The Quintessential Capitalist – by Jamie Weinstein


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I think Michael Moore would be proud of me.

You see, when I went to see his pseudo documentary Capitalism: A Love Story at an artsy independent theatre on Sunday in Washington, D.C., I actually bought a ticket to another movie. I figured that Moore had already made so much money on his movies that he would want me to spread the wealth around to other directors that weren’t as financially successful. This, after all, is an approach that fits nicely with Moore’s overt hatred of capitalism.

The truth of the matter is that Michael Moore is among my least favorite people. His movies, which he calls documentaries, are deceptive and if they are not filled with out and out lies, they are chock full of distortions and misrepresentations. His latest film doesn’t deviate from this model.

Moore provides little context for many of the scenes in his anti-capitalist rant.  He plays off individual personal tragedies to manipulate the viewer into adopting his message. He shows us people being evicted from their homes and we are directed to lash out against the scourge of capitalism. He hopes that the movie will inspire a revolution that will ultimately overthrow the capitalist system and establish an economic system he terms “democracy.” Despite playing coy, it is clear that Moore longs for socialism.

The world’s recent economic troubles could actually be the subject of a great documentary and Moore’s film at times strays near interesting conundrums that are worth exploring. Certainly, the irresponsibility of those on Wall Street would be a great topic to delve into. There are difficult questions which need to be posed and, ultimately, answered.

But Moore skews everything to fit his world view. The “evil” capitalist system has failed he wants us to believe, despite the fact that it has been the greatest wealth creator in human history.

In promoting this film, Moore has once again proved himself to be a compulsive liar.

When interviewers bring up the obvious fact that Moore himself benefited from the capitalist system and that he is in that wealthy 1 percent he lambasts. Moore brushes it off saying “I don’t think I’m in that 1 percent” and “I make documentary films” as if to suggest he hasn’t made oodles and oodles of money off those films. When CNN’s Wolf Blitzer pressed this line of questioning further in an interview, Moore blathered:

“It’s, like, you know, sometimes people, even people who have actually had the good fortune and blessings in life to not have to struggle with worrying about their health care, whether or not it’s going to be here tomorrow or the next week - sometimes those people actually are willing to take great risks and create sacrifices for themselves, in the hopes that others will have it just as well.”

Oh, yes. Now we are getting to Moore’s psychosis. He has what I would term a celebrity martyr’s complex. He has convinced himself he has sacrificed so much by pushing his leftist agenda when in actuality he hasn’t sacrificed a damn thing. His supposed “sacrifices” are what has made him very rich. Moore’s self-righteous drivel is either an act or pure delusion.

When CNN’s Larry King brought up in an interview the fact that many conservatives also opposed the bank bailout, Moore concurred but suggested the reason they opposed it was “because the bailout was going to protect the teacher’s pension fund in California and they don’t want to do that so they are against the bailout.”

Here we have yet another lie. Has anyone ever heard anyone say they oppose the bailout for that reason? It most assuredly is not the motivating factor for why conservative and libertarian free market purists ardently opposed the bank bailouts. Not that Michael Moore doesn’t know that.

The fact of the matter is that Moore’s movie and interviews are often simply incomprehensible. When pressed to define what a “democratic” economic system actually means, Moore can’t really explain it because he made it up. It would be easier if he just came out and told the truth that he wants socialism.

But Moore doesn’t actually believe he needs to be honest. In April 2002, Moore appeared on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Money Line to promote his book Stupid White Men. When Dobbs mentioned an article from Slate Magazine that pointed out “glaring inaccuracies” in his book, Moore brushed off the criticism, asking, “How can there be inaccuracy in comedy?” This is a convenient wall for a liar to hide behind.

Moore is as big a phony as there is in American life. His latest diatribe of a film should be ignored.  But, alas, it won’t be. Instead, he will undoubtedly be given yet another Oscar from Hollywood, a community that has benefited greatly from the economic system Moore’s film rails against.

Go figure. Just remember, if you do go see Moore’s flick, make Michael Moore proud by buying a ticket to another movie before sneaking in.

  • Proxywar

    Will there be a debunking of Michael moore's movie? It's always good to hear the other side. Plus, it would help others better understand what moore got right or wrong.

    I don't see how Captialism is “evil” when it is nothing more than an amoral economic system. How does one replace the economic system “captialism” with the political system “democracy” and expect it to function as an economic system? Doesn't make much sense to me. Is he talking about a “direct-democracy” or a “repersentive-democracy”? The latter of which is already our imbricated political system.

    He's movie BOMBED at the BOXOFFICE so should we care?

    LMAO@ Buying a movie ticket to another movie then going to see moore's movie.
    We should of been telling people to do that from the get go. Next time he makes a movie lets teach him about wealth-redistribution. We'll call our radical campaign “Social Justice for Commie film makers”. We'll do exactly as they want us to do by making sure our money goes to someone else more in need of it like say a struggling up and coming new actress with great mammaries and a nice arse.

  • http://twitter.com/ARKovnat Alex Kovnat

    What confuses me about Michael Moore is, how much socialism would he be comfortable with? Does he want a centralized government planning commission to decide which movies are to be made? And if so, does he want this commision to decide how and what screenwriters should be allowed to write? Perhaps he imagines that HE will be among those who make those decisions.

  • CowboyUp

    Michael moore is one of those who would write stalin letters from the gulag to inform him of what was going on there because they were sure if he knew he would put a stop to it.

  • Mr French

    Mmmm so the fat slob Michael Moore has been sacrificing to help the good of the country? With a belt size of 48 I find his “sacrificization” a bit hard to swallow. The black coated flat slob Michael loves to poke at the stystem that made him RICH. Michael won't admit to be a decadent fat slob Roman degenerate Caligula. He fat puppet only says he can affort healthcare and wants that for others! What a crock! Hey fat boi you are rich…filthy rich and you are in the top one percent of Amerikans (spelled this way for you). How are you going to survive if this Republic goes Socialist of Commie? How would you survive on a banana leaf of 1/2 cup of white rice and brown water daily? My god fat boy, you eat more than that whilst on the toilet. I'm told you can't touch your toes without bending your knees unless there are three double beef whoppers, 4 big macs with extra sauce, two orders of onion ring, and 4 supa sized boxes of the wussy french fries. Of course you don't pray before you eat unless it's for more food! Oh sorry…you need a two litre diet coke with that too right? Man it would be so nice to see your fat slop flabby horned rimed glasses self walking alone along the playground enroute to your next conference on how to conteract 10 years of global data that says the earth is cooling, with some disenfranchised ACORN thugs of colour make “conversate” with ya. Since youre so rich I hope they steal your credit cards, your porno pass, and those pictures of underage kids you keep in ur wallet. Since you're such a specimen of a vibrant Amerikan why dont you challenge your right wingers to a fight? Could it be that even a five year old “right winger” could kick your fat ass all the way to mc donalds? I hope someone breaks your glasses you loser.

  • Mr French

    Mmmm so the fat slob Michael Moore has been sacrificing to help the good of the country? With a belt size of 48 I find his “sacrificization” a bit hard to swallow. The black coated flat slob “does this make me look slimmer” Michael loves to poke at the stystem that made him RICH. Michael won't admit to be a decadent fat slob Roman degenerate Caligula. The fat puppet only says he can afford healthcare and wants that for others! What a crock! Hey fat boi you are rich…filthy rich and you are in the top one percent of Amerikans (spelled this way for you). How are you going to survive if this Republic goes Socialist of Commie? How would you survive on a banana leaf with 1/2 cup of white rice and brown water daily? My god fat boy, you eat more than that whilst on the toilet. I'm told you can't touch your toes without bending your knees unless there are three double beef whoppers, 4 big macs with extra sauce, two orders of onion ring, and 4 supa sized boxes of the wussy french fries PLACED ON THE FLOOR in front of you. Of course you don't pray before you eat unless it's for more food! Who do you pray too? whoopie goldberg the lesbian poster girl or maybe to roman “love 'em and leave 'em polanski? Oh sorry…you need a two litre diet coke with that too right? Man it would be so nice to see your fat slob flabby horned rimed glasses self walking (okay using a hover round) alone along the playground enroute to your next conference on how to conteract 10 years of global data that says the earth is cooling, with some disenfranchised ACORN thugs of colour make “conversate” with ya. Since youre so rich I hope they steal your credit cards, your porno pass, and those pictures of underage kids you keep in ur wallet. Since you're such a specimen of a vibrant discusting hollywood Amerikan why dont you challenge your right wingers to a fight? Could it be that even a five year old “right winger” could kick your fat ass all the way to mc donalds? I hope someone breaks your glasses you loser. I can't wait for the day the new relates the “supreme tragedy” (boo hoo) that your fat slob undisiclined self has super sized your self to death. Once in hell you can make a movie with another new occupant Ted “leave the girl dead” Kennedy. I hope those demons scratch your eyes out and screak in your ears and teddy's too as the flames boil your skin until the edge of eternity. Both you and ted were a waste of seed.

  • thinker1

    the word “hypocrisy” do not reflect him adequately….Multimillionaire, thanks to the USA freedoms, bitching about the capitalistic way he got rich????
    His brains got coked, cooked and kooked….
    Like Collins, who sings about hard life of homeless people, then have them kicked out from his acres and acres of land…..
    Or Bono, “having” African debt erased, taking from us, American taxpayers…
    Or congresspeople giving taxpayers' money right and left, for votes…

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.bea David Bea

    Good article on FrontPageMag on Michael Moore: “His movies, which he calls documentaries, are deceptive and if they are not filled with out and out lies, they are chock full of distortions and misrepresentations.”

  • LucyQ

    lol, funny post, Cowboy.

  • LucyQ

    I agree with most of this column and have wondered why, if Moore hates capitalism so much, why isn't this movie free? How can he charge lots of money for a movie about a system he hates?

    I'm not interested in seeing his latest movie but do agree with him that presidential elections should last only 3 months and be publicly financed as it is in every other Western country. Then, candidates wouldn't have to be a multi-millionaire to run for office and thus hopefully, more qualified candidates will run for prez.

    In the footnotes of one of his recent books, I forget the name of it, it was filled with lies and/or mistakes. I wrote to Moore and told him about the said mistakes. He said nothing was a mistake. So I sent him about 20 mistakes/lies of his from that book. He wrote me back that I was right and he informed his publisher to make 20 changes in the future prints. That was never done.

  • USMCSniper

    So old Grungy Glutton replied to you. As ugly and fat as Michael Moore is then any attention from any woman for him must be a rare event. He is also an arrogant intellectual incomeptent that know less than nothing, because what he knows is all wrong!

  • USMCSniper

    Betcha Grungy Glutton Michael Moore will comment in this first chance he gets.

    Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday he is teaming up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams, owners of the NFL's longest losing streak at 14 and just 5-31 since 2007.

    In a statement, Limbaugh declined to discuss details, citing a confidentiality agreement with Goldman Sachs, the investment firm hired by the family of former Rams owner Georgia Frontiere to review assets of her estate, including the NFL team.

    Limbaugh also declined to discuss other partners that might be involved in the bid, but said he and Checketts would operate the team.

    “Dave Checketts and I have made a bid to buy the Rams and we are continuing the process,” Limbaugh said.

    Forbes magazine has estimated the Rams franchise has a value of $929 million.

  • LucyQ

    That shows you certainly don't know women. Women in general are more interested in finding a man they're compatible with rather than base it on looks and weight. And Moore has been married to the same woman for 20, 30 years.

  • http://netzero.com/ buzzzzzz

    I wish Moore would buy the best innertubes ever made and be the first to float TO Cuba, a country he loves more than his own!

  • cochavi

    Too bad he can't be sued for all the stories and distortions he creates. The only one I saw was parts of Bowling in Columbine, and it was full of fakery.

  • LucyQ

    It is too bad he can't be sued. The right is afraid of him and the left doesn't think his dishonesty is a problem.

  • cochavi

    Yes. As with the Acorn guy, Rathke. His brother embezzled two million dollars, all for the cause and so on.

    I don't really understand Moore except as a money-making ego machine. I don't think he helps the Left, because his arguments are shallow and intelligent right-wingers can debate him pretty well.

    He's really 'in it' for the fame and money; also he appears to have a 'Jesus ' complex and talks about J a lot for one whose main priority seems to be socialism.

  • LucyQ

    Do you think rabbi Christo was a socialist and that's why Moore has his complex?

  • cochavi

    Just now I google searched Mr. Moore. There is one link that has a claim that Moore interviewed Nick Berg in Iraq before Berg was murdered, which is amazing if true. Also, the same link quotes Moore as saying he filmed in Abu Ghraib before the scandal there came public. The theme of this link is that Moore is connected to the CIA. Maybe not, but it is strange that he would be linked up to Berg and Abu Ghraib.

  • cochavi

    He was a socialist, to be sure, with pacifism mixed in. Kind of saying 'you Romans can kill all us Jews but we will negate it all by humanizing you anyhow.' Kind of love-as-guilt, not totally unknown to us guys. 'Loving your enemy' – especially if the enemy is a monster like Hadrian or the Muslim Brotherhood, is a great means for claiming moral superiority. One of many reasons why Judaism is more real. But people are drawn to the fantasies in Christianity. We all hate our enemies, but we're taught that hate is bad, so on. To some extent all religious teaching helps people to whitewash 'sin', or animal instincts. I think Jesus hated those Romans very much, that's my guess.

  • AlFranken1

    See Rush Limbaugh came to your frontal Lobe of your pea brain when you were thinking of the real big fat idiot — Rush instead of Moore.

    “MOORE: Yes. Capitalism! Yes. Well, I don't have to say it. Capitalism, in the last year, has proven that it's failed. All the basic tenets of what we've talked about the free market, about free enterprise and competition just completely fell apart. As soon as they lost, essentially, our money, they came running to the federal government for a bailout — for welfare, for socialism. (Tabacco: I told you so!) And it — it — I thought the basic principle of capitalism was that it's about a — it's a sink or swim situation. And those who do well, the cream rises to the top and, you know, those who invest their money wrongly or, you know, don't run their business the right way, then they don't do well”

    See Weinstein conveniently left that quote out because Moore uses a mirror image of Weinstein's lame argument against him.

    Moore makes an excellent point — anyway you look at it, they voted for it and your asswipe president signed the bill therefore your constituents are hypocritical liars and socialist by your own standards.

  • AlFranken1

    See Rush Limbaugh came to your frontal Lobe of your pea brain when you were thinking of the real big fat idiot — Rush instead of Moore.

    “MOORE: Yes. Capitalism! Yes. Well, I don't have to say it. Capitalism, in the last year, has proven that it's failed. All the basic tenets of what we've talked about the free market, about free enterprise and competition just completely fell apart. As soon as they lost, essentially, our money, they came running to the federal government for a bailout — for welfare, for socialism. (Tabacco: I told you so!) And it — it — I thought the basic principle of capitalism was that it's about a — it's a sink or swim situation. And those who do well, the cream rises to the top and, you know, those who invest their money wrongly or, you know, don't run their business the right way, then they don't do well”

    See Weinstein conveniently left that quote out because Moore uses a mirror image of Weinstein's lame argument against him.

    Moore makes an excellent point — anyway you look at it, they voted for it and your asswipe president signed the bill therefore your constituents are hypocritical liars and socialist by your own standards.

  • AlFranken1

    See Rush Limbaugh came to your frontal Lobe of your pea brain when you were thinking of the real big fat idiot — Rush instead of Moore.

    “MOORE: Yes. Capitalism! Yes. Well, I don't have to say it. Capitalism, in the last year, has proven that it's failed. All the basic tenets of what we've talked about the free market, about free enterprise and competition just completely fell apart. As soon as they lost, essentially, our money, they came running to the federal government for a bailout — for welfare, for socialism. (Tabacco: I told you so!) And it — it — I thought the basic principle of capitalism was that it's about a — it's a sink or swim situation. And those who do well, the cream rises to the top and, you know, those who invest their money wrongly or, you know, don't run their business the right way, then they don't do well”

    See Weinstein conveniently left that quote out because Moore uses a mirror image of Weinstein's lame argument against him.

    Moore makes an excellent point — anyway you look at it, they voted for it and your asswipe president signed the bill therefore your constituents are hypocritical liars and socialist by your own standards.

  • AlFranken1

    Yes we hear that — but what is pathetic the fact that this article is doing exactly what you are accusing Moore of doing.

    They are only two premises in the whole article and neither one of them can be considered deceptive but rather his stated opinion which Frontpage has no shortage of their own.

    So go figure that one out

  • AlFranken1

    How socialism Moore finds necessary isn't the question here but rather the balance of socialism with capitalism.

    Anyone who thinks capitalism can survive without a descent degree of social policies is ignorant of fundamental economics.

    Example: Ben Beranke could go in history as the biggest idiot ever appointed as Federal Reserve Chairman —

    “Someone Change Ben Bernanke’s Drugs” —-
    http://www.morphizm.com/css/?p=1541

    Even Allen Greenspan found it necessary to step into his shoes to agree that we must continue the unemployment extensions for obvious reasons. — That can easily be interpreted as a socialist policy from a very conservative former Chairman.

    So the argument of calling President Carter, Michael moore, … socialist by FPM tells me that there are many more right wing freaks that need to change their drugs as well.

  • Proxywar

    I'm not seeing your point. You good at creating a false dichotomy, but I don't see how Bush's socialist principles are mine. I don't think you have a point other than to have conservatives argue against your liberal talking point which makes no sense at all.

  • CowboyUp

    Lol what kind of drug makes you think there needs to be a balance between merit and plunder? It's theft, not merit, that requires the other to survive, because someone must produce something before someone else can steal it. Maybe you should become aquainted with fundamental logic before trying economics?

    More unemployment extensions? They've been doing that for 8 years now, even when unemployment was below 5%. It's time a bunch of lazy bums got off their kiesters and got a job. Typical leftist thinking (not that you're one of those lol ;-)), to pay people not to work.

    Yea, wer're the crazy ones for calling carter and moore socialists. My dog thinks she's a human but that doesn't make her one.

  • CowboyUp

    The laughter's a little uneasy for me, even with my twisted sense of humor, 'cause if you think about it for too long, it's kinda sad. Stalin used to amuse himself reading letters like that, often from people he personally signed the imprisonment order for.

  • CowboyUp

    Great post, lots of food for thought, but I have to disagree on some points. Christ leaves it to the individual, he said nothing I can recollect about forcing/compelling anybody to follow his teachings. Socialism is compulsion and theft.

    That's why forced conversion to Christianity can only be a political act, not a theological one. It plainly violates the theology, which is one of individual choice. The horrors done in the name of Christianity always have political roots (and I don't envy those that commit them when they have to 'splain it to the One whose name they committed them in, much less His Father). You'll notice, people who practice forced conversion did so with other religions before Christianity ever arrived. You'll also notice most denominations of Christianity reflect the culture they develop in (the pagan holidays we celebrate, for instance). That's why even though I have been a Christian myself since I was a kid, I've always been a little leery of the organized kind. My relationship With God is personal, church is for praise and fellowship with other struggling Christians to me. My parents always taught me to read The Bible as if it were written to and for me personally and decide for myself (it’s my soul in the balance) what it means. I think that's the best religious advice I ever got.

    As long as they aren't using force or fraud, I leave people to practice Christianity or any other religion however they think it should be, because none of us will really know who's right until we stand before Them (It's always been my understanding that in Judaism, The Son of God exists, he just hasn't walked the earth yet).

    Jesus didn't tell them to sell their cloak to buy a sword only to be meekly slaughtered by the first highwayman they came across. I think people mistake his injunction against responding to insult or provocation (a slap in the face) with violence, for an injunction against violence as a response to any violence.

    I can also see the holiness and wisdom in suppressing and not acting out of hate or anger. Even when you are right, waste and wrong are likely to come of acting in anger or hatred. They tend to blind (enrage the dumb animal so he doesn’t see the trap and goes charging in), and are a wedge for Satan. If there wasn’t ever a time to unleash the animal inside, God wouldn’t have included it in us, for all things there is a time and a season. I don’t have to hate or get angry to kill evil Ahole mortal enemies like hezz and hamas, send ‘em 180 grains or a ton of SATguided and heartfelt love.

    I don’t think the bible tells me to whitewash sin or my animal instincts. The message I got was to control my animal instincts and rise above them (that’s why he gave us that big frontal lobe) like I should. I can sin all I want, but I will pay for it here, and that can and does get pretty harsh. You’re right though, many Christians do think the way you say, like many conservatives who don’t really understand conservatism.

  • USMCSniper

    Look at the lineups in Detriot for the millions in handouts from dah brutha in dah oval office, http://www.clickondetroit.com/video/21216628/in

  • LucyQ

    That's a very honest post, Cowboy. I don't know what to say for a change except I'm glad you found out what makes you and our world 'tick' for you, for lack of a better word. Keep up the good work.

  • LucyQ

    I still don't think capitalism has failed. I believe our moral culture has failed and those humans without a moral compass will fail no matter what type of distribution system they're in. I'm sure that back in our cave days, there were a minority of men and women who were corrupt and greedy and hoarded the fruits and nuts.

  • CowboyUp

    Thanks, Lucy, that was very well and kindly put. I can only say it works for me, and has been proven to me to my own satisfaction.

    I try to always be honest (why bother venting lies?), even when I'm being my usual flippant and sarcastic self.