I don’t have to tell you things are bad…

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After the protests in London today – and being acutely aware of it given that my office is just across the river and we had police helicopters circling overhead all day – this clip from the film Network seems timely – give or take a few ‘minor details’. Transcript below, video after…

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‘I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth.

The banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep guns under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street. Nobody anywhere seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat. We sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today been 15 homicides and 63 violent crimes as if that’s the way things are supposed to be.

We know things are bad, worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out any more. We sit in the house. Slowly the world we’re living in is getting smaller and all we say is, “Please at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster, my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone“.

Well I’m not going to leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest or riot. I don’t want to tell you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, “I’m a human being goddamm it. My life has value!

So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it and stick your head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

I want you to get up right now, get up, go to your windows open them and stick your head out and yell, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Things have got to change, but first you’ve got to get mad you’ve got to say, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression, the inflation and the oil crisis….’

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