This was the opening weekend for Michael Moore’s latest movie; Capitalism, A Love Story. Now whether you hate or love the guy, I want you to take that out of the equation for a moment. That’s not what this review is about.
So in a nutshell, this is a documentary about capitalism, both past and present, but more so about what it has recently evolved into the past few decades. Are there things in the film I don’t necessarily agree with? Absolutely. But since when do you always agree with everything someone says? Never.
So even if you’re not a fan of his politics, I recommend you see this movie for the historical information (and yes, there’s even some info about credit cards, too). I judge a documentary on whether or not it gets the gears in your head cranking, and this one definitely does. I especially liked the comical contrasts he made between the teachings of today’s business leaders and the teachings of Jesus.
There’s some really fascinating information and archival footage, at least some of things I guarantee you have never seen before…
The first one being the never-before-seen footage of a President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing the nation to create a second Bill of Rights. They discovered this on an unmarked film reel found at a university’s archive. In the President’s address, he proposes:
The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;
The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;
The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;
The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;
The right of every family to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.
All of these rights spell security. And after this war is won we must be prepared to move forward, in the implementation of these rights, to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for our citizens.
(transcript source: Wikipedia)
That was over 65 years ago. Would you say we are now closer to these goals, or further?