In language one can only conclude is meant to impress a "sophisticated" UK readership (they for whom Benny Hill was the apex of hilarity), Mamet declares that there really is an Illuminati cabal controlling the doings of mankind, and that in their inexorable pursuit of TOTAL CONTROL, theatrical release motion pictures are doomed to extinction.
I conclude that he is either telling an elaborate joke, which WOULD be pretty funny, or he has frittered away whatever functioning synapses he might have once weakly laid claim to via the long-term effects of mental masturbation like this:
- I pray you bear with me as I exceed my brief.
The clan will have an elder to adjudicate disputes, but a society of several differing clans may require reference to mutually shared conceptions, thus giving birth to the lawyer. Travel and trade give rise to the necessity of credit, and bring into being the financier. Each expansion of social network, from the family to the clan, the tribe, the kingdom and state, will engender both an increasingly abstract philosophy and an increasingly elaborate mechanism of oversight.
Individuals known and responsible to one another live in groups that can enforce their norms through shame; less intimate groups rely upon the assignment of guilt to keep order. Guilt, as opposed to shame, must be proved, so legislatures come into being to decide - and policing organisations to enforce - the group norms. At this point, small imagination is required of the inspired individual to realise the benefits of collusion.
....President Monroe, in 1822, used the phrase "Manifest Destiny" to describe a moment of enlightenment that, perhaps, ran: "Looking at this map, I see the blue-coloured water starts on the right-hand border of what appears to be a continent; and, on the left-hand border, I see another expanse of blue. The state, being currently situated on the right, must not a sense of visual balance demand that we expand until our polity touches the other blue part?"