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requiem for 12 banksters
A long dining table with extravagant if not to say exuberant decoration. The chef has burnt out himself to achieve this master piece. The musicians tune their instruments. The guests are at the door. Admission to the dinner is prohibitive. However, you can alternatively pay with your ideals or with your reputation, the belief in the rule of law, honesty in business matters, the good faith. What´s gone is gone. You just have to decide what you want to get rid of first. We already have too much of everything. we have about 50% of the world´s wealth but only 6.3 of its population. This disparity is particularly great as between ourselves and the peoples of Asia. In this situation, we cannot fail to be the object of envy and resentment. Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships, which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity without positive detriment to our national security. To do so we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and daydreaming; and our attention will have to be concentrated everywhere on our immediate national objectives. We need not deceive ourselves that we can afford today the luxury of altruism and world benefaction. In the face of this situation we would be better off to dispense now with a number of the concepts which have underlined our thinking. We should dispense with the aspiration to ´be liked´ or to be regarded as the repository of a high-minded international altruism. We should stop putting ourselves in the position of being our brothers´ keeper and refrain from offering moral and ideological advice. We should cease to talk about vague unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are hampered by idealistic slogans, the better. And now, let´s sing together - and share none of the food with those who do not want to give up everything. Music.