“There is no democracy.”

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“I would like to try to sell something to you. Valhalla, Mr. Beale… You have meddled with the primal forces of nature… 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… 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 is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems. One vast and immense, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars: petrodollars, electrodollars, multidollars, reichmarks, reims, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet today… You get up on your 21-inch and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and IT&T and AT&T and Dupont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon… What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state? Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, mini-max solutions and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do…

“The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live to see, Mr. Beale, that perfect world in which there is no war or famine, oppression or brutality. In which all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will own a share of stock. All necessities provided. Ann anxieties tranquilized. All boredom answered.”

—Ned Beatty, chairman of the board in the movie “Network”

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One response to ““There is no democracy.”

  1. I will now try to find the movie “Network” which is one I have never watched the entire movie but just clips.

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