July 22, 2016

Trump: The 1976 Prototype

Arthur Jensen: 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, multinational 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!

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.

Howard Beale: Why me?

Arthur Jensen: Because you're on television, dummy. Sixty million people watch you every night of the week, Monday through Friday.

Howard Beale: I have seen the face of God.

Arthur Jensen: You just might be right, Mr. Beale.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 22, 2016 3:56 AM
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Posted by: Arthurstone at July 22, 2016 8:34 AM

No thanks on viewing the link, but have a good weekend anyway.

Posted by: Snakepit Kansas at July 22, 2016 10:52 AM


Only shallow fools like you give a crap what the presstitutes and celebutards think. They are parrots spewing forth propaganda, nothing more. I do not know anyone who watches any of them.

No one.

We've turned them off, tuned you out and have totally dropped out of the media/celebutard propaganda sphere. You and they are teki.

Posted by: Nahanni at July 22, 2016 12:32 PM

Why thank you Snakepit.

And thank you "Nahanni". I know that when I run across someone using the suffix 'tard' I've run across a deep thinker.

Posted by: Arthurstone at July 22, 2016 2:15 PM


Anyone who gives a damn what the likes of Stewart and Colbert say or think (like you) definitely comes from the shallow end of the gene pool.

Run along, little boy! Go back and play with your drool cupped moron leftard friends.

Posted by: Nahanni at July 22, 2016 10:00 PM

I have read the absurd, ugly comments posted by your "fan" Nahanni. While I am not sure why you posted this Network clip, I have been feeling for quite a while THAT SCENE IS the Donnie Trump "revolution" howling out the windows. If Nahanni's feelings are hurt (#blackliesmatter might share a safespace) by the Repub party abandoning us and thinks (extrapolated from the "leftard" vilification which sounds like an impotent fool's invective) that it is reasonable to abandon decent conservatism for the bombastic blathering of a smug paramecium like Trump, it has probably made many other bad choices in its life.
We have watched the inspiration of chamge morphing daily into "actually, we are REALLY, ourselves, going to be serving ... IT, EVERMORE... HA HA, Gotcha chumps. You have just been Trumped." One way or the other, we are on the verge of the absolute proof of Obama's fundamental change of America when the dust settles after this election.

Posted by: Dink Newcomb at July 23, 2016 5:07 AM

Wow! We've got a lot of hostility going on here! Please aim some of that vitriol at Hillary/Kaine; hold your self-righteous noses and do the only intelligent thing: Vote Trump/Pence - otherwise you are joining the Bush/Kasich/Kristol/Romney Hillary-By-Proxy cabal and enabling completion of Obama's fundamental transformation of America.

Posted by: MOTUS at July 23, 2016 6:24 AM

I swear I would vote for Richard Simmons before I would vote for that bribe soaked lesbian witch.

And dear Art, if you get your criticisms of decency from the likes of Stewart and Colbert, I pity you, your family, your neighbors and the very air you breathe.

Posted by: Denny at July 23, 2016 9:58 AM