Monday, February 20


Millions and millions of illegal aliens are trampling our borders and insinuating themselves into every nook and cranny of American life, and the best an American president can say is that "they're here to do the jobs that Americans refuse to do" and pitch a Guest Worker Program geared to American business interests. Right, Mr. President!

Millions and millions of domestic and foreign shipping containers come inbound to our nation's ports each year and, at best, the suspect Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is inspecting only 3% to 5% of them, leaving what Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) calls "a gaping hole in America's security." Meanwhile, DHS Chief Michael Chertoff and Secretary of State Condi Rice pitch Arab management of six major U.S. ports and reassure Americans that all is well! Right, Bush Administration!

Does this most recent bit of insanity juxtaposed with 12 - 20 million illegal aliens afoot in our land cause you to think that government as protector of the people is an illusion and that our nation's security is being forsaken by big money interests? If so, you're thinking as I am.

The whole sorry situation brings to mind that scene in the 1976 movie "Network," in which business tycoon Arthur Jensen (played by Ned Beatty) proselytizes demented news anchor Howard Beal (played by Peter Finch) on what really makes the world go round -- not nations, governments, and peoples, but the "multi-national dominion of dollars."

Just substitute President Bush for Arthur Jensen and imagine him haranguing those of us (you know, the erstwhile Howard Beals being characterized as "xenophobic" and "racist") wanting the deal killed that would permit the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) company, Dubai Ports World, to take over the management of six major American ports:

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 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.

The fictional Howard Beale got "mad as hell." What about everyday Americans whose fighting spirits are being enervated by the soporific of political spin -- will they get "mad as hell" and see that their duly elected representatives in Washington kill this latest insanity?