Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal...and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Capitalism: A Love Story also presents what a more hopeful future could look like. Who are we and why do we behave the way that we do? Written by
The film depicts a boarded-up house in Bellington, WA; there is no such city in Washington state. It likely meant to say Bellingham, WA. See more »
George W. Bush:
[speaking at the Manhattan Institute]
Capitalism offers people the freedom to choose where they work and what they do.
Lady in Restaurant:
[reading the classified ads]
There isn't anything in here. I'm not going to be a gentlemen's club hire dancer either.
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"It's class warfare, my class is winning, but they shouldn't be." - Warren Buffett, World's Richest Person 2007 See more »
The Politics Of Greed, Fear, And Predatory Behavior Exposed By Michael Moore
He took on our nation's obsession with guns in BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE.
He took on the politics of Bush/Cheney fear mongering in FAHRENHEIT
9/11. He even took on the health care insurance industry in SICKO. And
once more, the tenacious rabble-rouser from Flint, Michigan, Michael
Moore, takes on the powers-that-be in a cinematic broadside that needs
to be seen--CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY.
In this new opus from the man who has always gotten under the skin of
the nattering nabobs of negativity on the Far Right, Moore posits some
very chilling questions about our system of Capitalism: Is it really
intrinsically evil? Should it be abolished? And he does so with the
kind of simmering populist outrage that has been his stock-in-trade
since his 1989 breakthrough ROGER AND ME (which is in fact part of the
archival footage he uses here). In it, he details how America's
financial system got overheated by deregulation and predatory loan
practices that struck at the heart of the poor and middle class, the
ones who actually make up the heart and soul of America and who are
always the most vulnerable, leaving the rich to walk away with billions
in taxpayer bailout money. It also shows us how corporate greed, far
from enriching our lives, has actually corroded them, and subsequently
corroded our political system so that the villains of this whole scheme
are the same ones that buy off our elected representatives to sit there
and save their sorry behinds.
But for each horror story he tells us (and there are many, make no
mistake), there are stirring examples of common people standing up
against the faceless corporate bullies and exercising their democratic
rights (what a novel concept!): homeowners in Miami who refuse to budge
from a foreclosed home; union workers in Chicago who refuse to leave
their place of employment, a manufacturer of doors and windows, even
after Bank of America has foreclosed; people in Congress who have
finally had enough and scream "BULLS**T!" to the corporate interests.
All of this may seem like Moore is going to his usual excessive lengths
to make his point, particularly when it comes to the idea of abolishing
the capitalist framework altogether--a pipe dream, if ever there was
one. But when doing a satirical documentary like this, a little excess
can go a long way to expose some hidden truths about our country; and
the fact that Moore exposes truths that we either disagree with or
don't want to know about inevitably makes him a target for blind
followers of the Far Right and the Palin/McCain/Joe The Plumber sect,
whom Moore once again is able to skewer with their own words. And he
doesn't go so easy on Bill Clinton's administration either, as several
members of that administration themselves were involved in setting up
the self-fulfilling prophecy that led to the near-complete collapse of
the American economy in 2008.
It was Michael Douglas' character Gordon Gekko who, in Oliver Stone's
hard-hitting 1987 film WALL STREET, said to the audience at a
stockholders' meeting: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
Greed works!" Well, as CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY shows, just the
opposite is true. It is unrestrained greed and unrestrained fear that
pushed America to the brink of total economic meltdown. And it is those
same elements that have led Moore to the conclusion that Capitalism is
evil. If he is wrong in his conclusion, then it is unfortunately not by
much. And that is why CAPITALISM: A LOVE STORY should be seen. We may
not be able to abolish the capitalist system that has kept America a
world power, but unless we do fundamental things now to place
regulations on those that profit from greed, fear, and predatory
behavior, then America may one day in the future go over the edge into
the abyss with no hope to recover its lost greatness.
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