Humphrey Bogart Explains Capitalism in Under a Minute

by Datechguy | January 29th, 2018

Readability

Humphrey Bogart Explains Capitalism in Under a Minute

Linus Larrabee: This, this is my home, no wife would ever under­stand it.
David Larrabee: Well nei­ther can I You’ve got all the money is the world.
Linus Larrabee: Well what’s money got to do with it? If mak­ing money were all there was to busi­ness it hardly be worth­while going into the office. Money is a byprod­uct.
David Larrabee: But what’s the main objec­tive, power?
Linus Larrabee: Ah, that’s become a dirty word.
David Larrabee: Well then What’s the urge, you’re going into plas­tics now, what will that prove?

Sab­rina 1954

A while back I was vis­it­ing a friend at his employ­ment (he was a golf pro at a coun­try club) when his daugh­ter who was in col­lege at the time, walked in. I asked her about her major and what she was doing and she answered she was doing eco­nomic and already had a part time job at a bro­ker­age, how­ever she said it with some guilt as her class­mate derided her job choice, one of the hor­ri­ble side effects of the cur­rent social­ist higher edu­ca­tion sys­tem filled with lib­er­als who decry West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion, Chris­tian­ity and Cap­i­tal­ism. Per­son­ally I think they were jeal­ous of the money she was already mak­ing to pay back stu­dent loans, but nev­er­the­less I told her she should be proud of her job, because if she did it well, peo­ple who saved money their entire lives would be able to live a com­fort­able retire­ment, and if she did it really well peo­ple would have money to invest in com­pa­nies that pro­duce the jobs that feed families.

I must have done a good job explain­ing it because she imme­di­ately lit up and told me that she never thought of that, nobody had ever explained it to her that way before, which means that obvi­ously she had never seen the 1954 movie Sab­rina star­ing Humphrey Bog­art, Audrey Hep­burn and William Holden about a chauffeur’s daugh­ter (Hep­burn) who falls in love with the play­boy son (Holden) of her father’s employer who doesn’t notice her until she returns from cook­ing school in Paris just in time to throw a wrench into the plans of his older seri­ous brother (Bog­art) who has plans to use his brother upcom­ing 4th mar­riage to secure a busi­ness deal.

The movie also fea­tures both Ray­mond Bai­ley and Nancy Culp just under a decade before they would become the com­edy team of Mr. Drys­dale and Miss Jane on the Bev­er­ley Hill­bil­lies, but I digress. Hid­den within the 113 min­utes about love, life and per­sonal growth is a speech by Bogart’s char­ac­ter Linus Larrabee that per­fectly describes what Cap­i­tal­ism is and what it does. It’s a speech that every col­lege stu­dent in Amer­ica should be required to watch.

For those who don’t have the patience to sit through the full minute here is the key quote.

A new prod­uct has been found, some­thing of use to the world, so a new indus­try moves into an unde­vel­oped area. Fac­to­ries go up, machines are brought in, a har­bor is dug, and you’re in busi­ness. It’s purely coin­ci­den­tal of course that peo­ple who never saw a dime before sud­denly have a dol­lar, and bare­footed kids wear shoes and have their teeth fixed and their faces washed. What’s wrong with the kind of an urge that gives peo­ple libraries, hos­pi­tals, base­ball dia­monds and, uh, movies on a Sat­ur­day night?

Back in 1954 when this pic­ture was made when the ruins of the 2nd World War were still vis­i­ble, 25 year olds could remem­ber the great depres­sion, the dev­as­ta­tion of flu pan­demics, life before elec­tric­ity, movies, radio, phones and even rav­ages the Civil War were still in liv­ing mem­ory, Amer­i­cans knew and under­stood this facts of life explained in this speech and were pleased to gift their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren a Pax Amer­i­cana and a boom­ing build­ing econ­omy to escape these pains.

Alas hav­ing been deliv­ered from these hor­rors the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of those in the west who endured them in the west in gen­eral and of Amer­ica in par­tic­u­lar decided they knew bet­ter than those who over­came them and instead of embrac­ing the lessons of that gen­er­a­tion enrolled in the Kinder­garten of Eden where they were taught that peace and pros­per­ity were a birthright and that any­thing soci­ety that didn’t pro­duce their heart’s desire was oppres­sive and evil.

As Robert Hein­lein once wrote:

“Through­out his­tory, poverty is the nor­mal con­di­tion of man. Advances which per­mit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minor­ity, fre­quently despised, often con­demned, and almost always opposed by all right-​thinking peo­ple. When­ever this tiny minor­ity is kept from cre­at­ing, or (as some­times hap­pens) is dri­ven out of a soci­ety, the peo­ple then slip back into abject poverty.

“This is known as ‘bad luck.’”

This “bad luck” is what is affect­ing the Venezue­lan peo­ple and it’s ori­gin was the same social­ism that the aca­d­e­mics teach­ing our chil­dren uni­formly cheered when it was imple­mented and then when this happened…

As The New York Times reported, “Venezuela was once one of Latin America’s rich­est coun­tries, flush with oil wealth that attracted immi­grants from places as var­ied as Europe and the Mid­dle East.”

“But after Pres­i­dent Hugo Chávez vowed to break the country’s eco­nomic elite and redis­trib­ute wealth to the poor, the rich and mid­dle class fled to more wel­com­ing coun­tries in droves, cre­at­ing what demog­ra­phers describe as Venezuela’s first diaspora.”

Now, in their absence, things have got­ten worse, and it’s poorer Venezue­lans — the very ones that Chavez’s rev­o­lu­tion was allegedly intended to help — who are starv­ing. Many are even tak­ing to boats, echo­ing, as the Times notes, “an image so sym­bolic of the per­ilous jour­neys to escape Cuba or Haiti — but not oil-​rich Venezuela.”

Well, Venezuela was once rich. But mis­man­age­ment and klep­toc­racy can make any coun­try poor and Venezuela — as is typ­i­cal with coun­tries whose lead­ers promise to soak the rich for the ben­e­fit of the poor — has had plenty of both. And now, though Hugo Chavez’s fam­ily has grown fab­u­lously wealthy, the poor have nothing.

…denied that it was actual socialism.

This is what half of our soci­ety has for­got­ten to our deter­ment as a whole.

Update: In com­ments Stephen hands notes ” most rich men are not self­less, celi­bate voca­tion­ers like Bogie’s char­ac­ter but cov­etous idol­aters and war­mon­gers”, how­ever I note that the jobs and eco­nomic prospects cre­ated by indus­try are the same regard­less of the virtue or lack thereof of the per­son advanc­ing them. Of course Mil­ton Fried­man said it much better.


If you’d like to con­tinue to sup­port inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism, please con­sider hit­ting DaTip­Jar here.



Con­sider sub­scrib­ing. If we can get 92 more sub­scribers at $20 a month I can do this full time with­out worry.


Choose a Sub­scrip­tion level


Finally might I sug­gest my book Hail Mary the Per­fect Protes­tant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excel­lent Gift.

Linus Larrabee: This, this is my home, no wife would ever understand it.
David Larrabee:  Well neither can I You’ve got all the money is the world.
Linus Larrabee:  Well what’s money got to do with it? If making money were all there was to business it hardly be worthwhile going into the office. Money is a byproduct.
David Larrabee:   But what’s the main objective, power?
Linus Larrabee:  Ah, that’s become a dirty word.
David Larrabee:  Well then What’s the urge, you’re going into plastics now, what will that prove?

Sabrina 1954

A while back I was visiting a friend at his employment (he was a golf pro at a country club) when his daughter who was in college at the time, walked in.  I asked her about her major and what she was doing and she answered she was doing economic and already had a part time job at a brokerage, however she said it with some guilt as her classmate derided her job choice, one of the horrible side effects of the current socialist higher education system filled with liberals who decry Western Civilization, Christianity and Capitalism.  Personally I think they were jealous of the money she was already making to pay back student loans, but nevertheless I told her she should be proud of her job, because if she did it well, people who saved money their entire lives would be able to live a comfortable retirement, and if she did it really well people would have money to invest in companies that produce the jobs that feed families.

I must have done a good job explaining it because she immediately lit up and told me that she never thought of that, nobody had ever explained it to her that way before, which means that obviously she had never seen the 1954 movie Sabrina staring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn and William Holden about a chauffeur’s daughter (Hepburn) who falls in love with the playboy son (Holden) of her father’s employer who doesn’t notice her until she returns from cooking school in Paris just in time to throw a wrench into the plans of his older serious brother (Bogart) who has plans to use his brother upcoming 4th marriage to secure a business deal.

The movie also features both Raymond Bailey and Nancy Culp just under a decade before they would become the comedy team of Mr. Drysdale and Miss Jane on the Beverley Hillbillies, but I digress. Hidden within the 113 minutes about love, life and personal growth is a speech by Bogart’s character Linus Larrabee that perfectly describes what Capitalism is and what it does.  It’s a speech that every college student in America should be required to watch.

For those who don’t have the patience to sit through the full minute here is the key quote.

A new product has been found, something of use to the world, so a new industry moves into an undeveloped area. Factories go up, machines are brought in, a harbor is dug, and you’re in business. It’s purely coincidental of course that people who never saw a dime before suddenly have a dollar, and barefooted kids wear shoes and have their teeth fixed and their faces washed. What’s wrong with the kind of an urge that gives people libraries, hospitals, baseball diamonds and, uh, movies on a Saturday night?

Back in 1954 when this picture was made when the ruins of the 2nd World War were still visible,  25 year olds could remember the great depression, the devastation of flu pandemics, life before electricity, movies, radio, phones and even ravages the Civil War were still in living memory, Americans knew and understood this facts of life explained in this speech and were pleased to gift their children and grandchildren a Pax Americana and a booming building economy to escape these pains.

Alas having been delivered from these horrors the children and grandchildren of those in the west who endured them in the west in general and of America in particular decided they knew better than those who overcame them and instead of embracing the lessons of that generation enrolled in the Kindergarten of Eden where they were taught that peace and prosperity were a birthright and that anything society that didn’t produce their heart’s desire was oppressive and evil.

As Robert Heinlein once wrote:

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

“This is known as ‘bad luck.’”

This “bad luck” is what is affecting the Venezuelan people and it’s origin was the same socialism that the academics teaching our children uniformly cheered when it was implemented and then when this happened…

 As The New York Times reported, “Venezuela was once one of Latin America’s richest countries, flush with oil wealth that attracted immigrants from places as varied as Europe and the Middle East.”

“But after President Hugo Chávez vowed to break the country’s economic elite and redistribute wealth to the poor, the rich and middle class fled to more welcoming countries in droves, creating what demographers describe as Venezuela’s first diaspora.”

Now, in their absence, things have gotten worse, and it’s poorer Venezuelans — the very ones that Chavez’s revolution was allegedly intended to help — who are starving. Many are even taking to boats, echoing, as the Times notes, “an image so symbolic of the perilous journeys to escape Cuba or Haiti — but not oil-rich Venezuela.” 

Well, Venezuela was once rich. But mismanagement and kleptocracy can make any country poor and Venezuela — as is typical with countries whose leaders promise to soak the rich for the benefit of the poor — has had plenty of both. And now, though Hugo Chavez’s family has grown fabulously wealthy, the poor have nothing.

…denied that it was actual socialism.

This is what half of our society has forgotten to our determent as a whole.

Update:  In comments Stephen hands notes ” most rich men are not selfless, celibate vocationers like Bogie’s character but covetous idolaters and warmongers”, however I note that the jobs and economic prospects created by industry are the same regardless of the virtue or lack thereof of the person advancing them.  Of course Milton Friedman said it much better.


If you’d like to continue to support independent journalism, please consider hitting DaTipJar here.



Consider subscribing.  If we can get 92 more subscribers at $20 a month I can do this full time without worry.


Choose a Subscription level


Finally might I suggest my book  Hail Mary the Perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer makes an excellent Gift.

Buy My Book!

Buy My Book!

Hit DaTipJar and Support Conservative Journalism & Opinion




Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,145 other subscribers

DH Gate Dot Com, Online Shopping

Cheap ecigarette from China - DHgate

Best Grassroots Blogs

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Catholic CD of the Month

Know your Catholic Faith

Da Pages

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Donald Trump Calls on DaTechGuy Worcester MA

 
%d bloggers like this: