher Columbus. There was nothing mistaken in that intention.

There is also nothing “sincerely mistaken” about this Dark Age “bring down the statue” movement. The August 29 beheading of a statue of Columbus in the city of Yonkers, New York, reminds one of the beheading of 28 statues of religious figures in one day in October, 1793, during the French Revolution–the same month that Marie Antoinette was guillotined.  They called their movement “The Cult of Reason”. Similarly, it was the 1950s Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) which actually tried to abolish culture and our historical roots from the 50’s on, and now apparently inspires gangs of protesters who, similar to ISIS in Palmyra and other jewels of culture in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, are out to destroy monuments and statues which remind the population of its inheritance. Beauty, in the classical, aesthetical sense, disturbs them.

Columbus and his trip of discovery was the result of the Italian Renaissance, which is, to this day, an important reference point for each Italian citizen in a moment of great crisis. This is why there was an uproar here in Italy, and rightly so also in the Italian-American community in the United States, when we heard that a statue of Columbus was knocked down and that there are petitions to abolish Columbus Day and the Columbus Parade on Fifth Avenue. What will be next? Tear down the city of Columbus in Ohio, which I visited years ago to admire its Columbus statue? Tear down the Brunelleschi Dome in Florence? Or the statue of Leonardo da Vinci in front of La Scala in Milan, which shows how Leonardo was not only a Renaissance genius, engineer, painter, but also invented Bel Canto with his treatise, De Vocie, on the human voice?

We trust that you will intervene to defend this historical heritage, which cannot be forgotten, but should rather inspire a new Renaissance in culture, leading to scientific and economic cooperation between the United States and the rest of the world, including Russia and China. As Italians, we also call on you to keep your electoral promise and reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act, which would not only stop speculation and free up credit to build urgently needed infrastructure, but would also put an end to the excessive power of Wall Street, which is certainly behind, and financing, such “grass-roots” campaigns. We are hoping to do the same here, and thus to jointly work with your Administration and other nations on new discoveries worthy of the true legacy of Christopher Columbus and Western civilization.

Liliana Gorini

Chairwoman of the Movimento Internazionale per i Diritti Civili Solidarietà (Movisol)

Milan, Italy

 

‘Columbus’

by Friedrich Schiller

Steer, courageous sailor! Although the wit may deride thee,
And the skipper at th’ helm lower his indolent hand—
Ever, ever to th’ West! There must the coast be appearing,
Lies it yet clearly and lies shimm’ring before your mind’s eye.
Trust in the guiding God and follow the silent ocean!
Were it not yet, ‘twould climb now from the billows aloft.
Genius stands with Nature in everlasting union:
What is promised by the one, surely the other fulfills

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Russia, China, the U.S. — Fighting to End the Unipolar World, and Establish the Harmony of Interests Among Sovereign Nation States

President Donald J. Trump at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly | September 18, 2017 (Whitehouse Photo)

 

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The great American System economist to Abraham Lincoln, Henry C. Carey, authored a book in 1851 titled “The Harmony of Interests.” He posed that the interests of industry, agriculture, and commercial enterprises were interdependent, as were the government, the business community, and the working classes. Lyndon LaRouche has long advocated that the same concept were essential for world peace and development among nations. In his January 2010 essay, “The Question Before Us,” LaRouche called for the “four powers” (Russia, China, India, and the US) to initiate a “mission-oriented process of transformation of the world’s economic systems, away from the presently ruinous effects of submission to an implicitly financially imperialist, global monetarist system,” and to create the foundation for “mutually beneficial, global cooperation among peoples organized as a community of respectively sovereign nation-states.”

Tuesday, at the United Nations, President Trump echoed that sentiment: “If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations — nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies; nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer; and most important of all, nations that are home to patriots, to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, for one, appreciated the speech. “I think it’s a very welcome statement, which we haven’t heard from an American leader for a very long time,” he said to AP and TASS, following a fruitful meeting with Secretary Rex Tillerson. He noted that the current sorry state of US-Russian relations is due to “the legacy of the Obama Administration.”

President Trump has rejected the “unipolar world” as promoted by the neoconservatives — both the Bush faction of Republicans and the Obama/Hillary faction of Democrats — who believe the US is the “only superpower” and must keep other nations weak (Russia and China, in particular) in order to maintain that dominating position. He has insisted on befriending Russia, and he has called for working with China on the New Silk Road. This is the root cause of the hysteria against him, centered in the United Kingdom and the corrupt elements of the intelligence communities of the Bush and Obama era, who are orchestrating a coup d’etat against the President of the nation.

That coup attempt began with an effort to stir up fear and anger against Russia in the US population, painting Trump as a Russian puppet. When that failed, they attempted to provoke race war in America, painting Trump as a white-supremicist. That, too, failed. All they have left is Robert Mueller, James Comey, and James Clapper, the Obama/Bush henchmen, all notorious liars, who have now been caught in yet another big lie in their frantic drive to bring down the US Government. As Trump charged in a March 4 Tweet: “Just found out that Obama had my `wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” Comey and Clapper loudly denied any such wiretapping — but now it has been exposed that Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort, who had a condo in Trump Tower, was wiretapped during the period of his role in the campaign.

The Wall Street Journal, which has experienced internal turmoil over how to cover Trump’s presidency, published a powerful editorial today (see below), directly exposing: Comey’s and Clapper’s lies; the role of British intelligence in instigating the Russiagate scam; and the obstruction of justice by the FBI and the Department of Justice in blocking the Congressional effort to investigate the entire mess.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche today said that the screaming and yelling about Trump’s UN speech, focused only on his tough talk on North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela, is coming from those who are desperately trying to hang on to the old paradigm of the unipolar imperial world of Anglo-American domination. The political fight to establish a “community of sovereign nation states” has now been articulated by the President, while Vladimir Putin has consistently called for such a multi-polar world order, and Xi Jinping has consistently insisted that the New Silk Road is predicated precisely on such a community of sovereign nation states.

Bringing this new reality to the fore has never been so urgent, nor so feasible. The American people are grasping for the means to lift their spirits towards something better, in the tradition of the now-lost American System of Political Economy. The end of Empire is within our grasp, and a world based on the true dignity of Man through a community of sovereign nation states is the means to that end.

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Fireside Chat with Mike Billington, September 21, 2017

 

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Zepp-LaRouche: Do We Go Down with the Trans-Atlantic Financial System, or Do We Join Hands with the New Silk Road?

Participants in the BRICS summit. Xiamen, China. September 4, 2017. (en.kremlin.ru)

 

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The following is a slightly edited transcript of Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s remarks in a discussion with European colleagues on Sept. 19.

The world is a very quickly moving place, and I would say the key battle will be: Will the financial crash bring down the trans-Atlantic system first, creating chaos and disorder, or will we be able to put it together—the United States and the European nations joining with the New Silk Road in a completely new system of economy? Now that may sound like a difficult thing for many people, but it is actually absolutely within reach.

First of all, the financial crisis is pending. You had the warnings from the BIS, the Adam Smith Institute, Giulio Tremonti, Die Welt, Der Spiegel, and so on. They’re all warning that the coming financial crisis is an “accident waiting to happen.” And it is really becoming a crescendo; it’s just not clear when: Will it be at the end of the present quarter, which is the end the annual fiscal year? Will it be detonated by some other thing?

But the key thing is, the inability of the financial elites, or their unwillingness, their complete unwillingness to do anything about the causes of the 2008 crisis, is now coming back with a vengeance. All the parameters are much worse than in 2008. If they increase the interest rates just a little bit, the “zombie banks,” the “zombie firms” will come crashing down. And this is the reality.

The present politicians who are covering up for that, are vastly, criminally responsible, because they are risking a tremendous hardship on the normal population if this would occur. It’s already occurring in the form of the rich becoming richer, the poor becoming poorer. And especially in Germany where we have this so-called “election campaign” right now, the complicity of the media to keep all of the relevant issues out of the debate, this is—Goebbels would be ashamed of having been an amateur and a nobody, compared to what these mass media are doing right now in terms of keeping the reality out of this: Both in terms of the dangers of the present system, but also obviously about the potentialities of the new system, the New Silk Road. And if people don’t know about it, what other choice do they have than to be pessimistic?

And that is a crime all by itself. If you deny people the options which are available, you force them to be culturally pessimistic, and then naturally you have such phenomena as the AfD [the right-wing “Alternative for Germany” party]; and then you have journalists like Jacob Augstein who said, Merkel is the mother of the AfD, but then his conclusion is that there’s nothing you can do, so just don’t go vote because there’s no point to it.

So these people are really evil.

On the other side, you have the dynamic of the New Silk Road which cannot be stopped, unless you have World War III, but it is progressing. And I think one of the most hopeful signs is really what former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said at the special conference between the Boao Forum for Asia and some French institutions in France. He said Europeans should not lose any more time, and get on board the New Silk Road. The European economies need urgent recovery and that’s why they should cooperate immediately with the New Silk Road.

So that is the key dynamic. Anything else is a coverup and diversion. And the key issue for the European nations and for the United States is: Do we go down with the trans-Atlantic financial usury system, leading to World War III? Or do we join hands with the new system, which represents the New Paradigm for civilization?

So, that is the context in which everything else is taking place, including such really dramatic events as the UN General Assembly, which is taking place right now.

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Lavrov and Tillerson Disscus Strategic Issues During Meeting at Russian UN Mission

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held an hour-long informal meeting at the Russian United Nations Mission in New York. They reiterated their commitment to cooperate in Syria to eliminate conflict situations and reduction of violence, according to a statement by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

“The two recommitted to deconflicting military operations in Syria, reducing the violence, and creating the conditions for the Geneva process to move forward, pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254,” according to the document.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that they also discussed cooperation on the Syrian crisis and other aspects of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the status of implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said today that the meeting was a positive signal. “I see a positive signal in today’s meeting,” said Kosachev, who chairs Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) International Affairs Committee. “No doubt, the two countries, which are permanent UN Security Council members, should coordinate their steps ahead of the upcoming General Assembly. This is a good sign,” he said.

Nonetheless, Kosachev said it was unfortunate that in a interview with Face the Nation on CBS, Tillerson said that “if our diplomatic efforts (on North Korea) fall though, our military option will be the only one left.” Kosachev didn’t mention the fact that both U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster issued similar threats of military action, speaking on Sunday talk shows.

“As long as the U.S. and other Western countries, their allies and neighbors of North Korea — South Korea, Japan and other regional countries— leave open the possibility of external interference and toppling the current regime there, unfortunately North Korea and its authorities will continue implementing its nuclear program,” Kosachev warned.

“Definitely, there is no military solution there, no doubt that if any military operation is carried out, unfortunately, North Korea’s authorities will fulfill those possibilities that they have,” the Russian Senator stressed. “All this will end sadly not only for the region but for the whole world, including the US.”

“That’s why I sincerely regret Tillerson’s statement as this is definitely not a solution to the North Korean problem, recognizing that this is a problem, it is evident that it exists and demands immediate solution,” the senator said.

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Just Why Does Wall Street So Hate ‘The New Silk Road’ and Lyndon LaRouche?

Lyndon LaRouche at his 95th Birthday, joined by his wife Helga, and EIR Correspondent Hussein Askary. (photo EIRNS)

 

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Another crash is looming over the Wall Street-City of London financial system, and the warnings of it are coming faster and faster, from the IMF to the Bank for International Settlements to Britain’s Adam Smith Institute, whose report last week called it “an accident waiting to happen.” Even one of the biggest of those banks, Deutsche Bank, is itself warning of gigantic bubbles and a “sudden correction that could destabilize the financial system.” Some 10-20% of companies in the United States and European countries are going to go bankrupt with any significant rise in interest rates, they are warning — the Federal Reserve is likely to trigger that rise this week.

It is time to remember that Lyndon LaRouche made a dramatic, internationally broadcast warning in July 2007: “There is no possibility of a non-collapse of the present financial system none! It’s finished, now! The present financial system can not continue to exist under any circumstances, under any Presidency, under any leadership, or any leadership of nations. Only a fundamental and sudden change in the world monetary financial system will prevent a general, immediate chain-reaction type of collapse.” And in that broadcast, he spelled out — including in legislative actions by the United States — what could have stopped that terrible breakdown collapse of 2008.

He has spelled it out again now.

There are three countries whose leadership must prevent another descent into chaos and mass unemployment like 2008: China, which came through that chaos and has driven the biggest share of economic progress since then with worldwide infrastructure projects; the United States, whose President Donald Trump warned late last year of “a giant bubble on Wall Street” and pledged to restore growth; and Russia. The very thought of those three great powers collaborating in a new economic development paradigm — China’s “New Silk Road” of great infrastructure projects — completely destabilizes the Anglo-American elite and “neo-Cons,” and London and Wall Street themselves.

As the first authors, decades ago, of the new paradigm of great infrastructure projects now unfolding under China’s “Belt and Road Initiative,” Lyndon and Helga LaRouche are the key to the potential for that collaboration of great powers for progress. Donald Trump’s mold-breaking presidency makes it possible for the United States to take part.

The Federal prosecutor who 30 years ago was assigned to organize the “Get LaRouche Task Force” of prosecutors to put Lyndon LaRouche in prison, is now the “special counsel” trying to drive Trump out of the Presidency. Robert Mueller is trying to give President Trump “the LaRouche treatment.”

So agitated are the neo-Cons and financial barons about the possibility that the United States will join the New Silk Road, that their U.S. publication Foreign Policy has published a furious attack on the Helga LaRouche’s parliamentary campaign in Germany! They are determined to stop the progress of such a new paradigm anywhere in Europe or the United States.

But joining with the New Silk Road is exactly what the United States needs. If Trump is going to protect Americans from that “giant bubble on Wall Street” he warned of, and build a new economic infrastructure to make the nation productive and great again, this is the means. The American people need to take control over Wall Street by insisting on reinstating the Glass-Steagall breakup of the banks. That’s the first of the actions needed to bring the American economy into that international collaboration on great projects.

 

 

SUPPORTING MATERIAL

Two More Crash Warnings as Fed Gets Ready To Sell Assets

Following the report of the UK-based Adam Smith Institute last week that City of London banks were more overleveraged than in 2007 and “an accident waiting to happen,” two new warnings emerged today of the bigger crash threat from the U.S. and European corporate bond markets.

Deutsche Bank chief credit strategist followed up CEO John Cryan’s remarks last week that the central banks had created “bubbles everywhere,” with a warning that “asset prices globally are the most elevated in history.” This history involved is since 1800, and the measures complicated. But the bank is clearly reporting that the credit, or bond markets, are closer than ever before to the highest global average price possible, meaning the lowest global average interest rate possible. Their report says “While they remain this high there is always a risk of a sudden correction that could be destabilising to a financial system and global economy that seems to require such elevated asset prices.”

The report also points to the epidemic in Europe and the United States of bond issues with “lite” or no covenants, meaning the company’s ability to repay cannot be judged. A homey example is given by Jared Kushner’s family real estate company, which owes billions in loans on which it has lacked the revenue even to pay interest.

The latest quarterly report of the Bank for International Settlements contains a warning about a potential corporate debt crisis or collapse. It estimates that 10% of all European non-financial firms are “zombie companies” which have become completely dependent on borrowing at near-zero interest rates, and will go bankrupt with any significant rate rise. They estimate that the ratio in the U.S. corporate sector is 16% “zombies.” Recall that the IMF 2017 global review three months earlier estimated that 20% or more of U.S. non-financial firms would “default” with any significant rate rise, not necessarily the same as going bankrupt; so this is an equally serious warning. “Ultra-low rates have allowed these companies to keep operating…. “In the event of a slowdown or an upward adjustment in interest rates, high debt service payments and default risk could pose challenges to corporates, and thereby create headwinds for GDP growth.”

BIS says investors still think the central banks will return to quantitative easing as soon as any market quakes. “This underlines just how much asset prices appear to depend on the very low bond yields that have prevailed for so long.”

This week the Fed is deciding whether to start selling assets, pushing interest rates up if it announces that.

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LaRouchePAC Monday Update

Join us for our weekly Monday update, with your host, Matthew Ogden.

 

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