Theodore's World: Michael Moore's New Film Declares All-out War On Capitalism

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September 07, 2009

Michael Moore's New Film Declares All-out War On Capitalism

Michael Moore declares all-out war on capitalism

Director Michael Moore now wants nothing less than the complete overthrow of the modern capitalist system.

Los Angeles Times

Capitalism is evil. That is the conclusion U.S. documentary maker Michael Moore comes to in his latest movie "Capitalism: A Love Story," which premieres at the Venice Film Festival Sunday.

Blending his trademark humor with tragic individual stories, archive footage and publicity stunts, the 55-year-old launches an all-out attack on the capitalist system, arguing that it benefits the rich and condemns millions to poverty.

"Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil," the two-hour movie concludes. "You have to eliminate it and replace it with something that is good for all people and that something is democracy."

Moore’s long-awaited film, which will open in L.A. and New York on Sept. 23 and nationwide on Oct. 2, is in part his post-mortem on the global financial system crash that began a year ago this month with the collapse of brokerage Lehman Bros.

But the film takes on much more than the usual cast of blood-sucking bankers to make the case against capitalism, delving into unrewarded worker productivity, vultures who make their living off foreclosed homes and horror stories from a privately owned juvenile correctional facility in Pennsylvania.

Time magazine’s Mary Corliss writes from Venice:

"Capitalism: A Love Story" does not quite measure up to Moore's "Sicko" in its cumulative power, and it is unlikely to equal "Fahrenheit 9/11" in political impact. In many ways, though, this is Moore's magnum opus: the grandest statement of his career-long belief that big business is screwing the hard-working little guy while government connives in the atrocity.

As he loudly tried to confront General Motors CEO Roger Smith in "Roger & Me" in 1989, and pleaded through a bull horn to get officials at Guantanamo to give medical treatment to surviving victims of "9/11," so in "Capitalism" he attempts to make a citizen's arrest of AIG executives, and puts tape around the New York Stock Exchange building, declaring it a crime scene.

But Corliss also questions whether Moore’s call for a grass-roots revolution can make it past the theater exit door:

At the end Moore says, "I refuse to live in a country like this -- and I'm not leaving."

But this call to arms demands more than a ringleader; it requires a ring, an engaged citizenry who are mad enough not to take it any more. That's unlikely to happen. Moore's films are among the top-grossing documentaries in history because they are pertinent populist entertainments. The question remains: Will "Capitalism: A Love Story" rouse the rabble to revolt? Or will audiences sit appreciatively through the movie, then go home and play the cat-in-the-toilet YouTube video?

From Michael Moore Exposed

He lives in a million-dollar apartment, and boasts of that as well. "I walk among them. I live on the island of Manhattan, a three-mile-wide strip of land that is luxury home and corporate suite to America's elite..... Those who run your life live in my neighborhood. I walk in the streets with them each day" (Michael Moore, Stupid White Men, p. 51). For vacations, he keeps another million-dollar beachfront house in Michigan.
He sends his child to a private school -- no sense associating with the working class -- and has some trouble associating with them himself. The New York Post reported on a tantrum he threw in London: "Then, on his second-to-last night, [Michael Moore] raged against everyone connected with the Roundhouse and complained that he was being paid a measly $750 a night. 'He completely lost the plot,' a member of the stage crew told the London Evening Standard. 'He stormed around all day screaming at everyone, even the 5 pound-an-hour bar staff, telling them how we were all con men and useless. Then he went on stage and did it in public.' At his last appearance, staffers refused to work or even open the theater's doors." NY Post, Jan. 8, 2003.
He supplements his meager income with speaking tours. No more $750 gigs; on his 2004 pre-election tour he charged Utah Valley State College $40,000, Xavier $25,000, and University of New Mexico $35,000. Not bad for an hour or two's work.

Ah, the joys of capitalism....

One of his former associates summed him up: " You would think that he's the ultimate common man. But he's money-obsessed."


Wild Thing's comment........

I have never seen any of his films and have no desire to.

Michael can start by redistributing his wealth any time. LOL Moore has gotten rich in a capitalist society. Moore picked the wrong time and national mood for this, people are waking up to Obama and the leftists.

The comments at the article are worth checking out too. hahaaha
Los Angeles Times

....Thank you Jim for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 7, 2009 04:48 AM


What I don't understand is why those who celebrate the left don't dump him like a hot potato! The man is greedy rich and doesn't want you to have the same opportunities he got. He seems to think he is above everyone. They clamor on his every word as if it were actually true. Word up, people-he's a propagandist, nothing more. He loves to incite emotions. I used to work with a girl who had been a lifelong republican until she saw Farenheit 911 and actually believed what she saw and heard.
He needs to go away and leave us alone. He doesn't need anymore money. He has more than he knows what to do with. Let us have a chance at the money now. Capitalism is GOOOD!!!!!!!! Free markets and competition is GOOD!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Lynn at September 7, 2009 07:02 AM

What is the deal with this fat, repulsive, dumb fu*k ? Just shoot his @$$ and rid the world of a parasite.

SSgt Steve Gaston, USMC(PS)

Posted by: Steve Gaston, USMC at September 7, 2009 07:11 AM

Irony wrapped up in hypocracy. I don't know why anyone would want to watch this miserable human being whine about the very things he enjoys unless they are self-loathing miserable human beings themselves. He's simply ridiculous.

Posted by: Eden at September 7, 2009 07:19 AM

You mean he's not living in Cuba yet? As Lynn states, he is a propagandist. Like Oliver Stone, Moore makes movies for a leftist audience. I think these movies are financed anonymously by wealthy leftists as their audiences are generally small.

Posted by: TomR at September 7, 2009 12:21 PM

Moore should be obama's poster boy for 'the Weight Loss' program. Afterall he is the right age bracket, a little over 40 completely ignorant, and lacking the common sense god gave a piss ant. But no matter, they should strap him down and staple his stomach and while they are at it they can nail his mouth shut.

Posted by: Mark at September 7, 2009 02:49 PM