Changing the world by rigging up the financial markets – a cinematic prophecy from 1991
Recently I saw one of my all-time favorites again: Sneakers by Phil Alden Robinson
from 1991. In a key scene the two protagonists (Cosmo and Marty) meet in a
conference room discussing the possibility of changing the (financial) world.
I think it is striking how the discussed scenarion equals the one we are facing
right now, which is why I transcripted the scene - For the benefit of some readers.
Cosmo: We were going to change the world, Marty, remember?
Did you ever get around to actually doing it? No, I guess not.
Well, I think I can.
Cosmo: Yes. What's wrong with this country, Marty?
Marty: Money. You taught me that.
Cosmo: Evil defense contractors had it, noble causes did not.
Politicians are bought and sold like so much chattel. Our problems multiply.
Pollution, crime, drugs, poverty, disease, hunger, despair.
We throw gobs of money at them.
The problems always get worse. Why is that?
Money's most powerful ability is to allow bad people to do bad things...
Marty: ...at the expense of those who don't have it. I agree.
Cosmo: While in prison, I learned everything in this world, including money...
...operates not on reality... -
Marty: But the perception of reality.
Cosmo: Scenario: People think a bank might be financially shaky.
Marty: Consequence: - People start to withdraw their money.
Cosmo: Result: Soon, it is financially shaky. - Conclusion: You can make banks fail.
I've already done that. Maybe you've read about a few?
Marty: Stock market?
Marty: Currency market? Commodities market?
Marty: Small countries?
Cosmo: I might even be able to crash the whole damn system.
Destroy all records of ownership. Think of it, Marty.
No more rich people, no more poor people, everybody's the same.
Isn't that what we said we always wanted?
Marty: Cos, you haven't gone crazy on me, have you?
Cosmo: Who else is going to change the world, Marty?
Marty: You are crazy.