The World Is A Business

This is a very thought-prvoking, if not provocative, video from The Movie Network (1976). I believe the title is “The Money Speech”



You have meddled with the primary forces of nature, Mr Beale, and I won’t have it! Is that clear?

You think you merely stopped a business deal. That is not the case. The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow, tide and 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-varied, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rands, rubles, pounds and shekels.

It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic, and sub-atomic and galactic structure of things today.

And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature. And you will atone.

Am I getting through to you, Mr Beale?

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 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.

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 bye-laws of of business. The world is a business, Mr Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime.

And our children will live, Mr Beale, to see that … perfect … world in which there is no war nor famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company for whom all men will work to serve a common profit. In which all men will hold a share of stock.

All necessities provided. All anxieties tranquilized. All boredom amused.


The Information Clearing House

3 Responses

  1. This is extremely interesting. I’ve heard this idea/ argument before of how people will someday be categorized based on the corporations that they work for, not what race they are, where they are from, or what their beliefs. With the way our society is run today, it seems like a world defining people by the businesses they belong is not an impossible thing.

  2. Geoff… I definitely agree. The world is almost moving that way already. We are judged by who we work for. In the very near future, months for some, a couple of year for others we will all be judged by what school we came from (good thing we are here at Bucknell).

    While this isn’t far off, it is still frightening. As the saying goes “one is judged by those he associates with.” This seems to be how things are going to work one day, although we will not be judged by the family and friends that keep us company, we will be judged by those we work with. I would much prefer being compared to my family or group of friends rather than being lumped with a group of people with whom I have ended up with by sheer coincidence.

  3. I think it is very important that all the people of the world see this as a possible interpretation of the way things are in the world today, because otherwise many will continue to be fooled by folks who pretend to present an ideology (like that of fundamentalist Islam) which in reality is nothing more than a way of doing business, on a big and broad scale.

    Given that this clip is from 1976, I think we are much further along in the process of world-wide ‘commercialization’ for the lack of a better term.,

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