Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
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Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
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winning streak in 1974."
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Capitalism: A Love Story (7/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 127 minutes.
Not for children.
Michael Moore isnít a historian or a
documentarian. Heís a propagandist (ďThe International,Ē the anthem for
international socialism, is his new filmís theme song). But he leaves
facts in ashes in his wake. Moore
provides no background, basis, explanation, or context for many of his
segments, but simplistically blames capitalism for all his knee-jerk
For instance; a running story in this film is
a family who is losing its house. They are interviewed and they are so
poignant. They tug at your heartstrings. The problem is that Moore never answers the
question, what happened? How did they get in this situation? WHY are
they losing their house? Does
Moore explain? No. Could it be
that the reason they lost it was because they were irresponsible in the
way they handled this, the most important asset of their lives? But
just wonít explain. And the only rationale for why he doesnít explain is
that context would destroy his point.
isnít a one-way polemicist who just concentrates on Republicans and
conservatives. To his credit he goes after Democrats, too. People like
Timothy Geithner, the tax cheat who is Obamaís Secretary of the
Treasury. To Mooreís
discredit, however, although he has mild criticism for Senator Dodd of
who was responsible for the sub prime fiasco, there is very little
mention of Doddís co-conspirator, Barney Frank of Massachusetts. And I
didnít hear the name of Dodd-Frank buddy Harold Raines, who was head of
Fannie Mae and made a hundred million dollars inducing people who
couldnít afford it to buy houses beyond their capability to own.
shows his bias when he praises Jimmy Carter and then tries to take on
Ronald Reagan and, in doing so, misstates his record. Reagan took over
when we had Carterís stagflation, 20% interest rates, and were losing
the Cold War hands down. Reagan won the Cold War without a shot being
fired and corrected the economy. But that means nothing to Moore; he conveniently
ignores those damaging facts.
No, he wants to
present extensive interviews and commentary by people like Wally Shawn.
I like Wally as an actor (1981ís ďMy Dinner With Andre,Ē among others),
but as a thinker, heís no Milton Friedman. Speaking of Milton, Moore keeps
talking about greed and how bad it is. Hereís what Friedman, a Nobel Prize
Laureate in Economics, had to say about greed in response to a question
from left wing ideologue Phil Donahue:
What is greed?...The
world runs on individuals pursuing their separate interests. In the only
cases in which the masses have escaped from the kind of grinding poverty
you're talking about, the only cases in recorded history, they have had
capitalism and largely free trade. So that the record of history is
absolutely crystal clear: that there is no alternative way so far
discovered of improving the lot of the ordinary people that can hold a
candle to the productive activities that are unleashed by a free
Whom to believe; Nobel Laureate Milton
Friedman, or scruffy ultracrepidarian Michael Moore?
Capitalism has lots of problems.
doesnít know enough about them to really zero in. He barely mentions
avaricious CEOs, who bilk their companies of cash by taking huge
compensation. The Los Angeles Times reported that Occidental Petroleum
Ray Irani (who, as one of his first acts when he took over from longtime
Armand Hammer in 1990 was to cut the dividend so that shareholders
couldnít participate in the profits of the corporation to the extent
they had under the generous Hammer) took home approximately $460 million
in compensation in 2006 alone. His compensation decreased to $60 million
in 2008, poor guy. Nobody is worth that from a publicly-held
corporation. Shareholders are powerless to do anything about acts like
this because the members of the Board of Directors and the members of
the Executive Compensation Committee are generally beholden to the Chief
Executive for their lucrative positions, a situation that is rife
America. There is much
in capitalism to be constructively criticized without Moore having to create,
manipulate, and ignore facts to make a point. Itís unfortunate that
wastes his talent on phony muckracking instead of concentrating on the
myriad legitimate complaints with capitalists.
This is entertaining, but because of all its
folly and manipulation and misinformation itís a polemic that must be
watched with hardy skepticism.