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Journal of Poetry, Science, and Statecraft

Winter, 2004 Vol XIII, No.4

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Front Inside Cover
Bernhard Riemann’s
‘Dirichlet’s Principle’

Back Inside Cover
Francisco Goya:
Irony, Politics, Truth

Table of Contents

“It is through beauty that one proceeds to freedom.”
—Friedrich Schiller

Winter 2004

Follies of the Economic Hitmen:
Re-Animating the World’s Economy
Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

Francisco Goya,
The American Revolution, and the Fight
Against the Synarchist Beast-Man
Karel Vereycken

An Introduction to
Pythagorean Sphaerics
Los Angeles LYM Sphaerics Group












Defeat Bush’s Social Security Privatization: A Foot
in the Door for Fascism
The Worst Flood Catastrophe in History: The World
Needs a New, Just World Economic Order!

U.S. Conference: ‘Fight To Turn the Course of History’
LaRouche Webcast: We Need Beauty, Real Economics
European Conference: ‘A Turning Point in History’
LYM Works to Master Bel Canto Singing Method

Morals and Immorality: The U.S. Crisis Now

Bernhard Riemann’s ‘Dirichlet’s Principle’
Lejeune Dirichlet and the Mendelssohn Youth Movement

Verdi’s Il Trovatore: Sublime Love vs. Revenge
Rigoletto: Verdi’s Education of the Emotions

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The Second Bill of Rights
Will in the World

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Fidelio Review
Winter 2004

by Ken Kronberg

The just-released winter issue of the Schiller Institute journal Fidelio is devoted to the fundamental issue of statecraft and economic science: How to create the conditions under which individuals are enabled to develop and apply their intellectual potential to contribute to the progress of society overall.

Since this problem is essentially cultural, the roots of the underlying coherence between the arts and the sciences form the basis for any possible solution. In ``The Follies of the Economic Hitmen: Re-Animating the World's Economy,'' Lyndon LaRouche takes on the false assumption that the failure of the major infrastructure projects of the United Nations Development Decades of the 1960s and1970s--which were inspired in no small measure by the great encyclical of Pope Paul IV, ``Populorum Progressio,'' discussed in the Commentary in this issue of Fidelio--to lift the former colonial nations of the world out of poverty, proves that such development projects are inherently unsound. In fact, as LaRouche demonstrates, it was the failure to raise the educational and cultural capacities of the populations of these regions, which made the potential contribution of these projects unrealizable. We are confronted with the results, for example, in the man-determined aspect of the devastation wreaked by the recent Indian Ocean tsunami, as Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp LaRouche reviews in her call for the creation of a New, Just World Economic Order, based on the proposals of Lyndon LaRouche for a New Bretton Woods to replace the collapsing, vampire-like IMF system.

It is because the transformation of culture must take place at the level of axiomatic assumptions, that studying and re-experiencing the great scientific breakthoughs of man's history are crucial--since here, in a pure form, we confront the power of unseen boundary conditions to determine the potential for action within a seemingly fixed system. In ``An Introduction to Pythagorean Sphaerics,'' a group of Los Angeles LYM members show the progress of their study of crucial developments in the history of astronomy, through ``a skit intended to provoke curiosity about why we study the heavens,'' which focusses on the issue of such boundary conditions in examples drawn from Ancient Egypt, Classical Greece, and Kepler's Renaissance.

Later in the issue, a Pedagogical Exercise on the mathematics of ``Dirichlet's Principle'' continues this focus, by posing the suggestive example from economics: ``What is the relationship between all physical-economic relationships, and the economic boundary conditions of physical infrastructure and cultural development? What is the relationship between these boundary conditions, and the singularities represented by the introduction of new technologies?''

As in the sciences, so in the arts, it is the creation of such historically specific metaphors that inspires people to fight for progress. The visual images wrought by Spain's great republican artist Francisco Goya to portray ironically the horror of the Hapsburg feud feudalism that ran the Spanish Inquisition, and the slavish mentality of those who acquiesced to it, are just such metaphors, aimed at challenging\ and uplifting the population through their commitment to {truth.} Karel Vereycken's ``Francisco Goya, the American Revolution, and the Fight Against the Synarchist Beast-Man'' takes us step by step through the mind of Goya, as he works to mobilize his countrymen in their battle for survival. Which is precisely where we find ourselves today.


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