Sunday, May 5, 2019

Interview: Lyndon LaRouche explains how "the great industrial power of the United States" was lost

Editor's note: This interview was originally published in February 2017.

This is final article of my discussion with Lyndon LaRouche. The firstsecond, third, and fourth parts of our conversation are available on-line.  
Story by Joseph Ford Cotto 
People have said a great many things about Lyndon LaRouche over the years.  
To be fair, he has shared more than a bit about his own views -- and why not? At 94, he has a lifetime of experience in traversing the maze of politics, economics, science, and cultural pursuits that makes our world go 'round.
While LaRouche's claim to fame is principally of a fiscal nature -- his LaRouche-Reimann Method is perhaps the most accurate economic forecasting model yet devised -- the man has delved into so many different facets of the human experience that one can legitimately elevate him to polymath status.
Whether one should read his views on classical music or space technology, it is a wonder that a single fellow is capable of holding so much knowledge about such a diverse array of topics. Even in the case that his views are found to be disagreeable, it must be admitted that he knows his stuff.
The child of an independent-minded New England Quaker family who served in World War II, LaRouche was imbued with a deep sense of purpose from a young age. Having interviewed the man on several occasions and reviewed his biography, it seems clear to me that, for the immense complexity of his life's work, the overarching goal is raising the bar of civilization so as many people as possible enjoy a more-than-decent standard of living.
Of course, certain voices will point out that he ran into a financial snafu with the federal government, for which he did some jail time, or that the LaRouche organization is run with military-like efficiency -- something starkly unusual for civilian politics.
I say that nobody is perfect. I also say that, given his age and multitude of life lessons, he should be deemed a living historical monument. Special emphasis is due the word 'living' as LaRouche's movement is arguably stronger than ever, thanks to the Internet, and the finely-tuned publishing empire he built ensures that his views will remain in circulation for quite awhile. 
LaRouche spoke with me about several timely issues. Some of our conversation is included below.


Over the last sixty years, more or less, Detroit has experienced a remarkable decline in economic power. Once America's "arsenal of democracy," it has become a national blight so severe that international attention is raised. Formerly proud residential neighborhoods have been reduced to ghost towns -- if buildings are left to stand, that is. In certain locales, so many houses saw the wrecking ball that woodlands have reclaimed a once-bustling cityscape.

In Detroit's central business district, one can find forsaken structure after structure, whether these be office buildings, factories, or storefronts. While something of an urban renewal has blossomed, it pales in comparison to the sheer destruction which followed the last half-century-plus's flight of commerce. Splendorous towers designed before the Great Depression, once monuments to the American Dream, rot from the inside and convey the nightmare of living death. 

Even in the most abstract of senses, pundits and politicians often spar over why Detroit circles the drain. 

"The essential, inclusive fact respecting the presently plunging collapse of the State of Michigan generally lies in the George W. Bush, Jr. Administration's role in destroying the U.S. Michigan-pivoted national automobile manufacturing and related industry," LaRouche explains. "I was in a role of special influence in the effort to  prevent the overwhelming aspect of the shut-down of that industry."  

He tells me that "(t)he crucial role of the auto industry was established under the President Franklin Roosevelt's pre-World War II program for war-preparations (prior to the U.S. decision to actually go to war, even prior to the U.S. assistance to defense against Hitler's war). The mobilization on this account by the USA created the build-up of the vast machine of sheer power which the Roosevelt administration had built up, and continued to build for as long as FDR lived."

Detroit, however, prospered long after FDR's death in 1945.

"The factor of what was called 'Detroit' created the great industrial power of the United States," LaRouche says. "Even during recent decades, the locations for multiply-capable auto floor-space localities continued to have existed until the actual decision to shut down the essential elements of the U.S. machine-tool design and manufacturing capabilities and ship abroad the great power built upon the auto-manufacturing base which had kept the United States economy alive."

The sad fact, though, is that our nation's economy is dead as a doornail in too many places to mention here. Detroit is notable because it is the most visible of these. The Washington Consensus has come to take little -- if any -- issue with this, preferring to continue down the trail blazed by the Bush presidents, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and others.

"Now, unless [the present] policy of practice is reversed, the situation of the United States today would remain a hopeless one," LaRouche warns. "This recovery of that sector of our former industrial might need not be specifically auto production. For as long as our machine-tool-design industry has remained live and able machine-tool design abilities continue to exist, our United States could still be brought back to life.  If we fail to  respond to that challenge immediately at this time, the existence of the United States were virtually a thing of a soon-forgotten past."


LaRouche and I had the above conversation almost four years ago, though it was not published until this article was made public. I am glad that our chat finally has its day in the sun, specifically so others may take something away from it about how the American Way has truly lost its way. Untold commentators and so-called "public servants" are still shocked about how and why Donald Trump won.

Hopefully those of them who read this article have had at least a few of their questions answered.