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Dialog with LaRouche at the  LAROUCHE NUCLEAR FORUM IN IBERO-AMERICA -

June 15, 2006


QUESTION: Mr. LaRouche, my question is about the electoral
process in Mexico. We know that the PAN is a Synarchist party. I
back the Lopez Obrador candidacy, not because I think he has a
solution but because I think it's a way to stop the allies of
Bush here in Mexico, which is what the PAN is. And this would be
our way to help contribute to what you're doing there in the
United States against Cheney and Bush, and to try to create a new
way of thinking in the population. So I'd like to know what you
would have to say about Synarchism internationally. Those are my
comments.


LAROUCHE: Mediocre leadership, which is what your problem is
with Lopez Obrador, would be adequate to deal with the threat to
civilization now. For example, in the United States, in the
Democratic Party, that is, among elected Democratic Party
officials and activists within the party, in both the Republican
and Democratic Party combined, you have a sufficient basis for
overthrowing the policies of George Bush, the George Bush
administration. What's the problem, then? Why is it that
Democrats, who sometimes cooperate with me, sometimes even accept
my leadership, suddenly seem to fall on their faces and not do
Why does a Lopez Obrador, whose reforms in Mexico City and some
of his policies were excellent, at least in part, why does he
suddenly seem to become weak in face of the run-down to an
election? Why do we see this around the world? Why do we see
what is actually impotence among people who represent the
constituency, or the leadership of the constituency, which would
be willing to undertake the solution to the problem?


This I'm very familiar with, this problem. The problem of
leadership. Sometimes the idea of democracy, the way it's spread
is the enemy of freedom. Because freedom always occurs, and has
always occurred in history, by leaders who have insight into what
needs to be done, and the courage to clearly present and mobilize
people around that insight.


It's the same thing as command in war: A great people can
lose a war, because of a lack of leadership. In the case of the
saving of the United States, which had been a Hellish country
during the 1920s, under Coolidge and Hoover, Roosevelt saved the
United States with his leadership! Now, it wasn't just his
personal leadership. He wasn't a dictator, he was a President of
the United States, and he had with him people who were leaders.
And together, they worked and they organized. And they
transformed a broken United States in a period of less than 10
years, into the most powerful economy, the most powerful nation
on this planet by more than doubling its strength! And without
what the United States did under Franklin Roosevelt, Hitler would
have ruled the world. It was the U.S. intervention alone, which
prevented a Nazi domination of the world, long before 1945!
Hitler would have won the war by 1943, without what Roosevelt
did.


So therefore, the problem you face is the problem of
leadership. And the problem we have in the United States, is the
lack of leadership. And that's what my role is, is to provide an
image of what leadership represents, to push leading people.
Now, the same case happens to Mexico. If you don't have a
strong leader who actually provides leadership, a perspective of
building the country, not merely as a reformer who's going to do
some nice things, who's not a bad person, then against a
determined opposition, a powerful opposition, they'll crush you!
Because the problem in Mexico is that the pressure is from the
United States, and some other sources; the pressure to do to
Mexico what they plan to do to Mexico. And the problem that
people in Mexico are seeing, is a leadership which is, in its
populist standard, a decent leadership, which would resist some
of the worst things. Are they capable of providing the whole
people a sense of leadership, which would mobilize the people to
defend themselves?


The big problem around the world today, is that the lower
80% of families, adult families in the world, do not have a sense
that they are part of the government. They don't have a sense of
themselves as being treated as citizens. They see themselves as
people who are trying to blackmail government, by strikes or
other demonstrations, or other means; or choosing among their
enemies for leadership, in the sort.


We need leaders who inspire the great masses of people to
stand up for themselves. When people believe that they have
leaders who will actually solve, identify and solve the problems
of life that they are suffering, in a time of crisis, people will
mobilize. And it is precisely a lack of that kind of leadership,
you see in the United States today, you see in Europe today. And
you see it also in parts of the hemisphere. The lack of
confidence of leaders to lead fights, the lack of confidence of
people {in} their leaders. You have good signs for example in
Argentina. You see where a sense of good leadership has
strengthened a country, and has been a very useful part of trying
to bring cooperation among the member-states of South America
together. Not perfectly, but bringing it together. You have a
process in South America, which on surface, is very promising. It
is not strong enough to change the world situation. But if we in
the United States were to cooperate, change our policies and
cooperate with what is emerging in South America now, you would
have a change in the hemisphere, you would have a change in the
world.


What is needed is leaders, leaders who have a clear
understanding of what has to be done, and approach politics as
you would expect a general to approach politics on the
battlefield: that is, not to kill people, but to provide the
kind of leadership which mobilizes a people to act effectively in
their own interests. And that's where the problem lies.
My struggle in the United States, is to find among the
leading people in the United States, real leadership. And to
find a possible replacement, Presidential replacement for the
present President--{soon, quickly!} To get Bush out of there,
and get Cheney out of there first. Without that, civilization's
in danger, for all of us.


Now, I'm getting somewhat older now. I'll be 84 years of
age in September, and my prospects for running the United States,
say for eight years are not very good, biologically. Though I
still may be around for the coming eight years. But I know what
needs to be done: I'm trying to find, and groom, and encourage,
people in the United States' system, who would have a change of
being elected as President, or performing other functions of
political leadership. And to pulling together a group in the
United States, which will represent the leadership which will
{respond} to the challenge of these times. And to the
responsibilities of the United States, not only to its own
people, but the historic responsibility of the United States for
the people of the Americas, and for the people of the world. We
have to provide the spark, which encourages the world to believe
that they can do something to fix their problems. And that's
where the problem lies.


The problem is, the populism is a problem of all of us, as
in Mexico. The idea of being a populist is not bad, it's better
than the alternative. But in a time of crisis, is not an
adequate leadership. Adequate leadership means taking dramatic
action, mobilizing the people to support dramatic action of
reform, especially today, economic reform. We must provide mass
employment in productive industry, in agriculture, in
manufacturing, in technology. We must introduce a higher
standard of education and availability for university education.
We must build up infrastructure, we must build up water
resources, power resources. We must develop agriculture back to
a higher level of strength. {We must do these things!} And we
must have a leadership which boldly acts, and says to the people,
"If you agree, we will do the following; if you agree, we will do
the following; if you agree, we will do the following." And
mobilize the people themselves, {to move} in their own interests.
It's the same way you move an army: You move the army to
fight in its own national interests. You move a people in
peacetime, to fight for its own national interests. But you must
convey to them, very clearly, the kind of action which must be
taken, {by them and by others}, to save their situation. If
you're sitting back, and you say, "Well, I'm going to give you
this, and I'm going to give you that, I'm going to give you
this," that is not leadership. Leadership is mobilizing the
people to act {in their own interests.} Tell them, "You have
permission to act in your own interest. You have our support, to
act in your own interests."


And people will respond to that. They did under Roosevelt.
I saw it. I was living, you know, as a young fellow, back in the
1920s: I saw the Hoover and Coolidge Administration, especially
the Hoover Administration. I saw what happened under Roosevelt:
The people of the United States changed in response to the
leadership of Franklin Roosevelt. And what they did, was not
what he told them to do, though they did that, but they did it
because {they were acting in their own interests}, to get out of
the Depression, and in their own interest to prevent the world
from being taken over by Hitler.


So, we require leaders who have the courage, the
intellectual insight for an accurate assessment of the situation;
who share that assessment with the people; who tell the people
what the {people} must do! Not what they're going to promise the
people, but {what the people themselves must do}, in order to
change the situation. And that's where the weakness lies.
And I would hope that people in the Americas, based on what
I see with the tendency toward unification on common interests,
among the states of South America in particular, I would hope
that that would be seen as a force which can be used to shape the
emergence of an appropriate leadership among the nations of South
America, to open up the great opportunity there.


And I, of course, am immediately, automatically, allied with
whatever that leadership is, whatever that proves to be, because
that's what we need in the Americas as a whole. The problem
here, is a lack of a sense of leadership among politicians; a
lack, a loss of understanding among political parties of what
leadership is;, a false conception of democracy which means that
you deliver things to the people as charity, rather than getting
the people to rise on their hind legs, as human beings, and take
what is theirs by acting in favour of the actions which they must
do, with the support and assistance of their government to change
their situation.




About LaRouche - the American economist and statesman that has become a legend in our time in the fight to advance civilization, protect mankind, and create a new renaissance: 

" We are at a point in world history. 
At the present time, the international monetary financial system
of the world is in the process of disintegration. That does not mean the end of the world. It means that we either make certain changes, or this
planet will go in fact into a prolonged new dark age, comparable
to what happened to Europe during the middle to late part of the
14th century." (LaRouche, June 15, 2006)


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