Mayfair Set, The (1999)

Four stories about the rise of business and the decline of political power in the West.
Anglické znění.

E1 - Who Pays Wins
This episode delves into the life of Colonel David Sterling, founder of the British Special Air Service (SAS) commando unit. Following his army stint in World War II, Sterling became a prime mover in a series of mercenary and arms-dealing schemes in the Third World. The UK government, of course, sanctioned these schemes. This documentary fills in some interesting background to British intrigue in Saudi Arabia & Yemen in the 1960s, ultimately setting the stage for current troubles in the Persian Gulf region. The film also briefly mentions Sterling’s odd activities in pre-independence Rhodesia.

E2 - Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V.
In the 1950s, Britain was dominated by a political and financial establishment that looked down on the stock market. But a suburban accountant called Jim Slater realised that if he harnessed the sleeping powers of the shareholders, he would gain immense power.

E3 - Destroy the Technostructure
This episode recounts the story of how James Goldsmith became one of the richest men in the world by taking over some of the biggest corporations in America.

E4 - Twilight of the Dogs
The early proponents of the market economy are themselves the victims of its sucess in the final chapter.
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