‘Network’ redux, starring Bernie and Barack


Bernie Sanders met with Barack Obama at the White House today. I’m picturing the scene in Network (only slightly altered here) where Mr. Jensen lectures Howard Beale on how the real world works:

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-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars. petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars… rubles, rin, pounds and shekels.

It is the international system of currency that determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic, subatomic and galactic structure of things today.

There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and A T and T and Dupont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today… We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Sanders. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Sanders!

Bernie, thunderstruck by Obama’s eloquence, will look up at him and say, “I have seen the face of God.” Obama, smiling from on high, will reply, “You just might be right, Mr. Sanders.”

P.S. Just joking, Bernie will never be a neolib convert. But he will hold his nose and back Hillary, if only because the Republican alternative might be even scarier.

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