The idea of building
a foundation for world peace through world development is not a new one. We can
see the first signs of it emerging with the Golden Renaissance of the 14th and
15th Century were the principle of promoting the common good was coming to the
foreground. In the 17th century this principle became the foundation for the
greatest peace development in history centered on the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia
that ended 80 years of devastating wars. The same basic principle was much later
reflected again in the 1823 Monroe Doctrine in the USA (see: Adamsí
Community Of Principle: The Monroe Doctrine)
In more modern
history the principle was brought forward again at the height of the Cold War, where it
became the foundation for a wide platform proposed by the American economist and statesman
Lyndon LaRouche. Mr. LaRouche issued a
proposal in the early to mid-1980s for the nations of the world to join hands to
build a worldwide strategic defence platform against nuclear missiles, which he
proposed should be built on new physical principles. The development of the
system, if the idea had been accepted, would have provided the science and
for uplifting the entire world economy. In addition it would have established a community of
principle that would have ended the dangerous division in the world with the
nuclear doomsday-clock standing at just minutes before midnight. Lyndon LaRouche had personally
invited the Soviets an behalf of President Regan to join his global defense
proposal that became officially the SDI, the Strategic Defense Initiative. (For
more on the subject, see: Meet
the man who may have saved your life, and may do it again!)
At the time when the
Soviet representatives rejected the global defense proposal LaRouche had warned them that by
pursuing a project of that scale by themselves, working in isolation, the economic burden
would be too great for them to shoulder and would collapse their economy in five years. The
economic collapse became critical in six years, and shortly thereafter, in 1991,
the Soviet Union ceased to be. The Soviet Union was dissolved primarily for reasons of
economic bankruptcy, which some suggest was exploited by the West.
The history of the
While the Soviet Union
still existed LaRouche had issued a new economic development proposal, this time
for the joined economic
redevelopment of all of Europe, utilizing the core industrial capacity of
central Europe that was still a powerful force at this time, with which to
upgrade the economies of Europe, including Russia, and then to utilize this
mobilized economic engine to enable the economic development of the entire
The idea was put
before the world more than a year prior to the Soviet Union shutting itself
down. His proposal might have saved the Soviet Union even at this late date.
The proposal began to
take shape in December 1989. At this time "LaRouche commissioned a group of scientists and other specialists from the
Schiller Institute to work out an economic program for Europe, known as the 'Productive
Triangle.'" A month later, in January 1990: "The Productive Triangle,
Paris-Berlin-Vienna: Locomotive for the World Economy was published, in German.
This geographical area, a spherical triangle approximately as large as the
territory of Japan, encompassing the industrial regions of northern France,
western and eastern Germany, and parts of former Czechoslovakia and Austria, was
envisioned to serve as a locomotive to restart the collapsing world economy."
Productive Triangle to Eurasian Land-Bridge )
Out of the above background the
idea of the Eurasian Land-Bridge Development proposal emerged that was designed
to not only bring together the economies of Europe and Asia, but develop the
entire continent along the transportation channels that would link together all of Eurasia, and
also extend across all of the Americas via a tunnel under the Bering Straight.
idea for this large global development was first put formally on the table by Lyndon LaRouche in February, 1997, in
his historic report:
Locomotive to world-development
Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr.
speech transcript, Feb. 5, 1997
The most important strategic question of today.
Helga Zepp LaRouche Jr.
speech transcript, Feb. 5, 1997
Bering Strait Tunnel.
What are the engineering and financing issues?
is 53 miles wide. The deepest water is about 180 feet deep. There are two
islands out in the channel, Big Diomede and Little Diomede, which
make the project easier to build. The longest underwater crossing is 22
miles. The Bering Strait has better soil conditions for tunnel
construction than the English Channel, where a rail tunnel has already been
built, indicating that building a tunnel under the Bering Strait is
certainly feasible. In fact the tunnel could be readily built.
is little doubt that this project will be built eventually, because of the economic
benefits to be derived from it. The only question that remains at this
point is whether we will see it happening in our lifetime, and that depends on
whether or not we want to experience the benefits it offers. That alone
governs our determination, or the lack of it, to build the project.
has been called the Iron Silk Road
a global development project of which the Bering Strait Tunnel
is but a small, though vital, part. (PDF)
North American Water Development Projects (PDF)
Global Dimensions of the Eurasian Land-Bridge
- gateway at the center of the world
Canada, Conference on the Eurasian Land-Bridge
How is one
going to pay for that?
If we ask the above question we have already closed the door to realizing one
of the greatest development potentials in history. We should ask ourselves
much is our future worth, even our life? Compared with the many hundreds of
billions that the USA alone is spending on waging war for killing people,
the construction costs would be rather small. But money isn't the real
issue. Money never built anything. People build things. Money can be
created and be directed to built the infrastructures society needs in order
to provide for itself a
more efficient and productive existence. By the resulting industrialization
and genuine development (not speculative development) the nation becomes an
economic power from which its currency derives its value. Economic
development is not a 'cost' item. It creates value. It gives money its value.
inventor of the system of state-directed credit creation in the modern
period was the first secretary of the treasury of the U.S.A., Alexander
Hamilton. After the victorious American War of Independence, Hamilton was
faced with the problem of paying for it. The war had been financed by
drawing upon internal and external (mostly private) credit, and the
question was asked: When shall we pay all that back, and above all, how? To
solve that problem, Hamilton made a brilliant move. He offered the
creditors in various European countries to be paid, not in cash, but in
Treasury notes issued by the U.S. National Bank. In this way, the creditors
of the Old World were invited to participate in the future profits of the
U.S. economy--a prospect so genuinely alluring, that almost all of the
creditors went along with Hamilton. Indeed, in Europe the word got around
that U.S. Treasury bonds were the most profitable paper to be had. This
euphoria was absolutely justified, not because this paper had any kind of
magical value, but because behind it, or behind the guarantee of the
redemption of this paper, there stood a commitment to transform the U.S.A.
into the most highly developed manufacturing state of its time. For this
goal investments in infrastructure, industry, and agriculture, had priority
over all other forms of investment. Out of it, the USA became the richest
nation on the planet. Building the Land Bridge Across the Top of The World
could have the same effect, enriching not only the USA and Russia in the
process, but also all of Eurasia, Africa, and all of the Americas.
Do We Get The Money From To Pay For Great Infrastructure Projects?
Historic 'American System' of Economy
Land-Bridge should not be perceived as merely a transportation link across
continents for the movement of global resources and products, but should be
seen as a transportation lifeline that enables a whole network of economic
development centres along its routes, and connecting outward into the
interior regions that thereby become a part of a worldwide Productive
Engine stretching from the Horn of Africa to the tip of South America.
years after the original announcement LaRouche's Eurasian
was made the topic of the ICLC/Schiller
Institute Conference in Reston, Virginia, on Sept. 5, 1999, with the title:
Eurasian Land-Bridge As a Global Strategy Today
In a speech at a conference focused on the Eurasian Land-Bridge proposal LaRouche's wife from Germany,
Helga Zepp LaRouche, highlighted the European perspective of the
importance of this project for peace through worldwide economic
development. She began with these words. "The European/Eurasian
Land-Bridge is, no matter what the media say or not, the most important
strategic question of today. And, the success of the economic integration
of the Eurasian continent, on a very high-level technological basis, will
determine the fate of mankind."
of the Schiller Institute
Bad Schwalbach, Germany, May 4-6, 2001
focusing on the Eurasian Land-Bridge proposal
the Ecumenical Battle
for the Common Good
the Ecumenical Battle
For the Common Good
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
Through Development in Africa:
The Moral Challenge for Europe
Through Development in Africa:
The Nigerian Perspective
Prof . Sam Aluko
Professor of Economics,
formerly with the Nigerian Economics Ministry
for a World Free of the IMF, World Bank
representative of the National Committee
for the Defense of Democracy in Burundi
the Peace for an African Renaissance
Foreign Relations spokesman,
Rally for Democracy in Rwanda
Is in a Crisis of Survival
Prof. Abdalla A. Abdalla
former Sudan Minister of Agriculture,
former Sudan Ambassador to the United States
Nicolaus of Cusa's 600th Birthday:
A Dialogue of Cultures
by Helga Zepp LaRouche
As a War-Avoidance Strategy
Addressing the Russian State Duma's Economics Committee,
on June 29, 2001 in Moscow.
by Kathy Wolfe (Feb. 2002)
articles and speeches presented on this website, apart from the
editorials, were published in the Executive Intelligence Review magazine,
and are part of a large collection of works and speeches
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. and other
contributors to the EIR magazine. They are grouped together here
to illustrate Lyndon LaRouche's authorship of this project and he deep
commitment to it, as well as that of his wife, Helga Zepp LaRouche. The
speeches are presented here in a larger type format than in the
original. This format was chosen to make them more easily readable with
small screen computers and adaptable to projection systems for group
Building World Peace
through World Development.
Sam Aluko, Professor of Economics, Nigeria, had pointed out (shown above),
that "just as
a country cannot remain at peace, half-slave and half-free, so
the world cannot remain over-developed and under-developed, and hope
to have and sustain peace." Building World Peace
through World Development is
really the only hope we have in a world that is rapidly
disintegrating into global financial breakdown, endless war, hopeless poverty,
mass starvation, and economic chaos on a scale that reflects the deepening
tragedy of the collapse of civilization.
When history repeats itself
People say that we have seen periods
of chaos before. They say that history repeats itself, meaning thereby that
all the tragedies in history become repeated again and again as if by some
higher law. While this endless-seeming repetition is indeed a historically
observable pattern, the above statement is not true. The truth is that the
tragedies in history are being repeated again and again because the
underlying failure has not yet been corrected. Until the underlying failure
is corrected, the results of that failure will hit mankind over and over
again. In the case of the repeating failures in civilization the underlying
cause is mankind's failing to end the rule of empire. Unless the rule of
empire ends on this planet, the ongoing "war of empire versus
civilization" will continue and its ravishing will continue to escalate
in the way that wars always tend to escalate.
History therefore repeats itself not
because its endless seeming cycle is a built-in feature of a game. The
development of civilization is not a game with built-in regulations that
decree a certain outcome. The development of civilization is a process that
is built on the discovery of harmonizing universal principles and the
mastery in society of an understanding of these principles. If society fails
itself in this process, its civilization will fall into chaos and will eventually
disintegrate. A civilization can be as just readily lost by society's lack
of the mastery of its principles, as a game can be lost when the players
repeatedly fail to master the necessary skills.
A civilization is not a gift that the
universe bestows on a silver platter. It is the construct of intelligent
processes for which the universe merely supplies the underlying principles.
The process of applying them is located in the court of mankind. Thus, it is
up to us all to take the necessary steps that assure that we won't fail any
longer. The dangers are too great for this failing to be allowed to
continue. However, the greater tragedy lies not in failing, but in not
winning ourselves the kind of renaissance civilization that we are capable
of winning as human beings, by which the dangers fall by the wayside. (see: Three Strike-Outs and You're Gone!)
There is no chronic trend in
When history repeats itself, it does so
not because a chain of historic tragedies bears upon the present. If history repeats
itself then it does so, because the historic mistakes are repeated anew each
single day. There is no law in the universe, no power, nor principle, that
decrees that historic mistakes must be repeated day after day. If they are
repeated the mistakes are made anew.
The world-renowned American economist and statesman,
Lyndon LaRouche, teaches us by example that we have the capacity as human
beings to step out of this historic shadow of self-made tragedies and step into
the light of our humanity. His entire life has been devoted to interventions of
this kind. After decades of the Cold War and the impending doom of a nuclear
holocaust coming ever closer he stood up and said, "hey look, we don't have
to go there. We have the capacity as human beings to step out that environment
and join hands globally to built ourselves a strategic defence that would make
all the missiles obsolete while we develop the whole world economically at the
same time with the scientific and technological advances the program would bring
about. That's an example of breaking a chronic seeming trend of war, impotence,
and poverty by simply stepping into the light of what we can accomplish as human
making these kinds of proposals. While the Soviet Union was collapsing
economically and the West was on the same track, LaRouche proposed that it is
possible to step away from this track of economic decay and economic isolation
and mobilize the industrial capacity of central Europe into an economic engine
to develop the whole world, which became known as his economic triangle
proposal. This stepping away from a chronic historic economic practice could
have been easily accomplished, by which the whole world would have been
uplifted. When this didn't happen and the Soviet
Union collapsed LaRouche immediately proposed an even bolder plan for stepping
away from old history into a new world of global cooperation and global economic
development. From this proposal the Eurasian Land-Bridge concept developed. The
proposal could have been easily implemented with the former Soviet nations
looking for sovereignty and economic development.
Unfortunately mankind persisted in making
the old historic mistake again and again by supporting the rule of empire in
each of the above cases, case after case, time after time. LaRouche, of course
kept saying, you fools, you don't have to do this. You can step away from this
chronic practice. His New Bretton Woods proposal for a new world-monetary system
built on a foundation of national sovereignty and economic justice, is a case in
point. He made many such proposals, like his Oasis Plan, his Operation Juarez
plan, the NAWAPA plan, which are all proposals that involve a simple stepping
away from a chain of historic mistakes that don't have to be repeated.
Unfortunately society continues to repeat
its old historic mistakes as if they were a part of a chronic disease, but which
in reality are mistakes made anew day after day. LaRouche demonstrates that it
is possible to break this chronic seeming pattern and step up to higher ground
where the human being is not a slave to traditions, but is free to develop the
principles of human civilization.
shape of the unseen
initiative of the type and the scale of the Eurasian Land-Bridge proposal
tends to have multiple layers of benefits. The greatest of these benefits
might in fact be realized before the first yard of concrete is poured for
the construction of the The
Bering Strait Tunnel. A lot of overturning in the makeup of the world must
evidently happen before the physical work can begin. A project on this
scale cannot possibly succeed, or even begin, unless the rule of empire in
the world is brought to a close. If this is the outcome of the policy
process then mankind will have won itself a victory that has eluded its
grasp for millennia. The benefit from this for mankind would be greater and
father reaching than anything yet imagined, so that the physical completion
of the project would actually be an anticlimax. Nor can we say that the
movement towards this benefit has not yet begun. There are many indications
coming to the surface that a movement has begun.
has become self-promoting. In the past LaRouche stood behind the project as
its driving force, organizing an interest for it around the world. Now the
most affected nations have begun organizing themselves around that project.
Russia's President Vladmir Putin recently put the Bering Straight Tunnel
project on the table, and the Duma allocated 18 billion for infrastructure
development leading up to it. It is becoming increasingly evident to
many nations the imperial platform of the globally ruling private monetarism
(called the market system) has bankrupted the world with its intensifying
processes for looting. There is a gradual movement happening towards the proven
principles that were historically exemplified by the American System of Economy
as a platform for development and for the sovereign unity among nations.
has begun to organize itself around these types of fundamental policy options,
the options that are
essential for the land-bridge project. On Nov. 24, 2007, Lyndon
LaRouche was invited to the podium at a Chinese initiated conference
on the US-China Relationship and the Peaceful Reunification of China,"
sponsored by the Institute of Sino-Strategic Studies, in Los Angeles.
LaRouche also gave a press
conference in Los Angeles on the day prior to the Nov. 24 proceedings.
In this press conference he addressed the need to end the rule of empire
(the war of empire versus civilization that had ravaged Europe from 1492 to
1648). LaRouche said at
the press conference, "all of Europe was torn apart by religious warfare. A
great figure, Cardinal Mazarin of France, was able to bring about an
agreement among the people who had been killing each other, this was called
the 'Peace of Westphalia."' There was one great principle upon which
this treaty depended: Each party must work for the benefit of the other.
With the same effort, would we look for the complete unification of China.
We in the United States and China, who understand this problem, must follow
in the footsteps of the Treaty of Westphalia. This will bring peace across
the Pacific Ocean, and benefit for us both, all, for generations to come.
And those of us who are more conscious of these matters must take the
leadership in initiating that proposal toward peace and progress between
the conference itself LaRouche referred to his international webcast, broadcast
from Washington, D.C. on July 25th 2007, where he stated that the
present world monetary-financial system has entered the most deadly crisis
of recent centuries. He said, "At that time, I emphasized two things
about that forecast: that the end of the present world monetary-financial
system were inevitable, unless that system were replaced by a new world
system during a relatively brief, remaining time available." He said
further, "specifically, were the government of the U.S.A. to propose
cooperation on a suitable reform, to an initial sponsoring group made up of
the governments of the U.S.A., Russia, China, and India, it would be
possible to bring the present international crisis under control, and,
therefore, to rally a majority of the world's nations to join in measures
which would stabilize the world system, and provide the foundation for a
general economic recovery."
Any country with an imperial background would be vehemently
opposed to any movement towards global economic development as this runs
contrary to the looting interests of the New World Order of private monetarism
that exists exclusively for stealing profit from the weak and defenseless.
No empire would find a place in a highly developed renaissance world. That is why
a project on the scale of the Eurasian Land-Bridge won't get off the ground until
'the war of empire versus
civilization' is won on the side on civilization.
presently the greatest impeding factor that stands in the way of any meaningless
world-development and world peace, which the Eurasian Land-Bridge is intended
to be an integral part of. By implication this project, or the movement
towards it, thereby becomes the
world's most potent war-avoidance force that has ever been proposed. It
may indeed end the age of empires on this planet with a global modern echo of the 1648
Treaty of Westphalia that established high-level principles for peace. It
might be in this arena where we find the project's greatest benefit for mankind,
as nothing less is evidently sufficient to cause the empire-nations to
lay down their swords, guns, and nuclear weapons in exchange for a chance to
live a rich and secure existence on this planet in a New Renaissance World.