Joan of Arc, the European Renaissance and the American Republic
6 March 2015
OGDEN: Thank you, Jeff. Now, as I mentioned earlier, we’re also joined tonight by Megan Beets, whom I’m sure most of you are familiar with. I don’t want to say too much before handing the podium over to her, but I just want to emphasize again the point that Mr. LaRouche was making this afternoon and what Jeff just elaborated. That even though most Americans will tend to underestimate this factor, the key element which is driving this threat of thermonuclear war right now, is the fact that we’re not dealing with so-called "rational" actors. A rational person would not think in this way. But the psychology of that oligarchical principle, which we’re dealing with when it comes to the current representatives of this trans-Atlantic system, you’re seeing an element of Zeusian insanity — that was the way Mr. LaRouche put it — in the face of the challenge, an existential challenge, that they see to their power, which is coming from the BRICS and allied nations at this time. It’s an oligarchical psychology that will tend to lead towards the genocidal destruction of a large portion of the human race if it’s not stopped.
And Mr. LaRouche emphasized that this is something that we’ve seen as a recurring factor throughout European history. You know, it’s only through the recognition of the oligarchical principle of a real force of evil, and the commitment to not allow this to occur, that civilization has been saved before in the past, and that civilization can be saved again now. The example that Mr. LaRouche has been citing quite a bit recently, is the connection between Joan of Arc and Nicholas of Cusa. And he’s been emphasizing that, despite the killing of Joan of Arc by her enemies, it was this event which contributed significantly to crystallizing what we now know as the European Renaissance, which was born out of the efforts of Nicholas of Cusa.
And what Mr. LaRouche emphasized today is that this is a history that very few people know anything about, but it’s very significant, not only from the standpoint of allowing people to understand what the true creative forces are that move, and shape history, which is something that Benjamin Deniston elaborated quite extensively at the conclusion of last week’s broadcast, but it’s also, in order to answer the question, what is it going to take, to crystallize a Renaissance around what the BRICS and other nations represent today, this new, emerging system.
So I’m going to give Megan Beets a chance to address this subject.
MEGAN BEETS: Thanks, Matt. I want to start just by reading something Mr. LaRouche had to say on exactly this question, the fact that we are facing the total collapse of the Zeusian system and thereby the freedom for mankind to consider the more fundamental question, which is, what is the meaning of mankind? So he said:
"Mankind is located, his identity is located in what he or she contributes, to the future of mankind; not how long they live, but what they contribute to the future. And people who are serious, order their lives on the basis of realizing a necessary improvement to the existence and persistence of their lives, their own lives. It does not lie in any other simple explanation. All people die, all men and women die. They will eventually die, so what’s the meaning of their life? The meaning of their life is what they contribute, to the future of mankind.... And it’s the people who create something which contributes to mankind’s future, is the meaning of mankind’s existence."
In 1431, Joan of Arc is burned at the stake, at the age of 19, after a grossly corrupt one-year imprisonment, torture and trial at the hands of the rotten French lackeys of the proto-British Empire and their Venetian sponsors. These were the people who believed in the system of Zeus and that if they just carried out their lackey tasks, such as this corrupt trial and torture of Joan of Arc, that they might perhaps survive, themselves.
This empire was so terrified of this 19-year-old woman, that they burned her twice, in order to ensure that there was nothing left of her body. However, when the news of her case, of her trial and of her death, reached the ongoing Catholic Church council, the Council of Basel, which frankly many of her judges and murderers later began to attend, when the news of her death reached that Council of Basel, a process was set into motion by the spark which was the mission of her life, which ignited those as the circles of the great Nicholas of Cusa, to mobilize against the evil in society, which had killed her.
Now, during that council, Cusa wrote in a document that he produced for the Council in 1433, contrary to the Zeusian faction in attendance on the true nature of government, which is really a treatise on the true nature of mankind and natural law. So Cusa writes in his Concordantia Catholica,
"Therefore, since all are by nature free, every governance—whether it consists in a written law, or in living law in the person of a prince ... can only come from the agreement and consent of the subjects. For, if men are by nature equal in power and equally free, the true, properly ordered authority of one common ruler, who is their equal in power, can only be constituted by the election and consent of the others, and law is also established by consent."
So this is two years after the murder of Joan of Arc.
Now, let me back up a little bit and talk a little bit about Joan of Arc and what she did, and why the Zeusian system was so terrified of her. By the year 1420, this is 11 years before her death, France was on the verge of disintegration. In 1337, about 85 years earlier, the crown of France had been seized by Edward III, King of England. This unleashed over 100 years of warfare, of economic destruction and collapse, of mercenary armies roaming France, fighting the English and fighting each other. By 1347, between the years 1347 and 1351, four years later, a quarter of the population of Europe was wiped out by the plague. In 1418, the Queen of France turned and became a traitor to France, fully ceding France’s sovereignty to the English, and she placed an English King on the throne of France, disinheriting her own son, the Dauphin [Charles VII].
So this is the Europe into which Joan of Arc is born in 1412 in a tiny village in the north of France. In 1429, when Joan is 17 years old, when the resistance within France who were still loyal to the Dauphin and to the idea of France as a nation was near collapse, Joan of Arc and her faction convinced the Dauphin, the rightful King of France, to give her, a young shepherdess, the weapons and the troops which would be necessary to raise the English siege of the city of Orléans, the last bastion of the French resistance to the English takeover. When Joan of Arc arrived at Orléans at the head of the French army, leading the hardened veterans of France’s wars, who had failed time and again to relive France of the attacks from the English, Joan sent a letter to the English to warn them of what she intended for them; which I would like to read in full because it’s her words, and I think it hopefully will give people a sense of the kind of passion involved in her mission. So this is the letter she sent to the English commanders:
"King of England, and you, duke of Bedford, you call yourself regent of the kingdom of France, you, William de la Pole, Sir John Talbot, and you, Sir Thomas Scales, who call yourself lieutenant of the aforesaid duke of Bedford, render your account to the King of Heaven. Surrender to the Maid, who is sent from God, the King of Heaven, the keys to all the good cities that you have taken and violated in France. She has come here from God to proclaim the blood royal. She is entirely ready to make peace, if you are willing to settle accounts with her, provided that you give up France and pay for having occupied her. And those among you, archers, companions-at-arms, gentlemen, and others who are before the city of Orléans, go back to your own countries, for God’s sake. And if you do not do so, wait for the word of the Maid who will come visit you briefly, to your great damage. If you do not do so, I am commander of the armies, and in whatever place I shall meet your French allies, I shall make them leave it, whether they wish to or not; and if they will not obey, I shall have them all killed. I am sent from God, the King of Heaven, to chase you out of all France, body for body. And if they wish to obey, I shall have mercy on them. And have no other opinion, for you shall never hold the kingdom of France from God, the King of Heaven, the son of St. Mary; but King Charles, the true heir, will hold it; for God, the King of Heaven, wishes it so and has revealed through the Maid, and he will enter Paris with a goodly company. If you do not wish to believe this message from God through the Maid, then wherever we find you we will strike you there, and make a great uproar greater than any made in France for a thousand years, if you do not come to terms. And believe firmly that the King of Heaven will send the Maid more force than you will ever know how to achieve with all of your assaults on her and on her good men-at-arms; and in the exchange of blows we shall see who has better right from the King of Heaven. You, duke of Bedford, the Maid prays you and requests that you cause no more destruction. If you will settle your account, you can join her company, in which the French will achieve the finest feat in Christendom. And give answer, if you wish to make peace in the city of Orléans; and if you do not do so, be mindful soon of your great damages."
Now, Joan leads the armies on a three-day siege of what had been a month-long attack on Orléans, and what she did was the impossible: She forced the English to surrender. From Orléans, Joan led the armies of France, and her King to the historic cathedral at Reims and crowned him the King of France.
Now, she was later betrayed by that King, and she was captured in battle in May of 1430, and she was sold as a prisoner to the English. And she was burned alive by the English and their French lackeys who thought that they could eliminate her, by burning her body, to save their own skins. However, what Joan of Arc unleashed by her mission and by her victory against the evil which killed her, is something which is not locatable within the bounds of the actions that she took during her own mortal life. The process that was unleashed, which was led by Nicholas of Cusa, took what Joan of Arc represented as a mission and her passion for the freedom and the sovereignty of the people of France as a nation, and made this a mission to free all of mankind from the Zeusian empire, and to crush the evil in society which burned her alive.
So, in 1435, four years later, the Pope that Cusa worked with, helped to organize the Congress of Arras, which was attended by Cusa’s collaborators, including the future Pope Pius II, and by September of that year had organized a reunification of the warring factions within France to unite against the English occupation. Two years later, Cusa left the Council of Basel as an emissary sent by the Pope to Constantinople, to Byzantium, and his mission was to bring back the representatives of Byzantium to what became the Council of Florence, the shadow of the Dome of Brunelleschi, for the reunification of the Eastern and Western Churches, which had been split since 1055. Cusa succeeded in this great mission and he brought back 700 representatives of Byzantium, including the Byzantine emperor, including the Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and including especially, the complete works of Plato, which had never been seen by the West. And in 1440, just a couple of years later, Cosimo dei Medici was inspired to mobilize a complete translation project of the works of Plato and establishing the Platonic Academy in Florence.
So what was set into motion by Cusa, was what became a complete transformation of society. This led in 1461, into the establishment of the first commonwealth nation-state under King Louis XI of France who is the son of the King who was crowned by Joan of Arc. Now, just preceding that, between 1450 and 1456, you had a second trial of Joan of Arc, which was a trial of rehabilitation, exonerating her and condemning instead her judges, and exposing the evil of what had been done to Joan in the name of the Church.
Now, this Renaissance process, which was the beginnings of what eventually became the American republic, was also the foundation of the later work and passionate commitment of Johannes Kepler, to establish the human mind in its true and central position in the Solar System, in his discovery of the harmonic organization of the Solar System, and the capability of the mind of man, any man, as Cusa put it in his Concordantia Catholica, of the equality of all men on the principle of creativity.
So this comes back to what I opened with in quoting Mr. LaRouche on the issue of the meaning of mankind, the meaning of life, the mission of mankind, and the fact that the meaning of life, as opposed to what’s imposed by the beliefs of this empire system that the world has been suffering under, since the assassination of President Kennedy in the United States and its aftermath, the meaning of life is in being truly human, in the creative process which, long after your death, establishes a continuing process of the further perfection and uplifting of the powers and capabilities of the human species, and changing, even after the death of one’s mortal body, the meaning of mankind as a species.
So this fulfilling of the mission of Joan of Arc, which is not quite complete, was taken up by a very small handful of leaders in what became the Renaissance, led by Cusa. And the question before all of us today, is, will we respond to the horrors of the potential of nuclear war, and the horrors of the potential extermination of the human species — will we respond as the faction of Cusa responded to the horrors of what was done with Joan of Arc, and create something in mankind based on this spark of potential with the BRICS process, which has never been seen before?
OGDEN: Thank you very much, Megan. With that said, we’re going to bring a conclusion to our broadcast here tonight. I want to thank everybody who tuned in tonight for watching our webcast. I want to thank Megan for joining us, and I want to thank Jeff Steinberg for being with us tonight.
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