I passed by such intellectually stimulating flicks like "The Pink Panther 2" and "Friday the 13th Part (whatever)" to catch "The International," yesterday. The movie is about a plot by an international bank to finance weapons of mass destruction. Not a bad movie if you can get past all the blood and guts and the excessive use of metaphors.
One of the key moments was the scene that talked about how the real goal of the banking industry is to put the whole world in debt.
You mean, every time I order a Soulja Boy cd online, I'm contributing to some global conspiracy?
Say it ain't so!
However based on the current state of the economy not too many people will argue with the fact that something stinks in Denmark. (One of the few cliches that they did not use in the film.)
While the movie was fictitious, the idea of an international conspiracy by banks to rule the world has been discussed for decades.
For a more in depth discussion of these theories read "None Dare Call it Conspiracy," by Gary Allen.
As a person of African decent, the part that caught my eye was the scene that dealt with the funding of revolutions in so called "third world countries." This is a theme that has played out in Africa under European colonialism many times in history. (Read "Africa in History" by Basil Davidson and "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney )
We are taught in this country that conflicts in Africa are the result of some Hip Hop- type "beefs" indicating that black folks just don't know how to get along anywhere on the planet. In reality, the conflicts among Africans, worldwide, are often manipulated by outside forces.
The movie will have you asking yourself, are there really people in this world evil enough to cause the suffering of millions of people just to make a buck?
Something to think about the next time you use your credit card to order that pepperoni pizza from Domino's.