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Mayer leaned forward and tapped his assistant emphatically on the knee. "Look here, yourself, Jerry Kennedy. At this stage we don't want things getting out of our hands. A culture is in the hands of those who control the wealth; the means of production, distribution, communication. Theirs is the real power. I've made a point of spacing our men about the whole planet. Each specializes, though not exclusively. Gunther is our mining man, Dean heads petroleum, MacDonald shipping, Buchwald textiles, Rykov steel, and so forth.

By the way, that banking deal went through in Pola. " "Fine," Mayer chuckled. "You must be quite the richest man in the city. " "Uh huh," Jerry told him. " the other frowned. "It's handy that gold is the medium of exchange on Genoa," Jerry Kennedy said. " VI. Leonid Plekhanov, Joseph Chessman, Barry Watson, Khan Reif and several of the Tulan army staff stood on a small knoll overlooking a valley of several square miles. A valley dominated on all sides but the sea by mountain ranges. Reif and the three Earthlings were bent over a military map depicting the area.

Well, this cooks MacDonald and Buchwald. " His assistant raised his eyebrows. " "In this case, what can you do about it? " "You know that. " "We'll close them out. They've become too obsessed with their wealth. They've forgotten why the Pedagogue was sent here. I'll break them, Jerry. They'll come crawling. Perhaps I'll send them back to the Pedagogue. " Kennedy shrugged. "Well, Peter MacDonald's going to hate that. " Mayer snorted. " Martin Gunther hurried into the room, for once his calm ruffled.

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