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November 17, 2005

Schnitzler, "Professor Bernhardi" Acts 4-5

Councillor: Certainly these gentlemen have every cause for gratitude towards your Excellency.
Flint: You are wide off the mark, Councillor. Gratitude is no factor in political life, it's more a matter of balancing accounts.

Flint is so absorbed in politics, and the "political" takeover of the institution that he thinks gratitude is simply a gesture of account balancing.

This issue of concern for the cause or concern for the company keeps appearing in this text. The corporate political side is discussed by those who are concerned for the company, and those who are more concerned with treating the patients and, as Dr. Jerz pointed out, following the hippocratic oath, are left behind in the pit of minority.

Posted by DavidDenninger at November 17, 2005 09:31 AM


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