Rescue the Western Alliance!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
to the book, Rescue the Western Alliance
Toward a New Age of Reason
First Panel: Historical and Cultural Background
Leibniz or Hobbes: Republican Versus Oligarchical Law
The Classical in Music
The Need for Song
How the West Was Lost: The Conspiracy to Destroy German Culture in America
The Firebombing of Dresden
Racism Versus Republicanism
The Failure of American Foreign Policy in Postwar Germany
Lessons of the Weimar Republic
Messages and Discussion
Second Panel: The Future of the Alliance on the
Basis of the Strategic Defense Initiative
Classical Military Strategy and the Alliance
Schiller and the Defense of Liberty
Beam Defense Is Necessary for Europe
The Soviet Propaganda Fraud
Col. Hans E. Seuberlich
Our Freedom and Its Enemies
In Defense of Military Excellence
Lt. Cmdr. Forest McNeir
NATO Is Dead
Not 'Red or Dead," But Free and Alive
Gen. Giulio Macri
Messages and Discussion
An Evening with Friedrich Schiller
Friedrich Schiller: Poet of the American Revolution
Das Lied von der Glocke (The Song of the Bell)
Third Panel: The Principles of Economic Cooperation Among the Partners of the Alliance
The True Purpose of the Western Alliance
Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
Threat of a World Food Crisis
Military-Style Mobilization Can Deliver Emergency Food to Africa
Choice for Ibero-America: Kissinger Or LaRouche?
Development, Not Despair
Austerity and Military Strength Do Not Mix
Hon. Filippo de Jorio
Fourth Panel: Contributions of German Science for America:
Areas on the Frontiers of Science Today
Outline Program for Directions of Scientific Research
Uwe Henke von Parpart
Why A Schiller Institute In the Nuclear and Space Age?
Dr. Robert Moon
New Frontiers In Biophysics
James Frazer, Ph.D.
What Manner of Renaissance Do We Need In Physical Science?
Dr. Winston Bostick
Medical Research Protocols: The Battle for Health Care
Ned Rosinsky, M.D. 397
International Cooperation in the Exploration and Utilization of Space
Dr. David E. Flinchbaugh
Greetings and Telegrams
Principles of the Schiller Institute
Applying the standards of the best traditions of European civilization, we must unfortunately conclude that the principles upon which nations are conducting their foreign affairs today are extraordinarily poor. Whatever happened to those high ideals that such great thinkers as Nicolaus of Cusa or Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz specified for relations between states on the basis of natural law--ideals that guided not only the Fathers of the American Revolution, but also the parallel republican networks in Europe? If today we were to follow Cusa, Leibniz, Benjamin Franklin, or John Quincy Adams, then our goal should be to establish relations between nations on the basis of a community of principle among nations. Each individual state should be permitted to pursue its own national interest; that interest, however, must not be defined in such fashion that it stands in contradiction to the interest of the world as a whole. Each state must, at the same time, orient its foreign policy toward doing its utmost to promote the development of other states.
Is this an idealistic dream? A naive hope which has no place in this world of political pragmatism?
Perhaps so; but then, perhaps our world is in exceedingly bad shape. Perhaps we will not survive as a species because of our inability to uphold these principles as the basis of our conduct--just as other civilizations, such as the Roman Empire, have collapsed before us.
And what are foreign relations like today? The urgent needs of the so-called developing nations, the very lives of the millions residing there, are a pawn in the confrontation between the two superpowers. Proxy warfare is conducted there by political circles which could care less about these nations' actual interests.
Once again, the upper hand has been gained by that same malady against which the American Revolution was fought. Oligarchical forces now wield great power, often over the heads of ostensibly democratically elected governments. Their controlling influence over the monetary system, real estate, production and marketing of food and so-called strategic raw materials, has brought the developing countries to the brink of an unofficial reintroduction of the colonial system. This oligarchical influence over "foreign policy relations" is what has forced many of the world's nations into opposition against the United States, despite these nations' strong identification with the West and their desire to maintain alliances and friendship with America. This holds true for the entirety of Ibero-America (excepting Cuba), as well as for many countries in the Pacific region and Africa. In many cases, it is simply for lack of an explicitly positive American policy for solving their crushing problems, that these countries are pushed into Moscow's clutches.
The Western Alliance, even though it remains the sole guarantor of freedom in the world, unfortunately does not currently operate according to the ideas of the American Revolution. And if today it seems to have no ideas at all, and if relations between the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany are particularly overladen with tensions, we can only blame the influence of those same oligarchical policies.
This weakness is now turning into a dangerous liability. It has now become overwhelmingly evident that the Soviet Union's priority aim is to split the Federal Republic from the Western Alliance, so as to use it as a stepping-stone to dominating all of Europe. Analysis of the massive military maneuvers held this past July by the Warsaw Pact--the largest maneuvers since World War II--has convinced Western military experts that we cannot even dismiss the possibility that military operations may be launched against the territory of Western Europe itself.
With all its problems, the fact that Western Europe has remained secure against Soviet encroachments is nevertheless almost entirely due to the presence of American troops and the American nuclear umbrella. Therefore, proposals from Henry Kissinger, or his echo Helmut Schmidt, to make substantial troop withdrawals at this time are tantamount to the unofficial decoupling of Western Europe from the United States, and are an open invitation for the Soviets to march in. The identical direction is indicated by the delphically coded arguments of such spokesmen as Vernon Walters, who claims to support the maintenance of the alliance with Western Europe, while through the back door he is smuggling in his call for redeploying troops out of West Germany and into Central America.
Certainly one of the most dangerous conceivable developments would be a new strategic Cuban-missile-style crisis, involving the outbreak of simultaneous crises in Central America, Southeast Asia, the Persian Gulf, and Western Europe. It is just possible that the Soviet Union might attempt to deal President Reagan an ignominious strategic defeat in the course of such a crisis, possibly even before the American presidential elections this November.
The Schiller Institute, only a few short weeks after its founding, has established advisory boards in the United States and the Federal Republic bf Germany which already include an international body of 400 experts. In September, additional branches will be founded in other Western European and Ibero-American countries. In the short term, the Institute has set itself the task of preparing new studies in fields of inquiry in which the Western Alliance is urgently in need of reform, namely, in the fields of culture and history, military strategy, economics, and the natural sciences. The contributions appearing in this book, presented at the First International Conference of the Schiller Institute, July 3--4, 1984, represent a preliminary sampling of the work we have initiated.
But in addition to the immediately necessary reformulation of various foreign policy principles, the Schiller Institute has set itself a far more fundamental task. The founding members and advisory board share my view that all the multifarious problems plaguing the foreign affairs of virtually every nation today, must not simply be covered up with a shower of empty words. If it is true that the reasons for the world's present misery lie in our turning away from the principles of the American Revolution, then our only remedy is to return to those same conceptions.
It is my most profound personal conviction that the Western Alliance--and therefore our entire Western civilization and culture--will survive only if we return to the precepts of the American Revolution, German Classicism, and the Wars of Liberation against Napoleon. This means, above all, that within the population of the Western world, within individual men and women, we must reignite that spark which has always animated men's souls during the better epochs of human history. The Schiller Institute will therefore publish material and sponsor events aimed at familiarizing people today with the beautiful examples of the classical epochs, of renaissance periods, and of that fortunate confluence of events occurring approximately 200 years ago. For, as Friedrich Schiller perhaps knew better than anyone else, it is precisely during times of great crisis that it becomes necessary to study the great causes of humanity and history--whether in historical or poetical form--so that we today can measure ourselves against those greater ideals, finding within ourselves the strength to bring human society a bit further along in its development.
It is therefore to be hoped that these speeches and contributions will cause the reader to sense within himself the need to make some contribution to improving the course of events and, in one way or another, to lend support to the work of the Schiller Institute. An even better step would be to become a member of the Schiller Institute; and the greater the number of citizens who make that step, the closer we will have come to the republican idea.
RESCUE THE WESTERN ALLIANCE!
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On the Cover
photo: Early 19th-century copy of a bust of Schiller by Johann Heinrich von Dannecker.
Private collection, U.S.A.
Photograph: Philip Ulanowsky,
Cover design: Virginia Baier.
Printed in the United States of America
photo:Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute
text: This book presents the proceedings of the First International Conference of the Schiller Institute, held July 3-4, 1984 in Arlington, Virginia.
The Schiller Institute was founded in order to formulate and promote principles for a republican foreign policy of independent, sovereign states--the principles upon which America's Founding Fathers fought and won the American Revolution.
Never has the continued existence of humanity itself been more endangered than now. But at the same time, we have arrived at a punctum saliens, a "jumping-off place" from which we can--if we muster the resourcefulness and courage to do so--emerge from the present crisis with a new and just world order, and launch into the true Age of Reason.
But to do this, we must not only maintain the Western Alliance; we must also give it new content, recasting it on the basis of the ideas of the American Revolution, the German Classics, and the German republicans' Wars of Liberation against Napoleon.
The Schiller Institute therefore serves as a counterpole to the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the Trilateral Commission, and many other think-tanks which today are advocating the decoupling of Western Europe from the United States, and which aim to reshape the world on their own oligarchical model of the 19th-century "Holy Alliance."