The Schiller Institute


Founding Document: The Inalienable Rights of Man

As part of its founding documents, in November 1984 the Schiller Institute adopted a Declaration of the Inalienable Rights of Man, based, as Helga Zepp LaRouche told a news conference on Nov. 26, 1984, on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, with only a few changes introduced to take into account different particular features of the struggle for human freedom and dignity today.

“So truly,” she said at that time, “the inalienable rights movement is a return to the spirit of the Founding Fathers.”

” The Declaration includes the following words: ‘The history of the present international financial institutions is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment an absolute tyranny over these states.

To prove this let facts be submitted to a candid world. They have refused their assent to our plans of development, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good. They have forbidden their banks to engage in business of immediate and pressing importance for us, and in equal terms….

They have overthrown legitimate governments repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness their invasions on the rights of the people….

We, therefore, Representatives of the Peoples of the World, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world, do … solemnly publish and declare that all countries of the world are and of right ought to be free and independent States.

That all human beings on this planet have inalienable rights, which guarantee them life, freedom, material conditions worthy of man, and the right to develop fully all potentialities of their intellect and their souls. That, therefore, a change in the present economic and monetary order is necessary and urgent to establish justice among the peoples of the world.”’

This statement remains today the basis of the Institute’s work and efforts worldwide.

The Schiller Institute is working around the world to defend the rights of all humanity to progress — material, moral and intellectual. It is named after Friedrich Schiller, the great 18th-century German poet and playwright, whose works have inspired republican opposition to oligarchic tyranny worldwide.

The Schiller Institute was founded by Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche in 1984 in Germany and in the United States of America. It is a non-profit corporation, and it’s US  headquarters are in Washington, D.C. The Schiller Institute is also established or has friends in many countries, such as Australia, Canada, Russia, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, and has a growing influence in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

In her Founding Message for the American Schiller Institute, in 1984, Chairwoman Helga Zepp LaRouche outlined the Institute’s objectives as follows:

“The clock of mankind has advanced to a point where the old lackluster ways will no longer work. According to all established criteria, mankind has gambled away all its chances for survival. Too many catastrophes are crowding in upon us, the entropic process has proceeded too far and the rift between the U.S.A. and Western Europe is all but accomplished.

For precisely this reason, we are founding the Schiller Institute. We do so not only because there is a vacuum we need to fill with institutions willing to revive the spirit of the American Revolution and the German classical period. We are founding the Schiller Institute because Schiller’s special method of approaching world-historical problems is the only one which can still bring about a solution today. The kernel of this method can be defined in Schiller’s own words: Man is greater than his fate. Even if the objective situation looks almost hopeless and desperate, we, like Schiller, are sure that a courageous spirit and human reason will always be able to find the higher level where the problems are solvable….

“The Schiller Institute will work for this perspective. You, dear citizens of the world, are called upon to help in this process. We can win, but. as Schiller stated, ‘world history is the world’s court of justice!’