CHAPTER 7

Mediums of Exchange and Financial Instruments

Money Makes the World Go Around

The cumulative manipulative power of commerce on the world is ­perhaps best illustrated by a song from the multiple-award-winning musical Cabaret that opened on Broadway in 1966, was made into a movie in 1972, and, after its revival on stage in 1987, garnered its second Tony award. Set in Berlin at the beginning of the Third Reich, the story follows the romance of an English cabaret performer and an American writer. Through its songs the audience witnesses the political changes taking place in Germany against the backdrop of the global economy of such a period. One of the memorable songs performed by the emcee, as joined by the female chorus line in international ...

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