Humorous, enlightening and thought provoking. Looking at Capitalism from different angles through Hollywood lenses. It details the tax cuts introduced in the Reagan Era to the extent that the rich get richer. Corporations and Wall Street then ruled the country from then on. Productivity increased and the goal of corporations is for short term profits. The stock markets skyrocketed for 2 decades and CEOs were paid huge bonuses.
The motorcar industry and the bankruptcy of GM sparked a glimpse into the dismay of workers over job losses and the weakening of the unions. According to Michael Moore, the President then espoused free enterprise even as jobs were lost.
Greed, exploitation, failure ultimately took over Wall Street and the rest are history. Before that though, you have to watch this film to see how corrupted the system had been. Even air safety had been compromised, according to the film. Insurance policies had been taken up by corporations and profits from the death of their employees. People are more valuable dead than alive to the corporations. Dead peasants insurance policies is what it is!
The only thing that will tip the current situation is the other 99% of the population finally realized the inequality of the system. Apparently the top 1% is having more than the combined 99% are having! You also have some split in the senates and now that it's been some 2 years or so since the financial catastrophe that the world been asked to bail Wall Street out, yet essentially nothing seems to have changed drastically. Corporations are still paying huge sums of bonuses to their executives, specifically firms like Goldman Sach, JP Morgan, Citibank, etc...
What is interesting is that we are seeing how some parts of the world are beginning to have masses rebelling against their state of despair. Systematic change is called for, if not demanded upon. When will the United States change for the better? The promises of President Obama have not come to pass, has it? I could be wrong, but as far as the Wall Street goes, nothing clearly has changed. No one in particular has been charged with its demeanor. Like Michael Moore has called for, citizen arrests have not been made. Some of us had thrown in the towel, the rest of the masses is still playing the same old game!
Life certainly hasn't changed that much, when the rest of the people still believe in the probability of making it big! It clearly doesn't matter if the rest of the 99% are falling far far behind, what matters to most is which part of the equation is one falling under!!! I do suspect the phrase "the common good" don't mean much to many people in America, as well as the world ;-)
Whether you love or hate Michael Moore and his movies, we'll probably agree on two things: His movies ARE provocative, and they're at least a little one-sided. Despite the latter criticism, I have enjoyed his latest offerings, and you may count me as a newbie since I have only seen his latest two overall: Sicko, and now, Capitalism: A Love Story. Just like in Sicko, Moore uses humor and selected information … more
Capitalism: A Love Story is nothing short of a battle cry, and quite frankly, at this day and age that's about the only thing such a documentary can be. Had it been a documentary exclusively about the rich getting richer than it would be a wasted effort. Stories of greed and draconian executives have been so often repeated that these days it's doubtful whether or not they will elicit a response from the public. Moore knows this, and so he devotes about half of his documentary to those folks who … more
Capitalism: A Love Story is a 2009 documentary film directed by Michael Moore. The film centers on the financial crisis of 2007–2009 and the recovery stimulus, while putting forward an indictment of the current economic order in the United States and capitalism in general. Topics covered include everything from Wall Street's "casino mentality", for-profit prisons, Goldman Sachs' influence in Washington, DC, the poverty-level of many airline pilots, the large wave of home foreclosures, and the consequences of "runaway greed." The film will be widely released to the public in the United States on October 2, 2009.