LaRouche’s Four Laws: Man’s Unique Nature
by Tony Papert
Only the adoption of Lyndon LaRouche’s June 8, 2014 “Four New Laws to Save the USA Now,” can save the trans-Atlantic region from a “general, physical-economic chain-reaction breakdown-crisis.” If you intend to be anything more than a mere bystander, or worse, in this onrushing crisis, you must read and understand the Four Laws.
What I hope to do here is to improve your insight, if possible, into the great premise underlying LaRouche’s Four Laws. That premise, as he makes clear, is the totally unique nature of the human species in the entire universe. Only man creates new forms of existence never seen before and otherwise impossible. Only man creates the future; only man creates the future existence of humanity; and only man creates human creativity itself.
This true human nature is most accessible to visionary scientists,— and there is no true scientist who is not a visionary.
Space pioneer Krafft A. Ehricke, who became a close co-worker with Lyndon and Helga LaRouche during the 1980s, was such a visionary scientist. Writing in the dark days of the early 1950s (in the first volume of his work, “Space Flight,”), he reached back through millions of years of evolution to recall “the enormous effort” which “water-borne life” had undertaken “to adapt itself to existence on land.” He likened that to man’s stepping out into space,— not through biological evolution, but through the new quality of the human mind.
Thoughts like these permeated the space pioneers,— it is known that Wernher von Braun compared Neil Armstrong’s stepping onto the surface of the moon, with that “enormous effort” through which life moved from the ocean onto the land.
In a magnificent work written in 1966, which looked back from the year 2000 on man’s progress in space since 1966, Krafft Ehricke said that now (in 2000) an average of two flights per month are taking off from earth for other parts of the solar system,— plus incomparably more satellite and moon-launches. Most of the spaceships travelling through solar space are powered by controlled fusion using the deuterium-helium 3 reaction. Ehricke does not simply name this reaction; he goes into great detail about both the reaction itself, and how it can be controlled and used for a rocket engine. But he notes that the deuterium-helium 3 reaction will not hold first place for long,— because already man is moving toward mastery of matter-antimatter reactions.
In a memorable passage, Ehricke recalls how mankind had freed itself from the death-cult of the 20th Century, to embrace its new-found freedom.
Throughout those years, a small group of people of many nationalities, while facing those realities, refused to surrender their vision of missiles-turned-spacecraft, of nuclear power becoming a means of propelling space vehicles to other worlds and of radar waves reporting exciting discoveries from deep space. What they suggested seemed at first impractical, inconsequential and without utility or payoff. But we now know that they had built their case on the solid foundations of long-range logic and realism… Space became a very real challenge to man; and there was no way back to the old days. There never is.” [“Solar Transportation,” American Astronautical Society Science and Technology Series, vol. 10, Space Age in Fiscal Year 2001, An American Astronautical Society Publication, 1967, p. 164]
Let us conclude with Krafft’s retelling of the beginning of the space age with the first successful launch of the first cosmic rocket, the German A-4, later called the V-2, on October 3, 1942.
For me, it was absolutely overwhelming. I almost fell off the roof, I was so excited.
When we came down together we congratulated ourselves. We knew the Space Age had begun and Dr. Dornberger made a very moving speech at the time, and said, `Well, this is the key to the universe. This is the first day of the Space Age.'” [Marsha Freeman, Krafft Ehricke’s Extraterrestrial Imperative, Apogee Books, 2008, p. 16]