In 1976 a great political film Network should have prepared us for the corporate control we experience today. It couldn’t have been more spot on with Peter Finch as Howard Beale, a network news anchorman urging viewers to get up out of their chairs, go to the window and scream “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” Yup, pretty much exactly how I’m feeling these days.
It is truly a prophetic vision of today’s world and certainly indicates the process of overthrowing democracy was well under way 40 years ago. Reading the following quotes from the Paddy Chayefsky screenplay is chilling.
“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 insane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. 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 subatomic and galactic structure of things today. There is no America, there is no democracy. There is only IBM and AT&T and DuPoint, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today.”
There are many new nations of the world in 2016, led by banks that practically annihilated the middle class in 2008. Bank of America is at the top of the most powerful banks list with Bank of New York Mellon, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase boogieing up close behind. And who knew that Wal-mart, Target and General Electric are the top 3 on the Top 50 list.
The 2016 primary season gave opportunity to vote for a man devoted to overthrowing corporate control of our so-called democracy but the corporate shill won the race with minorities who stood to gain the most from his presidency choosing to support her against their own best interests. Amazing! And now we are left with a choice between two gold worshiping corporate entities who base decisions on the dollar. Money rules and the masses continue to make it possible.
It would be great if someone launched an effective once a month NO BUY day. If millions participated it would put a kink in the accelerating lust of the corporate nations of 2016. It’s heartbreaking that all indications point in the opposite direction; we are uneducated sadistic masochists voting for our mirror images. What a bloody shame for the millennials who are more aware of what is going on than the older generations.
Remember what happened to the protagonist in Network? His audience eventually became depressed by his words and tuned out while his network determined he must die and killed him on camera. Kinda reminds one of Obama’s overt attack on whistle-blowers as we caress our couches and recliners watching it all go down on the TV screen greatly responsible for the current state of affairs.