Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Michael Moore does not understand evil

It goes without saying that commenting on Michael Moore's latest assault on truth actually plays into his hands by increasing the publicity he receives.

No matter, sane voices are needed to counter his distortions.

Having told lies about guns, 9/11 and the health system, Moore now takes aim at capitalism in his new falsumentary, "Capitalism: A Love Story".

Being Moore, he conflates the excesses of Wall Street with capitalism while studiously avoiding the fact that Wall Street gives more money to the Democrats than Republicans.

The film ends with:
"Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil."
Unwittingly, Moore boils down all leftist thought into one line and in the process exposes the intellectual fantasyland the left inhabits.

How does the left explain the rise of China in recent decades? Of India? Of Brazil?

How does the left explain the fact that for the first time ever more than 50% of the world's population is defined as middle class?

Where are the examples of anything other than capitalism - sheer and naked, as in the examples of China and India - lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty?

If that's evil then we need more of it.

And here's a key insight that the left doesn't understand - capitalism is like gravity. It's an ever present force the effects of which operate in all societies.

It is shackled and suppressed in socialist countries, which is why they have hardly advanced themselves in the last 50-60 years.

Inhibiting capitalism is the reason that California is in such a parlous financial state in spite of all of its advantages.

Putting taxes on it is why so many state and local governments are losing their populations to other, freer jurisdictions.

Calling capitalism evil because a bunch of thieves on Wall Street co-opted government and, effectively, stole hundreds of billions of dollars from ordinary folk is the same as saying that gravity is evil for the negative effect it has on plummeting aircraft from time to time or that the sea is evil for occasionally sending a weak swimmer to a watery grave or that peanuts are evil for having a potentially fatal effect on 0.001% of the population.

I lived in the Soviet Union. I lived in backward Asian countries. I lived in Africa.

Not once did I see a local person who was as fat as Michael Moore.

Now, I'm not having a crack at Moore and his obvious battle with weight.

I'm highlighting that in non-capitalist countries Moore simply wouldn't have the opportunity to over eat. The food nazis out there might think that's a great idea but reasonable people believe that everyone should be able to make their own decisions and then live with the consequences of those decision - good or bad.

"Capitalism is evil" might go down well with the usual suspects: university professors; the mainstream media; Chavez, Castro and their ilk; America haters; and the Hollywood set, but anyone with a lick of commonsense understands it to be nonsensical.

(Nothing Follows)


Ellen K said...

Since capitalism is evil, let's all indulge Moore's preferences by not buying tickets to his movies. That should make him happy, right?

neko said...

If capitalism is evil, then will Moore be releasing his movie to theatres worldwide for free? I mean, if capitalism is so very evil, he would surely not want to sully himself by accepting money. After all, it is the very embodiment of the evil that is capitalism.