You owe it to yourself to go see Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story. Moore paints a shocking picture of America post financial crisis. The movie depicts the story of Wall Street versus Main Street, haves versus have-nots. By establishing this socio-economical contrast, Moore hits home the fact America’s wealth is vastly disproportionate.
1% of Americans control 95% of the wealth in America. And yet Moore explains for years 99% of American people settled with a smaller piece of the pie, but the Financial Crisis dismantled the American Dream altogether, clearing their rosy glasses.
The movie also shows the apparent connection that Regan established with Wall Street in the 80’s that led to rampant financial de-regulation for the years to come. At this point in the movie, Moore started questioning the integrity of government and fabric of democracy.
At the end of Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore asks the audience to join the fight to end greed in America and restore the country back to its more ethical foundation. In his closing comments, Moore says something along the lines of “I can’t bear to live in a country like this, and I’m not leaving”.
I think it’s honourable for an individual like Michael Moore to shed light on what is happening to ‘real Americans’ amidst the recession, because the media seems to have focused entirely on Wall Street, and lately the coming boom in the stock market.
For me, the biggest point to take home from Capitalism: A Love Story is to never forget the lessons from the financial crisis else be doomed to repeat a another crash and ensuing recession. To this point, Capitalism: A Love Story opened with striking paralles of America and the Roman Empire. Moore provided the backdrop to an old film about the Roman Empire, showcasing a scene that described the path that led the Romans to their demise. It was an eye opener.