I have been an admirer of Larouche’s economic thinking for years but have been equally dismayed by his presentation for the same length of time. I just finished reading, for example, From Kant to Riemann: The Shape of Empty Space. This is a brilliant piece of scholarship but Larouche is like a man carrying too many bags for a short journey—not every concatenation, not every permutation of thought needs to be uncovered to reveal what is essentially the simple message behind the decay of western civilization.
Larouche misses the central error of modernity and as a consequence has to investigate every single detour that European thought has taken since its departure from some presumed golden age of thought. The central error of modernity is the denial of the divinity of Christ and the passing over of its most conspicuous apologist, and illuminator of Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas. For Aquinas there is no conflict between faith and reason, nor is there an epistemological conflict between man and the world in terms of the knowability of reality. Essences in the Platonic sense, known in the mind of Aquinas’ God are also knowable by the intellectual power of the soul (one of the five powers of the soul); they are known or should I say that an essence is known as the thing itself “on plane of the act of knowing”. The sensory data of an object such as a desk or pencil is largely accidental in terms of color and shape, etc., but the quiddity, it’s to be, is essentially known. It is this denial of quiddity, of essence that constitutes a simultaneous denial of the act of existence that is God’s own existence. Is it any wonder then that men who would deny the existence of God would deny the existence of the world and the kind of productive activity both in the banking and industrial spheres that is linked to that felicitous knowledge?
I also find it extraordinary that Mr. Larouche would dedicate so much of his time to relatively obscure thinkers (not that they should be obscure) when one of the most brilliant minds of the second millennium, Thomas Aquinas, remains relatively untouched by the vast searchlight of Mr. Larouche’s intellect. Why waste time on secondary thinkers, when one of the most seminal minds of all time awaits rediscovery? My suspicion is that Mr. Larouche and other members of his organization avoid deep Catholic thinking due to either a pagan or Protestant bias that should not go unexamined. I strongly recommend that Mr. Larouche and members of his organization read two books. Being and Some Philosophers by Etienne Gilson and How to Manage Your DICK: Redirect Sexual Energy and Discover Your More Spiritually Enlightened, Evolved Self by Sean O’Reilly (that would be me). Indeed, I recommended the former to one his colleagues whose name escapes me nearly 20 years ago. I will be happy to send a copy
I would like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Ayn Rand:
“Thinking is man’s only basic virtue, from which all the others proceed. And his basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think—not blindness, but the refusal to see, not ignorance but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment, the unstated premise that thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict, “It is”. Non thinking is an act of annihilation, a wish to negate existence, an attempt to wipe out reality. But existence exists; reality is not to be wiped out, it will merely wipe out the wiper.”