Fireside Chat with Paul Gallagher, January 11, 2018

Join us tonight at 9pm EST with Paul Gallagher, EIR magazine economics editor. While our media concocts its daily poison, there are dramatic developments in the world, some very dangerous, others optimistically harkening into a new future. France’s President Macron has the right idea. He is joining France to China’s great Belt and Road Initiative, the New Silk Road for physical economic development. He pledges to bring Europe into this new paradigm. What can we do here? LaRouchePAC is announcing an urgent intervention into the 2018 Congressional elections, “The Campaign to Win the Future…

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China’s “Silk Road Spirit” Inspires France’s Macron: Will it Reach Berlin and Brussels?

Join us for this week’s Schiller Institute webcast, featuring Helga Zepp-LaRouche. In opening a three-day visit to China, French President Emmanuel Macron declared that, with the reinvention of the ancient Silk Road, which he called a “treasure of civilization,” China “has accomplished a dream.” With these words, Macron is echoing a call made a week earlier by Helga Zepp-LaRouche on her weekly webcast, when she called on European governments to become active participants in BRI projects with China, to address the growing levels of poverty in Europe.

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You Wouldn’t Believe What Has Just Happened In The World

French President Emmanuel Macron visited Terra-Cotta Warriors on his first day in China. Discovered at the mausoleum of the first emperor of China, Terra-Cotta Warriors was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Jan, 2017 (Xinhua)

If you live in the United States or Europe, you wouldn’t believe what has just happened in the world! — because you don’t read or hear anything about it.

French President Emanuel Macron, in a visit to China, has just made a commitment: France will collaborate with China’s Belt and Road Initiative of great infrastructure projects across Eurasia and Africa. He and the Chinese President will particularly focus on French-Chinese cooperation developing nuclear technologies, to power the world’s economies.

That’s the same big Chinese “Marshall Plan” that you’ve heard about, how it “doesn’t play by our Western rules” for transparent projects — it’s just China trying to dominate Asian and African nations, and shine on the West.

Not only are the 16 countries of Eastern Europe already enthusiastic to take part in this Chinese “New Silk Road.” Now a major power of Western Europe is as well — France, a permanent Security Council member.

And the invitation to the United States to join the Belt and Road Initiative is wide open.

An infrastructure initiative is exactly what the United States has been waiting for, since Donald Trump focused his Presidential campaign on it. It’s there for the taking: the Belt and Road Initiative. Ask the Governor of West Virginia.

Speaking of President Trump, you wouldn’t believe that the President of South Korea just yesterday gave him the credit for making the new talks between North and South Korea possible — confirming President Trump’s own claim.

The same President Trump who, you know, childishly trades insults with North Korean dictator Kim, and brings us all to the edge of nuclear war, while good people all want negotiations? It seems he got the inter-Korean peace negotiations started, and South Korean President Moon Jae-In said “I want to show my gratitude” to Trump for that. President Trump was elected, after all, because he said he wanted to end America’s permanent involvement in wars abroad, as well as to reindustrialize America’s economy. Thus the full year of attempts to drive him out of office.

You wouldn’t believe any of this if you generally consult news media in Europe or the United States. You wouldn’t believe EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche and his wife Helga Zepp-LaRouche put out the concept of this Eurasian Land-Bridge of great infrastructure 30 years ago, and called it the “New Silk Road” 20 years ago; that LaRouche kicked off the drive to restore Glass-Steagall and break up Wall Street, back in 2007 before the crash; that these actions have been spelled out in LaRouche’s “Four New Laws to Save the Nation” from 2014.

That’s the LaRouches whom “no one listens to.” Their original Eurasian Land-Bridge concept of 1989 is offered to the United States in the form of the Belt and Road initiative of China. Their Schiller Institute and LaRouche Political Action Committee have been mobilizing with a “Mueller Dossier” to defend President Trump from the attempted coup of “Russiagate.”

They are mobilizing now with a mass-circulation pamphlet on LaRouche’s “Four New Laws” and “America’s Future on the New Silk Road,” which has just gone to every member of Congress. If there is going to be an “infrastructure initiative” from President Trump’s State of the Union, this is the only way it will happen.

Join that mobilization, support it. You wouldn’t believe what could happen.

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Americans Must Know What Macron Has Done

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

French President Emmanuel Macron, in his speech in Xian on the first leg of his visit to China, has unleashed a highly significant intervention into the nearly universal idiocy dominating the European Union. To make a transformation of this sort requires, first, the acknowledgment of the horror now dominating the political and economic conditions in the West, and the degenerate frame of mind of the elites, the media and much of the population in Europe and the United States. Secondly, it requires acknowledgment of the historic New Paradigm unleashed by China’s New Silk Road. Third, it requires the vision to see that bringing Europe and the United States to fully join with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, as nearly the entire rest of the world has done, provides the necessary basis for creating the new world order based on peace and development.

And Macron has taken a mojor step to accomplish theese three measures — although you certainly would not know it reading the Western press.

On the first, Macron noted that China”has managed to lift 700 million people out of poverty in recent decades. This is true for France too, where we are confronted with mass unemployment, with the imperative needed to give future prospects to a whole part of our population, but it is a challenge of the world that lives today in a crisis of globalized capitalism, which has, in recent decades, exploded social inequalities and the concentration of wealth.”

On the strategic side, Macron said the West must overcome the “unilateral imperialism” conducted by France and other European powers in Africa and elsewhere, adding:”we must draw the lessons of the past. Every time we tried to impose the ‘truth’ or the ‘law’ against the people themselves, we were wrong, and sometimes we have produced even worse situation. As in in Iraq, or Libya today. We need to work together to develop the respect of sovereignty of the people.”

He spoke directly against the geopolitical paradigm dominating Western thought:”There should be neither a disguised supremacy, nor a conflict between competing supremacies. All our art, if I may use that word, will not be the art of war, but an art of cooperation balanced in order to ensure on the geostrategic, political and economic level, the harmony our world needs.”

He referred to the West as a “tired, post-modern world, where the great epics were forbidden.”

And most importantly, Macron identified the New Silk Road as the connection required between all peoples to achieve this new world order. “I think that the initiative of the New Silk Roads,” he said,”can meet our interests, those of France and of Europe, if we give ourselves the means to really work together…. It is up to Europe and Asia, up to France and China, to define and propose together the rules of a game in which we will all win, or we will all lose. I have come thus to tell China my determination to have the Euro-Chinese partnership enter into the 21st century with this new grammar we must all define together.”

He praised China for its work in Africa, where “China has invested heavily in recent years, on infrastructure, raw materials, with a financial force that European countries do not have.” He called for French-Chinese cooperation in Africa, to “carry out projects that are really useful for the growth of the continent, financially sustainable — because the future is there, because we must not reproduce the mistakes of the past of creating political and financial dependence, under the pretext of development.”

Most of the Western press, if they cover the visit at all, foolishly portrays it as “anti-Trump,” or a lecture to China to open its markets. This again demonstrates that Western leaders and their media spokespersons are unwilling, or unable, to part with their geopolitical glasses, their zero-sum, Darwinian mentality.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, reflecting on Macron’s extraordinary visit, noted that those nations which fail to join in the New Silk Road will be left behind in history. Yet the winds of historical change are blowing in the direction of this New Paradigm. President Trump has embraced China’s crucial role in history and for the future; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to co-finance projects with China along the New Silk Road; and now France is breaking from the resistance to the New Silk Road coming from the EU, and from Germany in particular.

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Macron in China: Europe must work with China’s Silk Road

French President Emmanuel Macron chose to start his three-day official visit in Xian, very symbolically as he always does, because Xian is the city from which the Silk Roads left for the West. After visiting the famous buried armies of Emperor Qin (third century B.C.), he gave a very powerful hour and a quarter minute speech at the Daminggong Palace to those accompanying him, including the Vice-President of China and other dignitaries, and the full French delegation of 100.

In a very poetic but precise manner, President Macron defined his views of the contours, the rules and the content of a French-Chinese cooperation in the New Silk Road project, but also for a European-Chinese cooperation with the New Silk Road project, since he made of himself the interlocutor for Europe in this respect.

The key phrases which indicate a positive orientation and change are: Macron’s rejection of the war paradigm and for a win-win world explicitly, his mea culpafor the West on Iraq and Libya; on Africa, his mea culpa on French imperialism; on the Chinese Silk Road, his praising of the Chinese for having contributed a “new epic narrative” for the “fatigued” Western world to envisage  a new dream.

De Gaulle, looking at those who had joined him in London following the occupation of France, the General had this phrase: “I was expecting the cathedrals [i.e. the Catholics], and I got the synagogues [i.e. the Jews]! We could also say today: We were expecting the European sovereignists to join the New Silk Road, and we got Europeanists of opportunity!” Clearly opposing a geopolitical view, Macron made himself the voice of a Europe seeking with China to find a way to get the world back to a win-win multilateralism, criticizing implicitly the “unilateralism” of the U.S. (Jerusalem) and Russia (Ukraine). Note, however, that for Macron, the EU and the euro are not a dogma. During the Presidential campaign he declared that if his European bid did not work, he would skip it.

The other element which is omnipresent in his intervention is the fight against climate change and for a world respecting the environment. This does not in any way go against investments in infrastructure, industries and technologies, however. Both the Chinese, who have gone into a full mobilization against air, soil and water pollution, and Macron are pro-nuclear. This is more to pay lip service to the Weltgeist, and not a Malthusian greenie ideology per se.

Clearly, if France and Europe go fully into the New Silk Road perspectives they will rapidly be brought to a contradiction: The need for financial reform, and the reestablishment of national banks in order to emit national credit, for investments in infrastructure, industries, new technologies.

First North-South Korea Meeting a Success

North and South Korea held their first diplomatic meeting in more than two years, earlier today, and by all accounts, it was a spectacular success. North Korea offered to send a large delegation of athletes, officials and others to the upcoming Winter Olympics, South Korea proposed reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, and North Korea re-opened the military-to-military hotline that had been closed since 2016.

“I came to this meeting with a thought to hand a ‘precious result’ to our fellow, who holds a great expectation,” Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country and leader of the North Korean delegation, said at the start of the meeting, reports the Korea Herald. Ri also said the rare meeting was arranged upon “the divine will,” on the back of “the hearts of the Korean people” combined with the “current situation.” For his part, South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said that South Korean citizens want to reel Inter-Korean relations toward reconciliation and peace. Cho also underlined Seoul’s wish for North Korea’s participation at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics next month.

With respect to the Olympics, South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters afterwards that South Korea proposed the two sides march together during the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics and form a joint cheering team.

On other matters, the South further offered to hold a Red Cross meeting to discuss the reunion of families separated by the Korean War and proposed holding military talks to prevent accidental conflict along the border. “We also raised the need to end acts that could escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula and to resume dialogue to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, such as (North Korea’s) denuclearization,” Chun said. “North Korea proposed resolving issues regarding inter-Korean ties through dialogue and negotiations for peace and unity on the peninsula,” Chun said. “North Korea has guaranteed peace on the Korean Peninsula, talked about promoting reconciliation among the Korean people, and solving issues surrounding the South and the North through dialogue and negotiations,” Chun said. The North apparently didn’t respond directly on denuclearization but seemed attentive toward South Korea’s remarks, said Chun.

Seoul has also proposed talks between representatives of the two countries’ armed forces. According to a spokesman for the Unification Ministry, during the talks in Panmunjom, South Korea suggested arranging talks between representatives of the two countries’ military command in the near future. This step should help ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, he said without providing any details about response from Pyongyang.

 

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Lyndon LaRouche—If Money Has No Intrinsic Value, What Does?

Running for the 2004 presidential nomination, Lyndon LaRouche delivered the following remarks in 2003 about the fakery of the intrinsic value of money. Yes, you need money, but its not the basis for real value in a human economy. So what is? Until we understand the answer to that question, our economies, across the planet, in all countries, will continue to fail us.

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Macron in Xi’an: China Has “Accomplished a Dream!” The World Must Join In

Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and his wife Peng Liyuan (1st R) pose for a group photo with French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) and his wife Brigitte Macron at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Jan. 8, 2018. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

 

French Pres. Emmanuel Macron began his three-day state visit to China yesterday, in Xi-An, gateway city on the ancient Silk Road, where he praised today’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), saying that China “has accomplished a dream.” Speaking of the ancient Silk Road as a treasure of civilization, he lauded China for reinventing it. China has reactivated the realm of the imagination, he said. France and China both have to work together on the future; and Europe should do the same.

In terms of economics, Macron said that, in the midst of the crisis of the unipolar capitalist world, China and France should work together. He spoke of how China has lifted 700 million people out of poverty, and now, China can come to Europe to help do the same there.

Macron’s stance puts pressure all across the Trans-Atlantic, home to the expiring, deadly Wall Street/City of London control-operation of monetarism and geopolitics. Schiller Institute Chairman Helga Zepp-LaRouche observed that Macron’s action yesterday puts the German government in a bind; the anti-China, anti-BRI position of Berlin and Brussels is more and more isolated. Look at the realignments underway to seek win-win development with China and the BRI: Switzerland, the Balkans, East Europe, the Mediterranean, and now France. Localities are lining up, vying to be the hub of the New Silk Road, from Valencia, Spain, to Minsk, Belarus, with many candidate cities in between.

On Jan. 11, Macron will be in Rome, en route back home from China, for a two-day summit of the “Med-Seven,” a group of Mediterranean Basin nations, which all have growing relations with China and BRI development projects–Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta.

Remember, Macron stressed, the BRI works both ways: “The ancient Silk Roads were never only Chinese. By definition, these roads can only be shared. If they are roads, they cannot be ‘one way.'”

Macron put special emphasis on the commitment of France to work with China in Africa, on BRI projects of railways, ports, and other infrastructure, connecting with Europe and Asia.

This Silk Road outlook is urgently needed in the United States, where the President, committed to the ‘forgotten man,’ as he repeated today to the Farm Bureau convention in Tennessee, continues to applaud the stock market bubble, all the while that trains wreck, bridges collapse, and life expectancy itself falls. But this is not a hopeless pit of despair; it’s a void that can be filled by the knowledge and spirit of ‘what to do,’ as laid out in the new LaRouchePAC report, “LaRouche’s Four Laws: The Physical Economic Principles for the Recovery of the United States–America’s Future on the New Silk Road.” Teams are lined up to deliver a copy of this report in Washington, D.C. this week, to all 435 offices of the House of Representatives, which went back into session today. State legislatures are opening, and other points of intervention are in full swing for 2018. It’s three weeks until Pres. Trump gives his State of the Union address to the nation.

Macron’s message will send shock waves throughout the world on many fronts, Zepp-LaRouche stressed today. It’s a reversal of policy. Use this to shake up the system, and put a new one in place.

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Monday Update: Don’t Count on Wall Street—What President Trump Needs to Understand About Economics

 

Join us at 2:00 pm eastern for our live weekly Monday Update. This week Matthew Ogden hosts Jason Ross, member of the LPAC Science Team for an update on what Trump must quickly learn about economics to avoid another catastrophic economic crash brought on by Wall Street looting and a lack of fundamental physical economic growth in the United States. Tune in live and ask question via YouTube live chat!

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