I was genuinely impressed by this latest outing from political commentator Michael Moore, despite its shortcomings.
Let’s deal with the latter first- in trying to make a documentary about capitalism and democracy, and the relationship therein, Moore clearly falls short in his intellectual stance, which varies widely from advocating some form of new socialism centred on working collectives, to talking of a betrayal of the vision the founding fathers intending through the United States having become a “plutocracy”, in which the richest 1% have 99% of the wealth. He says we have to replace capitalism- it is a pure evil. This reminds me of a Mark quote from Peep Show- “economic stability, interest rates, growth… it’s not all a conspiracy to keep you in little boxes. alright? it’s only the miracle of consumer capitalism that means you’re not lying in your own shit, dying at 43 with rotten teeth – and a little pill with a chicken on it is NOT gonna change that. Now come on. Fuck off.” The truth, of course, is in the middle. Caging the beast seems the way to go- Moore advocates killing the beast.
Anyway, I suppose my rambling point is that in taking on such a huge intellectual topic, he is inevitably going to simplify, obscure and confuse certain philosophical strands. Nonetheless what he does very well, as ever, is provide concrete real life stories about victims and a genuinely funny approach to taking on the villains. He presents certain arguments with huge emotional power- there are several strongly made points. Well worth watching.