I’ve never been a big fan of Michael Moore. His film Fahrenhype 911 suggested the September 11 attacks occurred simply because our leaders were incompetent. And his film SICKO painted a totally inaccurate, rosy-colored picture of Cuba’s healthcare system. But I’ve got to hand it to him, his most recent film, Capitalism: A Love Story, released on Friday, hits the nail on the head.
In the film, Moore goes door-to-door to the benefactors the Bush bailout, holding an empty cloth sack with a dollar sign painted on it and demanding the “American peoples’ ” money back.
Representative Marcy Kaptur (Dem), is featured in the film discussing the bailout:
“This was almost like an intelligence operation,” she said.
Kaptur, while pointing to Congress, tells Moore, “The people here really aren’t in charge.”
Similarly, the short film The Fed Under Fire features author of the book Secrets of The Temple, William Greider, denouncing American corporatism and the Federal Reserve. In the film Greider says:
“The Federal Reserve, from its origins, is very, very close to the biggest banks and financial houses in the country. Always has been and always has governed with that in mind.”
I have one problem with the film, and that’s Moore’s use of the word capitalism. What Moore is really addressing in his new film is corporatism — not capitalism.
Corporatism is a:
Political system in which power is exercised through large organizations (businesses, trade unions, etc) working in concert with each other, under the direction of the state.
Simply put, it is the merging of business and government. The separation of corporations and government is, in my opinion, equally as important as the separation of church and state.
It’s exciting to see Moore revealing the bailout and banks for what they are. In time, I hope he realizes it was the fusing of government and financial institutions, not free markets, that led to the heist of the American people.