After the most venomous transition period in recent U.S. history,
marked by unprecedented “fake” news and slanders, as
well as continued attempts to launch a color revolution against
the President-elect, Donald Trump was inaugurated President
of the United States on Jan. 20. His swearing-in speech was
a mixed bag of pledges and threats, under the overriding
theme of “America First”., with very little said of the rest of
the world.
Lyndon LaRouche commented immediately afterward that
his address was very confused on the surface, and lacking in
any unifying principle. Therefore, he cautioned, we have to
wait and see what is below the surface, and what policies the
new Administration will effectively be able to carry out. Crucial
issues will be how he intends to ensure economic growth
and job-creation domestically and how his foreign policy will be
shaped, in particular as concerns Russia and China. He at least
seems determined to put an end to the “permanent war” policy
of the Bushes and Obama.
Trump’s intention to reverse the industrial decline, pour
massive investments in infrastructure, and bring back industry
sounds promising. But both Lyndon and Helga LaRouche
stressed that the key issue here is whether he will move to reenact
Glass-Steagall banking regulation to put an end to wild
financial speculation, bailed out by the taxpayers, as he promised
to do in the end-phase of the campaign.Here again, mixed

signals have come out from him and his advisers (cf. below).
The new President, Helga Zepp-LaRouche wrote in a Jan. 21
article, is correct in wanting to fight the effects of globalization,
the drug epidemic and criminality. “But the problem with
the battle cry ‘America first’ is that history has long since developed
beyond the point where the defense of national interests,
however legitimate they are, is an adequate response.

alternative to globalization of the Anglo-American stripe, i.e.,
a system favoring the international financial oligarchy to the
detriment of the common good, is not to relapse into simple
nationalism. The universal history of mankind has long reached
the point at which only a completely new paradigm can open
the pathway to the next step of evolution.
“This new paradigm must place the common interests of
mankind before all else, where the idea of a single mankind
having a common future becomes the notion overarching all
legitimate national interests, which may, however, never be allowed
to contradict the interests of mankind as a whole. This
new paradigm must be as clearly distinguished from the axioms
of globalization as the modern era is from the Middle Ages.”
That same theme was taken up by Chinese President Xi on
Jan. 18 in his speech at the Palace of Nations in Geneva (cf.
below). In fact, such cooperation with China is really the optimal
way that Donald Trump could make good on his pledge
to rebuild America’s industry and infrastructure. In the same
way, Europeans should join the New Silk Road dynamic, freeing
themselves from the EU.
The alternative to “America first”, Zepp-LaRouche concludes
her article, lies in the international cooperation of all nations of
the world to the advantage of all.

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