Capitalism: A Love Story

{5/5} “This is capitalism, a system of taking and giving. Mostly taking. The only thing we didn’t know was when the revolt would begin.”

In the US corporations have gained an absurd amount of control over the government. How did this happen? When the financial crisis happened, the banks were bailed out. Why didn’t the banks have to tell anyone what they were doing with the money?┬áThere are people who are trying to do the right thing, including some in government, but they’ve been overwhelmed by those who have been bought out.

Capitalism: A Love Story was released in 2009.

This is an important documentary — I urge you to see it. Sometimes Michael Moore’s documentaries have funny parts but this one was pretty serious — one might say grim. Although it does recount the victory of a group of factory workers against a bank, an event which offers some hope.

It gives you a historical perspective, going all the way back to Franklin D. Roosevelt, who wanted to pass a second bill of rights that would guarantee education, housing, medical care, and employment. That didn’t happen (in the US — it did happen elsewhere). There’s some discussion with clergy about how capitalism goes against Christianity and other religions.

There might be some simplification going on here, but you have to start somewhere.

Here are a couple more quotations from the movie. “The system has built into it what we call propaganda. I’m in awe of propaganda. The ability to convince people who are victimized by the very system to support the system and see it as a good.” And: “If you’ve been told your whole life that things are the way other people tell you they are, to be able to say ‘Well, no, I can make it different’ is quite a big deal.”

Watch this movie when you’re feeling strong — it can be depressing. The things that are shown in this movie should be well known, should have been presented on the news — but they’re not.

The movie was written, produced, and directed by Michael Moore (Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11).

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