LaRouche Irish Brigade: Reboot the World Economy



Gene Douglas, leader of the LaRouche Irish Brigade, gave an

exciting perspective on a grand economic development for Ireland

with its geo-strategic location on the new Arctic/Eurasian

frontier, in discussion with host Marcia Merry Baker. Douglas

also gave insights into the present-day fight within Ireland, in

terms of its republicanism historically, and Ireland’s position

today as a leading point of resistance to the British empire.

(See “Ireland–An Economic Revival” on the website

The Northern Sea Route (NSR) shipping channel is one

defining potential for Ireland, where the Shannon Estuary is a

“natural” for being a new, world-class super-port. From the

Shannon, the rail corridor can go eastward, through a proposed

Tuskar Tunnel from Wexford, on the Irish coast, to Pembrokeshire,

Wales, thence across England and onward to the landbridge across

Eurasia. Irish engineers and Shannon port and shipping interests

have discussed the superport concept, and Tuskar Tunnel for

years. Douglas reviewed the commitment of Vladimir Putin to

implementing the necessary infrastructure for Arctic marine

transit (rescue, ice-breakers, etc.), and other aspects of the

alignment of Russia and China towards these new frontiers of

development. The NSR will turn world trade on its head.

Deep sea research is another frontier for Ireland. Already,

observations of the hydrothermal vents in the mid-Atlantic have

yielded new insights into biology under apparently extreme


The island nation of Ireland has a long marine past, from

the ancient corricles, through to the early 19th century, when at

one point 150,000 Irish seamen were at work, with 27,000 vessels

(all sizes, including the smallest fishing boat). But the British

empire suppressed all this, out of the same intent as their

motivation today. This is what we are committed to stop. End the

empire and we can “re-boot the whole world economy!”

Douglas stressed the importance of engaging people in

economic policy. He developed this historically, and also

polemically. Look at the Irish potato famine–the exemplar of the

British empire’s economic policy, and no different in nature than

their policies today. The latest research shows that the

population in Ireland in the early 1840s was as high as 12

million–which dropped by half after the famine. Even many who

left, embarked on what were called “coffin” ships–they didn’t

make the voyage. Or they did, but perished soon afterward. In any

case, they were gone from their homeland forever.

Historically, he reviewed the great work of Arthur

Griffith (1872-1922), the founding father of the free Republic,

and founder of Sinn Fein, who drew on the work of Friedrich List,

and the American System.

But people today in Ireland, Douglas said, may know none of

this. Griffith has been “air-brushed” out of history.

Besides know-nothingism, there is also the impact of the greenies

on people’s thinking. Douglas said he likes to confront his

countrymen, over their pleasure at the idea of visiting

France–where there are 59 nuclear reactors, but they don’t want a

nuclear reactor at home! (Ireland still relies heavily on peat–a

very low-ranking fuel in the ladder of power progress!)

Among Douglas’  fascinating historical notes, is that in the

late 1920s, in the new republic, the Shannon Scheme was

proposed–to impound run-off, and build hydro-power in the

Shannon River Basin (the Shannon is the longest river in the

‘British’ Isles) to electrify Ireland. Franklin Delano Roosevelt,

then in office in New York, wrote to obtain specifics on the

Shannon Scheme, which in principle, is the same, in smaller

scale, as what eventuated as his TVA.

Douglas reported on the dynamics today in Ireland, producing

the situation of the scheduling of a national referendum on the

new Troika austerity treaty. He stressed the misery already being

inflicted in the Irish people. At present, Ireland has a higher

suicide rate than Greece.

This Show is archived here.

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