From Night to
- The Common Aims of all Mankind -
gives rise to universal tragedy
results from mankind's submission to tyranny of any kind
it is indifference that enables tyranny to rule
it is smallness that enthrones kings
it is blindness to itself
seal of the
Federal Reserve System
the USA gave its economic life-blood away into the private hands of empire
this was done with the Federal Reserve Act, Dec, 23, 1913
but it was preceded by two tragedies that
enabled the act.
first tragedy was staged in 1901
Address on President's Day" by U.S. President William
McKinley at the Pan-American
Exposition in Buffalo,
NY, on the day before his assassination.
McKinley stands hatless in the presidential gazebo, wearing a tuxedo, holding
speech notes in his left hand. - Library of Congress
McKinely's 1900 campaign poster
standing on a golden dollar
- the stability of a gold standard system -
support from soldiers, businessmen, farmers and professionals,
restore "prosperity at home and prestige abroad"
- the arch-enemy of empire -
one day later he was shot - assassinated by an agent of empire in the Pavilion of Music
Clipping of a wash
drawing by T. Dart Walker
began the saddest song in modern history
so dark that music is challenged to give a voice to it
Franz Schubert achieved this with his song cycle
Winterreise (a Winter Journey)
to it - listen, this is your song
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Winterreise Part 1
Winterreise Part 2
about the music
performance by Randall Scarlatta
is made available under a Creative
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
second tragedy began in 1912
RMS Titanic departing
from Southampton, for the first and only time, on April 10, 1912
Shortly before midnight on 14 April 1912, four days into the ship's maiden
voyage, Titanic struck an iceberg
and sank two hours and forty minutes later, early on April 15, 1912. The sinking
resulted in the deaths of 1,517 of the 2,223 people on board, making it one of
the deadliest peacetime
maritime disasters in history. The high casualty rate was due in part to the
fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the ship did not
carry enough lifeboats
for everyone aboard. The ship had a total lifeboat capacity of 1,178 people,
although her maximum capacity was 3,547. A disproportionate number of men died
due to the women
and children first protocol that was followed. But this wasn't the tragedy. It
lies in what followed.
With the Titanic,
died three of the wealthiest patriots of America who could have prevented
the Federal Reserve Act. One was John Astor the hotel developer and captain of many industries. The second was the famous Guggenheim, one of the greatest American industrialists. The third was Strauss, the owner of Macy's department stores. These were
patriotic Americans. They could probably sense what the empire was up to. They could
probably smell it. Most likely they made no bones about, it that they wanted to keep the empire out of the American financial system. They knew that the survival of the nation was at stake when it lost control of its currency, whereby their own future was at risk. If these three men had lived, they would have fought like hell to prevent America's
greatest tragedy, its sell-out of the nation's economic life-blood to the private Federal Reserve
- the imperial gangsters, as some might have called them. Obviously the
masters of empire knew this.
Some people point to the timing and suggest that the Titanic was sunk
for this very purpose, to achieve what otherwise might not have been
People ask, how else could the masters of empire kill three of the biggest names in the American capitalist world, who were known to be opposed to their plan, and do
this without raising many eyebrows? They would have to do it in such a way that nobody would ever believe it was done on
purpose? Evidently that is why things happened they way they did. Indeed, who in the public would even dream that
the masters empire, the masters of finance, would plan the sinking of a brand new
capital ship, and an unsinkable ship at that, just to kill three of its passengers?
This kind of plan adds up to the ultimate in plausible
And it might not have been as hard to
carry out as it may seem. It probably wasn't a huge feat to 'invite' the three targeted men separately onto the maiden voyage of the greatest ocean liner ever built, which the Titanic was at the time. And it probably wasn't hard either to ram the ship into an iceberg
at full speed in the middle of a moonless night were it would sink, and to arrange things so that the
targeted victims wouldn't get into the lifeboats, some of which were said to have been
'half empty.' Somebody obviously made sure that every one of those targeted three, for whom the operation was staged in the first place, would sink with the ship.
Who was the captain then? The captain, a seasoned a mariner, was no fool, but he was also a Jesuit, a soldier of God.
Evidently, he knew what he was doing when he drove the fastest ship afloat at full speed in a moonless night into an ice-infested stretch of sea. Only a fool would do this or a soldier on a mission; and
the captain wasn't a fool. He had hands-on experience at the helm for close to four decades by them. He knew the dangers icebergs pose and where they can be expected. Except this time he didn't fear the danger, he went for it. The captain was known as a deeply religious Jesuit, a warrior serving in the war of his God against the 'Protestant abomination,' as he might have been told. The Titanic had been built in a Protestant city, by Protestant workers. The captain was likely ordered to carry out a mission that had been commanded by God himself. It is known that he received his priest's personal blessing on the eve before the departure. The Jesuits would have been compliant with the planed project in order to oblige the
financial masters of empire who were holding the key to the wealth of the
church. The captain might have seen a task that was orchestrated for him from the highest
level. That is why it went off with flawless precision.
J. Smith, master of the Titanic
It appears that
the game was hidden so well that a hint had to be inserted to unmistakably demonstrate the ultimate intention. And so, in case anybody didn't get the point that defying the
masters of empire is futile, the sinking of the Titanic was staged to happen on the anniversary day of the assassination of President
Lincoln, almost down to the hour. The
Titanic and President Lincoln were both mortally wounded shortly before
midnight on April 14, and both died on the next morning.
The assassination of Abraham Lincoln, one of the last major events in
Civil War, took place on Good
Friday, April 14, 1865, when President
Abraham Lincoln was shot while attending a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater with his wife and two guests.
& Ives, 1865
Since the sinking of the Titanic was a project of intention, this most vital part of the operation was obviously not left to chance. Somebody made sure that the mice would go down with the
ship (the rats never do).
The timing was evidently not a coincidence then. It sent a terrifying message to every would be patriot who ever thought of defying the
empire - a reminder that Abraham Lincoln had foolishly been a defiant man, who had been dealt with by the Empire
of his day, in due curse, for his defiance. After all, Lincoln was the one man in America who had moved heaven and earth to deny the British Empire its price that the American Civil War had
been intended for. Lincoln had denied the Empire its quest for getting its colonies back. The Federal Reserve Act was designed to achieve the same goal belatedly, and without
war, which the empire couldn't win.
The Act was subsequently passed a year and a half after the Titanic was sunk.
It was passed on December 23rd, 1913. It probably was hastily rammed
through, so that the congressmen wouldn't be delayed any longer, and
prevented from getting home for Christmas. These sort of pressure tactics
have become not uncommon in modern times, and the President, Woodrow
Wilson, was evidently in full support of the empire's bill that had
originally been concocted in private meetings, in one of them mansions
owned by the agents of empire. This process is still happening too.
Likewise, the method of plausible deniability is still being applied, to
carry out operations involving such gross inhumanities that no one would
ever believe the intention standing behind them, like the 9/11 attack.
Those who suspect that the timing of the sinking of the Titanic tells a
significant story, are probably more aware of the mode of operations of
the masters of empire than most people are. And that is why the games run against the common aims of mankind, for the welfare of an imperial
financial oligarchy, are still being run, and as vigorously as ever, while
the traitors are being hailed and the sacrificial assists are wildly
over-insured so that profits are made from the games at many levels.
When McKinley was murdered the gates began
to open to the agents of empire. The Republican boss Thomas Collier Platt
Theodore Roosevelt, a loyal empire man, onto McKinley as a running mate in the 1900 election, against the wishes of McKinley's manager, Senator Mark Hanna.
Theodore Roosevelt served as Vice-President from March to September 6,
1901, before McKinley was killed and Theodore became the President
himself. If these
timings tell us a significant story, then the enacting of the Federal
Reserve system into law, as a system of private banks ruling the welfare of the nation,
then this enactment comes
with a trail of at least four major assassinations and the collateral
death of 1514 more people.
Of course the operation was profitable for the
masters of empire. As soon as the ink was dry, the Federal Reserve
Act was followed the Income Tax Act was as a means to be able to pay for the Federal Reserve's profits.
And as one might expect, it was also Woodrow Wilson who signed the act
into law, was also the man who brought the USA into
World War I on the basis of lies and deceptions. Of course this was done in order to prevent the defeat of the
seat of empire.
World War I was started in the very next year after the Federal Reserve
Act was enacted. A decade and a half down the road, the USA lay bankrupted on its knees, entering the worst depression in its
history. Today, the Federal Reserve still operates, and the depression is now
deeper than ever. Two world wars came and went, and a cold war came that
still lingers on. And sol the old song remains to be tune of the day. The
song was interrupted only once, during the years of the Franklin Roosevelt
The man of the "Four Freedoms," the "New Deal,"
the TVA, the Glass Seagal Act, the Hill Burtain health care,
the CCC, social security, and on and on the list goes.
rising of a new dawn for all mankind
is YOUR challenge
Yes, America had a brief holiday from its long winter journey.
The interlude came during the days of
Franklin Delanaor Roosevelt. Does anyone still remember his face and his
policies? Few do, for as soon as he was dead the Winterreise continued. His face was
forgotten, his policies trashed, the ice world resumed. America allowed
everything to be trashed it had built during its holiday in the sun, save
none, and more, and no one is not affected by it. Therefore the challenge
for America and the world to get its prosperity back that was stolen from
it in so many ways, is not so much a challenge for governments to solve,
but is an individual challenge beginning at the deepest from which good
government will ultimately rise. But at this deepest level society has
proved itself to be impotent, a 'small' people, getting smaller by the
day. Sure, the political is exploding with ever greater rage of the
widening hell that governments are creating in the service of empire of
every sort. But rage is not constructive. It never heals. It never builds.
It is the poet here who alone tends to ask the critical question,
demanding the individual to answer to himself: Are you a human being? How
does a human being respond? What is a constructive response? What sets the
giants apart from those who a 'small'?
Ironically, the key to the sad tale of America's Winterreise -- the greatest tragedy that
has ever befallen the American nation -- lies in the cause that Shakespeare had
already recognized in 1599 as the chief failure in society in the shadow
of the movements of empire, which he has amply illustrated in Hamlet as
being totally insane. The key to society's prosperity lies in society
itself. Hamlet is the tale of a society that finds itself so 'small' that it
stands aside and allows itself to be ruled by traitors, fools, and idiots,
whom it even admires, rather than be standing tall and directing its own
destiny. This is what Edward Gordon Craig's stage design of 1913 for
Hamlet play, as shown above, illustrates. The stage scene shows society a little people,
groveling. Consequently its fate adds up to a sad song that if it is not altered,
tails out into silence without a voice, when even the memory of the beloved,
its civilization, fades
and becomes forgotten.
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The Winterreise describes an artists journey in the face a
deep betrayal that tears at his very soul. It is an ancient theme of love
betrayed. In the house of the poet's lodging, a glowing love began to
unfold - the mother even spoke of marriage - but his love for the beloved
was betrayed. The daughter's affection was stolen from him. He leaves the
house and finds a cold and hash world. He came as a 'beggar' and leaves
poorer, responding to the begging of despair, finding solace in dreaming,
kinship with the crows, and hope in the gave.
In this song cycle the poet
describes the tragedy of modern civilization. What we call civilization
has become a cycle of society stealing from one another instead of
building a world for one another. The poet's protaginist dies inwardly in his despair.
He drowns in tears, because he cannot find the strength to rise above it
and draw the world up behind him. He represents much of mankind that way,
which finds itself pitiful and powerless to change the world that is
crumbling into dust around it.
The Hamlet illustration created for a Russian
theatre (first picture on this page) depict society a
'small' even 'tiny' people, towered over by a king that becomes grander
in proportion to society's accepted smallness. Franz Schubert's song
cycle, the Winterreise is those people's song. It is not the song of empire
towering above. It is the song of a tragic submission of what is billed
"fate." It reflects what is deemed to be the way the world is.
The humble acceptance of its fate is the song of America, Europe, Russia, and of many other places. Fate is
the mind-killer. Listen to the 'beauty' of its sadness, and the harshness
of its trials. Hasn't everyone
got this song already in the heart?
Go and listen, this is your song indeed.
But are you content
with the Winterreise being your
song, as it has been that for multitudes for more than a century already? America has had a
brief glowing love affair with its most cherished humanity and prosperity. It became the city on a hill.
But its love was stolen, and the theft was covered up.
whether they be by assassination, or by looting, or by whatever, are
always covered up, because the result is too incriminating when it is faced
head on, truthfully. Shame is always covered up, and often with great arrogance.
Thus, the thievery becomes whitewashed into a virtue, and the virtuous millionaires
and multimillionaires become the lawmakers in Congress and the Senate, or
at least most of them, and the 'worst' of them are honored by society as
Now America has reached a low so deep in its self-degradation that it is said,
and believed, that no hint of a general
welfare actually exists in the Constitution - that the entire subject is but self-delusion;
that in the real world might is right, to the point that there is
not even any basic human right to life, liberty, home and happiness
existing that is real.
"I will sing bitter
songs for you" - Franz Schubert
When those in society who can still remember the beloved golden days,
a family of four could live well on a single salary, will suggest today that
the USA should get back to those day - provided that they dare to speak those
words - will find themselves being slandered and named crackpots. Of
those, far too few stand up and raise their head with a determination to
change what is billed their destiny. Most simply bow their heads deeper
and complain about the coldness that has come over their life and try to
come with this coldness as if it was inevitable to happen, as they are
In comparison with
those, who have embraced today's consensus standpoints, the Winterreise
actually speaks of a greater hope than they themselves have, even while it speaks of tragedy.
appears that for as along empire remains at the center of society's
tragedy everywhere, just as it has been the case for millennia, the
masters of empire have nothing to fear today, because like the poet of the
Winterrise - who sees no solution at the end - society has proved for
millennia that it sees no solution either.
However this scene is changing. What the poet didn't see in his days is now an option. There is an option on the table as an
alternative to society's timeless old sad song. The Winterriese is a cycle
of 24 tragedies, which unfold as 24 invitations to an individual to become
a human being in the highest sense, standing tall, rather than small.
human dynamics is one of progression not subjection to decay. It is a
dynamics that is activated by the question of whether mankind will take
steps to break the old cycles of 'habits' and resort to its power to
direct its destiny. History has become a sad convention.
society break with its sad convention and resume its building towards its inevitable
destiny, the destiny of a renaissance that reflects the ever-developing
dimension of the human genius?
me repeat the invitation the listen to the Winterreise
its poetry presents 24 tragedies, and with it 24 invitations to step to
Winterreise Part 1
Winterreise Part 2
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and text of the poem
about the music
by Randall Scarlatta
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The notion, that things simply are the way they are, is a trap.
The journey out of
the current winter is possible.
Accepting fate is a trap. For almost a hundred years society has
complained about the tragedy of the Federal Reserve System having been
foisted on it, by which it became economically strangled. But nothing has
been done about it, decisively, for almost a hundred years. This is like
saying that empire has ruled for millennia and will continue to rule for
millennia more. This is accepted as fate, but the notion of fate is a trap.
The Winterreise is challenging society to
deal with the notion of fate as a trap, to deal with it at its innermost level, and to
develop the 'technology' for snapping out of of this accepted fatality. And
beyond the poet of the Winterreise, another great poet
warns that this subject is not a game without consequences, a subject that one could
choose to avoid for convenience, but is a most serious subject with deadly consequences
of the type that society is already beginning
An example of how deadly
unhealed deceptions can be is found in
the German poem by J. W. Goethe, The Erlkönig (The Erl King), set to music by Franz
Schubert. The Erlking is a poem about a mythological self-deception
of the type we now face in the political world.
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about the poem and music
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'mythological' self-deception is one of the roots of the modern tragedy
right across the board, in the scientific, political,
and economic arenas. Empire holds itself up by deception, which is so cleverly imposed through
the back door that the 'mythological' seems real to society, evoking tragic responses
in the real world, even deceptions in the sciences.
nuclear fusion-power deception
economic and political deception
common aims of all mankind are not fulfilled by society closing its mind
as the masters of empire would inspire it to do. Instead they are
fulfilled by reaching for the stars as President Kennedy had inspired the
whole of mankind to do by providing an example of the freedom and power
that can be won with this approach. Just look at the contrast between the
two approaches, the imperial trap, and the scientific commitment to
opening the trap to boundless freedom.
It takes a great deal of care and scientific honesty to
cut through the fog of deceptions and evoke real human responses. Johan Sebastian Bach
faced this task for the rebuilding of society in the psychological
aftershock of the Thirty Years War. He faced it with the art of musical composition, to inspire a new sense
of humanity with music. An example of this type of music is his rendering anew,
with a higher sense of perception, an old hymn: Jesu Meine Freude. This
advanced humanist rendering by Bach is
sung again by the LaRouche Youth Chorus. (December
16, 2007 Boston, Massachusetts) A concert recording of it is presented
here, available on the LaRouche archives.
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the music it -- or right-click to download
about the poem and music
Youth Movement chorus,
this music Johan Sebastian Bach raised the platform, in an effort to break the deadlock
of pessimistic self-strangulation. Evidently he had great success, as his
advanced principles of composition created a music that is still a
treasured element of classical composition, and will likely always remain
Bach grew up in the years following the
Thirty Years War, during which almost all of Europe had been at each other's throat,
with an effect that the image of the human being and mankind's place on
Earth had sunk to extremely low levels, just like we have it today when few people
see much hope on the horizon as their life is being stolen and civilization
is being trashed.
To get out of this trap is an individual task of reawakening to
the beautiful and profound that is universally real and enduring. This
is what Bach had set in motion. His pioneering effort started a fire. It
changed the face of music. This fire was picked up by Haydn, Mozart,
Beethoven, who turned it into a profound firestorm, and later by Brahms
and others in due course, creating a renaissance revolution in music.
is possible in every sphere, in science, economics, and in politics. And
the movement appears to have begun, with the LaRouche
Political Action Committee standing at the forefront.
is Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) perfect "Storm," an
example (of many) of the work performed by the
great pianist Serg van Gennip - (his
op. 31 no. 2 in D - Tempest
sonata illustrates the dynamics of a quiet storm that gradually gathers momentum.
That's how the real revolutions happen, quietly and with inner power.
Classical music still plays a role in this process, as do all profound intellectual
Freedoms and Responsibilities
four parts of this presentation are focused on:
Part 1 - The Common Aims of
- Dynamics of Revolution and Betrayal
- Celebrating the Inevitable Destiny of Empire
- A Dawn for Mankind is Unfolding - the New Song
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