Lyndon and Helga LaRouche have emphasized for many years that, as society decays and destroys itself, one must examine the wrong approaches in all areas of society and replace them with approaches based on Reason and the constant development for the future. Anyone who honestly examines our society today in light of this intention towards the future must be appalled! Therefore in parallel to the scientific work being spearheaded by The Basement, the international LaRouche Youth Movement (LYM) has been working on the crucial developments of the cultural history of the classical arts. The challenge is to re-discover the breakthroughs of the greatest composers, to re-experience their compositions and bring these developments in human creativity back into the consciousness of the majority of the population. This is not a new approach to political and social revolution: Friedrich Schiller had laid a basis for this in his 1795 study, Letters On the Aesthetic Education of Man:
"All improvement in the political sphere should proceed from the ennobling of the character--but how can the character be ennobled under the influence of a barbaric State constitution? We would have to seek out a tool for this end which the State does not provide us, and with it, open up well-springs which remain pure and unalloyed throughout all political corruption. ... This tool is beautiful art, and these well-springs open up through art's immortal examples."
The most crucial study in this re-discovery process of this lost culture has been the intense work on the classical choral music of J. S. Bach's Jesu, meine Freude (MP3), W. A. Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, and recently Beethoven's choral movement of his Ninth Symphony. There are many recordings of the LYM performing these works but only recently have there been any major breakthroughs. The best way to get a sense of this process is to participate in it directly, but until then, the audio, video, and reading material found on this page offer you a glimpse into immersing yourself in the struggle to express the Beautiful which our program aims at offering.
Book III of Kepler's Harmony, A Pedagogical Website
LaRouchePAC Basement researcher Megan Beets has just published a new series of webpage pedagogicals on the content of Kepler's The Harmony of the World-Book III. The material covered in Book III has been completed at just the right time, when the discussion of rigorous classical music has never been more needed. Visit the website here:
by Aaron Halevy As a part of the Basement Research Team's ongoing investigation of the pervasive principle of the mind, Aaron investigates the unique "space-time" of the mind as it it revealed in the boundaries of the highest actions of creative concentration, i.e. classical art and scientific discovery. This report comes in two parts, with Part I outlining the development of the concept of the Noösphere from Shelley to Vernadsky and Part II covering some unique expressions of mind in action.
by Aaron Halevy An ominous sword hangs over civilization's head today: global economic crisis, severe weather around the globe and in the solar system, and the threat of total extinction, but if mankind is a willful species, then who the hell put that sword there?