For those who dwell in North America or Europe, the darkest hours of each day are those in which I dwell between the hours of our own Midnight and Dawn along my native Atlantic Coast, the place where I am situated as I write here and now. Those are the darkened hours of my day as I sit here, arisen from my bed, while so many here seem to be sleeping their lives away in a place far distant from the world’s reality. Here many among my North American associates are sleeping their unwitting lives away, as if unwitting of the great moments which had occurred within Europe during Saturday and Sunday, or, to be precise, Rüsselsheim, in Germany.
I was there, in my time, that one of the greatest moments of recent times had come, and past, even for most of my own North American associates, between the weekend hours past, up to the presently oncoming coming of the presently approaching new day. My sleeping friends here remain, for the greater part, unwitting, taken up, all too much, with their own dreamy illusions. In a few hours, those dreamworld days will have come and gone.
So, I sit here, knowing that dreams will soon turn to shrieks and screams. One voice heard now will have crowed like a cock at dawn, then several more will be heard, and, then, the real nightmare, of a mass of sleepers roused, will begin The playroom fantasies of my sleeping friends here, are soon to be no more. The dawn, just born, will soon die; it was “a false dawn,” and, so, the awful nightmare which has been our “Garden of Delights,” will begin.
The night itself, was already here.
I.A.M. International President Tom Buffenbarger Greets Schiller Institute Conference
Tom Buffenbarger, the International President of the IAM, sent the following message of greeting to the July 2-3 Schiller Institute conference in Russelsheim, which was read during the opening panel of the event.
"On behalf of the 730,000 members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers [IAM], I am proud to extend our warmest greetings and best wishes for a successful Schiller Institute's 2011 International Conference. The IAM commends the work of the Institute as the global economy continues to struggle through these unprecedented times. The search for global and national economic stability requires new thinking, new ideas and at the same time, a deep historical appreciation for those fiscal policies that promoted and assured prudent fiscal management.
"In the United States of America, the IAM is proud to be in the forefront of progressive organizations in seeking the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall legislation that will serve as a pillar of re-regulating lawless financial institutions and reordering national priorities toward supporting revitalization of national infrastructure and quality job creation.
"The IAM recognizes the value of dignified and respectable work as fundamental to human and societal progress. History has repeatedly demonstrated that when capital is properly placed subservient to ideas and work, great things benefitting all nations result.
"Good luck with your proceedings over the next few days and thank all of you attending for your dedication to the proposition that action does speak louder than words."
- R. Thomas Buffenbarger,
International President International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers
Irish Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Community Greets Schiller Institute Conference
The following written greetings were submitted from Ireland, by Thomais Kakouli-Duarte, PhD, Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Community of Annunciation in Ireland. Kakouli-Duarte recently called on the Irish government and the Greeks to both default on their debts to the ECB and IMF and to return to their sovereign currencies.
Last week I was not aware of the Schiller-Institute. I am delighted that I was contacted by the Institute recently and became aware of its efforts. I was pleasantly surprised to discover the various areas of action that the Institute focuses, ranging from political, to economic, to scientific and technological, to cultural, to philosophical. This constitutes an overall holistic approach to the challenges that mankind faces in the 21st century. This is indeed what is missing from political governance and representation at national and international levels: an overall holistic problem solving approach. Our planet is a living entity, and as a human being wrongly is treated for disease by the mainstream medical establishment only focussing on its material side and ignoring its spiritual and emotional sides, so our planet and its problems have been approached in a very compartmentalised way by political elites the world over.
I therefore welcome the fresh and truly innovating, but classical at the same time, scope of the conference and I congratulate you on this effort. I wish you every success with it and I look forward to the advancements arising.
With greetings and solidarity from Ireland
-Thomais Kakouli-Duarte, PhD
Secretary of the Greek Orthodox Community of Annunciation in Ireland,
Past President of the Hellenic Community of Ireland
Written contribution of Belgian MP John Crombez to the July 2-3 Schiller Institute Conference
Unable to attend, Belgian MP John Crombez (both a Member of the House of Representatives of the Belgian Federal Government and a Senator at the regional Flemish Parliament), and currently the head of the Parliamentary Group of the Flemish Socialists, submitted a written statement read as a contribution to the debate on the urgent need to overhaul the global financial system.
John Crombez: “Financial markets and banks are on a road to nowhere”
“Since the start of the financial crises of October 2008, the essential elements of the banking and finance landscape haven’t changed. Despite of the whole lot of announcements and daring statements by European leaders, real change hasn’t come. Some of the messages for a changing financial environment haven’t led to much more than blurring the real necessary discussions. What brought us to the crisis? Why have the supervision authorities been blind or blindfolded for years and years? Why are the individuals that organized the crisis or the ones whose profession it was to put brakes on the leverage explosion, why are they still the decision makers? And last but certainly not the least, why were laws not adopted, that could lead to the avoidance of a new crisis. Recently, the Basel committee launched an idea to create a list of banks that are “too big to fail.” What does that mean? Is that an official go to let them take all the risk they want? The answer would be that it is not the case, since more stringent ratios were adopted. That is nonsense. The risk measurements in the banks that are supposed to allow a monitoring of risks taken by the banks did not work, and it will not work. Picture an evaluation of the past five years, if somebody would write a book from a distance in say 2025. What will they see looking backward? They will see that banks accumulated risk on risk, without reasonable limitation. The explosion of banking activities, largely rescued by the tax payer’s money, went along with 6 million job losses in the European region. Next a European Parliament that didn’t decide to put restrictions on leverage, speculation or bonuses, but on the contrary only demands budgetary measures with large impacts on households. The latter [European Parliament] is guided by the same banks, again taking the same risks. (…)
Why weren’t restrictions on speculation, leverage and bonuses imposed? Because the lobbying of the banking sector had more impact on European decision makers, than the population had. Let’s say that these three subjects aren’t tackled.
But even under these conditions there exists the possibility to impose a new environment.
One: impose “banking wills.” Canada has done it. And Canada was one of the countries which suffered the least impact from the banking crises; Two: put a focus on consumer protection. Selling risky products with latent costs is still everywhere; And three: impose a transaction tax, settling a reserve to be activated when the next crises to come starts.
One of the reasons that is often given on a national level, explaining why governments refuse to take such measures on a national level, is to say that it is impossible to do it, as long as there is no international coherent model. That is, so to say, nonsense. I already mentioned the example of one of the safer banking countries, Canada. They did it, despite of the lack of an international agreement. Even more, adopting these laws on a national basis increases the possibility for coherent international measures.
In conclusion, three years after the crises, we are mainly in the same situation as at the time of the crises. Risks can be taken by the banks while losses are translated into the household budgets. Measures to avoid that system have NOT been taken, even if authorities as Mervyn King, and a lot of academics have clearly stated that the current situation is unacceptable. There is no plan for growth and jobs. There only is a road to nowhere, and that road, in the current political mentality can only potentially be stopped by the next crises. Thank You.”
MP Belgium and Senator Flemish Parliament
Head of Parliamentary Group of Socialists
Prominent French Fusion Scientist Jean Robieux Greets Schiller Institute Conference
Jean Robieux, the so-called “Father of Laser Fusion”, and Former Scientific Director of the CGE Research Center in Marcoussis, France, submitted the following written statement to the July 2-3 Schiller Institute Conference in Russelsheim, Germany.
Laser Fusion and Creativity in the Service of Human Labor
I offer my warm thanks to Mrs Helga Zepp-LaRouche, President of the Schiller Institute, who has organized this conference, and I take great pleasure in speaking to an assembly which lives in the spirit of youth and discovery. At my age, I am following your combat for science with great hope.
The point of my offering today is to show you the prospects offered by laser-driven fusion, in the context where the use of fission for electricity to production in Germany is threatened.
I also want to show you how I reached these conclusions -- how I was able to obtain these results -- in such a manner that those who listen can take it into account in guiding themselves, because research has discoveries as its objective, and if capacities exist on this front, they must be cultivated.
I will also show that thanks to laser-driven fusion, very beautiful perspectives indeed present themselves to us. Unfortunately, less beautiful in France than I would have hoped, for it is we who discovered laser fusion, it is we who have paved the way, yet after twenty years the principal objective is considered to be a military one, while I would prefer the civilian objective.
Former Scientific Director, CGE Research Center