Network(1976) Ned Betty
CLICK HERE TO PLAY NED BEATTY'S FIRE EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF CORPORATE AMERICA
Ned Betty: You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr.
Beale, and I won't have it!! Is that clear?! You think you've 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, tidal gravity! It is ecological balance!
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
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, Mr. Beale?
You get up on your little twenty-one inch 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 --
Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical
decision theories, minimax 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, 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.
And I have chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangel.
Beale: But why me?
Ned Betty: Because you're on television, dummy. Sixty million
people watch you every night of the week, Monday through Friday.
Beale: I have seen the face of God.
Ned Betty: You just might be right, Mr. Beale.