from „Network“ (1976) with Ned Beatty as Arthur
„ ... 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, multivariate, multi-national
dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars,
reichmarks, rins, 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 subatomic
and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled
with the primal forces of nature, and you will atone!
... 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 bylaws 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‘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 tranquilized,
all boredom amused."
from “Wallstreet” (1987) with Michael Douglas
as Gordon Gekko
„... America, America has become a second-rate
power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at
nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market,
when our country was a top industrial power, there was
accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the
Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire,
made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today,
management has no stake in the company!
... I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator
of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed
-- for lack of a better word -- is good. Greed is right.
Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures
the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all
of its forms -- greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge
-- has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed --
you mark my words -- will not only save Teldar Paper,
but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.
Thank you very much.“