|This speech appears in the June 2, 2000 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
Wake Up to the Danger of the `New Violence'
by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.
Here is Lyndon LaRouche's address to the New York City founding meeting of
the Commission Against the New Violence, on May 20. Subheads have been
Let me begin by making a few observations on the question of
what we may call the specificity of "New Violence." Now, by "New Violence," we
mean, by first approximation, "Nintendo killers" in the military. We mean the
replacement of qualified police officers by "Nintendo cops." We mean "Nintendo
kids" in the schools, from the ages of 6-16. This is where the core of the New
Violence is located. It is not in the bullet, it is not in the axe, it is not in
the hammer, it is not in the fist. The violence is not located in the physical
act performed upon the victim. The New Violence is located in the peculiarly
perverted minds of the perpetrators. The perpetrators are typically military
professionals, trained by the official military, or trained by programs designed
originally for the military. These are Nintendo-style brainwashing techniques.
This means Nintendo cops, police officers who are not police officers any more.
They're merely Nintendo-cop killers. They have no sense of a human relationship
and their act, on the one hand, and the effect on the victim, on the other
These are children who play Nintendo and Nintendo-style
games, such as Pokémon, who are between the ages of 3 to 7-8--are being
brainwashed into becoming rage-controlled killers, who will kill as an adult, in
an adult manner, but with a childish mind which has no comprehension of the act
which they're perpetrating. It's something which they are just compelled to do.
Littleton is a paradigm of this problem.
The difference between the New Violence and the old, lies not
in the victim, or what the victim suffers; it lies in the mind of the
Nintendo-conditioned perpetrator. The controlling motivation lies in a computer
program, not in the human behavior of the mind. This kind of motivation is
peculiar to a society which is brainwashed into believing in what is called an
"Information Society," as opposed to the pre-, so-called, Information Society.
This causes a lot of controversy, because, when you get to the point of pointing
out where Columbine began, pointing out where--occasions in New York and
elsewhere, of Nintendo cops putting 41 bullets into a man who had no reason to
be a suspect, before finding out who the man was....
The problem is, these acts have occurred; when you trace them
back to the cause, to the Nintendo-style training programs, or the conditioning
programs broadcast over the television networks, distributed as games by game
companies, game-selling companies--are used to train cops, are used to brainwash
the military the way the cops are brainwashed--you then have to say, "What's
wrong with society?" This is the result of the Information Society.
It's the `Information Society' That's Killing
Now, the Information Society is being praised from the
President on down, especially the President in charge of Vice, Al Gore, as being
a good. That is, the "New Economy." Everything will be better in the Information
Society. But, it's the Information Society that's killing! And when you attack
that as the source of the problem, you're running into some opposition, and
people don't want to hear about it, and say, "No! It's the guns! Take the guns
away!" It's not the guns. It's what's being done to the mind. I have not seen a
six-year-old child go into a store to buy a weapon--whether the weapon is safety
locked, or not. That is not where the violence comes from--from six-year-old
kids going into gun stores to buy guns. It comes from other sources.
The characteristic of this also means that we're dealing with
a society which is becoming dehumanized, dehumanized in a way which was not
peculiar to our society in any previous time. This is a process which has
developed, essentially, over the past 30-35 years, which has become an acute
problem in the past 10-15 years. This is a new condition. But, it means that
when people are so locked into the Internet, and the programmed games,
Nintendo-style games, and so forth, that their relations to other people are no
longer human relations, but are dehumanized, digital relations
controlled by a game. In other words, the motive of the individual ceases to be
the effect of their relationship to another human being on a human level, but
instead, their motivation becomes their ability to perform according to a
program which is built into a digital computing system.
The Insanity of the `New Economy'
Now, for example, we had on Friday [May 19], we had one of
the biggest collapses of the market, financial market, especially the Internet
market, the Nasdaq, that we've had to date. We are seeing the inevitable doom of
the existing financial system in progress. We are being told, "No, this
financial system is not going to collapse, because it's a wonderful, good New
Economy system which is going to carry us to prosperity forever." But then you
go around the country--not only in the state of Mississippi--where you find
people saying the economy is booming. Everybody's employed, they say. Well, how
about the tax-revenue base; where is the municipal income for the firemen, for
the police, for the schools, for the health care, for the other things that the
community, the local community, needs, which the state used to support? It's not
there any more! Why not? Because with working two or three jobs, instead of one,
or one-plus jobs, as they used to work, they're now working two to three. And
the real purchasing power they're getting from two to three jobs per person is
less, far less, than the purchasing power they were getting when they were
working one to one-and-a-half jobs per person.
This is not only true in Mississippi, it's true throughout
the country. Local communities' tax-revenue base is collapsing. This is not a
prosperous economy. Nor is it a secure one. It's one which is doomed. But the
ideology here is: This is the New Economy, the New Society; the Internet will
We have in the school system--this is not just a matter of
money. The report is that half the pupils reaching the eighth grade are
illiterate. Now, this is not just because of cutting the money to school
systems. This is because of an increase of the ratio of bad teachers. And the
bad teachers, who are producing this illiteracy, are teachers who are responding
to the new ideology that corresponds to the New Economy.
You have, for example, in the nation as a whole, you have
hysteria. I'm getting reports from various parts of Europe--from high levels
from various parts of Europe, and from elsewhere, from Mexico, from parts of
South America, from Africa--people of fair importance, hearing we're from the
United States, say, "Don't go back there again. They're insane!" They're talking
about the White House, they're talking about the Congress, they're talking about
influentials in the press. They're saying the United States is the most insane
nation on this planet. "They refuse to discuss anything until after the November
And what's the insanity centered on? It's centered on the
Greenspan-Summers phenomenon. You have Larry Summers, the Secretary of the
Treasury, and Alan Greenspan--they are building up the biggest hyperinflationary
financial bubble in history as a way of trying to prevent, or postpone the
greatest financial collapse in history. And there's no solution to that problem.
The system is collapsing now. It probably will not make it to the August
conventions of the Republican and Democratic parties. It will not make it till
November, in any case. The system is doomed.
But the whole society is characterized by hysteria. Hysteria
is based on confidence in the Information Society, the so-called New Economy.
The hysterical belief: "You can not take this away from us. We depend upon it.
It's the only possible future. Don't try to go back to the old kind of economy.
It doesn't work. It's dead. It's dead. It's dead. The New Economy is
here, and we've got to defend it to the last drop!"
Now the New Economy mentality is the same kind of
thing as we're seeing in the Nintendo-killers in the military; we're seeing
it the replacement of qualified policemen by quick-trained Nintento-killer cops.
We're seeing it in Nintendo-killer children, our own children, in increasing
numbers. Children from the ages of 6 to 16. We had a case recently of a victim
of Pokémon--which is a killer program; if your child is watching
Pokémon as an addict, look out! He may kill you, or he may kill
This child, four years old, tried to fly out a window, and he
flew to his death, because he believed he could fly, because he was so
conditioned by Pokémon that he, as one of the players of Pokémon,
believed he had the ability to fly. He flew: He flew to his death. Other
children kill other children under the influence of Pokémon--specifically
Pokémon. The same kind of games are being pushed in schools, the same
methods; the same ideas are being pushed in the schools. So, our children are
being destroyed under our eyes. And often, parents who want to keep peace in the
family, will encourage their children to play these games, because the parents
either have their own entertainment agenda, and they don't want to waste that on
spending time with their children, or something of that sort.
A Symptom of a Sick Society
So, the New Violence: It's very specific in the sense it's a
part of the Information Society lunacy which has taken over the top level of the
White House, as Larry Summers typifies that, and many others--is also a symptom
of a sick society. The New Violence is separate, it's distinct, it's specific.
But society would not tolerate, would not take the Nintendo games to its heart,
unless the society were morally sick, and therefore, we have to address the
problem caused by the New Violence as the Nintendo mode of conditioning, of
Information Society in general, but we have to recognize it's a symptom of a
moral collapse of society. And we have to recognize that the reason we're in
this mess, is because we've been doing something wrong. We've been going along
to get along, when something was wrong. And that something that was wrong is
about to destroy us all.
Killing the New Violence will not solve all our problems. But
paying attention to the immediate threat caused by the New Violence, and paying
attention to that which caused so many of us to become suckers for tolerating
the New Violence, should be treated as a warning sign to us: Wake up! We're
doing wrong. We'd better change it, while we still can.