Corporate Cosmology

and the death of the Individual.

These are two excerpt scenes from the 1976 movie Network. Why have a I dedicated an entire page to them? Because they nail the state of the world even still to this very day. The narrator in the second scene is correct – it is a pretty depressing view that most people don’t like to hear, but the truth is never easy and seldom ever pleasant…

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.