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Schiller Institute Visits Dubna, Russia, the Science City

by Benoît Odille and Stephan Hochstein
November 2015

Two Schiller Institute representatives, Benoît Odille and Stephan Hochstein vistied the Science City of Dubna, Russia, from 26 to 30 October 2015, invited by the Russian Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo. In this short (15 minute) video, our reporters present how the city of Dubna can be a model for the future, in the spirit of the Schiller Institute's call for the creation of "Cusanus Cities" (after Nicholas of Cusa) all over the world.   Building such Science Cities, such as Dubna, which bring together research centers, universities, productive factories, and cultural and educational centers, is the optimistic pathway to a new Peace Paradigm for Civilization, based on the Common Aims of Mankind.             

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, one of the world’s leading scholars on Nicholas of Cusa, as well as being the Founder of the Schiller Institute, wrote that “If one were to write a new constitution for a world of sovereign nation-states, this definition of Nicolaus’s could go into it completely unchanged, because, first off, people have to exist.”  She quotes from Cusa’s Concordancia Catholica:

But, from the beginning, men have been endowed with reason, which distinguishes them from animals. They know, because of the existence of their reason, that association and sharing are most useful—indeed, necessary for their self-preservation, and to achieve the purpose of human existence.

And therefore, Cusa argues,

Human beings have built cities and adopted laws to preserve unity and harmony, and they established guardians of all of these laws, with the power necessary to provide for the public good.

Nicolaus then, in the clearest way, establishes the principle which separates the sovereign nation-state from the previous oligarchical forms of society, by defining the only legitimate source of power, as caring for the common good, to which all or a majority of people have to consent. “

As we show in the Special Report “The New Silk Road Becomes the World Landbridge,” the opportunity exists to enter the New Paradigm and build more of these cities.