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The World is a Business

This is an homage to Sidney Lumet’s 36-year-old film “Network” (1976), which contains a very prescient view of the world as it exists today. The parodied scene is my take on today’s Eurozone crisis, and a critique on private banks taking away the sovereignty of nations like Greece and other European countries due to their predatory behavior which is ultimately paid for by the people.

Το βίντεο αποτελεί φόρο τιμής στην 36-ετών ταινία του Σίντνεϋ Λουμέ “Το Δίκτυο” (1976), ταινία προφητική ως προς τη θεωρία της για τον τρόπο που λειτουργεί ο κόσμος σήμερα. Η συγκεκριμένη σκηνή αναφέρεται στην κρίση της Ευρωζώνης, και διακωμωδεί τον ρόλο που παίζουν οι Διεθνείς Τράπεζες – και όχι μόνο – σε Kυρίαρχα Έθνη (σαν την Ελλάδα και άλλες Ευρωπαϊκές Χώρες), μέσω του ληστρικού δανεισμού σε αυτές, δανεισμό τον οποίο τελικά καταβάλλουν οι Λαοί.

Guten Morgen, Miss Katmouts. Please, sit down.

You have meddled with the primal forces
of nature, Miss Katmouts,
and I won’t have it. Is that clear?

You thought, by boosting your people’s morale
with a video, you’d merely stop a business deal.
That is not the case.

The Germans and the International Bankers – via the French Banks – have loaned billions to your country, and now they must take it back.

It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity.
It is ecological balance.

You are a naive girl who thinks
in terms of nations and peoples.

There are no nations.
There are no peoples.
There are no Germans.
There is no EU .
There are no Hellenes.
There is no West.

There is only one holistic system of systems.

One vast and immane, interwoven, interacting,
multivariate, multinational
dominion of euros.

Petrol euros, electro euros,
multi euros, euro-bonds,
dollars, renminbis, roubles,
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 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, Miss Katmouts?

You get up on your little 11-inch macbook air screen…
and howl about Greece and democracy.

There is no Greece.
There is no democracy.
There is only Google stock and FB stock and Microsoft…
and Nasdaq, Dow,
Goldman Sachs and Chevron.

Those are the nations of the world today.

What do you think the Chinese talk about
in their councils of state? Communism?

They get out their linear programming charts,
statistical decision theories, min and 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, Miss Katmouts.

The world is a college of corporations…
inexorably determined by
the… immutable bylaws of business.

The world is a business, Miss Katmouts.
It has been since man
crawled out of the slime.

And our children will live, Miss Katmouts,
to see that… perfect world…
in which there’s no war or 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 tranquillized,
all boredom amused.

And I have chosen you, Miss Katmouts,
to preach this evangel.

Why me?

Because you’re on YouTube, dummy.
2 million people watched your I am Hellene
video, and counting.

I have seen the face of God

You just might be right, Miss Katmouts.


Music by Charles Como

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