Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday delivered the closing remarks at the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, in which he presented both an insightful denunciation of the collapsing trans-Atlantic order, and a stirring vision of the future that all of mankind must urgently construct. His remarks picked up–and drove forward–the central concepts of the September 4-5, 2016, summit of the G20 nations in Hangzhou, China; they echoed, in sections, the ideas presented by Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo in his historic October 1982 address to the United Nations General Assembly (which was so heavily influenced by his exchanges with Lyndon LaRouche); and they otherwise made clear why the theme of this year’s Valdai Club meeting was, rightly, “The Future in Progress: Shaping the World of Tomorrow.”
In his speech, Putin explained that the trans-Atlantic economy is in the throes of a “systemic crisis” that is driving the world to war, and that an entirely new approach is required to save mankind:
“The mammoth scale of destruction demands drawing up a long-term comprehensive program, a kind of Marshall Plan, to revive the war- and conflict-ridden area. Russia is certainly willing to join actively in these team efforts.
“We cannot achieve global stability unless we guarantee global economic progress. It is essential to provide conditions for creative labor and economic growth at a pace that would put an end to the division of the world into permanent winners and permanent losers. The rules of the game should give the developing economies at least a chance to catch up with those we know as developed economies… [and] make the fruit of economic growth and technological progress accessible to all. Particularly, this would help to put an end to poverty, one of the worst contemporary problems.”
Putin stressed Russia’s alliance with China to build such a new world order: “That is how we arrange the work of the Eurasian Economic Union and conduct negotiations with our partners, particularly on coordination with the Silk Road Economic Belt project, which China is implementing. We expect it to promote an extensive Eurasian partnership, which promises to evolve into one of the formative centers of a vast Eurasian integration area… An important task of ours is to develop human potential. Only a world with ample opportunities for all, with highly skilled workers, access to knowledge and a great variety of ways to realise their potential can be considered truly free.”
Putin stated that the lack of such a policy for the future, is destroying the very soul of the trans-Atlantic sector. “There is a lack of strategy and ideas for the future… The future does not entice them [the people], but frightens them… People do not at all vote as the official and respectable media outlets advised them to, nor as the mainstream parties advised them to.” He decried an American presidential election campaign which “just goes beyond all boundaries,” in its failure to discuss substantive policy issues.
A potentially useful break in that bleak affair came yesterday in a speech by Donald Trump in Charlotte, North Carolina, in which he blamed the 2008 financial crisis on the “lifting of Glass-Steagall,” and then stated that “it’s time for a 21st-century Glass-Steagall.” Lyndon LaRouche commented that we do not at this time know the actual seriousness or intent behind Trump’s remarks, but they at least have placed the issue on the table, so that it can’t be ducked. In any event, what is central is that the only actual solution to the systemic crisis identified by Putin, is LaRouche’s Four Laws, including Glass-Steagall. And we know precisely what our intention is, and what has to be done–including the immediate removal of Obama from office, as the only effective way of stopping the Obama-Clinton drive for nuclear war with Russia and China.