‘The Money Speech’
You have meddled with the primal 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.
It is ecological balance.
You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations,
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,
Rubles, Pounds and Shekles.
It is the international system of currency,
Which determine the totality of life on this planet.
That is the natural order of things today.
That is the atomic and subatomic,
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 21” 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?
They get out their linear programming charts,
Statistical decision theories, Minimax Solutions
And compute the price cost probabilities of their transactions,
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 a business Mr. Beale.
It has been since man crawled out of the slime.
And our children will live Mr. Beale
To see that
In which there’s no war,
One vast ecumenical holding company.
For who all men will work to serve a common profit,
And which all men will hold a share of stock.
All necessities provided.
All anxieties tranquilized.
All boredom amused.
And I have chosen you to preach this message.