By Kyle | September 15, 2009
At a Toronto International Film Festival press conference to promote his socialism-loving documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story,” Michael Moore sounds like a man defeated. He points out, quite accurately, that after he has spent 20 years making movies none of his ideas have actually caught on. “What am I supposed to do at a certain point?” he asks. He says he’s been fruitlessly banging his head against the wall and that he might give up making docs entirely. So what’s next, Michael: “Canadian Bacon II”? Moore can’t believe that his solution to the
depression economic crisis recession hasn’t occurred to anyone:
“I started this film before the crash. The crash happens, I’m thinking, oh, somebody’s going to start talking about what I’m talking about in this movie. I’ve yet to see a talk show or read an op-ed where somebody has just named it, just come out and said, `Folks, what has to happen here is capitalism’s got to go.’ Because we can’t have a system where the richest 1 percent own as much as the bottom 95 percent. That just isn’t democracy. That’s not America.”
But what does democracy have to do with equal outcomes? Moore seems very, very confused about what America means. Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe he can quote me the portion of the Constitution, or any other law, that says the top 1 percent of Americans must have no more than 10 percent of the wealth.