Saudi Money (part 2)

The previous post was getting long-winded, but I wanted to add one more quote from the Network movie.

After news anchor Howard Beale goes on air to rail against his TV station selling out to Saudi investors, the chairman of the board sits him down for a chat.


    CHAIRMAN ARTHUR JENSEN: The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back. It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity, it is ecological balance! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations! There are no peoples! There are no Russians. There are no Arabs! There are no third worlds! There is no West! There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars! petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars!, Reichmarks, rubles, rin, pounds and shekels! It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet! That is the natural order of things today! That is the atomic, subatomic and galactic structure of things today!
    ...
    You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen, and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT&T and Dupont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state -- Karl Marx? They pull out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories and minimax solutions and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business.

The world is flat. Long live the corporatocracy!

3 thoughts on “Saudi Money (part 2)

  1. TANSTAALG [There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Limited Government] Governments are the sources of all evil because the thugs of the world run the governments of the world and they (the thugs) will stop at nothing to have complete control over the rest of us “sheeple.”

    We should ignore and abolish governments and rule ourselves BY CONSENSUS of small, localized groups in confederation with other independent groups to fend off the thugs.

    Corporations are CREATURES OF GOVERNMENTS that allow evil deeds with no thought of individual responsibility for the evil deeds. Partnerships and sole-proprietorships 9with concomitant responsibility) must be the order of the day.

    Abolish governments and corporations and restore individual sovereignty in order to achieve real, true individual freedom and responsibility.

    Outstanding work, Elaine!

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