The (real) Principle of Economics
Rolf. A. F. Witzsche
You may laugh here. The answer is obvious, isn't it? Virtually everybody knows what a banana looks like, what it feels like, and what it tastes like. But what about economics? How does an economic process relate to truth? What is the criterion for judging its truth?
The American economist and statesman, Lyndon LaRouche, has defined precisely such a criterion by which truth in economics can not only be determined, but can be measured. He states that in this specific realm truth is located in the" increase of the potential population density" of a region, a country, or a world. This statement defines what one should reasonably expect from an economic system as its accomplishment. Evidently the success of civilization is not measured by how many millions or billions a few individuals have been able to leach out of the economy of a society's labor. Rather, it is measured by how well a society as a whole is able to support its existence. Here, the LaRouche measurement comes into play.
Truth in economics, located in the increase of the potential population density.
In order to test the principle of economics for truth, let us go back to the beginning of civilization, to the time when humanity was made up of hunters and gatherers. For the sake of this exploration, let us assume that a certain valley was biologically rich enough to support a group of thirty people. They would hunt throughout the valley. They would gather up its fruits and grain. They would do this year after year. Naturally, there would always be enough food available to sustain a group of thirty people. However, when additional people would come into the valley to settle there, an equal number of people would die. (See drawing)