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As Lyndon LaRouche states in his 1984 “LaRouche
Advances in technology are transmitted into the
productive process as a whole through the incorporation of improved technologies in capital goods, most
emphatically capital goods of the machine-tool or
analogous classifications. Therefore, the only means by
which a national economy can sustain significant rates
of technological progress, is by placing emphasis upon
the capital-goods sector of production, and maintaining sufficiently high rates of turnover in that sector
to foster high rates of technological innovation in the
Since capital goods and machine tools are the items
used to produce all the other goods required by the economy, when the capital goods employ new technologies
the productive powers of the labor force are increased
as a result—ensuring the same labor force (applying the
same effort) can produce more of the goods required by
society, and at higher qualities, because they’re utilizing
higher technology capital goods in the productive process.
This is the secret of the economic success of the Apollo
program. As would be expected, capital goods production for the aerospace sector of the U.S. economy dramatically increased under Apollo, rising 90% in the 1960s
compared to 1950s levels—however, the non-aerospace
and non-defense sectors increased as well, and at a faster
rate, with non-aerospace and non-defense capital goods
production increasing 130% over that same time period,
and with many of these new capital goods incorporating
the new technologies developed by the Apollo program
(since it only took two years for Apollo technologies to
be applied in the general economy).
Thus, Apollo was a successful economic driver crash
program, not merely affecting the industries and productive processes immediately related to space, but driving the entire economy to a higher technological level.
The source of Apollo’s greater than $10-to-$1 payback is
no mystery, and can, and must, be done again.
The present and future requirements for the U.S. and
world economies are immense. The United States has
suffered from two generations of post-industrial policies, ensuring much of the productive workforce and
associated skill sets have been lost, and manufacturing
facilities have been shut down. The American Society of
Civil Engineers estimates that the United States needs
$4.5 trillion in infrastructure investment by 2025 simply to fix the country’s existing water systems, roads,
bridges, dams, etc.—without even considering new infrastructure systems like a modern high-speed rail network, or a continental water management system.
The world also has great needs over the coming generations, with an expected global population of 9.5 billion
in 25 years, and 10.5 billion in 50 years. China’s Belt and
Road Initiative has made tremendous strides in starting
a long-suppressed process of infrastructure development for much of the developing world, and it will take
an incredible effort to complete the full-scale modern
infrastructure development required world-wide.
For example, over the next 25 years, global electricity
generation will need to be quadrupled (at minimum),
requiring the equivalent of 10,000 large nuclear power
plants; if we take China’s high-speed rail development
as a benchmark, the world will need 400,000 miles of
high-speed rail; and with 35% of the world population
dependent upon dwindling groundwater supplies, massive water transfer and desalination systems will be required for basic water security.
It’s because of the immense costs of these requirements in the United States and globally, that we can’t afford not to commit to this Moon-Mars program.
LaRouche’s 50-year crash program for lunar industrialization, fusion propulsion at one-gravity acceleration, and Mars colonization encapsulates all the major
categories of technological advance immediately before
us. Securing these technologies through the pursuit of
mankind’s destiny on the Moon and Mars is the only
way to secure mankind’s future on Earth.
7. “The LaRouche Doctrine: Draft Memorandum of Agreement
Between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.,” Executive Intelligence Review,
April 17, 1984.
We Commit to the Moon-Mars Mission