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The other school -- the Romantic movement -- busied itself with the spiritual undercurrents which appear at the end of the Iliad, in the festivals for the dead, in the actions of the Erinyes (as described by Aeschylos). Romanticism delved into the souls of the chthonic countergods opposed to the Olympian Zeus. Proceeding from death and its riddles, it came to revere the female principle -- especially Demeter -- and it ended with the god of the dead, with Dionysos. Welcker, Rohde, and Nietzsche all allude to Mother Earth as the formless procreator into whose womb all expiring life returns. With shuddering awe, the great German Romantic movement sensed darker and darker veils interposed before the gods of celestial light, and it immersed itself deeper and deeper into the impulsive, formless, demonic, sexual, ecstatic and chthonic, and into mother worship.That “Whore of Babylon,” that legacy of pagan imperial Rome, is to be recognized today as what is called the Romantic cultural tradition. All of the internal history of European civilization, since its birth in Classical Greece, is to be understood in no other way, than as a continuing of the conflict between two irreconcilable cultural currents, the Classical versus the Romantic. These currents are, the republican, as typified by the reforms of Solon and the dialogues of Plato, versus the Romantic, oligarchical model, the latter associated with ancient Mesopotamia, Tyre, and pagan Rome. (1)


This contradicts LaRouche who said:

"It was the "romantic movement" in Germany, promoted so energetically in the boudoir of Switzerland's Madame de Stael, which is the philosophical root of Nazism in Germany historically." (2)


1. On the Subject of Strategic Method by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., from the Summer-Fall 2000 issue of FIDELIO Magazine.
2. MEMORANDUM: The Present Scientific Implications of Vedic Calendars from the Standpoint of Kepler and Circles of Gauss; Lhl; Fusion Energy Foundation, January 29, 1984

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