Friday, October 28, 2011

I Heart Michael Moore

I just do. Look at his latest blog post "Life Among the 1%!" This guy has more integrity than I do since I sometimes grumble thinking of paying taxes.

what he says here? I think it hits the nerve of the problem: When people ask him...
"How can you claim to be for the poor when you are the opposite of poor?!" It's like asking: "You've never had sex with another man -- how can you be for gay marriage?!" I guess the same way that an all-male Congress voted to give women the vote, or scores of white people marched with Martin Luther Ling, Jr. (I can hear these righties yelling back through history: "Hey! You're not black! You're not being lynched! Why are you with the blacks?!"). It is precisely this disconnect that prevents Republicans from understanding why anyone would give of their time or money to help out those less fortunate. It is simply something their brain cannot process. "Kanye West makes millions! What's he doing at Occupy Wall Street?!" Exactly -- he's down there demanding that his taxes be raised. That, to a right-winger, is the definition of insanity. To everyone else, we are grateful that people like him stand up, even if and especially because it is against his own personal financial interest. It is specifically what that Bible those conservatives wave around demands of those who are well off.
Oh, and in the past weeks, reading his tweets in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement made me realize that the ending of Capitalism, A Love Story, which I thought was just sooooo lame (with MM cordoning off Wall St. with "Crime Scene" tape) and pathetic -- a small weird guy against this huge thing -- has actually become a movement. A strange, multi-faced movement, true, but a movement nonetheless. It's good to see how proud Michael Moore is of these people and their efforts to try and change something from the bottom up.

Yeah, his friend was 100% right!!
Back on that November day in 1989 when I sold my first film, a good friend of mine said this to me: "They have made a huge mistake giving someone like you a big check. This will make you a very dangerous man. And it proves that old saying right: 'The capitalist will sell you the rope to hang himself with if he thinks he can make a buck off it.'

P.S. and IMHO his brief definition of capitalism, is great! ("Capitalism is a system, a pyramid scheme of sorts, that exploits the vast majority so that the few at the top can enrich themselves more.")

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