San Francisco Schiller Institute Seminar: Will the U.S. Join the New Silk Road? (with Q&A transcript)



The Schiller Institute’s Strategic Seminar in San Francisco on June 8, drew 70 guests and experts to discuss the urgent topic “Will the U.S. Join the New Silk Road? Global Scientific Development or Nuclear War.” That question is to join the One Belt, One Road world infrastructure plan put forward by China, or stick with the collapsing Western economies, whose bankruptcy is fueling the danger of a global nuclear war.

The high-level speakers included Lyndon LaRouche, renowned strategic and economic thinker; Helga Zepp-LaRouche, also known as “the Silk Road Lady” for her worldwide campaign to create the “New Silk Road” policy now put forward by China, and to have it adopted worldwide as the alternative to war; U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel (1969-1981), who read the classified “Pentagon Papers” into the Congressional proceedings in 1971; Hon. Sergey Petrov, Consul General of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco; Dr. Howard Chang, internationally renowned expert on water sedimentation, and Kesha Rogers, twice the Democratic Party candidate in Houston’s 22th C.D.—the home of NASA. The Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Philippino communities were represented in the audience.

Helga LaRouche presented the audience with the fact of NATO’s deployment on Russia’s border, with the Aegis system in Romania, and a USS Ross in the Black Sea, leaving the Russians in a position where NATO missiles could reach Moscow in five minutes — necessitating a “Launch on Warning” policy. Unlike the 1980s, when thousands demonstrated against the nuclear missiles in Europe and Russia ready to “launch on warning,” today the neo-cons in the Obama administration have recreated this danger without protest in the West. There is also the danger of confrontation with China in the South China Sea.

In this climate, China’s President Xi made a decision in 2013 to end geopolitics, and re-establish the New Silk Road, building water, power, and transportation infrastructure around the world. Zepp-LaRouche pointed to China’s 20,000 km of fast trains built through 2015, whereas there are no fast trains in the U.S. She concluded, “Connect with China in self-interest, or face nuclear war.”

Mrs. LaRouche addressed the problem of Obama remaining President, by pointing to the urgently needed release of the classified “28 pages” of the Congressional 9/11 report, and Obama’s refusal to release the pages, which are known to contain evidence of Saudi funding and sponsorship of the 9/11 terror attack, which could blow open U.S. politics, and make it possible to elect a qualified candidate, in the mold of FDR or President Kennedy. Questions from the audience followed.

After Helga LaRouche, San Francisco Russian Counsul Sergey Petrov offered, “For a big country like the U.S., it is useful to look at the world.” To a question from Sen. Mike Gravel, on whether he shared Helga LaRouche’s assessment, he replied, “I share the understanding, that we are very close to a major conflict. And I add that there is no possibility of a ‘limited nuclear war.’ If that starts, it will be end of the world.”

Mr. Petrov described the USSR’s dissolution into the Commonwealth of Independent States, with serious economic problems, and the steps in the long process of building the Eurasian Economic Union. The EAEU is now looking to conclude agreements with Mercosur, the SCO, and the EU on economic and humanitarian cooperation.  The next step is to connect to North America. On that day, Mr. Petrov said, “I will feel I was a good diplomat.”

Helga Zepp-LaRouche Q&A

HELGA ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  [starts mid-sentence] indication of the release of the 28 pages from a strategic standpoint, and certainly the solution to all of these problems — the New Silk Road as a global development perspective; and the idea of how easy it would be to escape all of these dangers.  But I think that if you look at the world situation — especially the American public, who know almost nothing about it; people in Europe know a little bit more, but if you compare the immediate danger of an escalation of a confrontation between NATO, the United States, Great Britain, and Russia and China on the other side.  Then the knowledge about it is so little that for me, this is actually the more scary aspect.  Because the absence of a public debate of the possible extinction of the whole civilization may be because of the indifference of many people, because they just don’t care; or it may be that they’re too scared to think it through.  But the lack of a public debate is what we have to change.

So therefore, what I’m going to say is not only to be food for thought — and I really want you to think about it — but it’s also supposed to be food for action.  Now let me start with the first immediate situation, which is the war danger.  Since about two days, maneuvers have started in the Baltics, in Poland, where you have a rather remarkable combination of four NATO exercises.  The most prominent is called Anaconda 2016.  Thirty [thousand] soldiers from 24 nations, 14,000 Americans, 12,000 Poles, 1130 parachute drops, the crossing of the Vistula River, the exercise of a night-time assault, 35 helicopters, 3000 vehicles, navy ships.  And together with the other three exercises in the Balkans, in Poland.  So all together, these are more than 60,000 troops in a maneuver right now at the border of Russia.  And I can tell you that it’s the first time since Hitler and his Operation Barbarossa, where that amount of troops are amassing at the edge of what was then the Soviet border; but it’s the first time since the beginning of the ’40s that this has occurred.

Obviously, when you have this many troops in exercises, rehearsing the non-existing threat of Russia attacking the Baltics, then the danger is naturally that some accident could happen.  And you could have an escalation because the warning time is a couple of minutes, that you could have a deterioration of this situation into a large war.  Now the Guardian — this is a British newspaper — quoted an unnamed European defense attaché saying this is a nightmare scenario, because a mishap could lead to the great [danger].  I wouldn’t call it a mishap, I would say it’s the largest provocation, determined to cause Russia to capitulate.  But will they capitulate?  Obviously not; because just a couple of weeks ago in Romania, there was the installation of the ballistic missile system which many Russian experts have said to take capability of the Russian nuclear arsenal.  Now already two years ago, there were at a conference in Moscow, video animations shown which showed that the entire ballistic missile system which has continued to be built by Obama, has only one aim; and that is to prepare a first strike on Russia, by taking out the second strike. Because Russia of course said, they cannot, they will not accept that this ballistic missile system is being built beyond a certain point, because when Russia becomes indefensible, obviously, then it would be too late.

Now the whole ballistic missile defense system supposedly was directed against Iranian missiles.  But first of all, everybody knew from the beginning that that was a lie.  Russia offered many times to have such installations in the South of [inaud; 16:05] which the United States refused.  And the latest, since the P5+1 agreement with Iran, such a threat does not exist anymore.  And furthermore, Putin has requested many times from Obama that the threat, which Russia fears from this ballistic missile system, should be discussed.  And Obama has flatly refused to even discuss it.  So there are now arguments appearing, which correctly make the point that there is only one explanation why such a refusal to discuss it would be the case, and that is indeed, that the United States is preparing a surprise attack on Russia.

Now normally you would say this is crazy, this cannot be because if you use nuclear weapons, even if the people have forgotten the stark lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis, and that President Kennedy at that time had said, if it comes to nuclear war, those people who will die in the first hours will be happy as compared to those who die a couple of weeks later, or who die as a consequence of the nuclear winter, because they will die a much more miserable death.  Well, that lesson has been forgotten.  People have not paid attention to it.  But in the reality, the NATO doctrine has changed since the times of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and since a strategic confrontation with the medium-range missile crisis in the ’80s, when the SS-20 and the Pershing 2 were directed against each other with only a few minutes warning time.  At that time you had hundreds of thousands of people in the streets in Europe warning that if it comes to nuclear war, then that would be the end of human civilization.

Today expert [inaud; 18:22] of reasons.  One reason is that the Mutually Assured Destruction doctrine, which was the idea that no one, not one side can use nuclear weapons, because it will lead to the annihilation of everybody; that that idea of a Mutually Assured Destruction has been replaced by a utopian conception, that with modern technology and smarter weapons you can actually win a nuclear war.  Now President Obama, when he took office, promised he would try to go into a nuclear-free world.  He got the Nobel Peace Prize for that.  If you look at it, he has just recently committed the United States to spend [inaud; 19:19] to modernize all nuclear arsenals, including tactical nuclear weapons installed mostly in Europe, the so-called B-62 12 bombs, which are supposed to be put on stealth bombers, and then sort of sneak through the air defense of the opponent.  In this case naturally Russia, be more usable, take out the target and then that way disarm.  Now recently there were hearings in the US Senate, and Senator Feinstein commented on that, and said, the very idea of having new modernized nuclear weapons which are supposedly “more usable” is already an utterly immoral idea.  Now it will not function like that.

Right now in the situation where beginning of July in [inaud; 20:19] where battalions to the Russian border in the Baltics, they want to beef up the equipment, move heavy armament into Poland, into the Baltic States, and arm the Ukrainian forces deployed against the Eastern Ukraine.  They want to link up the Romanian ballistic missile system with the Aegis destroyer warships in the Baltics, in the Black Sea.  And all of this has reached a point of utmost provocation.  But one should be very clear, and that has also been expressed by many military experts, with all of this big moving of troops into Poland, into Estonia, Lithuania; what does it all amount to?  Nothing.  Because if it would come, these conventional forces would be overrun by the Russian army in no time.  And there’s a general agreement among military experts that they therefore only constitute a so-called “trip wire” condition, mainly being the pretext, where some kind of an incident then creates the precondition for war.

Now if it comes to war, and that has been stressed just today in a comment by the Russian Ambassador in Denmark, where somebody asked him, and said, yeah, obviously Russia will make a fierce response to these maneuvers, and the Russian Ambassador to Denmark said, No, we will not dramatize these maneuvers.  We’ll just keep a very sharp eye.  And people should just be aware that if it comes to war, it will be a general war, which nobody can want.  Now Russia is obviously reacting to it.  They’re having their own military measures.  They’re putting more troops into the various bases in the northern military district.  They are making their own maneuvers against the intrusion of Aegis destroyer ships in the Black Sea, exercising pilots taking out these Aegis ships, which are part of the system.  But this all shows you how extremely dangerous this is.  And we are sitting on top of immediate war danger right now; and the people in the United States do not even know about it.

Now unfortunately, this is not the only spot of potential war danger.  The other one is related to China, because the confrontation against China is exactly of the same nature like that against Russia.  One of which is the South China Sea.  Now when you listen to the Western Media, you will hear that it’s the aggressive land grabbing of China in some of these islands in the China Sea, most of them are just rocks.  But in reality, it is nothing of that sort.  China is obviously, and if you look at the map, the South China Sea islands are all in the relative vicinity of China, and since the 9th Century are regarded to be Chinese territory.  China has expressed that by the so-called Nine Dash Line, showing it like claims are.  And in the recent period the United States started to make the point that China is fortifying some of these islands, building land strips, which China is doing.  But so have all the other countries done, Vietnam, the Philippines, have all done the same thing.  And it’s clearly designed to create a similar provocation.

Now the Philippine government, still under the old government, went to the Hague, to the International Arbitration Court, and said that these claims are not legitimate; and basically, it’s expected that the Hague Court, soon in September will come out with a ruling, saying China is not [inaud 9.49]. Now, people have to understand that there are legislations; for example, there is the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the so-called UNCLOS Law, and of the parties in the South China Sea, DOC, which have been signed by all [inaud; 25:34] countries from this region that nobody would seek unilateral arbitration; but that every, each dispute, territorial controversy, would be negotiated by the bilateral level through negotiation and diplomacy.  And therefore, China has taken the position that the effort to take this to an International Court, which is not recognized by China, is actually a violation of International Law.

Now there is already in the last several weeks, including, I think, yesterday, there were many violations of the 12-mile zone by US warships, or overflights of these islands by US fighter jets; and it is very clear that at a certain moment, China may assert its right to put up an air defense system, an ADIC system. And at that point we are probably looking at a showdown of the potential that it gets out of control.

OK, now let’s take a step back.  What is this all about? Why are we — at several spots in the world — at the Russian border in Eastern Europe, at the South China Sea, around South and North Korea, with the threat of the United States to implement, or to station the THAAD missiles, missiles which go very far into the territory of Russia and China, and are not just aimed against North Korea.  Then naturally the whole situation in Southwest Asia, which is still a complete powder keg; despite the fact that the situation in Syria has been stabilized by President Putin’s intervention.  Why are we at the verge of World War III? What is it?  What is this issue?

Well, it all comes back to happen when the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991.  As recent decisions make clear without question of doubt, there were promises given to Gorbachev, to Chancellor Kohl, to Genscher, and to others, that if Germany would be allowed to unify, and be part of NATO, then NATO would absolutely not expand to the borders of Russia.  Now recent archived materials have documented that what has been said by the former US Ambassador Matlock, and others, that these promises were given, and that was part of how the Cold War [ended].  But at the same time, Secretary of State Baker, already made moves to do exactly the opposite; namely to move NATO troops closer to the border, to win over more members of the former Warsaw Pact, to join NATO.  And as Victoria Nuland has publicly stated, the State Department all together spent alone in the case of Ukraine, $5 billion for regime change, for color revolution.  And all of this was an attempt to encircle Russia with the idea to finally cause regime change in Russia; and by the same logic also in China.

Now the logic behind that is, that at the moment when the Soviet Union disintegrated, there would have been a unique chance to have a peace order for the 21st Century, because the enemy was gone; Communism had disintegrated. And why not establish a peace order, which would have created a basis for the ending of war; of having a peaceful creation of finally attending those issues which are in the common interest of all of mankind.  Now we from the LaRouche Movement and the Schiller Institute, we proposed exactly that.  We proposed first, the Eurasian Land-Bridge, New Silk Road, and we kept pushing this idea to unite Europe and Asia, through development corridors, as the basis for a peace order, and we always invited the United States to be part of that.

Unfortunately, you had at that time the neo-cons in the United States. The neo-cons already in ’97 had developed this idea of a Project for a New American Century — the [inaud; 30:40] problem, which was the idea that, okay, the Soviet Union is the enemy, and now is the time to have a unipolar world, and to go for regime change against anybody who would not submit to this order.  To have the idea that the United States, together with Great Britain — based on the “Special Relationship” with the British — would have an empire; and would not allow [any] one nation or a group of nations to ever become economically, politically, or militarily as strong as the United States, bypass the United States.  And therefore regime change, color revolution, or military intervention as we have seen it in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, would be legitimate.

Obviously this is an illusion, because the unipolar world has long ceased to exist. Asia is rising, bypassing the United States. They are already exporting more high-technology goods; they are already producing more high-technology scientists and engineers than the United States. Their economic growth rate —even when it went down from 12% in the coastal areas, 10% generally, to only about 7% — is still a significant growth. India is even bigger; they have 8%. China and India together have 2.5 billion people. One-third of all people are Indians or Chinese.

Since China has launched the New Silk Road initiative, 70 countries have joined this kind of economic cooperation; and it’s expected that by the end of year, it will be 100 nations, working on a win-win cooperation with China, with Russia, with India. And therefore, the idea to maintain a unipolar world by military domination, by drawing people into military alliances for the confrontation against Russia and China, is simply a no-win perspective.

That was just very, very clear a the recent Shangri-La Security Summit in Singapore, where U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter tried to impose a NATO-like structure for Asia. It did not go over so hot, because Japan is now moving more with Russia, the Vietnamese invited Chinese military maneuvers.  So it didn’t go over so well, because many countries realize that they have the choice right now between either joining World War III on the side of the United States, or keep going into a cooperation with the BRICS countries, with the Asia-centered Silk Road. Therefore, the idea that it’s possible to maintain a unipolar world simply will not succeed.

Now however, how do we get out of this? How do we get the United States to recognize that it’s not in their best interest to do this?  Because, eventually, if it comes to a global war, it will lead to the destruction of all of mankind. Given the present combination of governments from the Bush administration to Obama, I don’t think that an appeal to pure reason is going to work.

Therefore, I want to focus on the significance of the 28 pages. Most of you are aware of the subject. For those of you who are watching and listening, let me just very briefly summarize it, again. The 9/11 attacks occurred. Then there was a Congressional investigation of both Houses, the Congress and the Senate, headed by Sen. Bob Graham. They published an official report; and of this report, 28 pages were classified. President Obama, in his election campaign, had promised the families of the 3,000 victims of the attacks that he would publish those pages, because these people have the right to know why their relatives died.

In the meantime, a whole movement has been created for the release of these 28 pages. Some Congressmen have read them; they were allowed to read them but not talk about them because they were still classified. A lot of information has come out in various forms since, which makes very, very clear that what these 28 pages signify, is the role of Saudi Arabia in the financing of the September 11 attacks. The complicity comes naturally, the question then to who in the United States was complicit in the cover-up. Everything points to the role of the FBI, among others.

Recently, the Senate passed the so-called JASTA bill (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act), allowing civil suits against Saudi Arabia to go ahead in this context. Why is this so important? Just take it a step back. What was September 11 doing? It not only changed the Constitution in the United States. It eliminated many, many civil liberties. It allowed the limitless surveillance of not only American citizens, but citizens around the world, through the NSA (National Security Agency). In terms of foreign policy, it not only gave the go ahead for the war against Afghanistan; but it was the pretext for the war against Saddam Hussein.  The famous so-called “weapons of mass destruction,” which never existed.  The war against Qaddafi; the attempt to topple Assad; the total destruction of the Middle East and Northern Africa.

And naturally, that has to be stated very clearly: Europe right now is completely destabilized, to the point of the detonation of the European Union, through an unprecedented refugee crisis.  Or, rather, a refugee crisis which the last time there was something like that, was at the end of World War II, when millions of people marched as a consequence of the Second World War. Now you have millions on the march, from the Middle East, from Northern Africa, trying to get into Europe; and Europe is falling apart as a consequence of that. And nobody dares to talk about the so-called “root causes” of this refugee crisis. But the root causes are wars based on lies, based on the lies of September 11th.

So therefore, if this document would be published — and now the demand is not only to publish that, but also the 80,000 documents withheld by the FBI which were never given to the September 11 Commission — then, naturally, the whole policy would have to be reviewed and [inaud; 38:51] would have to return. The role of Saudi Arabia in financing ISIS, al-Nusra, the continuous supply of ISIS by Turkey; all of this would come out. And maybe it would cause a big upheaval; but that upheaval is absolutely necessary to stop this present [push toward] World War III.

So therefore, [former Senator Gravel will talk about this] in the afternoon session, because he was the courageous person introducing the Pentagon Papers into the Senate at the time.  But I’m appealing to you that one of the very clear leverages you American citizens have to intervene, is the publication of these 28 pages, which by no means are just a single issue — the question of who did September 11.  But given the fact that already the German media, there was a prime-time TV program called “Monitor” on June 1 said [that when] the 28 pages must come out, the entire history of 9/11 has to be re-written, getting to one of the keys to the strategic situation, one second before 12:00 midnight, I hope.

Let me introduce the third [subject I want to talk about]. The solution to all of this would be a piece of cake. It is already there! [inaud; 40:39] A New Silk Road is integrated. We called it at that time, first, the Productive Triangle; in 1991 we called it the Eurasian Land-Bridge: the New Silk Road, which was the idea that when the Iron Curtain had fallen, [to integrate] the populations in the industrial centers of Europe with those of Asia, through development corridors.  This New Silk Road program would have changed the world in the direction of a peace order, already in ’91; but, unfortunately, you had Bush, Sr., you had Margaret Thatcher, you had François Mitterrand, who all had completely different ideas. They [wanted to reduce Russia] from a superpower into a Third World, raw-material-producing country, and they imposed the “shock therapy” in the Yeltsin period. They dismantled the Russian potential in three years for [inaud; 41:50], and saying they had no intention to allow Germany to have any kind of economic relation with Russia. So it did not happen.

You had the ’90s, which were genocide against Russia. You had all of the consequences of the Bush period. You had the eight years of Clinton, which were a certain interruption; but then with Bush, Jr. and Obama, you went back to the old project of an American Century doctrine and the idea of a unilateral world.

Fortunately, in 2013, President Xi Jinping announced a New Silk Road to be the strategic objective of China. In the almost three years which have passed since, this idea to end geopolitics, to establish in the tradition of the ancient Silk Road, a win-win cooperation among all nations on the planet, is progressing extremely quickly. Remember, the ancient Silk Road was a fantastic cooperation in terms of exchange of culture, goods, paper, technology, porcelain, silk, silk-producing, and many other cultural manifestations. It led to a tremendous benefit for all the countries which participated, from Asia to Europe.

The New Silk Road, obviously, is doing exactly that. The amount of projects which have been concluded between China and ASEAN countries, China and Latin American countries, China and Europe, China and African countries, China and East European countries, and now, in a very clear fashion, the economic integration between the Eurasian Economic Union, headed by Russia, and the New Silk Road, [is progressing very well.  An alliance] has been formed between Russia and China, with India being the third factor in the situation. Many, many other countries have been joining.

Contrary to what you read and hear in the mass media, China is not doing badly. They are shifting their economic orientation from an export orientation, because the export markets in the trans-Atlantic sector are shrinking. They are now going more in infrastructure investment in many countries in the world, and to develop the inner region of China. [To raise the] consumer [to a] higher standard of their own population, since they have lifted 600 million people out of poverty, [into a very] decent living standard in China. This is indeed the absolute correct policy, to say we will uplift the remaining people who are still poor, and also make them participate in the Chinese economic miracle.

Now, Xi Jinping has [offered] to President Obama that the United States [should] not only [inaudible 42.55]  by helping to [inaudible], which I think is the moral obligation of the United States, given the fact that they were the key reason why these countries are now in such disarray; by participating in the building of Africa, which I think the West has an absolute moral obligation: Because the reason why you have millions of people as refugees, not only risking their lives, drowning in the Mediterranean, dying in the Sahara, which has even more victims than even the Mediterranean; because 50 years of IMF policy has denied economic development to Africa!  And the reason why people are taking a risk of a 50% chance that they will die, to cross the Mediterranean, is because they are running from war, from hunger, from epidemics, and this is the result of  Western policy denying this continent economic development!

So we have a moral obligation to join hands to develop southwest Asia, to develop Africa.

Now, the United States also needs a Silk Road.  If you look at the figures of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the productivity, which has collapsed over seven years in a row, all the indexes are going down.  The United States population is in a terrible condition, or at least in the poorer parts, while the rich become more rich and Wall Street is having a heyday with cocaine parties and plotting destruction for the rest of the world.

But the United States needs an infrastructure project:  the roads are bad, the traffic is ridiculous.  People spend hours and hours every day in commuting, risking to disappear with their cars into a pothole.  They have no rail system:  China has built 20,000 km fast train system up to the end of last year; they plan to have 50,000 km by the year 2020, uniting every major city in China through a fast train system; which are fantastic — they’re smooth, they’re fast, they’re quiet.  How many kilometers of fast train systems has the United States built? Zero!

So, for the United States to build its own Silk Road, to connect with the global development perspective is a question of the best self-interest.  And we have to get the United States off this confrontation course, and simply say, we have to shift this policy and all this trillion-dollar investment in modernization of nuclear arsenals and the largest military budget in the world, trying to maintain an empire which is collapsing anyway, rather, shift, get rid of Wall Street, impose Glass-Steagall, get back to a policy of Alexander, a credit policy; invest in infrastructure and to in the direction of a win-win cooperation with the other nations of the world:  With Russia, China, European nations, India; build up Latin America, build up Africa and Southwest Asia.

So this is really the choice before the United States.  And I know this is very difficult for you to think how this should be done, but you know, think about Kennedy; think about the kind of optimistic country the United States used to be.  Think about the idea that America was built to be “a beacon of hope and a temple of liberty,” where people from the whole world would go and try to be free.  The U.S. singing the National Anthem,  “the land of the free” — is the United States  “the land of the free” today? I don’t think anybody who is in their right mind would say that today.

So, go back to the values of the American Republic, as it was founded by people like Benjamin Franklin, or George Washington; go back to the policies of Alexander Hamilton, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Kennedy, Martin Luther King:  And I think if the United States could mobilize itself to bring back that nation, the whole would world would love to be friends of the United States again.  Right now, I can tell you, the rest of the world has almost given up on the United States, and then they look at the election process, the choice between a very, very irrational Trump and unfortunately a very, very predictable Hillary Clinton, given her statements about confrontation against Russia and China, I think you have to really mobilize now.  And I think the 28 pages, Glass-Steagall, these are flanks which can derail the situation long before this election is going to take place.

So we have to have a completely new world.  In a certain sense, remember, mankind is not a beast, and mankind is not bound to do what seems to be inevitable, but mankind is the only species capable of reason, capable of free will, of defining and designing a beautiful future, and going to implement that which was the last time with Kennedy, the Apollo Project, and I think we can absolutely do it again!  I think you have a great possibility in front of you, and I would encourage you:  Be American.  Be true Americans again, and the whole world will be the most happy and embrace you. [applause]

STEGER:  Thank you, Helga. So, I think Helga demonstrates that it should be most fun to solve the world’s biggest problem; it’s not a burden but something we look forward to accomplishing, and enjoy the process.  So in that light, I would ask people to come up and ask questions.  We have a mike here.

So if people have questions, this is an open dialogue with Mrs. LaRouche. I would ask that people have questions on the topic of the discussion today; you might have a lot of other things that you’re thinking about, but we’d like to have a thorough dialogue regarding the subject that she’s taken up.  I would also ask that you’d make your questions curt and to the point, because we’d all like to hear what she has to say and have a dialogue back and forth.

Q1: Hi Helga, thank you for your presentation.  My question is, I thought the 28 pages were leaked already and Der Spiegel already published them, I don’t know how many years ago; this was 10 years ago or something like that? And I just wondered if you know about that.  Or if anybody in this room knows about that? The 28 pages, I mean, maybe they were redacted when they were leaked.  I thought they were just leaked as a chapter.

ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  Well, I’m not aware of this publication, what you just said; if Mike Steger or  somebody knows about it, please say so.  But my best knowledge is that there’s a huge file in the Congress right now, in the Senate to release these.  I know that Congressman Walter Jones for example has already introduced a law in the Congress which would allow the Congress to immediately release it, given the fact that there is existing legislation which allows the Congress to publish everything they really want, there is nothing preventing them.

And there is a huge battle, because the only thing which prevented the publication was pressure from the White House and the Department of Justice always saying either pooh-poohing the content of the 28 pages or saying it would cause irreparable damage in the form of relations of the United States.  There was even a complete freakout article in the Daily Telegraph a couple of days ago warning against the publication with the argument that it would damage the interests of the British, because people would then use that to sue Great Britain for harboring terrorism, or not moving aggressively against hate preachers.

So I don’t think if these 28 pages would be public, all of this commotion would take place.  So, my best understanding is that we are now in the crucial battle to release them.  If you know of the 28 pages tell us; but frankly, I doubt it very much, because if the entire Congress and the Senate, and all these families, everybody is in motion, and they would not do that if the 28 pages would already be in the public domain.

FORMER SEN. MIKE GRAVEL:  They haven’t been released, and the tragedy is, there’s about 40 cosponsors right now for the law asking permission of the Executive to release them.

In point of fact,  this is all very ridiculous and silly: Because what was decided by the Supreme Court in my case [the Pentagon Papers] in 1972, was that any member of Congress  — any member — could release any information, secret or top secret or cosmic or whatever, if they thought that this was in the best interests of the United States.  So we don’t need a law; we don’t need permission of the Executive.  Any one member, and there’s 40 of them that they want to release this, but they don’t have the guts to do it, unfortunately.

And you’re quite right, the release of the papers would affect our foreign policy with respect of Saudi Arabia, which would be a blessing.  Because that foreign policy is an embarrassment and a stain on the views that you have, Helga, towards our supposed support of freedom.

So, Helga, the pages will be released, it’s a question of not how, but when.

STEGER:  Senator Mike Gravel, everyone.  [applause]

Helga just so you know, because of the audio complications here, I’m going to repeat the question for the audience here, and then you can reply.

Q:  Good morning, Helga, this is Ned Nuerge from Oakland. You earlier spoke of PNAC, the Project for a New American Century, and I’ve been thinking about over the last several weeks; I’ve known about it for several years, but I’ve just had a new thought, and I want you to respond to my thought as to what your thoughts are:

I wonder what the American population would do, if they actually recognized that PNAC’s policies as you’ve described them here, the unipolar world, was [exactly the thinking of the British Empire in 1776, regarding their wayward colonies?

ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  Well, I think it would probably help, if people would in a certain sense, recognize how the American Revolution [was made].  Because the British, as you know, almost went crazy over the loss of their American colonies.  George III literally he lost his marbles, and went insane.  And the British [tried to reverse] the American Revolution.  They tried to do this first by military means in the War of 1812; then they tried to do it with the Civil War against Lincoln, where the Confederacy was allied with the British Empire.

And then they realized it would be impossible to reconquer the United States by military means.  So then latest, with the assassination of President McKinley, and the ascension of Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, they basically decided that the best way to do, would be the subvert the American establishment; you had the kindergarten or the group, and the Fabian Society and various efforts to lure the American establishment into a discussion process by basically convincing them that the United States should adopt the foreign policy of model of the British Empire, and then rule the world based on the special relationship between Great Britain and the United States as a world empire.

Now, all the present policy elite [adhere] to that doctrine. And that is actually people like Samuel Huntington, Kissinger, Brzezinski, all of these people have been basically, educated  — so therefore, in a certain sense, it’s a very big challenge!

You’re absolutely right, the idea of empire, the idea of the British Empire as it was when the American Revolution was made against it, in essence, is exactly what the unipolar world is today.  I fully agree with that.  [What we] require that the Americans really recognize how their own history has been subverted.

And you know, my husband Lyndon LaRouche has made a big, big effort, to educate people on which Presidents were [patriots to] the ideals of the American Revolution and which ones were traitors.  And the problem is wherever you have an Anglophile President, you’re really dealing with the traitor betraying the ideals of the American Revolution.

But I think it’s really up to you to help to educate the American population to realize exactly that and become red-blooded Americans again, instead of poor imitations blue-blooded British.

Q: Hi, it came up in one of our LaRouche meetings that, the people that are, I guess what you call the “soldiers of the anarchy” and the momentum for war and the fascism here, that they’re not necessarily all evil.  There are certain ones that have a bad taste in their mouth about what’s happening, and that that’s kind of possibly where we could get a flank, or something like that; and I thought you could comment on that, on what sort of avenues we could use.  [pause]

Well, not necessarily — military would be a big part of it, yeah, but people that are say in government that are implementing these policies, and policymakers, that they have a bad taste about the momentum and the war and the fascism; and these would be like officials, and what sort of people like that do you think we could use as a flank?

ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  Well, I think that the situation in the United States is not totally different from that in Europe, insofar as you have people who just feel completely comfortable with the system and they have an amazing ability to block out whatever would disturb the privileges which they get from being part of the system, even if the system is becoming fascist, genocidal, and all of these things. So these people normally are [hard] to talk to, because if they even listen to you then it may to that they are no longer participants in the club of privileges.

Now, my experiences, both in the United States and in Europe is that those people who are not localist, who are not chauvinists, who are not people who are just looking at their immediately situation, but are travelling, who have contact to other countries, they are normally much, much more aware, that there is a completely different view outside of the United States or outside of Europe of them.  For example, I participated in a big conference in India, in march where the first panel was on the refugee crisis in Europe, and I was really, in a certain sense, shocked to see how the reputation of Europe has gone down for their inability to provide a human answer to this refugee crisis.

People from Asia, and Africa, they said, “The Europeans should stop talking about human rights or democracy: Look at what they’re doing, they’re shooting with military means at these refugees; they’re putting them camps [inaudible 1.06.42], there is no human rights any more in Europe.”  So, it always helps to have a view from outside, or looking over your shoulder.  So therefore, I think the people who are of ethnical background in the United States, either Chinese-American, other Asian-American, Russia-American, European-American, ethnic Americans; or, people who have done business in China or who have gone to Russia, those people normally have a much better view and they are aware of the fact that the outside world looks at the United States with horror right now.

Then, I think what is extremely important, also, is not only to confront people with the negative, but I think it is very, very important to show people the beautiful vision where the United States could be as part of a new paradigm in the world in a couple of years from now, in 50 years from, in 100 years from now:  Joint space research, international cooperation for fusion power, to discover the laws of the universe in a deeper and better way, reviving Classical culture in the United States:  I think it is as important to confront the negative as it is important to have a beautiful vision of the United States, as it should be again.  Because if people don’t have hope, if people don’t have a perspective for the future, normally they have a very difficult time to mobilize the courage to do something.  And right now, you have so many people in the United States who commit suicide, who are desperate, who don’t see a future, the youth culture is a horror show; so I think it is very important to find the thinking people, especially of ethnic Americans and to show them the potential of what it would mean to join hands with other countries, to build a world which would be worth the name of being human.

Q: Helga, my name is Ken Smith from Silicon Valley, and the question I have is how do we deal with the fear that I feel exists in our culture, about really having the courage to speak out about the kinds of things you’re discussing?  I think really down deep I think all of us truly want peace in the world; and yet we feel that those of us who speak out, against, if you will, “the club” you mentioned earlier, we seem to get chastised and labeled as radicals.  I happen to tend to be on the right side of the political world, and when I attend LaRouche events, I’m chastised by some of my colleagues who say, “what in the hell are you doing?” And how do we deal with that?

ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  I think it’s the question of, can you look into the mirror in the morning — you know, what is more important?  Is it more important to be accepted by your stupid neighbors, and colleagues when they’re thinking stupidly?  Or is it more important that you are truthful, that you uphold principles which are the important principles of the Universe and of mankind?

I think it’s very important that you make a distinction, do you want to be a shallow-minded opportunist, going with public opinion just to be in the flow?  Or do you want to be a [truthful] person?  And I think the only people who are worth anything, are those people who are searching for the truth, no matter if it’s science, culture, or political truth.  And I always tell people, if you think through where we are at, it’s OK to have fear.  Fear is actually a good thing.  If children wouldn’t have fear, and some children have to be taught what are the dangers, because they would jump out of a window, they would put their hand into the oven, they would take matches and burn down the house; because they don’t yet have the sense of real danger.

So fear, per se, is not a bad thing.  Fear is actually something which is part of the survival instinct.  Without fear you cannot survive.  But, fear has to be located in the right thing, and not an irrational fear, of the stupid opinion of your neighbor is really nothing compared to the fear about the possibility about the annihilation of mankind in a nuclear war. Or, for that matter, in a financial system breaking down in chaos, because we are equally close to a collapse of the trans-Atlantic financial system, which if it would happen, would lead to chaos, and out of the chaos would come, for sure, also war.

So if you think about what could happen with these maneuvers, with this confrontation policy toward Russia and China, you could have a situation where nuclear war happens: And what would that mean?  Have you ever thought about what that would mean? It would mean that everything you did, your family, your ancestors, all the great minds of the past, of Abraham Lincoln, of Beethoven, of Einstein, all of this would have been for nothing!  Because there would be absolutely nobody to even remember that they existed.  There would be no museum to keep the record, it would all vanish.

Now, for me, that is a real fear, because I think that mankind has produced so many beautiful things, like the great Classical compositions, or the great dramas, all the many beautiful cultures which have developed around the world, I think that that is the fear you should have, really.  And in a certain sense, you must become free, your inner self has to become free.  And Friedrich Schiller has developed this conception in two very beautiful writings of his, which were called, or are called, About the Sublime.  And there, he describes this and says, when man is only a physical  beast, a physical creature, then fear can take over very easily, because even a bear is stronger, a tiger can eat up [a man], and therefore, as long as you are only a physical person, fear is dominating you.  But man is not just that:  Man has the ability to connect his or her identity to universal principles which are more immortal than your physical existence, and of a higher value than you as a person.

Now, Schiller says, if you do that, and you locate your identity in the universal history of all of mankind, or other great principles, then you may not be physically safe because a lion can still eat you for breakfast, but your inner person is free.  You are morally free. And then you are not afraid of things which you should not be afraid of.  And I think the whole struggle, of all us, is to continuously work on this idea of the inner freedom, because if you don’t think, if you can be intimidated, and then you are nothing but a slave.  And I think that that is a condition which we should all absolutely abhor, and reject as not being in cohesion with the human dignity.

So be courageous and develop your inner freedom, and then you will be funny and laugh about your stupid neighbors, and be ironic, make polemics, and then, very, very soon, they will realize, you are the wise man, and they are the children who have to learn from you.  [applause]

STEGER:  We have time for one more question.

Q: Hello.  I have noticed over the past year or two, there has been so much published, either through emails or through different publications, about people like Hillary admitting that the United States created and supports ISIS; there are just so many things coming out now, that we’ve known about for a long time, but they’re coming out publicly, which I find surprising but I’m very happy about.  And I’d like to know, do you see this, does this in any way indicate that maybe since more information is coming out that more people will begin to realize what’s going on and make their feelings known about these things?

ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  Oh absolutely!  I think there is all reason for optimism because this genie was and is out!  As I said, when you have primetime German TV talking about that the history of September 11th has to be rewritten and then they published a 45-minute interview with Senator Bob Graham, who, by the way, already when the terrorist attack against the French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo happened more than a year ago; Sen. Bob Graham said, if the 28 pages would have been published, this terrorism would not have happened.  And the fact that now you have more terrorism, in France, but also in Belgium, there are terrorist alerts out in Germany, I think that the motivation to get to the ground of this and stop this terrorism is growing by the day.  So I think the old statement by Lincoln, that you can fool all of the people some of the time, and you can fool some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of time, is now really coming true.

And I think if the truth about September 11th would really come out bigtime, and we’re very close to that, it would lead to what the Greeks would call a catharsis.  Because it would not just lead to the question of why the cover-up, why the cover-up of the Bushes?  Why the [obama] administration?  But it would lead to a catharsis of why all of this evil was condoned, and it would lead to a shakeup for sure, that’s why the pressure is so big to prevent it from happening;  but we need a complete cleanup of all of these rotten policies.

So I think we can be absolutely optimistic that, if we do the right thing, if we mobilize now for the whole package.  You know, don’t focus on a single issue, but focus on the whole package, the 28 pages, what happened Sept. 11th, the war danger, what to do against it; the need to straighten out the financial system with Glass-Steagall, the whole package that Lyn has described with the Four Principles; join hands with the New Silk Road, with Russia, China,  — I think there is a way out!  And as long as people don’t become small-minded and only look at one single issue, but as long as you really look at it from the top, you know, think as if you would be President of the United States and as if it would be depending on you to bring the world back in order:  And if you have that demand on yourself, you will see that you will have increasing powers which enable you to do things you have not been thinking you would ever been capable of doing; and if many, many citizens are doing that, the majority of citizens are doing that, then you are a Republic again.

STEGER:  Helga, I think that’s the end of the time we have for our dialogue today, but perhaps you have some closing remarks you’d like to make?  Just so people know, we’ve got representation from Russia, with the Russian consulate; we’ve got some Japanese guests, people from China, so we’ve got quite an international crowd here, including many Americans.

ZEPP-LAROUCHE:  No, I just want to really tell you how important it is, what you are doing, because what I said in the beginning about the immediacy of the war danger is really what should fill your heart, and mind, with the biggest concern, and I can only ask you: Stay tuned, every day!  Follow these developments every day and make them to cause you to act on it, mobilize your congressmen, your city council, your mayor; get active.  Because this is a moment of utmost crisis, but if you mobilize in the right way, that crisis can be turned into a completely new paradigm.  I’m absolutely optimistic, and there’s really nothing to lose and everything to be gained.

STEGER:  Thank you very much, Helga!  [applause]

Lyndon LaRouche Q&A:


STEGER:  I don’t know if you heard Victor’s question, but I’ll repeat it for you, regarding the question of technology and the role of the space program as Kesha has reinvigorated it, versus some of the private companies, as you were beginning to respond, when the connection broke off.

LAROUCHE:  Well, the key thing I’m concerned about is the threats to the existence of the human species, in the total area right now.  Because right now, at this time, the existence of the entire human species continues to be on the edge of jeopardy, and therefore, we have to attune ourselves to understanding  what the problems are that are involved in this, and what are the remedies for which we can get an escape for humanity in general.

Humanity in general, right now, is under serious threat of jeopardy on a global scale.  This does not mean that it has to happen that way.  It means that if we do the right things, we can escape those threats, or at least have a reasonable ability to deal with those threats.  That’s where we stand, generally, right now.  And if you want to do something about it, let’s talk about it.

STEGER:  Great, that’s what we’re here to do….

Q:  Lyn, I think the role of that you keep bringing up about how the individual mind has to overcome the necessity to  —  to win a battle for mankind, I think the role that you are wishing for us to become, I think the qualities of a human being, the battle to win, must be brought to bear now; and … [crosstalk]

LAROUCHE:  I can tell you, I’m pretty good living qualities. I’m an active person, in society, and I’m a senior, and an experienced one, one of the most experienced of all people in that category.  So I should think no one would have any difficulty in understanding who I am, what I am, where I came from and what I do.

Somebody else may be clinging to an idea of a different identity of some other person, who I don’t know, but it seems to be that.

Q:  Would you say that our best hope for resolving the conflict right now, the general conflict between East and West has to do with, could we strip off Europe from the Anglo-American empires?  Can Europe understand that it is completely against their interest to be part of the sanctions process and everything else that the Anglo-Americans want them to do?  And what would that turn the situation around in this country, if that starts to happen, that the sanctions end and the European countries declare independence?

LAROUCHE:  Well, if they want to declare independence, I’m here, I’m now presently working in the local area here.  I usually live in Manhattan; I also usually live in other parts of the United States.   I am a figure in most parts of the world and I do have a clear identity and I think that most of the people that I know, whom I can identify, are people who don’t have the kind of identity I have.  So I think my identity being more characteristic of the human species than most of these other fellas, I think we don’t have a problem.

Q: Good afternoon, Lyn, this Ned Neurge from Oakland: You’ve been putting great emphasis recently on human creativity, as opposed to Bertrand Russell’s mathematics or logic.  I think the human creativity that you speak of is an informed imagination, rather than a less than informed imagination:  Can you speak to how we can determine in our minds, whether we’re in the fantasy world of imagination or informed imagination?

LAROUCHE:  Why don’t we just say, let’s identify a truthful example, a truthful personality, a truthful identity.  I am. And anyone who would deny that, would be mistaken, misguided.

I am known, I am identified, I am a figure of the history of most of the 20th century, and most people from the 20th century should know who I am, and they should know what I do.  They may not know every detail of what I do, but that’s it:  I am a prominent  and most prominent figure on this planet, among the most prominent ones.

Q:  Yeah, I’ve experienced, and I think a lot of people with experience in this country, maybe for the last 20 or 30 years, is just a creeping fascism, and to me all aspects of fascism, more recently, with police shootings and just think, like maybe Nazi Germany, or Italy, and even before that there’s just a force that implements this fascism.  And trying to identify it, and how we could possible intervene in a mass movement.

LAROUCHE:  This is a very simple thing:  The British system, the British identities, the British Queen, and so forth and so on, and all those kinds of things are the things that could be readily identified by any sane and well-informed person.

Q:  Thank you, Mr. LaRouche for everything that you’re doing for humanity.  The gentleman here, the Russian Consul, mentioned the necessities of rules for the technology, and that’s been on my mind for so long.  In the airports, in stores, in restaurants, everywhere you go, you’re subject to this decimation noise that to me is very detrimental to the human system.  I wondered if you yourself are bothered by it, if you do think it is absolutely [crosstalk] a proponent of the British interference, you know trying to really affect our minds?

LAROUCHE:  Yeah, you should avoid affects on your minds: That’s for every human being.  It’s difficult to make specific comparisons, because people just don’t glue onto that.  But key figures do, leading figures do, leading scientists and so forth do; and so forth and so on.  So there is no general reason, to assume that these things are unknown.  I’m only one of the relatively weighty personalities in history; others are; others are more than I am!  [laugh]  But I’m a very fully active representative of humanity and very much advanced in that matter.

Q:  Hi, my name is Angela, and I’m very interested in the anti-war movement and trying to deescalate the conflicts going on in our world.  And one of the things I was wondering with regard to the Presidential election, it seems like both our leading candidates are both very war-friendly; and even if we had somebody less war-friendly, there’s a tendency in our current political system to “bomb first, ask questions later.”

So I’m wondering what you would propose as far as people mobilization in order to change the trend.  Because it’s not just about one representative, it’s the system.

LAROUCHE:  Well, the system is that if people don’t believe in the reality, of what is the system, they are already dead! Because history will not recognize them.  You have to qualify of be a part of history, and very relatively few people out of all history, make it that way.

Q: [follow-up]  But what are some initiatives that you use to judge that regular people can change and deescalate the world conflicts?

LAROUCHE:  No, there’s no problem in discovering what the truth is.  And don’t say, “what do you know, this figure, or that figure?”  Do you know what the truth of the matter is?  Do you know what the action is?  Do you know how the action proceeds? Do you know what the effects are?

These are very simple, practical things, which you can enter into, readily.  It’s not a question, is someone a real person, or not a real person.  That is a silly game to play.  You’ve to find out if they’re real.  And if they’re real, they’re real!  If they’re not real, they’re not real.

Q:  Yes, when we first connected with you, you started to talk about the collapse of the world economic system, and I wish you’d go on with those thoughts, because it sounded very interesting, but we couldn’t hear you.  Can you go on now and tell us some more about that situation?  [The questioner is referring to Mr. LaRouche’s opening remarks to the conference by internet, which constantly breaking up and eventually cut off; these are not transcribed. — ed.]

LAROUCHE:  Sure.  Well, what we’ve got, the history of mankind is the history of mankind.  The human population has a history, of its development.  We can adjudge that kind of development by experience, that is, can you produce something? Can you produce an effect, which you claim you might be able to effect?  That’s the issue. Can you do the things that you are qualified to do?  It’s that simple.

I mean, the idea of a person, a personality is a very simple question  You can find out who they are and what they are.  You may be misled, you may be poorly informed, but you can, in due course, find out what this is all about.

But the worst thing you can do is to say, “Well, I don’t know, therefore I have to doubt that there’s such a person living.”  That is the worst of all the things.

Q:  Mr. LaRouche, I had asked earlier about fear, and the feeling that many of us have about speaking out, speaking our minds clearly.  And it was so encouraging to hear the Russian Consul speak today, and exemplifying the need that we all feel for world peace and cooperation, and I’m looking forward to hearing the Chinese perspective this afternoon as well.

How do we counter that mood out there [crosstalk]…?

LAROUCHE:  I can tell simply: You made a reference to a personality, who I had not known, whose identity I had not been informed of, I had not known, in all my life u to that time. This was something I had heard for the first time in my life. His identity, the first time in my life; and there was some doubt about whether it was real.

But about myself, I don’t have problem with this thing, and I appear on many people’s scrolls, in many parts of active history, and they don’t have any problem.  So the people who have these problems, are a minority which needs to be informed.

Q: [follow-up]  The concern that I’m trying to express is, it seems that the common man’s perception — I’ve heard comments like “You gotta watch those Russians because their dream is to recreate the Soviet Union,” which implies that “well, here comes communism again.”  And similarly we have this big threat of the “Red Chinese.”  So how do we counter that?

LAROUCHE:  I don’t have any problem with Chinese.  I don’t have any problem with Russians.  I never did.  I have often disagreed with people who were Russians; but then, I’ve often come around and been a supporter of Russians.  Today, I am a supporter of Russians — who?  Putin!  Why?  Well, Putin, if you want to know, came from family which was generally slaughtered by the Nazis.  And he was saved, though members of his family died, and he became a very important figure, increasingly important figure.

Now, at a certain point in my life, I had an active relationship to what he was doing; I was not working directly with him, but I was implicitly working with him.  And I’ve known about him, in general, most of my life.  So there are no mysteries about Putin, with me.  I admire the gentleman, and his contributions to mankind on a broad scale, are extremely important.

I think that’s a good place to start from if you want to develop the argument.

STEGER:  Lyn we have one more question for you.

Q:  Good afternoon, Lyn.  It’s an honor to speak to you. This is James from San Jose.  What I’d like to ask is, a week or two ago, we seemed to be right of the cusp of being able to bring the 28 pages out into the open; and if we can bring those out into the open, it seems like all honest Americans would see, that we have a traitor in the White House, and that we would be able to put him aside and stop the war drive!

LAROUCHE:  That doesn’t quite work.  You have the people were assassinated in Manhattan, by the Saudis, and also by other creatures who were working together with the Saudis.  And that you can get at very quickly.  And you can find leading members of Congress or veteran members of Congress, who can also give you full information on that.  And I have a relationship to my own friends, who are also members of Congress, some of them in particular, and who also share these views that I express, and I agree with them.  I’m still fighting for justice for those thousands of people, who were killed, by the Nazis, essentially, that is the Saudis and by their stooge, and the British.  And this great holocaust that occurred, was orchestrated by the British system, by the British monarchy, and it was also organized by the support of the Saudis.  And this group was the group which was employed for mass murder against the people of the United States, that is that whole quotient.

STEGER:  Lyn, do you have time for one more question?


Q:  Good afternoon, Mr. LaRouche:  Tomorrow is the start of the four-day gathering of the Bilderberg Group in Germany, at their annual meeting.  I want to know who are those folks and what is their influence on world economy and politics?

LAROUCHE:  It’s a funny thing:  Of course, I have no sense of reality about that group.  That is, I don’t think that what they represent is a serious institution.  And I’m pretty well informed on these things, and I don’t miss them very much or often.  But that’s what I can answer to you.

STEGER:  Lyn, I just want to, if I could take a quick second, because I think your emphasis tonight in the discussion is your role and the way you approach this certain crisis, and it’s very obvious the kind of crisis that’s the world’s in today. And your sense of creative identity and how to approach that kind of crisis, because that’s the underlying nature, and I think a lot of people are struggling with that, even if they’re not directing that [inaudible].  So you may have more or may not, but I just wanted to raise that as… [crosstalk] that seems to be the underlying  subject of the discussion.

LAROUCHE:  They have problems in catching on with reality. I mean, it’s often with people in society, whole groups of people have lost all connection, that is, a viable, or provable connection, with people in certain categories.

STEGER:  OK, Lyn, it was a little bit hard to hear at the end, but I think we got the gist.

LAROUCHE:  OK, have fun!

STEGER:  OK thanks, Lyn, very much.  We appreciate you! [applause]

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