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Michael Moore

  1. gmwilliams profile image86
    gmwilliamsposted 5 years ago

    Has anyone seen any of his videos regarding capitalism and the free enterprise system?   If so, what do YOU think about his premise against capitalism and the free enterprise system?   Mr. Moore seems to have an animus against the capitalistic system.   There is evidence regarding his anticapitalistic premise in many of his videos.     It seems that Mr. Moore, although he is immensely wealthy, advocates a "better" system than capitalism.       He believes that capitalism is basically a corrupt system which oppresses the majority of Americans.    He further asserts that the rich are "exploiting" the less wealthy among us.    What do YOU think about Mr. Moore?

    1. nightwork4 profile image60
      nightwork4posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      he has hit the nail on the head in my eyes but he is also an extreme hypocrite. he doesn't like capitalism but he exploits the hell out of it. i think it is the worst system to date but i also don't try to get rich at any cost.

      1. psycheskinner profile image83
        psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        He likes capitalism just fine, you are missing the point of his argument which is that we are doing it wrong in the US.

    2. MrBecher profile image60
      MrBecherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      He is wealthy *because* he advocates against capitalism...

      And I believe he honestly dislikes capitalism and always has, which is fine, but he has trouble justifying it and makes very misleading films.

      Somewhat related, here's an interesting video of a very young Michael Moore arguing against a very renowned free market advocate, Milton Friedman.


  2. AJReissig profile image76
    AJReissigposted 5 years ago

    It is sad that this man rallies against the very system that made him wealthy.

    1. gmwilliams profile image86
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      AJ, such hypocrisy.   In many of Moore's videos, he goes on a rant against capitalism and how it "hurts" most people.     He's rich while the $%^$#@! who follow him regarding his anti-American and anti-capitalistic stances are poor, even poorer.   

      AJ., it is so ironic that those who are anti-capitalist come from either middle, upper middle, and/or upper income households.    They "hate" the capitalistic system so much but yet they have benefitted from the system.   I seldom hear those from the lower middle, working, and/or lower classes who strongly decry capitalism.   THESE PEOPLE are the ONES who WANT TO BE RICH or in the young people's lingo, LIVING LARGE!      Many multimillionaire rappers such as Jay-Z come from the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York.   He wanted better in life, no anti-capitalistic crap for him.   He wanted the money, no shame.   

      AJ, it seems that those who condemn the more affluent  are affluent themselves!  They probably have a subconscious guilt that they are wealthy, perhaps?????

      1. AJReissig profile image76
        AJReissigposted 5 years agoin reply to this


  3. ftclick profile image57
    ftclickposted 5 years ago

    If he gave or donated most of his money to charity he has a good points. If he is against capitalism then he doesn't mind losing his wealth.

    1. gmwilliams profile image86
      gmwilliamsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      See, there YOU go!

  4. ABlanc profile image61
    ABlancposted 5 years ago

    Haven't seen the Michael Moore movie but I nonetheless feel that the American style of rampant, unregulated capitalism of the George W Bush years has resulted in the pretty fine fiscal mess that much of the western world finds itself in at present. Here in Ireland, we (or should I say our inept politicians running the country at the time) decided that the economic choices came down to a decision 'between Boston and Berlin,' - that is to say, the then American economic model or the more restrained northern European model. Of course the former option was chosen resulting in years of unregulated banking, unwarranted tax cuts for all (especially the wealthy), the banks throwing money at ordinary people like confetti at a wedding, double digit inflation and an unsustainable and massive housing bubble. In the end we have had a massive banking collapse, the intervention of the IMF and a programme of austerity that is causing a great deal of hardship for much of our population and will do so for many years to come.

    Germany and other northern European countries like the Scandinavians, during the years of economic madness in Ireland, America and elsewhere, decided instead to embark on a steady as she goes approach to their public finances, not buying into the lure of easy credit etc. Today, those countries that showed restraint, adopted proper regulation in their banking systems and adopted a fair taxation system, today enjoy the benefits of more moderate capitalism such as sustained economic growth and a cradle to grave welfare system that would be the envy of any country in the world. 

    America, like Ireland, has massive debts because of the excesses of the 1990's -  $16 trillion at last count. Obama inherited a mess from Bush and it will certainly take longer than four short years to sort out.  Romney's policies on the other hand, such as further tax cuts for the very wealthy and increased defense spending and a possible war with Iran will do nothing to address this deficit.

    So, in essence: Uncontrolled capitalism = bad
                             Regulated capitalism with a social contract = good

    1. paradigmsearch profile image92
      paradigmsearchposted 5 years agoin reply to this


  5. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    I would rather take the opinion of a man who knows enough about the system to "win" at it than one who doesn't.  I don't think having money makes him less competent to critique--but more so.