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Critical aspects to be considered

America's Lyndon H. LaRouche, at an age of over 90 years, stands today as one of the foremost political activists for worldwide economic development, national sovereignty, cultural advancement, and scientific and technological progress as essential elements for meeting the common aims of mankind. He is honoured for his achievements in many fields and in many areas of the world.

But is he moving far enough? No.
Does he need to? No.

He has achieved amazingly in what he has fought for. He laid critical foundations in many fields on which the most critical challenge in human history, the Ice Age Challenge, might ultimately be met, and this in time, which might not be met otherwise. 

While the Ice Age Challenge is the most critical challenge in the history of humanity, it unfolds at a time when lesser challenges have crippled the world scene in numerous ways, such as the need to eradicate the terror of nuclear war, political tensions, of fascism, of the scourge of economic collapse, of the policies for depopulation and the decapitation of science, and so on. LaRouche has been building foundations for dealing with these challenges, extending over many years, that can serve as a basis on which a brighter and more secure civilization can be built.

On this path Mr. LaRouche has stood for election for the U.S. Presidency eight times in his political career spanning half a century, a career that has been consistently oriented towards the betterment of humanity. And this front he stood against the most powerful forces of the western empire, courageously fighting for pioneering platforms that obsolete war, economic looting, enslavement, diminishment, hunger, and depopulation. 

He spoke of the imperatives of the future, to determine the policies in the present, and he still speaks of this need, looking forward fifty years, up to a thousand years, as a policy driver to shape the world. He has established the necessary patterns for us to move forward effectively, which in turn becomes our task.

When science is betrayed, as it is in our time, which nevertheless guides the pioneers whoever they may be, the most courageous mental efforts are required to avoid potential traps, especially in the light of the start of the next Ice Age that according to a wide range of evidence, will be our future in 30 years. The available physical evidence indicates that the Sun will go inactive in this time frame, with 70% less energy being radiated. This potential changes everything, right across the entire political and economic landscape of the world. I am drawing Lyndon LaRouche into this context as one of the foremost pioneers in almost all fields that are critical for meeting this challenge, though he stops short of acknowledging the Ice Age Challenge itself.

In order that the great challenge, which is without doubt the Ice Age Challenge, can be met successfully in the present, it is advantageous to consider the principles that the pioneer, Lyndon LaRouche, has discovered as critical elements for building a more powerful and secure civilization than we presently have, especially in economics and strategic defence. 

On this note I will focus on a few examples of Mr. LaRouche's most famous pioneering interventions that his name became synonymous with.


Example #1 - The NAWAPA proposal

NAWAPA (the North American Water and Power Alliance) is a project of the 1960s, that had been pioneered during the Kennedy era. The intended object of the project is to divert some of the outflow of major rivers in Northern Canada and Alaska that drain into the Arctic, southward to irrigate the dry regions of the U.S. Southwest and Northern Mexico.

 If the project had been implemented in the 1960s, it would have become the largest civil engineering and construction effort in the world. The cultural dynamism would likely have been so great and far-reaching that it would have prevented the Vietnam War. The project is that huge. It is made up of 360 individual projects, requiring a 50-years construction period. If it had been started in the 1960s, it would likely have been completed just about now, and would have prevented the current drought-emergency in the U.S. Southwest. 

For political reasons, NAWAPA was never implemented. LaRouche has fought several times to revive the concept with updated versions of it (NAWAPA 21) for its obvious advantages, especially to serve as an economic driver to revive the currently dying U.S. economy. (See LaRouche videos on NAWAPA)

The problem is that the window for NAWAPA to succeed, is now closed. With the Ice Age before us in 30 years, the sources for NAWAPA would freeze solid long before the project would be completed, whereby the entire effort would be wasted.

And still, a greater tragedy looms behind the NAWAPA idea at the present time. The tragedy is two-fold. The northward oriented development focus would divert the attention away from the tropical development efforts that must be implemented prior to the time when all the northern countries in the world become largely uninhabitable, as the Ice Age begins. 

If the construction of NAWAPA was actually started, it would further block the needed tropical development efforts to secure the world's food supply. Without these efforts being made, and them succeeding, 90% of humanity (or more) would most likely die of starvation when the Ice Age begins. No one can live without food, and the food that we eat comes almost entirely from agriculture. This is what is at stake at the present time as a consequence of incorrectly focused attention.

Mr. LaRouche's contribution in the context of NAWAPA, puts onto the table the critical idea that the largest construction efforts are justified to enhance the world's food supply. He turns the table in conventional thinking by rejecting the question as irrelevant, of what will the project cost, and by asking instead what we need to create and develop to make the project a reality.

Of course, NAWAPA was a 'small' concept in scale, in terms of what the Ice Age Challenge places before us. Nevertheless, the critical pathway for implementation is the same in both cases, though the Ice Age Imperative (or NAWAPA 22) is larger is scale and global in scope.


Example #2 - The World Land-Bridge project

A key element of LaRouche's World Land-Bridge development proposal is the building of a 50 Km long railway tunnel below the Bering Strait between Russia and Alaska. The completed project would link the Eurasian continent with the American continents. The railway tunnel project would provide a highly-efficient transportation link between the Eurasian and American Continents. And more than that, it would enable vast new opportunities for economic development extending away from both sides of the transportation link along its entire 5000 Km long main line. The resulting economic opportunities that such a project would enable, are almost unimaginable in principle. Nevertheless, the Bering Strait tunnel project is only a small part of the whole.

Related to it are three continental transportation projects that become linked together by the tunnel. One arm of the World Land-Bridge project would stretch across Eurasia - from China to Central Europe - with a second arm extending from Alaska to South America. A third arm would stretch across Africa. LaRouche recognized that these long-distance transportation arteries, which in some cases would become large networks of arteries, would provide a foundation for economic development projects in the adjacent areas, which in short, would develop the world.

Lyndon LaRouche has proposed for decades that these projects should be built as soon as possible as the entire world would greatly benefit thereby.

Nevertheless, two critical factor arise that makes the key-element of the World Land-Bridge project, the Bering Strait tunnel project, obsolete. 

One of the critical factors is again the coming Ice Age. When the Ice Age begins, potentially in 30 years, the intercontinental transportation link across the 'top of the world' would become almost 'instantly' unusable. And this loss would occur at a time when such a transportation system would be most needed.

The other critical factor that stands against the Bering Straight tunnel project is, that a more efficient option exists for building intercontinental railway links, than building them across the inhospitable terrain of the top of the world. A more efficient option would be, to build a floating bridge across the oceans, made out of basalt, constructed in nuclear-powered high temperature automated industrial processes (see: The Intercontinental Bridge). As a construction effort, the floating bridge across the oceans would be faster to build, and more effortlessly, than the proposed link across the top of the world. In addition, the floating link would not be broken when the next Ice Age begins. Further in addition, the floating intercontinental bridge would serve as a supporting infrastructure for floating agriculture along the way, complete with floating cities, extending from the floating bridge across the tropics.

All this means that the northern tunnel project won't likely ever be built. In the current context, the tunnel project is inherently a dangerous project, as the building of it would block the building of the critically needed tropical development infrastructures. 

While the principle for development is the same in both cases, the looming near Ice Age reality completely changes the focus, and puts the focus onto the tropics where the critical need for it exists.

While the tunnel project has become obsolete by the Ice Age imperative, meaning that the intercontinental floating bridge concept will be implemented instead, LaRouche's name will likely be honoured as the originator of the World Land-Bridge concept and its 'alongside-development' principle. In practice, the 25,000 Km long floating World 'Land'-Bridge, with hundreds of major node points along the way, would open up the greatest economic development that has ever been seen on this planet.


Example #3 - Energy for the Future

The more advanced an economy becomes, and the more-powerfully it functions, the greater must be its energy utilization. The two factors are linked. A powerful economy is an energy-intense economy. Lyndon LaRouche has discovered, as one of the principles of economics, that increasing energy intensity requires advanced energy production processes that enable ever-greater energy-density to be achieved.

Wood for example is a poor fuel. For greater energy needs, more-powerful fuels are created, mostly from coal and oil resources. Wood-powered airplanes are simply not possible. However, oil too, is fast becoming obsolete for many industrial processes. Increasingly, electric power drives the modern economy.

Nuclear reactors offer the most efficient option for generating electric energy, second to none. Perhaps it was for this reason the Lyndon LaRouche has been a leading proponent for decades, of large-scale nuclear power development. He also recognized long ago that nuclear power is itself already obsolete as an energy resource for meeting the needs of the future.

Based on a false concept that is widely propagated in the sciences, LaRouche has promoted nuclear-fusion energy development, which in real terms is not possible to implement. Still, by knowing that the next step beyond nuclear-fission power is increasingly required, Lyndon LaRouche has promoted for decades the development of nuclear-fusion-power technology.

The problem is that nuclear fusion is inherently an energy-consuming process, not an energy-producing process. On the Sun, electrically-powered nuclear fusion synthesizes all the atomic elements that exist in the solar system. Thermal energy is generated along the way, as a secondary effect. This means that it is not a prime energy producer. 

The few cases in which nuclear fusion releases vast amounts of energy, such as by the atomic bomb, the energy released is not really generated by the fusion process itself, but is derived from unbinding from an atomic nucleus, previously bound protons as neutrons. The so-called nuclear-fusion power that is derived, results from a fission process. While the underlying principle is understood, the process cannot be implemented in practice for energy production, for a long list of inhibiting barriers. 

One of the inhibiting barriers is that it takes more energy to cause the fusion to happen, than the process gives back in released energy (typically 10:1). Other inhibiting barriers are related to the scarcity of the fuel and the damaging effect of the neutron radiation with which the unbinding energy is released. In order to overcome these problems, the nuclear fusion of helium-3 is now envisioned. Helium-3 exists in large quantities on the Moon. The problem with helium-3 fusion is, that its vastly greater Coulomb Barrier against fusion, is hard to overcome. In one experiment, for NASA, a million-times greater energy input was needed for the fusion to happen than the process gave back.

I am presenting these observations to illustrate a point. The point is that it is well recognized that the world's energy resources are fast becoming depleted, so that for mankind to have a future, new and more-powerful energy resources must be developed. Those who have acknowledged this fact, including LaRouche, who stood on this front for more than 30 years already, have become so desperate in searching for the needed new energy resource that nuclear-fusion power development is pursued as an option in spite of the vast barriers standing against it, to the point of planning to mine the Moon for helium-3, and this even while it would be a miracle for helium-3 power production to ever be efficiently possible.

Do we have no hope then? 

Oh yes, we do have hope. The Ice Age Challenge provides a basis for hope. The platform on which the challenge rests, also provides a platform for 'boundless' cosmic electric-energy utilization for our terrestrial electric power production. The challenge in this arena, is no longer physical, but is mental. It is a challenge to look beyond today's decapitated science where cosmic electric energy streams, and with them the nature of the universe as an anti-entropic electric system, is deemed not to exist. Lyndon LaRouche, together with much of the world, is stuck in this trap by clinging to small-minded options that offer no actual solutions. What sets Lyndon LaRouche apart in this scene, is his pioneering focus on advancing the power of real science, which is already becoming echoed in China, India, and Russia. Cosmic Electric Power utilization will become an option once the deadlock of small-minded perceptions is broken.



Example #4 - The Strategic Defense Initiative

LaRouche's biggest intervention in the global strategic policy arena was without a doubt his famous global defence initiative against a potential nuclear war. President Regan had supported the project and had tried to implement it under the term SDI. 

The project was simple. In order to eliminate the threat of nuclear war, LaRouche invited the world to work together to build a space-based defence system against long-range missiles. The system was designed to be based on new physical principles that would be 10 times more efficient than the offending system. The proposal was thereby designed to create a protective shield for all mankind, and beyond that, to foster international scientific and technological cooperation that would in its course take the wind out of the sails of war. 

The SDI project was blocked before it got off the ground, and LaRouche was imprisoned for it, as the SDI would have eliminated one of the foundations of the system of empire that controlled the West, which thrives and profits from creating tensions in the world, rather than fostering peace and development. The watchword of empire has always been, "Balance of Power" - an intentional division in the world designed to create tensions that enable political control. The SDI would have wrecked this system that stands at the foundation of empire. Universal cooperation would have eliminated the tensions and the wars flowing from it, such as the Vietnam War became.

While the SDI was scrapped, the principle of Strategic Defense with international cooperation for the benefit of all mankind, which LaRouche had pioneered, is still a valid principle today. In fact it is more critically needed now than in the time when it was proposed. 

While Lyndon LaRouche still speaks of the principle of the strategic defence to the very day, such as the Strategic Defence of the Earth from endangering asteroids, there exists a vastly more-critical need at the present time for a Strategic Defence system for Agriculture to be initiated, in preparation for the Next Ice Age, that will likely be upon us in 30 years. The Strategic Defence of Agriculture would required that most of the world's agriculture becomes relocated into the tropics where agriculture continues to be possible in an Ice Age environment with a 70% weaker Sun. Lyndon LaRouche does not promote this critical defence initiative yet, but the day may not be far distant when he does so.

In any case, what LaRouche has started serves us today as a foundation in principle to build on.

Rolf A. F. Witzsche (Dec. 6, 2014)



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