‘Democracy’: Is It The General Welfare Principle Or Partisan Paralysis And Regime-Change War?


by Harley Schlanger, Rogue Money:

Shouting that China and Russia threaten “democratic values,” the leading officials of the United States and Europe have demonstrated their utter inability to practice “democracy” successfully. Their parties render them unable to govern — or as currently in Germany, even to form a government to attempt it. They fail to reduce poverty where China is eliminating it; cannot stop a spreading drug addiction and suicide epidemic. They watch a neo-conservative military-Wall Street complex wage regime-change wars “against authoritarians, and for democracy”; those wars cause disastrous human suffering and death and destruction of wealth, spread international terrorism and mass refugee flows. They now face another developing financial crash, paralyzed by Wall Street from acting to stop it as China’s authorities have done. Instead they shout “China is going to crash” year after year, while its contribution to the world’s economic growth actually continually increases.

These problems require cooperation with China and Russia to solve, as President Trump clearly seemed to intend as he took office. But although the perpetrators of “Russiagate” who started the coup against him are now thoroughly discredited, the process of forcing the President into an anti-Russia, anti-China stance continues even in his own Administration.

Twice in the past two days, op-eds in one of China’s leading newspapers, Global Times have directly contrasted that nation’s ability to serve the general welfare of its people — government by and for the people — to the United States’ extreme partisan paralysis and pursuit of “democracy” abroad by war. The second op-ed took up an issue now central to American partisan paralysis: economic infrastructure.

As the President has repeatedly acknowledged: The United States fails to deal with its crumbling infrastructure, does not defend its citizens from repeated hurricane flooding, fatal transportation breakdowns, bridge and dam collapses, contaminated drinking water — let alone improve their lives with new infrastructure platforms, as China has rapidly built out 15,000 miles of the most modern high-speed rail lines and revolutionized its people’s mobility. If the United States insists that China is its competitor, Global Times wrote, “Infrastructure construction is also a sort of competition.”

And this is a competition to serve the general welfare. President Trump’s infrastructure plan, pushed on him by Goldman Sachs bank, will not do it; but neither has either political party offered a workable alternative — for well over half a century of decay and breakdown.

The only workable alternative is the one that aims at the common welfare of the American people and of mankind. That alternative starts by breaking up the Wall Street banks — reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act — and issuing trillions in new productive credit through a new national bank or Reconstruction Finance Corporation, to build a new, high-technology infrastructure platform for the United States. That approach is from Lyndon LaRouche’s now famous “Four Laws,” which also specify restoring the “Apollo Project” level of NASA effort for space exploration, and reviving research on fusion power technologies to the level of a crash program.

The infrastructure issue will now become part of the partisan 2018 elections. Let the common aims and welfare of mankind judge that competition, as they will judge China, America and “democracy.”

‘Growing Neo-Con Hysteria over China Proves That the Silk Road Spirit Is Unstoppable’

Feb. 13, 2018 (EIRNS)—Schiller Institute representative Harley Schlanger issued the announcement today for the weekly webcast of Helga Zepp-LaRouche on Thursday, Feb. 15. The weekly strategic webcasts air Thursdays on the Schiller Institute’s New Paradigm site at 12:00 noon Eastern time, 18:00 Central European time.

In his announcement, Schlanger, who hosts the webcasts, wrote:

“The escalating drumbeat against China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) coming from Trans-Atlantic geopolitical institutions and their political puppets, such as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, is a testament to the growing influence of Xi Jinping’s ‘win-win’ diplomacy. What Helga Zepp-LaRouche first identified as a ‘New Paradigm’ has gained adherents worldwide, as the ‘New Silk Road Spirit’ is contagious. Nations in Africa, Asia and South and Central America, which have been looted under IMF and World Bank austerity demands, are turning to the BRI, which is demonstrating that real economic progress is possible. The BRI process offers hope that poverty can be eliminated worldwide, as it has been dramatically reduced in China.

“Instead of celebrating this process, or joining it, the Trans-Atlantic elites are up to their old tricks, in a desperate effort to prevent the New Paradigm from succeeding. Their old paradigm, of regime change and wars, of deploying terror operations, of free trade deals combined with austerity that produce murderous economic devastation, continues, even as the basis for their survival has been severely weakened.

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