By Christine Corey
“One of the greatest tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves. On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practice the very antithesis of these principles…We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practice the very opposite of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace, and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war. We make our fervent pleas for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinchingly the low road of injustice. This strange dichotomy, this agonizing gulf between the ought and the is, represents the tragic theme of man’s earthly pilgrimage.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love
This past January 15th was the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. He would have been 87 years old today but was taken away from us at the young age of 39. It would be safe to say that the majority of Canadians have a fond memory of Dr. King- what he accomplished and what he stood for. Yet at the time, he was considered by many to be a dangerous trouble-maker, igniting a powder keg that could only lead to further violence and oppression… “better not to stir the pot” was what many then thought. Despite us thinking fondly upon the civil rights movement today, we have forgotten the very spirit that made such a stand for universal human rights so powerful and we have forgotten why Dr. King and others were willing to die for such an idea. We have forgotten that he did not merely champion the rights of African Americans, but of all Americans and ultimately every world citizen, most notably challenging the morality of the Vietnam War.
Today, we live in an age where such wars are not the exception but the norm. The last significant protest of any war by Canadians occurred in 2003 where over 250 000 rallied to the cold streets of Montreal in January to oppose the illegal war in Iraq. Since then, we have been silent and increasingly accepting of constant “regime-change warfare” from Libya, to Syria and Yemen.
In the Western world, we find ourselves moving ever closer towards a state of outright fascism. This can be seen most poignantly in the general case of Europe which is in the midst of a financial collapse accelerated by an unsustainable refugee crisis. The conditions of despair and austerity have amplified the popularity of known fascist right wing parties, for example, the Golden Dawn in Greece, the National Democratic Party in Germany, the National Front in France, and so on. In America, the surge in popularity for Donald Trump represents an obvious expression of this same fascist trend. Instead of recognising that the problem is located in the parasitical banking structure and the Anglo/Saudi-sponsored rise of ISIS, the populace is instead being led to attack itself.
At the start of this New Year, we have seen the implementation of the bail-in banking regime, which heralds the next stage in the general collapse of the world financial structure. The bail-in program is nothing more than a criminal piece of legislation which condones the buying of bail-in bonds and the seizing of citizens’ deposits by the very criminal “too big to fail/ too big to jail” banks which are insolvent.
In light of this dark situation, the financial oligarchy centered in the City of London and Wall Street is doing everything in its power to do what empires do when confronted with the collapse of their system… unleash chaos. Unfortunately, in this day and age, such imperial wars are nuclear wars and cannot be tolerated by anyone with brains and morality. The Anglo-Saudi sponsored Syrian crisis, mixed with the US-British-NATO military encirclement of Russia and China is a recipe for just such a disaster.
The solution to these problems is simple enough, however the difficulty lies in the absence of courage and optimism to demand that necessary changes occur. The Wall Street and City of London financial structure can no longer be tolerated to hold the world hostage. It is this dying system whose criminal activities not only include money laundering for the booming drug trade, with heroine use reaching record levels across Europe, Canada and the USA, but also the funding of terrorist organisations internationally.
A moral people would not allow themselves to be held hostage by laws made by jackals.
A new hope has arisen since Xi Jinping’s March 2013 announcement that China’s new international program would be based upon global “win win” cooperation called the “New Silk Road” (aka: One Belt One Road Initiative). This program for a “New Silk Road” was first generated by our organisation when Helga Zepp-LaRouche spoke at the International Symposium on Economic Development of the New Euro-Asia Continental Bridge in Beijing 1996. In her speech, titled “Building the Silk Road Land-Bridge: The Basis for the Mutual Security Interests of Asia and Europe”, she stated
“The right to generate credit must be brought back under the control of sovereign governments. Through appropriate legislation, national banks must be able to generate credit lines for these projects. As these credits are related to future production, wealth is being created, and they are not inflationary… As the realization of infrastructure projects of this magnitude, will require all available industrial capacities of the participating nations, and, as new capacities have to be created, the different countries should work in a division of labor, and thereby balance existing three-way trade flows through so-called clearing-houses. A newly founded Eurasian Development Bank could take over this task.”
This 21st century New Deal program is quickly becoming global in scope, has integrated all of the BRICS nations, and is open for all nations of the Trans-Atlantic to join. It’s financing is driven by new credit mechanisms such as the BRICS Development Bank, the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, Contingency Reserve Agreement and New Silk Road Funds. Millions of productive jobs are already being created in Eurasia, with nations gaining strength to break free of the IMF-City of London control structures for the first time in generations.
The unleashing of such optimistic programs as the New Silk Road provides, vectored on development in the atomic world, in space exploration and on earth requires the unleashing of a quality of genius in science and arts which expresses the most universal and beautiful ideas needed to uplift humankind to a higher state of compassion, insight and creative reason. It is only by the mutual development of both the material condition of man led by the spiritual, cultural, creative condition, that humanity’s true destiny as the only self-consciously creative species can finally be expressed, and the bestial age of geopolitics, monetarism and empire can be finally put behind us.
A Return to Dr. King’s Vision is Needed
With such optimistic processes offering humanity a bright future now unfolding, while our country continues to support the NATO war drive, the question must be asked: How did we veer off of the course that Dr. King had set into motion? How do we return to such an idea of humanity?
Responsibility for long-lasting change and salvation lies ultimately within the people to further ignite the spark of courage and humanity in times of crisis such as those we are now living through.
Therefore, our tragedy lies in our inaction and we will never be free as long as we are governed by fear.
It should be made the commitment of all citizens, to recognize in this global crisis, a true opportunity to liberate our nation and humanity at large from the shackles of oligarchism, and unleash a new age of peace and prosperity alongside the BRICS nations and no longer be dragged further into a war of mutually assured destruction… a destruction not only of nations but of a growing number of souls who are living in such tortured regions. We must once again take responsibility for our country’s actions and be active players towards a just world, free of tyranny and oppression.
“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”
-FDR speech at his First Inauguration 1933