Saturday, October 03, 2009

Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story": His best yet

My son and I saw the film tonight.

Moore is at his best in this film. He truly created this film from his heart, and his love for our nation cannot be doubted in any way whatsoever.

The only reaction a right winger, conservative or libertarian-capitalist is likely to muster up in response to this film would be to ridicule or maybe just snarl. There will be no challenge to facts that I can see here. The film is a series of poignant and sometimes hopeful stories within a larger canvas of concepts and policy proposals.

The two songs ending the film were also knock-outs. He has somebody (the credits moved too quickly for me) singing a Sinatra-style lounge version of "The Internationale" (The link here is the Billy Bragg version from YouTube) and Merle Haggard singing Woody Guthrie's "Jesus Christ."

"Capitalism: A Love Story" is a very moving film, and it ought to be widely seen-- again more than any other film he's done, with the possible exception of "Sicko."

ADDENDUM 10/4/09: My son tells me a friend of his said dismissively, "Michael Moore is simply the liberal's Rush Limbaugh." I responded to my son, "That young man has a great future in corporate media." Like corporate media superstars, my son's friend is also wrong. He is making a false equivalency. Moore's worst days are not even close to Limbaugh's worst days, either in number of worst days or in depth of anger or snark. This film proves my point as nobody with any good faith can legitimately conclude this film is like FoxNews or Rush, and is not an attack on "America."

I do believe, however, that the film helps those of us too young to recall the 1930s and the late 19th Century as to why people were drawn to Communist and Socialist movements. And it also helps us understand just how important FDR was to our nation during the 1930s and 1940s until his still untimely death just before the end of World War II.

I also hope it helps my Dad better understand why I voted for Nader in 2000, and why I have not had much sustained hope about Obama, as Moore rather evenhandedly shows how prominent Democrats and Democratic Party advisers, such as Robert Rubin and Larry Summers, contributed to the latest financial implosion. Still, one may criticize Moore for not more prominently attacking Clinton and Obama (compared to Reagan) for the role each president played or is playing as president. Clinton's Reaganite de-regulation of the financial markets was a major factor in the crisis, as he sided with Republicans in Congress in the de-regulation. Further, Clinton and now Obama had or have as their main advisers the people who contributed in creating the implosion.

Moore did give lots of time for Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) to explain her vote against the stimulus package, and her attack on the corporate elite and politicians in general. Marcy is one of the "good guys" and, as I noted to my son, the fact that you never heard of her, or saw her on t.v. talk shows tells us much of the way corporate media operates.

By the way, these were my thoughts in September 2008 when the Congress was debating the stimulus package that was really a bailout of banks and bankers. Sigh.


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