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Economic miracles have occurred throughout history. They typically begin when the natural principle of economics becomes recognized, understood and applied. A notable example was the recovery of Europe from the Black Death economic collapse, by which the Golden Renaissance was created in a relatively short period.
It became an epoch of science, technology, beauty, art, music, well-being, and peace, perhaps the greatest of this type of all times.
The USA, too, had a few periods in its history for which the term Economic Miracle might apply.
The USA, for example, came out of the Second World War as the most powerful economic force on the planet. It stood in the world as an economic giant with a society of great prosperity. It was universally admired around the world. And it stood financially secure with the strongest currency in the world. The prosperity was so great in America that a single worker's income was enough to raise a family, buy a house, go on vacation, and pay for the higher education for the children.
America was founded on the Forward Oriented Economic Platform that results in Economic Miracles by design, which renders a nation free to have a future.
In modern usage however, the term Economic Miracle is often reserved to describe the rapid economic recovery of Germany and of Japan out of the ashes of the Second World War. Germany had created the most powerful economic engine in Europe. Japan had done the same in Asia. Both did so by doing something right,
In America, it took 70 years for the giant that America had been at the end of World War II, that had been instrumental in defeating the Nazi machine, to loose itself economically when it began to loose its soul and embraced Backwards Oriented Platforms that are wealth-destroying, instead of wealth creating. America lost its soul when it began to sing the Empire Song, imported from the hart of London. The song brought it to its knees. It destroyed it from within. It caused it to essentially die.
** Spreading the London Song
The London Song of backwards economics was eventually also impos d on Germany and on Japan, who allowed themselves to fall into the same trap. Eventually, all of western Europe was drawn into it likewise.
Only a grouping of very large nations is presently resisting the London Song. Together, they stand free of it with a shared commitment to natural economics, which is the Forward Oriented Platform for Wealth Creating economics that is the only platform of economics that really exists..
On this platform the cooperating BRICS nations - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, with others nations joining in, such as Argentina, stand devoted to their common, cooperative, lateral universal development. The BRICS system stands on the Forward Oriented Platform that has a long path of development throughout history, which now stands poised to break the cycles of poverty, war, slavery, and destruction, as a profound first step that enables humanity to have a future.
Most areas of the world are presently, economically and culturally, dying. They are dying as the result of their accepted slavery to the London Song, the master-song of Backwards Oriented Platforms that that are counter-economic by design.
The economically dying nation, ironically include some of the very nations that once had put the concept of the Economic Miracle onto the map. But is their dying really the result of their singing the London Song?
The answer, obviously is, YES. Just ask yourself, how else would it have been possible that the great economic miracles that have flourished in the world, became overturned into widespread tragedy?
The other path, a complementary path, can be seen as an appendix that is focused on the down-to-earth equivalents, of the theoretical.
Let's begin with the theoretical explorations of the fundamental principles involved, which are so powerful in effects that 'miracles' result when the principles are applied.
** Forward Oriented Economics
An Economic process exist for no other purpose than to meet the human need to the greatest degree possible, and in the most effective manner possible. This is an obligation that society owes to one another. The fulfilling of this obligation makes civilized living possible. To the degree to which this obligation is not fulfilled, society owes the unfulfilled portion as a debt of promise to one another. Society becomes indebted thereby to fulfill the unmet need. With the fulfillment of the obligation the debt that society owes to itself, becomes extinguished.
That's a revolutionary concept, isn't it?
Towards fulfilling the unmet need, society finds itself obliged to create for itself the means required for fulfilling the obligation, such as in the form of building powerful industries, quality housing, efficient transportation and energy systems, and universally available food, education, and health care systems.
Of course, the means for the productive processes typically include financial credit of some sort. The credit primes the pump.
The financial credit is typically uttered in the form of money. The credit is accepted by the workers and by society as a whole, who acknowledge that the value of the work performed, or products produced, attributes value to the money itself. Value is not in the money, but in what is produced. This becomes the value of a currency. It represents the creative process that creates wealth for society.
The wealth of the human society is never rooted in its money, but is expressed in enriched processes and implements for living. That's the wealth, which money represents as a symbol of it. It becomes an instrument of trust. Money has no inherent substance in itself. Its substance lies in what it represents. Future currencies may not exist in the form of money, but may take on different forms that reflect the same underlying principle.
* Forward Economics is Wealth Creating. Development credits must never be repaid. The process of it eliminates poverty and charity.
The economic process should never begin with the question, "what will it cost to enrich our existence as a society of human beings." It should begin with the question "what can we create to make our life richer?" The answer should then be, let's do it. And it should lead to the next question, "what else can we create to make our life richer?" This means that the more we dare to create, and the larger the projects become that we carry out, the richer our civilization becomes.
*The creative nature of Forward Economics, renders economics a lateral process that is cooperatively uplifting the world for the universal good.
That's the nature of forward economics. There is no looking back. The credit becomes wealth when the job is done. The debt that society owe to one-another is extinguished when the job is done. Credit is not debt, but the means for extinguishing a form of debt in a creative process.
The wealth-creating credit is a gift of society to itself, that must never be repaid. To do so would turn the process backwards.
When the job is done, when the obligation is fulfilled and civilization is uplifted to a richer and more-efficient form of living, the debt that society had recognized it owed to one another has been extinguished. The objective has been met. At this point, the currency uttered for the common good, has been transformed into an instrument that reflects the value created.
The currency uttered as credit was a promise that had no value in itself that must be repaid. A development credit can never be a debt. It is merely a commitment made by society for extinguishing the debt to meet a need, which society recognized it owes to one-another to create a richer form of civilization.
* Development Credit is NOT debt.
If the credit for uplifting the universal welfare of society had been uttered as a financial debt, the demanded repayment of it would become counterproductive to the intention. It would negate the wealth-creating dynamics. It would be backward oriented. It would be robbery.
Naturally, this means that the uttering of credits may only be directed to creative projects that increase the value of society in its living. This is the nature of forward-oriented economics. Credit drives the creative process forward.
Uttering credit is not a process of lending. Lending applies only between individuals for a narrow range of special purposes.
Forward Oriented Economics is a wealth creating platform.
On this natural platform of economics, the more a society builds and creates for itself, the richer its living becomes, and the greater the value of its money becomes that gains its value from the value created by society for itself to meet its human needs and aspirations.
This means that the credit that primes the pump must be forward-focused by intention, with the expectation of value being created. On this forward-oriented platform the very notion of the existence of national financial debt becomes unthinkable. When credit is accepted or imposed as financial debt, the economic process is reversed. Economic destruction begins. Economics then becomes backward oriented.
**Backward Oriented Economics
The term Backward Oriented Economics is functionally a contradiction, because economics, fundamentally, is a forward oriented process.
The very concept of uttering a financial debt for creating a civilization, demolishes the credit principle on which the welfare of civilization depends. It diminishes the wealth of society in physical living and production by drawing its substance away from it. While money has no intrinsic value in itself, but represents physical value, the process of draining money out of the hands of society into empty estates of portfolios, render's society's created physical value increasingly inaccessible for it. It rolls back the effect of the creative and productive process, which thereby becomes itself further diminished.
The value that is drained away, thereby becomes intrinsically worthless as it stands as a claim against diminishing physical production and value. At the moment when wealth becomes disassociated by this process, from the value system of the General Welfare Principle, it looses its connection with the real world and takes on the form of an empty shell. For this reason, financial portfolios are inherently empty inside as they are destructive to what they represent. That's backwards economics, isn't it, if one can still call it that. This Backward-Oriented Platform is the platform created by Adam Smith, who idealized it as a panacea, while in real terms it is a wrecking ball.
The Backwards-Oriented Platform is counter-economic by its very design. It is backward oriented, because nothing is progressive; everything is collapsing. For this reason all systems of empire, regardless of their name, type, or nature, have collapsed throughout history. The collapse is built into their design by their denial of the real principle of economics, which is inherently forward oriented.
On Backwards-Oriented Platforms the very concept of credit being uttered as a gift, is totally unthinkable, because to do so would eliminate the existence of financial estates that power the thievery by which the system is maintained in operation, often with the force of war, before it disintegrates. The emptiness of the dreams laid up in financial estates is illustrated by the ever-widening gap between the assumed value of financial estates and real value that reflects society's collapsing physical production, creation. and wealth in living. This huge gap that is inherent in the system of empire, renders the Backwards-Oriented Platform a collapse function platform. It collapses civilization. It collapses production. It even collapses science. And in the course, it collapses populations with the ensuing starvation as the economic system disintegrates. This is the London Song.
It may well be that the reason for which the London Song includes verses that glorify the depopulation of the Earth from the present 7 billion to less than 1 billion people, is simply an acknowledgement by the masters of the empire system that the collapse of the world-population to less than 1 billion people is the inevitable outcome of the collapse dynamics of the backward oriented system that every empire system is. History is full of examples. During the period of the Roman Empire, for example, the size of the population of Greece had collapsed to 16% of its former size. Civilization was merely destroyed by Rome. Rome was so empty when it fell, that the victor over it didn't even bother to declare himself Caesar.
The entire western economic system is presently locked into this collapse-function trap idealized by the London Song where every verse ends with the refrain, "Let the people die," that reflects the nature of the system. The game ends when both curves will meet at the deep, deep, low of absolute zero. At this point, the nations that are locked into this 'song' will disintegrate. The Euro system is getting close to this point. The American system may be closer. That the American system is closer is indicated by its escalating insanity that has put thermonuclear war on the front burner, with almost no one standing up to block the insanity.
Indeed, how could anyone hope to block nuclear war from occurring, without first scrapping the backwards-death system with real economics, with the platform of Forward Economics, beginning with oneself, in the mind.
The force of terrorism is presently being deployed on an ever-wider front to discourage every attempt in society to scrap the backwards oriented system of grand thievery. The London Song incorporates terrorism as possibly its final stand. The London Center is the organizational center of world terrorism, run by a network of associated governments, agents, and enforcers.
** The London Song
The London Song is the song orchestrated by the masters of 'The City of Thieves' at the center of the city of London in England.
** The system of Empire
This city of thieves is simply called, 'The City' to obscure its real nature.
The 'City' has established itself as the central hub around which congregate all financial thieves of the world as if it was the Mecca of Adam Smith.
The 'City' claims itself to be a sovereign entity subject to no one, to no law, to no nation, and to no government but its own. It occupies a square mile of land within the City of London in England, and by claiming to be a sovereign entity itself, it is in effect a foreign country within the city.
* 'The City' of Empire
The claim of sovereignty has a long root in history, and not without an impelling reason, because this single square mile that is a sovereign 'country' in itself, is home to the historically 'foulest' money grabbing orgy in the world, if one can call it that, and of all times. All the filth, the thievery, the colossal financial fraud that became spread around the world from this hub under the mantle of its empire-globalism, and of late its extreme environmental terrorism, is centered there in the 'City' that is a country that stands as a model by which the thieves are protected.
In modern time, the historically modeled forces in 'The City' have been the driving forces that demanded the great banking-bailout swindle that began in the fall of 2008 in the USA. The swindle was designed to keep the crumbling financial empire of 'The City' alive that had been wrecking the very world that it is feeding on, which thereby had been wrecking itself.
* Backwards Economics is a mistake, nothing more: In religion, a mistake is called Sin. In science, a mistake is called Misperception. In politics, the equivalent is called Empire
America had been chosen by the masters of 'The City' to carry the ball in 2008, for the simple reason that America had still 'too much' life left in it, which qualified it to to be the hand that rescued the London World. Most of the bailout floods of American money went to outside the country to prop up the London World in the futile attempt to save itself, as a dead horse, by dousing it with fresh blood, with the blood of America. The bailout swindle continues along this line to the present day. The tragedy of Greece is a living example of it, which may not be alive much longer.
The 'City'-song is, that money is the power of empire. With its financial scene, however, becoming increasingly hollow, there remains nothing really still standing except a shiny fake facade that is concealing the desperate emptiness inside it..
The Song of the City now includes evermore verses of fear and frustration. With these verses the London Song becomes increasingly a Malthusian song, sung by the network of the factions of empire. When the financial-power song becomes too untenable to be conceivable, the old Malthusian song becomes reved up almost automatically, to become dominant with genocide, wars, and chaos, that together ravish the world in order to prevent mankind from singing its own song again, its renaissance song.
The modern London Song is the original song of the system of empire. It is the song of lies that glorifies backward-oriented economics and its emptiness that can no longer be hidden, with it being self-defeating and self-collapsing.
** A Revealing Comparison
The distinction between forward-oriented economics, and backward-oriented economics, is sharp in contrast and is as dramatic as night is from day.
The difference simple. It is not difficult to understand. The forward process is wealth creating. It is the Human Song of society's lateral relationship with one another.
The backwards process is a vertical process of top-down wealth destroying robbery. That's the London Song, the fascist song, the beastly song that ends with the ever-recycling refrain, "Let the people die!"
In real terms the wealth destruction in backwards-oriented economics is actually vastly greater than one dares to imagine, because the greatest asset that a society has, is itself. Because, when this is destroyed, what have we got left?
A society's greatest asset is its creative and productive capacity as human beings, expressed in scientific and technological progress. If this asset that humanity has in itself, is being blocked from within, as is presently the case on a wide front, then, far more is lost than merely physical wealth, because the dynamics itself, then, becomes shattered on which civilization, its rebuilding, and its future rests.
Inversely, in the forward-oriented economic process, great care is incorporated into the process to develop the asset that humanity itself is, by developing it, and by developing its power, such as with quality housing, education, health care, efficient transportation, nourishing food, uplifting culture, music, songs, literature, science, art, and so on.
Forward-oriented economics is a lateral process of economics that uplifts the entire world scene as a matter of principle. Backwards-oriented economics, in contrast, is a vertical process of top-down forced degradation of the human scene. The entire Euro Zone has been forced, by contract, into a death spiral towards its total collapse under the backwards economic process of grand thievery and devastation that the Euro Zone became bound to.
** Our Hope for Times to Come
The forward-oriented economic platform offers the only hope that humanity has for its survival on this planet in the coming Ice Age World in 30 years. No other platform can make it possible for humanity to meet its obligation to build the needed infrastructures for the relocation of the nations of Europe, Canada, Russia, and parts of Asia, India, and the USA, into the tropics before the Next Ice Age begins in the 2050s that renders their territory uninhabitable, or at the very least, useless for agriculture.
Monumental evidence exists that the Next Ice Age will likely be upon us in the 2050s, and that it will begin rapidly with a largely inactive Sun whereby the habitable zone on Earth becomes dramatically shrunk to a narrow band centered on the equator
The building of the infrastructures for the continued living of the current world population of seven billion people, would include the building of 6000 new cities for a million people each, and the placing of agriculture afloat across the tropical seas, together with floating cities and supporting industries and transportation networks. And all this will need to be completed in 30 years.
Wile it is totally possible to build the needed gigantic infrastructures in the 30 years we have still remaining till the Next Ice Age begins, the question needs to be asked, will we do it?
Totally contrary to general perception that is taught in the schools, the Next Ice Age will begin sharply, and radically, with the Sun going inactive for most of the glacial season. Contrary to general perception, it is not physically possible for the beginning of the Next Ice Age to occur slowly over decades, centuries, or millennia as is widely believed. Monumental evidence exists that the transition will be swift and extremely dramatic in its effects.
But what of it? With forward-oriented economics we have it in our hands to prepare our world in advance with new infrastructures that will meet the scientifically anticipated future need.
Only when we remain stuck in the trap of backwards-oriented economics, will we remain blind to the clearly unfolding reality, because, without forward economics accepted in the mind as a demonstrated reality, we won't have the basis established to consider building the needed vast new infrastructures for living in an Ice Age World, such as building thousands of floating cities among millions of square miles of floating agriculture, which we all need in 30 years to be able to continue to live on the earth under a dimmer Sun.
Society can't consider the task under present conditions, because, frankly put, the task to prepare our world is unimaginable on the backwards-oriented platform of empire economics that is the current platform, so that society simply won't see the largest transformation of our planet in all recorded history, that has already begun.
This means that nothing will be considered to enable our future existence, without society coming home to its already long-established forward-oriented economic platform that is the only tested platform that enables the needed infrastructures to be built, and enables with it a vastly richer new world to be built along side of it.
Of course this means that the forward-oriented economic platform must be protected against the wrecking ball of the London Songs by shutting its entire system down, as its branch office, Wall Street, had once been shut down in America with the Glass Steagall legislation, that still remains standing in the background to be re-applied and to be implemented worldwide.
This also means that the inevitable death of humanity, either by nuclear war, which is a certainty on the present track, or by the inevitable loss of civilization during the next glaciation cycle when society trundles into it without the preparations for it, has a common root as consequences of backwards oriented economics that can be easily reversed.
If the forward-oriented economic platform is not set up and is protected against the wrecking ball of the London Songs, the near extinction of humanity becomes very much assured.
But why should we fail? Should we fail, because we have failed in the past?.
What about the great miracles that we had once achieved in the past? We have achieved wonders on this front against incredible odds.
** Historic Examples
One could name many examples when forward-oriented economics have created Economic Miracles out of a desperate scene where little hope was on the horizon.
The German economic miracle, for example was created on the forward oriented economic platform. The destruction of the war left hunger in the wake, and a lack of basic necessities, such as heating fuels.
At the end of World War II, the 1947 American Marshall Plan for the recovery of Europe had provided a 13 billion dollar aid package for Europe over four years. Germany was allocated 11% of it. The given minuscule amount in dollars was never actually expended. It was merely kept in reserve as a psychological backing for Germany creating its own credit system with which the nation was rebuilt. The success became known as an Economic Miracle.
However, the German Economic Miracle was overturned again with the London Song. The overturning began sharply in 1989 when the Berlin dividing wall fell that had contained the Communist sector and its own songs of folly. The price that was demanded from London as a condition for reunification, and was imposed on Germany, was Germany's submission to the London Song that became the Euro Song, which became the song of an economic prison where no one is free.
Less than three weeks after the Berlin Wall came down, the German banker and Chairman of Deutsche Bank, Alfred Herrhausen, was assassinated. He had served as a member of the bank's board of directors from the bank's inception on, in 1971, to promote world trade with Germany's industrial products on a track towards world development. The potentially explosive world development objective was not allowed under the London Song.
The London-World's response to shut the process down was organized immediately, the same year, 1971, when the German world trade bank had been established. In the very same year a terrorist cell was set up in Germany that promptly carried out the assassination of Herrhousen three weeks after the wall had been torn down. The envisioned economic development plans were scrapped.
With the man eliminated, and with Germany capitulated to London, the backwards-oriented London Song was imposed onto Germany without recourse, that was committed to destroy its future. As a consequence, the German economic miracle has been gradually demolished, as required by the London Song.
Another example is the USA itself.
During the years of the Franklin Roosevelt Administration the economic death of the Great Depression had been overturned on the platform of forward-oriented economics, and turned into an American Economic Miracle that made the USA the strongest economic engine in the world. For this transformation of America, the credit principle was applied through the Reconstruction Finance Corporation that already existed, which simply became utilized for the credit-principle purpose.
In conjunction with the Federal Credit financing, the Franklin Roosevelt administration also pioneered the Glass Steagall bank control legislation in 1933, that outlawed to a large degree the deadly process of backwards-oriented economics that is inherently a process of thievery. He literally did shut the London Song down in America with the Glass Steagall legislation, which took an onslaught of 66 years and over 200 million dollars in bribery to get the protection of America against the London Song repealed, which happened in 1999.
When Roosevelt died, the credit principle was gradually overturned. The forward-oriented credit platform was let go. Backwards oriented platforms became implemented again, step by step by step, till in 1999 the last legal barrier against backwards economics, was repealed.
From this day on, in 1999, the London Song's backwards economics became king again in America. The age of the terror orgies began a year later, in 2001.
Terror build on lies became the basis for the New World Order.
Seven years after the terror started, the great bailout swindle-circus began that was itself driven by the terror of lies, centered on the too-big-to-fail doctrine.
The swindle began in America in which the thievery banking system - which was still called an economic system then - heaped 50 trillion dollars in debt burdens onto the American society, against the background of the destruction of large segments of the nation's industries. The song was, the age of prosperity is over, let the people die.
The Glass Steagall law in the USA, that had enabled America's economic miracle, was overturned with the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act, that became enacted on November 12, 1999, just a few days after President Bush had been elected, who promptly presided over the economic destruction of America and over the grand terror and horrible wars that immediately followed. Both the terror and the wars are still continued by the follow-up President who received his London Songbook at his inaugural G20 coronation. He cherished the London Songs and their refrain, "Let the people die." Now, after 15 years of the two London-Song master-singers having occupied the White House, the USA lies in shambles. Many of its industries are destroyed. The nation is loaded with unpayable debt, while the name America is hated in the world, and nuclear war now hovers near on the horizon, nearer than ever before.
** Where do we go from here?
We can go back to reality and sing the Lateral Song again. Forward-oriented economics is an expression of the lateral platform of humanity standing side by side in fulfilling the common aims of mankind for life, liberty, happiness, prosperity, and progressive development.
The London Songbook of vertical songs that end in the refrain "let the people die," can be ripped up. The entire London agenda of backwards economics can be ripped up. After all, a song is just a song. Ripping up the London Song had once been a tradition for America, with which it gave itself the right to exist. This tradition can be easily extended to all nations in the world, extending to all the right to live, to happiness, liberty, and economic development with all the liberties that universal humanity includes. The London Song terror songs that don't fit into the human landscape can be scrapped.
A new platform for singing can be written - a science-based Platform of Lateral Songs that express the beauty of our humanity, the power of the human genius, and the liberty of the human soul.
The universe itself is a lateral song with all aspects of it existing side by side in one majestic interplay.
It shouldn't be hard to replace the old inhuman songs that should never have been sung, with the songbook of Lateral Songs for which a songbook isn't really needed as the Lateral Songs are native in the heart.
This is how the greatest economic and strategic crisis in the history of the world, which is now upon us, can be solved and turned into an era of joy.
** The need for an Appendix
In the appendix portion of this video the theoretical aspects that have been discussed, are given more tangible expressions in dialogs and stories from my novel, Endless Horizon.
** Appendix 1 - The Thing .
I had a dream. It is rare that I dream so intensively that I awake with tears, and more so that I remember the details long past the moment of awakening. This dream was such an exception. It seemed as if a year's worth of dreaming had been all rolled into one. I remembered everything as clearly as if it really had happened, though I wished I hadn't. I wouldn't have had to deal with the strange vision then. . .
Perplexed by it, and somewhat afraid that the details would fade from the mind, before I understood their significance, I told Sylvia about the dream. I described every step of it as soon as we got together for breakfast. Sylvia suggested to call everyone, inviting them to come over, Ross, Heather, Sylvia, Tony, Dag, and Al. . .
Sylvia agreed that the dream needs to be kept alive, because we couldn't tell out off hand what it might mean. . .
The dream was as strange as dreams often are. I was living with my dad on one of the top floors of a building several hundred stories tall, a golden tower situated on the crest of a mountain ridge. It appeared that we occupied an entire floor. We were surrounded by sunshine all day long, not by clouds. We lived above the clouds. Our world had become a world of easy living, of sun-filled days that had become taken for granted, and at the center of our world appeared this thing. It seemed to be visible in some form everywhere one looked. 'The Thing' was literally everywhere, but also nowhere. Everybody knew it, not just us. Millions had seen it, but no one had ever been able to touch 'The Thing,' or one of them, nor had a single specimen ever been captured. It just was, and was always out of reach. It wasn't a machine, so it seemed, or a biological entity, but it had a definite shape and color. Its 'color' seemed richer than the rainbow, and its 'shape' seemed so profound that it was echoed in works of art, such as paintings, sculptures, and stories, even in public art, in the parks and plazas. . .
'The Thing' had appeared first on television a long time ago. It had appeared time-sliced between the ads. People were puzzled at the time, as I recalled. Eventually they let it be as one of those things that simply can't be explained. Nor could its effect be explained. . .
The effect that I noticed was that the television became bigger, and its picture clearer and brighter. Everything seemed to be effected by 'The Thing' in some way. Our world became less confined, richer, and brighter. Our houses became bigger, the world cleaner, the cities more beautiful. And above all of that, which our world became, loomed 'The Thing' like an all-pervading ghost that no one knew precisely and yet everybody 'knew' instinctively from the bottom of their soul, for the simple realization that the world had been transformed by it. . .
Many people revered 'The Thing' that had no name. They revered it and gave it noble names, but by and large its name remained simply, "The Thing," just as everyone had called it from the beginning. . .
Some people also feared 'The Thing'. They feared that that the boundless development it caused would overburden our planet and thereby destroy it. However, those were but a few and their fears were ignored in the sunshine of the joy that this profound development unlocked. The joy became like the sand on the beaches, an ever-present reality that gets into ones hair and clothing, except in a nice way, that would be missed if it didn't. . .
Still, the people who feared 'The Thing' tried to defeat it. They tried to turn the world back to the way it was before 'The Thing' emerged on the horizon. Since they couldn't capture 'The Thing' itself, they bulldozed down some of the houses that had become wonderfully spacious and beautiful in its presence. They did their attacks secretly at first, in the night, right with the people sleeping in their houses, the very people who had benefited the most from the influence of 'The Thing'. As far as I could tell from the dream nothing happened that changed anything in the world. No one protested. No one interfered. The sun kept on shining. Still, something did change. . .
Something struck me as odd one day a long time later. It was something that didn't seem to be linked to 'The Thing' at all in any particular manner. I found it strange, because I hadn't noticed it before. I recalled that I needed new running shoes at the time and had mentioned the fact to my dad in passing. He nodded and said something about "accounts" and within moments a list of financial portfolios and their value flashed onto the TV screen in white letters. Seconds later the figures vanished and dad replied to me sadly that the shoes would have to wait for a week. So I didn't think much more about it, and in a week the new shoes were provided. . .
Another thing also struck me as odd some time later. It seemed to me that the images of 'The Thing' that were always time-sliced between TV ads appeared less frequent than they had before, and were also less seen everywhere else. I also suddenly realized that this trend had actually begun before the incidence with the running shoes. I had dismissed the new trend at first as insignificant, until it became glaringly obvious one day that the images were no longer appearing as frequently as we had become accustomed to seeing them. I mentioned the fact to my dad, who simply laughed and said that this was a good sign, adding that we wouldn't be bothered with "this nuisance" anymore. . .
Nevertheless it seemed odd that something that I had grown fond of had gradually disappeared until it could no longer be seen, except on rare occasions. All of my nagging concerns about this trend came to the foreground one day when our TV stopped functioning. The incidence of the failing TV had sorely upset my dad. He had lost access to his portfolio. In a rage of his temper that had become more intense, and always seemed linked to his portfolio, he pounded his fist on the TV as if to jolt it back to life. Instead of it coming back to life, however, the TV simply disintegrated. . .
We rushed out immediately to buy a new one, an even bigger one than we had before. We were fortunate that we did, because when we returned the entire huge building in which we had lived had collapsed and crumbled into dust. Nor were we the only ones so affected. As we beheld the catastrophe, and cried over it, we looked into the valley below us, and there too, even while we looked down onto the city, where we had just come from, purchasing the new TV, as if an Earthquake had struck the whole world, the entire city in the valley disintegrated before our very eyes into a pile of rubble and dust. We suddenly found ourselves without a place to go to, forced to be living in dust and shambles, scrambling to find things to eat in the forest and to cover ourselves with leaves as shelter from the cold. . .
I awoke in tears from this dream. I cried for our tragedy, but mostly because 'The Thing' that had made everything beautiful, could no longer be seen anywhere. Its images seemed to have been erased in my dream, throughout the universe, as if they had never existed. . .
"What do you make of this?" I asked when Heather and Ross arrived. Tony and the girls had already come. . .
"You may have seen our future as it might be," answered Sylvia. "We should make an effort to puzzle this out. It seems to be significant.
** Appendix 2 - What is happening?
Fred's response was a burst of laughter. "Your question is focused backwards," he said. "The fact is, nothing is happening. Nothing is happening anymore anywhere in the world. That is why the world is in a breakdown crisis. But you shouldn't need to ask. How many times have I urged you to study history? If you had followed my advice, you wouldn't ask. Oh, yes, there were times, great periods when momentous movements were happening, when monetarism had nearly been wiped off the map in a big frontal assault. On the surface the great fights were against empire, but the strength of empire is its monetarism. Monetarism has always been at the core of empire, and that core had its beginning with the Cult of Delphi that had its 'fingers' in the treasuries of the ancient Greek City States of Athens and Sparta. The Cult of Delphi inspired the Peloponnesian War. It was all about money and money being power. This war hasn't ended. The 'oracle' of monetarism created the Empire of Athens and destroyed it, and it created the Empire of Rome and destroyed it likewise. Monetarism always destroys itself. When empire re-emerged in Italy, with its 'oracle' in Venice at the center of that world, it promptly destroyed itself. In the shadow of the collapse of monetarism that had destroyed the economies of Europe, the light of reason and scientific development reasserted itself, which became the Golden Renaissance. The renaissance force unfolded with such a power that its movement nearly wiped the new oracle off the map, but through betrayal Venice was saved, and with it monetarism was saved. In the shadow of this near defeat, a new face for empire was created. Paolo Sarpi of the Venetian oligarchy felt that a more radical approach was needed to overcome the renaissance spirit. Thus, he created the new liberalism that was designed to 'liberate' the Renaissance world of its power of reason. Sarpi's 'liberation' created almost a century of religious war that became evermore intense, just as empire became more intense. Venice migrated itself northward into the Netherlands and then into England, to become the new empire of modern times. But the renaissance spirit had not been fully defeated then. Strong movements began in the background against the empire of monetarism, revolutionary movements. Of course the movements were persecuted by the masters of empire, both in the Netherlands and in Britain. To evade imprisonment and execution, one of the leaders of this rebel movement for a brighter humanity, named William Brewster, managed to escape the heavy hand of the persecution with a hundred of his fellow revolutionaries. They were given passage on a merchant ship, the Mayflower, which brought them to America, where they landed on Plymouth Rock at Cape Cod. They weren't escapees. 'We shall be the city upon a hill and the eyes of the world will be upon us' -- this was their guiding motto. And the eyes of the world were upon them. Soon John Winthrop arrived with three hundred more to start a new era for mankind, free from oligarchism, empire, and monetarism. However, there existed no alternative to monetarism at the time. This alternative was created by these people and their offspring who thereby became indeed a city upon the hill and the eyes of the world did see something profound happening. It happened in the Bay Colony of Massachusetts, where monetarism was replaced for a brief period with the revolutionary idea of the credit-society principle. The people needed an ironworks to improve the agricultural processes with more 'mechanized' methods that required iron for its implementation. In order the create the iron works, the people issued a scrip as credit to themselves. The credit scrip became used as money to build the critically needed facility. It uplifted the economic scene so powerfully that the King of England stepped in and outlawed the scrip system as a new renaissance threat to the empire. But the idea wasn't forgotten. The King of England was kicked out of America and the credit society principle was brought back in the form of Alexander Hamilton's idea of a national bank that issues national credits for development purposes. The independence movement was deep below the surface, a movement against monetarism, and thereby against the core of empire. It appears that the Constitution became necessary to empower the credit society principle, and to authorize the national credit creation for all times to come. So it was really Hamilton then, who was the driving force behind the Constitution, with Benjamin Franklin supporting the idea and implementing it. The credit society principle, of course was fought by the British empire and its minions at every step along the way. They sabotaged it to the point that it failed many times, but it always came back. Lincoln resorted to it to save the Union against the onslaught of empire that became the Civil War. Lincoln's greenbacks financed the industrialization that won the Civil War, in which the forces of empire lost ground and were crushed. On the strength of Lincoln's credit society implementation, even after Lincoln was assassinated for it, the USA became the greatest industrial power second to none, and the envy of the world. But the champions fighting in the light became fewer, and evermore traitors in the service of empire began to rule America. The Specie Resumption Act brought monetarism back, and in 1913 some more traitor gave the entire American financial foundation into the private hands of the masters of empire. The nation lost its fighting spirit. Not even Roosevelt had managed to reverse the trend. He sidestepped it for a season, but once he was dead, the empire's monetarism was back, and it became more powerfully destructive than ever. President Kennedy had tried to set a new direction, but he was killed, and everything that he stood for was erased and drowned in the gore of war. After that nobody was fighting against empire anymore, except LaRouche, and he was stepped on and slandered and imprisoned. The fighting scene had become so thin that the British Empire, as it was once called, simply took over and installed its dictators ever deeper into the fabric of America. As LaRouche keeps saying to America, you can't win the war to save yourself if you don't fight, especially if you don't even recognize the enemy. The enemy is empire, and that makes the oracle of monetarism the real enemy. Athens was destroyed by it. Rome was destroyed by it. America is about to be destroyed by it. That's what you saw in your dream. America's spirit has faded. Its lateral platform has been abandoned. Its heart has stopped beating. Nothing is moving. You ask me, what's happening. Nothing is happening. That's what's happening. We are in an existential breakdown crisis, and nothing is happening to save the nation. The world is collapsing all over the place, and nobody stands up and faces the monster of empire and says to it, you cannot pass where I stand, your days are done. And so I say, the world is dead, Peter, and soon we will all be dead. A society is dead when it fails to stand up for its lateral foundation and fails to protect itself. But the final moment when all crumbles into dust has not yet begun. It can still be avoided. And even if it isn't avoided, the war still continues. It won't be won, until empire is routed out and banished, and its stinking monetarism with it." . .
Are we scared enough yet that we will start to fight as the great pioneers had once fought?
The dream has ended. The answer to the question pertains to us all. Is there anything left moving forward? Is anything profound happening? Living without a forward movement happening is a dangerous sport. We should consider becoming a fighting force for forward-oriented economics. We should start today as if our life depended on it, because it really does. One cannot evade the simple reality that you cannot win the war that must be won if one does do not fight to win it, especially with oneself. One doesn't fight with a sword, of course, but with ideas of principle. Principle applies universally, this means laterally. The fight for forward-oriented economics needs to be a lateral fight." .
"Fred had missed something in his long-winded summary of American history, a few days ago," Sylvia interjected. "This history is not really a history of war against empire. It is more correctly a part of the dawning awareness in mankind of the lateral platform of the Universe and civilization. Solon of Athens had recognized a few traces of it back in 500 B.C.. It became lost in the Peloponnesian War, but Plato and Socrates brought it back and raised it up further. Though it soon became lost again, Nicolas of Cusa, the pioneer of the Golden Renaissance, brought it back into focus again more than a thousand years later. He developed the recognition of the lateral platform further, and discovered in it the principle of the sovereign nation state. The Golden Renaissance flourished with this principle being applied. Nicolas of Cusa also cherished the idea that the renaissance ideal of European culture should be transmitted to other continents, in the hope to thereby create a world of sovereign nation states around the world, all bound to each other by the principles of the lateral platform. Christopher Columbus picked up the idea of Cusa, out of which developed his famous 1492 voyage across the Atlantic. He knew what he was doing. He knew that another continent, or continents, lay beyond the Atlantic Sea. With his success he opened the door for the Pilgrims to land on Plymouth Rock, pursuing the same idea that Cusa had spelled out. They soon developed the recognition of the lateral platform still further, in the Bay Colony of Massachusetts. In this flow of a dawning recognition of a profound reality, the world was changed. All of that is part of our history, because Hamilton had picked it up and developed it still further into a bulwark to replace empire. Therefore, when we stand on the mountain with Hamilton in the pocket, and LaRouche, and Mary, and draw the eyes of the world on us, with an invitation to stand beside us, we also stand with Solon in our pocket, and Socrates and Plato, Christ Jesus, Nicolas of Cusa, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Benjamin Franklin and a few others. Fred should have mentioned those." . .
Tony began to laugh. "Fred had failed to mention something else," said Tony. "Fred had failed to mention the natural dynamics of the development of intelligence in the progressive flow of profound ideas. The flow of development is most prominently powered by the challenges of great conflicts. That's what drives us. That's what keeps life dynamic. We tend to speak of empire as a thing, but it really isn't that. There is no such thing as a cohesive pattern of empire spanning all ages. In the larger context the term, . empire . , simply means, . failure. . In religion, the equivalent is called, . sin. . In the sciences the equivalent is called, . misperception. . In the political world, the term is, . empire. . The failure by society that the term represents, can take many forms. The failures challenge us to master the great concepts that have evaded us, and to discover the principles that resolve the failures. The power of the process is dynamic. During my days in the Air Force, we were always challenged to exceed the best of our abilities. And we did it, mostly. Being constantly challenged develops mankind. The development of intelligence proceeds from this basis." . .
** Appendix 3 - The End of the Delusion
The great collapse of civilization that many had long expected, and others had refused to believe would ever be possible, began on a Tuesday at noon.
According the Fred, between eleven in the morning and lunchtime, all of the financial markets around the world had ceased up. The value of currencies had become increasingly uncertain that morning, and then had suddenly faded into nothing as though they had no value at all. Not a single country in the West had any form of economic development on the agenda, or in progress, or was allowed to have any, that would have given its currency value, while the bailouts were getting bigger. Suddenly, as if a command had been given, the fancy house of cards began to fall. At first one card tumbled, which took a section of the house down, and then another fell. The long thread of the U.S. dollar was no longer there as the final resort currency to hold the house together, and without this thread, there was suddenly nothing there that anyone could trust. Soon, everyone on the trading floors of the financial market slid into a sense of disbelief and confusion. . .
Fred told us that when he saw the erupting sense of despair and panic in the traders' eyes on the news channel, he closed his office, gave everybody the day off, rushed home, got changed, and got on his motor bike, to get out of town as fast as possible, breaking all speed limits to reach our place before dark. He arrived when the last faint sign of the sunset was still barely visible. His first question was, "what is the status of your fuel supply, and the status of your food reserves?" It didn't take long to realize what those questions meant. . .
We found out days later how lucky Fred had been that he had reacted as swiftly as he had. We heard tales coming down from NORAD that added up to a gruesome story of countless tragedies heaped upon tragedy. . .
When the currencies had lost their value in the markets, the banks immediately shut down. After that the entire civilian infrastructure suddenly began to collapse. At three in the afternoon, the malls and super markets had closed their doors, since the sticker price of merchandise had become meaningless. By five the electricity failed. The lights went out in many districts. By six o'clock that very evening, the entire vast electricity grid across the nation became dysfunctional and went cold. Nobody could figure out why. Was the cause technical? Was it sabotage? Neither would anyone have been able to correct the failure anyway, or would have cared to do so. Everyone's focus was suddenly on individual survival, and the survival of families. . .
Without electric power everything had stopped. The gas pumps didn't pump; the trams came to a halt; the subways became dark hallways of chaos; the water supply system ran dry; the sewage system clogged up; the cities became dark; elevators became prisons. The city scene became reminiscent to scenes from the Iraq War, where civilization had been suspended. Except now, in this new warfare, the people became increasingly drawn into a war against one-another. Looting began, and as some said later, after that, the situation became worse. The guns began to speak, and without radio and TV operating, nobody knew what was happening.
]131 ** Introspect
The near infinite inflation of financial values in the western world with nothing to back it up has created a financial bubble in the West, filled with nothing but hot air; a bubble so big, that it now dwarfs the entire world economy.
This giant bubble is staged to implode into nothing, like a soap bubble pops that begins to split open at the weakest point when the internal pressure exceeds the tensile strength of the soap film that gives it its shape and its lustre. When this happens in the financial markets everything vanishes from sight, leaving in its wake a spray of tiny droplets that bare no resemblance to the glittering sphere that once existed, as the droplets float away with the wind. Left behind looms an emptiness filled with unspeakable misery, and a horror that is poised to go far beyond the scope of merely collapsing dreams. The result promises to be that everything crumbles into a pile of dust. Portfolios became meaningless by it, as indeed they are so already. All debts become meaningless at the moment that the main financial value structure of the world becomes meaningless.
The world has been awash for years with financial claims, especially with financial-derivatives claims that were built up in the biggest casino-type gambling orgy ever, which generated claims against an economy that was no larger in comparison than the droplets that remained after a soap bubble disintegrates. This reality exists today behind the fancy facades.
Eventually, the hidden reality is bound to become recognized, just as the most hidden reality always asserts itself when the dreaming ends. The blowout of the world's fancy dreams promises a rude awakening that affects everyone's physical existence.
It should be obvious that today's bubble is empty inside. Many people instinctively know this, but it is preferable to them to dream the dreams that the Imperial Soap Bubble Society has inspired with its London Songs. They believe that the experts won't let this thing crash.
The bubble will probably pop when a 'child' speaks up and exclaims, "but the Emperor has nothing on! He has no clothes! He is naked! See, the bubble is empty inside! The big bailout is a swindle, intentionally created with the repeal of the Glass Steagall Act. See, the American government had no authority to act against the welfare of the nation. It is naked. In America, the authority to govern flows from the Constitution for the 'transacting' of its principles, and the Constitution itself is built on the Principle of the General Welfare, the great lateral principle that is also the Principle of Economy. There exists no other Principle of Economy. Principle is singular for each aspect. The Principle of Economy is singular. Whenever any President spits on the Constitution and refuses to 'transact' the Principle of the General Welfare, and tries to 'conduct' his own show, or the show of foreign masters, such a President forfeits the authority of his office and all his acts thereby become
void, in retrospect.
** Appendix 4 - The London Songs
Ross suggested that the 'City' crowd was evidently determined to keep the flow of the money streams into it going, while the Malthusian crowd had apparently decided that the time had come to bite the bullet on the financial front and go for radical depopulation to save the empire itself. Thus we celebrated when it appeared that the coup against the servant of the 'City,' in the office of the head of the British Government, had failed. However, it also became apparent that we celebrated too soon. It became evident that the newly elected President of the USA presented himself to the world as likewise a wholly-owned puppy dog, but one being owned by the Malthusian faction, with a Nero complex of such intensity that he drooled at the very sight of royalty that he himself lacked totally, but evidently hoped would rub off on him by association. Thus he roused himself to become the Malthusian champion in America, perhaps unknowingly, since a pawn rarely understands the strategy it is deployed for. . .
Tony said that with their Nero asset in place -- which the oligarchy of empire had pushed into power with the most lavishly financed election campaign of all times -- unfolding with a flood of irregularities of all sorts, including death threats -- that the oligarchy had won itself a seat of power within the gates of the USA, its traditional arch-enemy, from which seat is is able to destroy it and thereby end its historic mission in the world. He suggested that this coup was carried out so boldly, and that the success had been so complete, that the oligarchy staged a grand celebration in London to show off their new puppy dog to the world, their little Nero dog, to which they invited the Heads of State of twenty nations, as if to demonstrate to the world that resistance to empire is futile. Tony suggested that it was there, at the G20 celebration, that the new Nero-President had received his book of songs that contained the melodies by which he would become an honored member of the royal empire. Tony joked that the book contained only three songs. The first song refrains with the words, 'burn the dollar, sink the dollar, replace the dollar with an empire currency.' They called it a currency of special drawing rights that all the major nations must 'donate' to. In practice the 'donor' nations buy IMF bonds that the bearer has the right to withdraw in the form of any currency desired at the point the bonds mature. If in the interim a nation would miraculously develop its economy, whereby its currency gained in value, this higher value currency could then be drawn on in repayment for the IMF bonds, thereby drawing the lifeblood out of that 'stronger' economy. Since in practice no nation is allowed to develop its economy, the 'stronger' currencies would be those that haven't collapsed quite as fast as all the others, which would thereby be clobbered into line, assuring in essence that all the currencies will die simultaneously, to be ruled over by the heavy hand of empire. That was the coronation song for our Nero President. And he loved it. He sang it repeatedly before the entire world, until all the G20 guests sang it too: 'Let the dollar die! Let all the currencies become empty and worthless, and die!" . .
"Tony has described a repeat performance of the wedding celebration of King Carlos II of Spain in 1620 on the Plaza Mayor of Madrid," said Fred, when we told him about Tony's caricaturizing of the G20 event. "King Carlos had opened his wedding celebration that year, by personally lighting the fires that burnt 27 citizens to death at the stake, who were suspected to have 'forsaken' Christianity. This is what our President had done at the G20 to the currencies of the world. He had personally lit the fire that doomed the world's currencies, and he lit it with his own U.S. dollar burning in his hands." . .
Tony said with a sense of irony that it had actually been far worth than that at the G20. "Our President had 'charmed' the entire world into joining the action, singing along with him the song 'Burn the dollar! Burn the currencies! Burn anything that remains strong!' And he succeeded with getting them all to mimic the full scope of his madness that had been designed behind the scene to kill both the USA and the world." . .
Fred noted that the President had charmed the world into cutting their lifeline off in the midst of the worst unfolding crisis in history. . .
"The second song that the President was officially bringing home with him from London was worse than even that," said Tony. "The second song was a polished-up copy of the bank-bailout song that had cost us already trillions, even before he became elected as President. He had received an early draft of the song with his campaign-financing package. The people hadn't liked the tone of it and the wording. The polished-up version that he received at his G20-coronation celebration, was a less 'honest' version that contains hidden channels buried within the wording, that were designed to hide the single-track theme that became constantly repeated, though with convoluted words that a normal person cannot understand, as if repeating the incomprehensible song in this manner would make it more effective. The effects seem to indicate that this was what had been happening. The lyrics became, 'Bail out the system! Award the criminals! The bigger the crime, the larger the rewards! Bail out the looting machine! Save the empire for another day! . .
"And the third song," said Tony, "seems to be the one he found the most difficult to sing, because the President didn't sing it until after he had returned from the grand G20 coronation of himself with the blessing of the world's foremost established imperial royalty. This difficult song that he brought home, his healthcare-efficiency song, which he had trouble to getting the nation to love and sing with him, has a simple melody with a gruesome message: 'Let the people die! Let the people die! Money is everything, let the people die!'" . .
Tony said that the President sang this gruesome song like a broken record, over and over, from the day on which he returned from his coronation, which in future times might be referred to as his pre-funeral event. The reality was catching on that the lyrics of the President's healthcare-efficiency song, based on 'quality adjusted life years' where hidden lyrics of euthanasia, denying critical treatment to the elderly with adjustable cutoff dates under policies to be formulated by a private board beyond the reach of law and subject to presidential dictatorship. The song, 'Let the people die!' blurs the line between providing treatment and providing euthanasia to save cost, voluntary or involuntary, with features similar to Hitler's T4 death-care plan. The plan became so unpopular that the President resorted to 'force,' 'threats,' and intimidation, even extortion, to ram the plan through the Congress. Could anyone read through a thousand-page document in two days and vote on it? . .
** Appendix 5 - Ripping up the Agenda
I knew that Antonovna hadn't come. A gentleman from the Russian delegation, who still recognized me after all those years, gave me a letter from her. He gave it to me right after the conference had opened. . .
"Dear Peter," Anton wrote, "I think it is unwise for me to come to the conference at the present time. Please forgive me; you were probably looking forward to meeting me there. The subject I'm working on isn't fully developed yet. It is still too new for me to expound it in a lecture. It could be misinterpreted, and then become counter productive. . .
"Also, there is another problem, Pete. I have this question in my mind, of whether an institution like the U.N. can ever be a fit sponsor for a conference on peace and development. Until now, the U.N. has sponsored only death and destruction. The U.N. probably murdered many times more people than Adolf Hitler had murdered. It has done it in Bosnia, Iraq, and in many places in Africa and Central America. It has done it economically, as in the case of Russia, through the IMF, setting the stage for large-scale genocide. The U.N. policies have almost always protected the murderers, not the people who were desperate to find a way out. Also, can you remember the Cairo Conference on Population? It was a blatant attempt to impose population reduction on the world under the pain of severe sanctions should a nation not reduce its population to meet the set targets. Fortunately for humanity, the U.S. President had the wisdom and the courage to shut the whole madness down that came out of this U.N. conference. He said that the U.N. target should be seen as nothing more than a voluntary guideline that every nation should be free to take or leave, and that no sanctions should be imposed against human populations. . .
"Peter, I must also consider the many other environmental movements the U.N. has sponsored, which have taken away, one by one, essential items from the support structures of humanity. The first to go were the PCBs, then DDT, then the CFCs. They have taken away the best in crop protection for purely political reasons, and the most efficient refrigerants for purely political reasons. Except when you allow them to do this, you take away food from people's plate. This is the stuff that the U.N. supports, Pete. How many people the U.N. has killed, then? The number may be in the hundreds of millions. Be careful, Pete, the U.N. isn't an organization that wants peace and human development. You should sign out and leave Caracas. . .
"I feel the answer to the problem of war is contained within the problem itself," she continued. "You can't fight it by picking away at a few of the symptoms. One has to go deeper. We should have the courage to face the reality of war, as it exists now, and let its naked image stare in our faces that it may reveal the answers we are looking for. But I don't think this will happen in Caracas. Most U.N. organized conferences are designed in such a manner that the assembly will be induced to approve a predetermined conclusion. The agendas are specifically designed to achieve that. So why should I come? I will not take part in a process that is designed to rubber-stamp someone's objective for humanity. I respect myself too much to allow myself to become an instrument in a destructive process that these veiled manipulations are designed to support. I am sorry for having to disappoint you. You may have been hoping that we would meet again after all those years. I would love nothing better, but this can't be. Not on this platform. . .
"Also, Peter, I like to thank you for your help in mobilizing the world to come to our aid when we badly needed it after the Soviet Union had collapsed. Your diplomatic efforts had resulted in food being donated to Russia at our most desperate hour, and to North Korea also, for similar reasons. I saw your name mentioned on some of the manifests. We needed 12 million tons, as you know, but the people of the world gave us 14. Much of it came from China that can't afford giving such aid. I am deeply involved now; to assure that these needs will never arise again. The reality is that we have the capacity to help feed the world instead of being dependent on it. The U.N. and its financial policy arm, the International Monetary Fund, have created the dependence on aid that we now suffer. This is what I am concerned about these days. . .
"I'm truly sorry, Pete, for not being there with you, (signed) Antonovna Valentina Lisitov." . .
I showed the letter to Sylvia on the very day it arrived, in the evening, when we were watching the sunset from the top of the golden faced office tower next to the civic center. . .
She took the letter, read it, "Can I borrow this for a day?" she asked. . .
What resulted from this on the next day was the first courageous act of involvement by someone who was beginning to recognize her potential to become a giant. She took the letter to the podium the next morning, before the first speaker for the day was called. She read the letter as it was. . .
"I admire the woman who wrote this," she said at the end. "I admire her for her adherence to principle. The letter doesn't reveal anything that I didn't already know, but I came to this conference anyway, even knowing that the agenda is probably rigged to assure that predetermined conclusions will be reached. This woman, however, couldn't allow herself to play this kind of game, neither can I any longer. Still, I am here, and I will remain here. I am not going to go back home and hide in a closet. Instead, I am going to make certain that during this conference the face of the U.N. will be an honorable one. In other words, there will be no predetermined agenda. We are here to explore, to discover, and to build on the discoveries of the day before. This means, we will have to make a new agenda each day, for that day. There is no point in us being here, is there, if the outcome is already established for us?" Then Sylvia took the published agenda that had been handed out to each participant on the first day. She took it in both hands and held it high, then ripped it up. "Now we stand side by side, laterally," she said. She had pulled the sheet off for the current day, the rest she handed in pieces to the moderator of the panel. "I suggest you do the same," she said to him. . .
With this done, she returned to the podium and brought out a statistical account that detailed the donated food which Anton had referred to. She said she had obtained the list through the U.N.'s own information service. China topped the list by a long way. Other donations' were modest. "But the greatest and longest running empire on the planet, on which the sun never sets," Sylvia emphasized, "donated nothing. And the U.N.," Sylvia added, "where do we find the U.N. in this huge humanitarian crisis? The U.N. is tied for last place with the U.S.A. Both have donated so little that it is shameful to mention the amount." . .
She calmly folded her papers up, then left amidst a standing ovation. . .