A Global Shock to a Dead System: Trump Victory Is Only a Reprieve from War Danger, Unless a Much More Fundamental Change Can Be Enacted
Nov. 10 (EIRNS)—The stunning election victory of Donald Trump can only be properly understood in the context of global developments that all reflect a powerful popular repudiation of the system of war and usury that has dominated the trans-Atlantic region for the past 16 years of the Bush and Obama Presidencies. This revolt is international in character, and was reflected in June of this year when British voters rejected the European Union in the Brexit referendum. There are reflections of this revolt in Germany, where the Merkel government’s anti-Russia policies are running up against a wall of opposition, including from leading German industrial circles, who see trade and cooperation with Russia as an existential requirement.
The pattern extends beyond the significance of the U.S. events alone, which is not to diminish in the least the significance of the revolt of the American electorate against the Wall Street-Washington Establishment. A sizable number of American voters saw Hillary Clinton as a continuity of the bad old policies of the past 16 years, and they furthermore saw her as someone who would bring about a war with Russia that could mean the end of life on this planet as we know it.
The Trump vote was a vote against the danger of war, which came increasingly to be associated with Hillary Clinton’s anti-Putin diatribes throughout the campaign. It was a vote for an overhaul of U.S. economic policies, starting with the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall bank separation, which Trump openly embraced during a major campaign speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he also warned that Hillary Clinton would start World War III if elected.
The fact that an immediate danger of nuclear war is off the table for the time being is important, but it does not address the other grave crises that the world is facing.
The trans-Atlantic financial system is still on the edge of total disintegration, and unless that problem is immediately addressed, the conditions will soon re-emerge for global war. To solve that imminent crisis, the U.S. Congress must immediately pass the pending legislation in both Houses, to reinstate the original Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, breaking up the too-big-to-fail banks into totally separated commercial and investment banks. This must be the first order of business when Congress returns to Washington early next week.
Well beyond that urgently required action, other measures must be taken to forge new kind of relations among the leading nations of the planet. There is a prospect of a rapid restoration of U.S.-Russian relations, and what are needed are a series of positive accomplishments, that will help secure a global system of peace and stability. China’s President Xi Jinping repeatedly offered collaboration with President Obama towards precisely these ends, but Obama rejected all of those offers. The United States must correct the tragic blunder of having rejected the offer to participate in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the larger One Belt, One Road initiative.
In a special post-election webcast, Lyndon and Helga LaRouche called for a “New Deal for the Universe,” which involves a revival of the U.S. space program, in partnership with nations like China, which have continued with mankind’s extra-terrestrial imperative, while the United States, under President Barack Obama, effectively shut down the once great U.S. space program. Both Lyndon and Helga LaRouche emphasized that the moment has arrived, in which mankind must look beyond mere national interests to the interests of mankind as a whole.
“We need to reach out to see mankind in a broader light, by extending the power of mankind into the universe,” Mr. LaRouche declared.
There is a global movement in the direction of such profound ideas and challenges. It is reflected in the Chinese leadership in space exploration, and in the growing Chinese-Russian-Indian collaboration on the development of the Eurasian region through great infrastructure projects. It is only in the context of those global, profound changes that the full import of Tuesday’s vote can be properly situated. The repudiation of the old, dying system by an outpouring of American voters is a starting point, but no guarantee.
The U.S. election results have rolled back the imminent danger of nuclear war, but it would be a grave error to depend on President-elect Donald Trump to take the necessary steps. There are key players that can contribute to this new, urgently needed arrangement, when you look around the globe. Germany can play a healthy role. Russia under President Vladimir Putin is already playing an excellent role, and China under Xi Jinping is a major positive force.
Much of the progress that is so urgent will take place at the local and regional level, but all of those efforts must be in fulfillment of a larger global vision. A failure to take these challenging, but vital actions will lead to even greater disaster, including the reemergence of the danger of thermonuclear war. This requires serious thinking from a wide array of leaders from around the world.