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Movie Review: Moore skewers Wall Street with ‘Capitalism’

Kevin Garrity
Managing Editor

The greedy vultures of Wall Street, who use our capitalistic system to pull the strings of puppets in government, have not flown over Michael Moore’s dead body.

Moore, the directive voice for all things political, makes his case for ridding our capitalistic society and returning our nation to its democratic roots in his new documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story.”

Moore, who began filming the documentary before the market took its historic drop last September, took the complicated concept of capitalism and humanized its effects on ordinary people.

The film details capitalism’s roots and its lasting detrimental effects on our nation. The inherent trait of capitalism, free enterprise, while a pleasantly sounding description, has continually failed people who are not living an affluent life.

Capitalism, according to Moore, has led to the demise of the one man, one vote mantra of our democratic system.

The deregulation of banks, the revolving door between politicians and employees on Wall Street and an utter disregard for people who are victims of predatory lending, all cause Moore to call for an immediate end to our corrupt economic system.

In typical Moore documentarian style, he includes amateur video of ordinary people being taken advantage of by either the government or the banks – if there is in fact a difference – including an opening scene of a family filming the police coming to their house to carry out an eviction.

The most inspiring story throughout the movie was a sit-in orchestrated by a union factory.

Every worker at the Republic Window & Door factory in Chicago were informed they would lose their jobs three days before Christmas. After finding out Bank of America was behind the closure, the workers refused to leave their factory.

Days of protesting, and growing unrest throughout the rest of the country, led to a special endorsement from President Obama, who expressed sympathy to their situation and aligned himself with the rights of the workers.

The factory eventually won, and everyone was given back his/her job.

This example of greediness on the part of the people in charge and the working people standing up for an injustice was the call Moore made throughout the film.

Moore calls for a complete elimination of the capitalistic model, or at least, more regulations, less discrepancies between the rich and poor and an independently acting government without the influence of rich bankers.

The running question throughout most of Moore’s films is, “Who are we as a country?”

And this documentary raised those same moral concerns in economic terms.

Have we really become a country who doesn’t help out those who can’t help themselves? Have we become a country where the richest one percent of people owns more wealth than the bottom 95 percent combined? And have we become a country whose politicians are more influenced by those on Wall Street rather than Main Street?

Go see “Capitalism: A Love Story” and the unfortunate answers will resonate with you for a long time.

Kevin Garrity can be reached at kevin.garrity@laverne.edu.

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