Truth, the Pursuit of Happiness and the American


Lonnie Wolfe

Oct. 31, 2011


1. In a recent discussion with an associate, he raised a point about a recent assertion of mine in “The Battle Between the British Empire (Oligarchic Principle) and the American System (Creativity)” that the development of the American System of Physical Economy represented a unique advance in human relations that defined the purpose of a nation as nurturing the development of creative human beings, who are the sole generative basis for wealth; and that this development represented the conscious assertion of this superior principle over the oligarchic principle. My associate challenged the hereditary point made from this: that the American System was the only system capable of truly sustainable human progress, and that no such progress was ultimately possible under any other system. If one accepts the idea that progress is not really possible under an oligarchic system, how otherwise can you explain the advances which have been made in the last two millennia especially, that can account for the progress which has been made up until the American Revolution? There must have been some other operative force pre-dating the American System, that could initiate and sustain periods of human progress.


2. These questions raise a more interesting point: Is human progress possible under a system dominated by the oligarchic principle? Yes, but such progress can not ultimately be sustained. Usually human progress has come from a leadership of extraordinarily capable human beings, who acted from humanist principles as supreme rulers, as either Kings, Emperors, etc., as in the case of the Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and the French King Louis XI, and other similar leaders; they had the power and used it to sponsor advances in science and arts, patronizing great thinkers and promoting and applying their work to shape a culture and economy of human progress. As in the cases with such leaders, it was possible to sustain progress for one or two generations after their passing. But in all cases, since the form of the organization of society remained oligarchic, in that it gave a king, etc. and a caste of nobility the rights, however occasionally limited, to assert their rule, the system inevitably pushed back against progress.


Thus, we see within the long span of history up to the American Revolution, surges of progress, followed by regression, in which the truths discovered are either caste aside, or placed under the fetters of an oligarchy. Thus even Louis XI’s genius in creating the modern form of the sovereign nation state, could be subverted by a corrupt and degenerate nobility after his death. Thus, we see the rise and fall, and then rise again of empires. Until the American Revolution and the development of the American System, the ideas and principles that could sustain human progress were ultimately always subjugated, always constrained by the power of an oligarchy, which controlled through financial and other means the destiny of nations, and kept populations in a state of perpetual stupidity.


3. The American Revolution is a product of a conspiracy to end the then global control of humanity by the system of European empires, which in turn came to be dominated by the Anglo-Venetian financial oligarchy operating through the British crown. I shall not recount the whole story of that successful conspiracy here; that has been done quite adequately by LaRouche associate, the late H. Graham Lowry is his groundbreaking history of the founding of our nation, How the Nation Was Won. But it should be pointed out for the purposes of this report, that our colonists lived within a culture of the British Empire and its oligarchical system. Nearly all of the British colonists initially accepted the principles of that system, including the hereditary power of the King.


It was only a handful of extraordinary individuals, led by Franklin who understood that what was required was not merely a reform of the relationship between the colonies and the King, but a total break with Britain, its King and its Empire, and the founding of a nation on principles contrary to oligarchism. What had to be sought was not independence under the Empire, but a break with the principle of Empire and its monetarist based economic system, and the culture that such a system represented. Our Declaration of Independence laid out those contrary principles, a completely radical definition of man and his rights, as coming not from any ruler or government, but directly from the Creator. Such rights cannot be granted, but are present and exist for all men and cannot be taken away. It is the nature of an oligarchy and its hereditary rule to contain such rights, and to take them away at whim. Hence, to truly be men, to be free of all fetters except those defined as universal truths, is to be free of oligarchism in any and all its forms; that is what defines our “independence.” 


The United States is thus the only nation ever to be created on the basis of universal principles that assert both its freedom from and superiority to the system of oligarchism. As such, it establishes a culture of optimism about the future of man, a culture which thrives in the felicitous condition of continuous progress in human creativity, not merely for its own citizens, but by implication, for the world as a whole, because for us to remain free and sovereign requires all men to be free and sovereign. The principles that define this nation mean its existence and that of the oligarchical system are in conflict and mutually incompatible, the which fact was known both to at least many of our Founding Fathers, and was certainly known to the British Empire's ruling oligarchy.


4. The Declaration of Independence makes it absolutely clear that the Americans' dispute with the crown goes far beyond listed grievances and abuses, to the core of the oligarchy's belief structure. In specific, it is about the denial of what are called self- evident truths; these are not facts or what is “true” as matter of opinion, but truth as the great Leibniz understood it, as a self-subsisting universal principle—truths that are inherent in the nature of man, the which truth, an oligarchy must deny or it ceases to exist. In other words, or rather in their own words, the Americans were saying that oligarchism was against the natural order of the universe, and hence was an abomination that had no right to exist among civilized men. They didn't stop there: these Americans then state a “self evident truth,” that “all men are created equal,” thereby giving the death blow to the concept of hereditary nobility, or the right of (money)wealth to rule by virtue their King-granted privileges. Oligarchism, RIP! It is the Creator, or more precisely the universal process of creation, that grants rights to man that cannot be taken away; to do so, as Kings and oligarchs do, is against the natural order of creation itself, an abomination in the eyes of the Creator.


5. Flowing from the above, the Declaration then specifies three “unalienable rights,”  “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  These are not merely passive things, but are the generative principles of human existence, an existence which must be anti-entropic by design; they are not separate principles, but an interlocking trinity which define not only the existence of our nation, but human civilization as a constant increase in the rate of its own self-reflexive improvement. Life is itself creative, and anti-entropic; but only human life is consciously so.


To be consciously creative as a matter of principle requires liberty, not in the libertine sense to do whatever one wants, but rather freedom constrained and made purposeful by human intention. That is what is meant by the conscious use of Leibniz's term, “the pursuit of happiness”—as he defines it: the conscious seeking of truth, as seen in the ever increasing power of man's creativity through the discovery and acting upon new universal principles, that propel mankind forward; this is the ontological definition of the principle of progress. With the drafting of the Declaration, Americans were not merely freeing themselves from a tyranny: they were creating a new era of consciously driven human progress, a new system, for a higher order of continually improving the human condition and culture.


6. In later drafting the Constitution, the Founding Fathers held true to these principles. The republican government they created was not a democracy, as has been mistaught and mistated by those who are either uninformed of the principles on which the nation were founded, or lying because they seek to return us to a primitive state of the tyranny of oligarchism. Again, this system is consistent with Leibniz’s concept of the monad, in that it is based on the search for universal truth that defines a relationship between current policy and future intent. This forward looking approach to government is unique in all of history.


As money is the instrument of the tyranny of oligarchism, the Constitution places control over money in the hands of the government of the people, not a financial oligarchy. And it gives the government the ability to create credit, to be used, as Hamilton was to define it in elaborating these principles in his famous Reports to the Congress, the true founding documents of the American System of Physical Economy.


7. The founding of our nation and the creation of the American System unleashed a wave of cultural optimism, globally, that resulted in a great surge forward in progress in science, the arts, and development generally. That progress is directly attributed to the defeat of the British Empire by the Americans in our Revolution, and then the export of the idea of the American System back into Europe by Friedrich List and others, and later into Japan, then China under Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, often carried by emissaries from these shores. It is also resulted in furious efforts by the British Empire to at first militarily destroy us, as in the War of 1812, and later through Civil War and its sponsorship of the Confederacy, while at all times running subversive operations to undermine the American System from within, the which continue today.


It is the durability of these principles embedded in our culture, overlaid as they are with layers of monetarist crap and misinformation, which Lyndon LaRouche now elaborates, expands, and summons them forth to do final battle with our ancient oligarchic enemy. It is a battle in which only one side can win. Were we to lose, were this nation to be totally crushed in the period ahead, it would mean the end of civilization, and most likely the end of mankind itself. For despite our current degenerate state, despite the evil despot who is our President, the idea of this nation, as defined by the principles which created it, is the last best hope for mankind.    

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