Review: Rich get richer; Moore gets madder

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 1, 2009 - 7:19 PM

The Inspector Columbo of film polemics gives us his most radical take yet in "Capitalism: A Love Story."

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pattayaOct. 1, 09 9:39 PM

This 'human snack bar' continues to rant and place blame on the very thing that helped America grow......although the rant includes the greed and avarice of many, capitalism should be applauded and free enterprise given free reign.........only jabs at the greedy should be taken seriously. Try a few jabs at the 'fibs' being told right now at the top and the adopting of socialistic leanings.

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Cain2198Oct. 1, 0910:04 PM

You allow the tail to wag the dog and guys like Dick Fuld get paid almost 500 million over the past 5 years. I'm reasonably certain I could have run Lehman into the ground for far less. We are much more unequal than any other advanced industrial country in terms of wealth inequality. Perhaps our closest rival in terms of inequality is Great Britain. But where the top percent in this country own 38 percent (in 1998, anyway) of all wealth, in Great Britain it is more like 22 or 23 percent. What is remarkable is that this was not always the case. Up until the early 1970s, the U.S. actually had lower wealth inequality than Great Britain, and even than a country like Sweden. But things have really turned around over the last 25 or 30 years. In fact, a lot of countries have experienced lessening wealth inequality over time. The U.S. is atypical in that inequality has risen so sharply over the last 25 or 30 years.

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atkvOct. 2, 09 8:13 AM

and movies like this? Can he say hypocrite? How about we start paying Hollywood less... they seem to have a more $ than the avg American family.

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mkrammOct. 2, 09 8:24 AM

Did Micheal Moore use capital markets to raise the money to make this film? I guess that makes him a hypocrite!

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wagn0404Oct. 2, 09 8:40 AM

"Capitalism isn't just a flawed theory, Moore argues, it's evil, a multiplier of all that is selfish and wrong in human nature." I just want to know, then, which charity he is going to give all of the profits to?

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arnieOct. 2, 09 9:56 AM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1217310/Marching-world-domination-China-celebrates-60-years-communism-display-military-worry-West.html

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arnieOct. 2, 09 9:58 AM

"Thanks to the regime's embrace of capitalism, China's poverty rate has fallen from 53 per cent to just 8 per cent over the past 20 years." Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1217310/Marching-world-domination-China-celebrates-60-years-communism-display-military-worry-West.html#ixzz0Sn5NKmOQ

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amanda80Oct. 2, 0910:03 AM

Like Garrison keillor, this idiot just won't go away. No matter how hard you try to ignore him, there he is. He should embrace capitalism with a vengence. Where else but here would a no talent blow hard like him become so famous for nothing.

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arzachOct. 2, 0911:13 AM

That would be the appropriate term for using capitalism to finance an anti-capitalist film.

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clevengerOct. 2, 0911:16 AM

Amen. Add to that the Merrill Lynch traders who got millions in 'bonuses' for running their company into the ground. The thing that interests me about a lot of the criticism I have heard of this film is that few of the critics actually debate the specific points he's making in the film. Of course, context is everything, and Moore is a propagandist for his own point of view. However, why do people always find it necessary to throw the baby out with the bathwater where he's concerned? You'd have to be blind NOT to see what he's talking about here - wealth inequality in this country is accelerating, not slowing down. Anyone who opposes this policy these days is automatically a 'socialist' and hates 'freedom' and the 'American way', which is apparently to reward corporate mediocrity (especially on Wall St.) richly while calling any member of the working poor a lazy slob who is dragging the country down. Makes me wonder...do the people who cry 'socialism' as a knee-jerk reaction really support people like Fuld being compensated obscenely for gross incompetence? What is so threatening about trying to find a middle road between all-out greed and humanism?

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