I would point out (as Mike Yates has already done) that that almost everything smokedsalmon mentions was funded by the Federal government rather than by the private sector. To start with, the decision to send in the National Guard was made by Governor Frank Murphy, a Democrat who did have strong New Deal sympathies but those sympathies were not exactly in sync with the deepest aspirations of the strikers. “it’s environmentally bad but so is practically everything”? Comment by ryan — September 30, 2009 @ 5:47 pm. Reviews were generally positive. I took a far more critical view of the film than you did. isn’t capitalism=freedom? Comment by Ernie — September 26, 2009 @ 1:55 am. This was a way of allowing elected officials to get discounted mortgages, including Senator Christopher Dodd, a Democrat with populist pretensions. This one from Yahoo news is typical: THE FACTS: Dodd has acknowledged that he participated in a VIP program at Countrywide, refinancing loans on two homes in 2003. That alone is sufficient to erode trust and undermine the message of the film, much moreso if the anti union allegation turns out to be substantiated. As an erstwhile analyst of airline deregulation, I thought that Moore’s interviews of a couple of low-paid regional airline pilots effectively illustrate how capitalism puts profits over human needs. Its certainly a criticism of over-consumption, but satirically told. The fact that some pilots make very low salaries is a good argument for socialism?! But why should we condemn him when he’s actually doing something that non of us could pull off in a 100 years? Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). They are not slaves. One pilot was forced to go on food stamps while another had to take additional jobs to make ends meet. —Sorry Michael —this flick is decades stale in its breakdowns. Title: By contrast here in Australia the default setting for dissent is not a radical populism such as Moore’s but left liberalism and that has made all the difference as a right wing poet once said. Give me a break. He notes that by the time of the job cuts in Flint, Germany and Japan had rebuilt their automotive industries and were producing better, safer, cleaner, more reliable cars. 176 of 248 people found this review helpful. Liz, with your argrument you can also say that bus drivers can go out and seek a higher position in the transport industry if he wants better pay, what’s stopping him/her? [16], Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 75% based on 185 reviews, with an average score of 6.71 out of 10. That said, there's still plenty here to annoy right-wingers, as well as those who, however much they agree with Moore's politics, just can't stomach his oversimplification, on-the-nose sentimentality and goofball japery." With the banks in his gun-sight, Moore evokes the struggle in this movie between an idealistic banker James Stewart and the evil banker Lionel Barrymore. Moore adds that it is a crime that Americans do not have these things and never will have them as long as the evil of capitalism continues to enrich the few at the expense of the many. I’ll bet that for every great innovation funded entirely by private capital (and I won’t even talk about how profits are themselves the result of the exploitation of workers, that is, those who actually make things), I can give fifty examples of how the pursuit of private property has led directly to serious social problems (death of workers, death of the environment, etc.). Comment by SGuy — October 1, 2009 @ 7:25 am, http://metrotimes.com/screens/story.asp?id=14402, Comment by Charles — October 1, 2009 @ 6:57 pm. This prosperity was driven by the manufacturing industry, which benefited from post-war Germany and Japan struggling to recover. At the time, many leftist supporters of Obama interpreted this as the second coming of FDR. He points to Citigroup's leaked "plutonomy memo", which said that America and other countries were not democracies any more, but were ruled by the wealthy. And it’s not like flying a smog spewing plane filled with middle class people who paid for plane tickets is exactly charity work. Great review Louis. Looking back on his happy and prosperous early life, Moore asserts that "if this was capitalism, I loved it... and so did everyone else". Some critics dislike his bias, but the films are largely successful. Moore’s surely a skilful, if predictable, film-maker who knows how to go for emotive sequence programming Giving someone cancer = voluntary contracts between adults. What better way to get workers to become more spiritual than to reduce their earning power, after all. [20], Upon the film's February 2010 UK release, The Times said the film "showcases Moore at his undeniably powerful best and his exploitative, manipulative worst":[21].

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