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    Michael Moore Admits He’s a Failure

    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.

    Topics: Business, Economics, Movies, Politics | 33 Comments »

    33 Responses to “Michael Moore Admits He’s a Failure”

    1. Christian Toto Says:
      September 15th, 2009 at 10:59 am

      What’s intriguing about Moore now (since his films certainly aren’t) is how comfortable he is to truly speak his mind.

      Year upon year of softball questions, lovey dovey interviews and rapturous praise for his ‘documentaries’ have worn away his guard, his self censors.

      But let’s go with something basic. Where has socialism been a smashing success?

    2. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      September 15th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

      @ Kyle: quite right. After all, the American revolution itself was started by the 1& of Americans who had more than ten percent of the wealth wanting to make themselves even richer. All Americans should bow down to the wealthy and hope that when they come to the big house with their begging bowls that their local billionaire had a good day that day. And anyone who questions this state of affairs is a communist. Who needs people like Michael Moore anyway? What was wrong with slavery? Civil rights are for sissies and everything in the Bible really happened.

    3. ObamabinBiden Says:
      September 15th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      Mr. Moore,

      1. Load a 9mm handgun and be sure a
      bullet is in the chamber.

      2. Place your mouth around the end of
      the barrel and gently pull back the
      hammer.

      3. Pull trigger

    4. David Marcoe Says:
      September 15th, 2009 at 6:36 pm

      “After all, the American revolution itself was started by the 1& of Americans who had more than ten percent of the wealth wanting to make themselves even richer.”

      Look up the battles of Battles of Lexington and Concord and the Siege of Boston and the militiamen who fought in those engagements.

      Charles Carroll, one of the wealthiest man in the Colonies and a signer of the Declaration, sank a substantial bit of his fortune into funding the war effort. Washington refused a salary for his service. All of the signers of the Declaration, upon affixing their signatures, if captured by the British, would’ve had their fortunes confiscated and hung by the British for their act. Carter Braxton lost his fortune when it was seized by the British. William Hooper lost his fortune and his home. Two Abraham Clark’s sons were captured during the war and held as POWs. Another had his home burned and was imprisoned for a year. Thomas Nelson had his home destroyed and went bankrupt. George Clymer had his home destroyed and family terrorized by the British. William Ellery had his home burned and property destroyed. William Floyd has his property looted by the British. Lymann Hall had his property and home destroyed. Thomas Heyward fled the British and had his property looted. Francis Lewis’s wife was captured (who died the year after she was released, having never recovered) and his property destroyed. Philip Livingston had his property confiscated. Arthur Middleton was captured/imprisoned for a year and had his property destroyed. Edward Rutledge was captured while serving in the militia and imprisoned. George Walton was also captured while serving with the militia. Lewis Morris, while also serving in the militia, had his home ransacked. Oliver Wolcott also served in the militia. Richard Stockton was captured and his property vandalized. Various others served in political and diplomatic offices during the war, several narrowly escaping capture.

      “All Americans should bow down to the wealthy and hope that when they come to the big house with their begging bowls that their local billionaire had a good day that day.”

      So, if a person provides goods and services to the public, competing with other businesses to provide the best quality at the lowest price, while also hiring employees, aka creating jobs, how precisely are they making people poor? Whom are they stealing from in their success? If everyone is so poor, whom are they selling to and how do their businesses function?

      “Civil rights are for sissies and everything in the Bible really happened.”

      Thou shalt not steal is good one to start with.

    5. Christian Toto Says:
      September 15th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

      Fisking Hunter’s rants is a full time gig.

    6. kyle Says:
      September 15th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

      Fisking? That sounds like something naughty boys like Hunter get up to with their best mates at their Public Schools. We all know what goes on there.

    7. JohnFNWayne Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 12:07 am

      If that’s the case, Hunter must have molested by someone named Ad Hominem.

    8. Sandra Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 2:43 am

      Perverts and liberals are essentially cowards. They play victim card when you criticize their beliefs and behaviors, and once they feel they have protection they show their real nature.

    9. Peaches Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 7:17 am

      Has Mikey given his substantial fortune to the poooooooor yet? Let me know when he has…

    10. Mary Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 8:26 am

      Moore might be comfortable spewing propaganda, or PR, which these comments of his surely are.. but he’s not comfortable speaking his mind when he’s confronted with the truth. I know, I used to be a lib dem, I used to be a fan of Moore’s. During the lead up to the 2000, I was shocked by Moore’s endorsement of Nader and emailed him. I believed in Moore, as foolish as that might seem now. I explained to him my concerns, my husband was critically ill, and I also foolishly, believed in Al Gore’s commitment to the issues (I used to believe in single payer back then). I stressed that I was afraid my husband would die. Moore’s email response was “HA! HA! HA!”

      My husband did die, the employer who harassed him off the job when he learned about him needing a transplant, was a democrat. When I confronted Moore with this, reminding him of the email (which I still had, with full headers) Moore attempted to claim it had to have come from one of his staffers. Moore is a fraud, a hypocrite and a liar.

    11. Mark D E Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 8:44 am

      Moore’s an ass of the first order. He falls into the usual anti-captialist catagory of someone who is shocked, SHOCKED,…. that financial inequality exists in America.

      duh,…

      Tip, it existed in the USSR as well, they just had two classes, the uber connected, pampered party officials,.. and the mere miserable masses who had better get cracking and produce more goods for the party so they can steal,.. er,.. redistribute the wealth to the hard working party officials who simply need more…

      Oue system is as fair as any, far more than most, and anyone claiming they have a better solution than capitalism,.

      is a moron.

      They have ALL fallen short, and communist is a bad word stumpy, because slave masters are bad people. I stood my post in the cold war, and I have nothing but contempt for those who hate our system while living in it. If no one, NO ONE, is listening to you,..

      you should take the hint, you’re a fringe nutjob and that is why we won’t annoint you king.

      Our system is the only viable one, if you hate that people have more than you, and obscess that much about it like Moore,

      yet,

      keep your own millions while whining about other peoples money…

      dude,..

      give it away, or shut up,. your Cognitive dissonance is painful to watch.

    12. Lisa A Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 9:40 am

      Under Michael Moore’s political system, Michael Moore would get to tell everyone what they can have. The enlightenment was no good when those ‘enlightened’ could not tell what they were saying was their own mentation. When our founding fathers of the enlightenment era started our government, they transcended that problem by acknowledging a creator.

    13. Dave M Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 10:14 am

      # ObamabinBiden Says:
      September 15th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      Mr. Moore,

      1. Load a 9mm handgun and be sure a
      bullet is in the chamber.

      2. Place your mouth around the end of
      the barrel and gently pull back the
      hammer.

      3. Pull trigger

      I second this!

    14. rtl Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 11:07 am

      I always wondered if Moore was playng a practical joke on everyone, especially the left, since he’s a perfect example of the success of capitalism and the American dream. In no other country could a person make a fortune trashing the very things that allow him to succeed (Free speech and property rights).

      At any rate he’s wrong as usual in his basic premise. Capitalism has nothing to do with greed. Socialism, communism or monarchy all have the same outcome and that is a small group amasing the power and wealth. That’s human nature. At least in America we have a chance to move up OR not and try to live whatever lifestyle we want.

    15. JHM Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 11:08 am

      As soon as Michael Moore gives away all that money he made under that evil system of capitalism, I’ll pay attention to a word he has to say.

      Until then, he will simply remain one more hypocrite: “the government should take everyone ELSE’S money! But not mine! What’s wrong with you people, why can’t you understand my infallible logic?”

    16. Swamp Fox of VA Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

      An unemployed assembly line worker from Detroit makes a couple of propaganda films and becomes a multi-millionaire, and then complains about the system that made him rich. Only in America. When will Moore be “redistributing” his millions to the poor and go back to Detroit and live in a cardboard box?

    17. kevin barry Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

      Not to brag or anything, but I knew Moore was a fat hypocrite years ago.
      Told ya’

    18. Ruslfish Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

      Is anyone going to watch his new doc?

      Did anyone watch Sicko?

      Didn’t F911 (Bradbury should have sued) already ruin any credibility this goober had?

      He wonders why his ideas didn’t take off. He’s the only one.

      Peace out, my brothers. He does not need a gun to kill himself. Shooting off his mouth kills him better than Hemlock.

    19. Heidi Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 3:02 pm

      I started watching Leno last night and was very disappointed he had him on.. I fast forwarded thru him, can’t stand the man.
      Sicko was a joke, Cuba has better healthcare than the US?? Does the moron not know how/what communists countries do?? I went into E Berlin on a tour when there still was an E Germany. The tour took us to an area that looked bright(it was late), prosperous, etc. When you looked down the alleys, side streets, it was pitch black..
      He is a fat slob, who is a capitalist..

    20. junkmaninohio Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

      Moore is the essential rotting corpse of hypocrisy gone wild. Redistribute your own millions Mr. Moore before you try to redistribute other people’s money.

    21. Daniel Crandall Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 3:25 pm

      I followed the link from Big Hollywood. They have a video posted with Moore talking about filmmakers and writers role in pushing for the New Deal, and that he wants his work to do what he believes Frank Capra and John Steinbeck did in the 30s and 40s.

      So does this admission, that Moore is a failure, mean that BH is wrong to note that politics follows culture?

    22. darwin Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      He’s about as relevant as Woody Allen. Both put out movies that nobody watches or pays attention to.

      BTW, Mr. Moron – you say 1% make 95% of the money? They also pay 95% of the taxes.

    23. WPG Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

      Simple Logic:

      China spends 1949-1989 pursuing economic equality via socialism and state control and nearly destroys an old and proud nation

      From 1989-present China increasingly introduces capitalism (socialism with Chinese characteristics) and prospers beyond anyone’s imagination

      Question: If they saw the flaws in their old system why are we in such a hurry to trade places with them

    24. DangerGirl Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

      If Michael Moore really believes his own bulls**t about Capitalism failing, capitalism being evil, and that capitalism has got to go — then why didn’t he just release his movies FREE to his audiences, on the net. Why sell DVD’s — why not just offer them for free off his website??

      Michael MooreON, violated the copyrighted image of Michael Yon & refused to pay legal compensation for doing so. MooreON makes a lot of money off the stupidity of people who pay to see his mockumentaries.

      Michael Moore is a whiney liar, with no integrity, and thrives on duping his his paying audiences because he knows they are dumber than a 50lb bag of stupid.

    25. John Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 5:02 pm

      MM has always been a propagandist who happened to make films. Other than Roger and Me (how hard is it to lampoon GM ?)none of his work is truly distinguished.
      He liberal topics are fashionable and well chosen to get adoration from Hollywood and the Old Liberal media. MM appeals to the indoctrinated “liberals” who can’t think for themselves and live in a bubble where anything they disagree with just does not exist.

    26. Bob Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 5:03 pm

      Sure, Capitalism rules; however, there are systems, such as the tax code, that can “game” the system in favor of segments of society. I don’t have the answers but in “Gates and Buffet Go Back to School” it is interesting to see Warren Buffet say that the tax code is too flat and overly favors the rich. He believes the rich should pay higher tax rates, including raising the Capital gains tax back to what it was (30%?). Certainly, the rich are concerned with taking care of the rich in all societies. Interesting that Gates and Buffet see so much inequities in society and are intent to help rectify them by giving away 99% of their wealth. Who else could say that?

    27. misanthopicus Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

      He’s made quite a buck with his anticapitalistic shows. And curioser is the fact that those who paid to view his crap are people who would have died in a couple of days in the communist Romania or Ukraine.

    28. jimmy Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

      He should be on top of the world – Congress and the White House are filled with anti-capitalists now. He should just jump on the train to socialism instead of griping. Maybe Obama will give him a “Medal of Freedom”.

    29. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

      You gotta love all of these poorly-educated, right-wing, pro-life, Creationist fruitcakes still screaming about reds under the bed in 2009. You just know that if this wasn’t the internet age these rabid Neanderthals would be writing this garbage with crayons on wax paper damp with their drool.

    30. kishke Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

      Buffet is always carrying on in favor of higher taxes. Easy for him to say.

    31. Jack Kennedy Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

      hunter – you forgot “racist”

      you know that you wanted to use it and your hero, jimmy peanut, help with the admission on the loss of argument.

      the talking points dont do any good if you dont use them and we know that obama gave you the commands, your other hate and vitriol is right off his sleeve

    32. JohnFNWayne Says:
      September 16th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

      You gotta love all of these poorly-educated, right-wing, pro-life, Creationist fruitcakes still screaming about reds under the bed in 2009. You just know that if this wasn’t the internet age these rabid Neanderthals would be writing this garbage with crayons on wax paper damp with their drool.

      Coming from someone who thinks there is a fascist on every corner. I guess now is the part where I make fun or your intelligence (or lack thereof) and say something about you writing drafts of your posts on the walls of your padded cell with your own dung, but I won’t go there.

    33. Narcissa Says:
      September 17th, 2009 at 2:47 am

      It is bad enough that Moore has been able to slink (ok, maybe that was a poor choice of words, given Moore’s umm, portlieness), under the radar with his phoney baloney spiel about having grown up as some Ordinary Joe. Those in the know are well aware of his upbringing as an upper middle class suburban Detroit kid that enjoyed driving the school board crazy with his constant gladfly antics.

      But that Moore would devote his life to essentially trying to foist his hypocrisy on others is beyond the
      pale. Ask dude where he lives in the city. It’s not in Hell’s Kitchen, I can tell you that. Ask Moore if he slept on the beach in a tent while hanging out at Cannes during the film festival, instead of in some suite at some fancy pants hotel. Finally, ask Moore howmuch that fat farm he visited cost-what, Jenny Craig too good for ya, Mikey?

      Of course, Moore always manages to offer some lame excuse as to why he couldn’t manage to keep it real and live like the ordinary peeps, but that should come as no surprise.

      That’s the problem with Communism and it’s tricky little sidekick, Socialism; there is ALWAYS going to be someone on top. There is ALWAYS going to be someone in the leadership position that, by virtue of their position, lives on an elevated level, garnering the fruits of their labor which, ostensibly, is supposed to be shared with the “lessers”.

      Sorry, Moore, but epic fail and phoniness for you. And, you aren’t fooling anyone.

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