So I just watched Capitalism: A Love Story. Maybe I’m becoming fiscally conservative – though I doubt it – and all I see in it is some uppity young folk trying to destroy the American dream. Or maybe I think Michael Moore is a sensationalist who doesn’t know how to draw legitimate comparisons.
He spends the entire movie contrasting capitalism with democracy with socialism – like somehow all three are not simultaneously feasible. Of course, in a vacuum, capitalism and socialism cannot coexist, and neither can democracy and socialism. But in the real world, you can take aspects of capitalism – like free enterprise – and impose government on it, in the form of regulation, and then make sure that government is socially responsible and takes care of all its citizens (socialism) through a democratic, one-man-one-vote process (democracy).
But apparently, we don’t live in the real world either. We live in Michael Moore’s world, where capitalism necessitates criminality and fraud and foreclosures and powerful corporate lobbies and back room deals, the American system is its enabler (which is often true, but due to its imperfect application and not necessarily inherent flaws in the system or concept), and the panacea for all maladies is magical mushroom socialism. Never mind all of socialism’s shortcomings, those don’t exist in Michael Moore’s world of black and white.
And yes, I know I’m like a year behind on this one. Whatever.