by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
Introduction by Helga Zepp-LaRouche
Founder of the Club of Life
Dear Reader, The Club of Life was founded on Oct. 22, 1982 in Rome, Wiesbaden, and many other cities around the world, and today, a year later, is already an anti-Malthusian mass movement in which many leading politicians, scientists, trade unionists, industry representatives, teachers, jurists, and others collaborate on four continents and in over 30 countries. The idea of the Club of Life caught fire because many people in many countries found it unbearable to see the constant spread of cultural pessimism and considered it an urgent necessity to create a new institution, based on human reason, on scientific and technological progress as well as cultural optimism. The Club of Rome and its co-thinkers have in the course of over 12 years done enough mischief with their prognoses of the decline of the world a la Oswald Spengler. We can thank the Club of Rome's and similar writings, poured into the international market through a mammoth propaganda effort, for poisoning the spirit of young people in particular, who have been convinced that technological progress is the incarnation of the Devil himself. The Club of Life has set for itself, among other tasks, that of proving that the theses of the Club of Rome are, from a scientific standpoint, sheer quackery. This book is the first of a planned series whose goal is to discredit and counter the influence of the Club of Rome, the Aspen Institute, the World Wildlife Fund, and others. And there is no one more worthy of beginning this job than my husband, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr. However, the Club of Life will not restrict itself in its publications to the unfortunately necessary attack on organizations which hopefully will soon be consigned by history to insignificance; rather, we want to present concrete research and development programs which demonstrate how the presently existing limits to