Moore's Latest Slams Love Affair With Capitalism

Filmmaker's 'magnum opus' sticks up for the little guy
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2009 1:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michael Moore’s latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story, which had its debut last night at the Venice Film Festival, isn't likely to match the “political impact” of Fahrenheit 9/11, but you might still call it his “magnum opus: the grandest statement of his career-long belief that big business is screwing the hard-working little guy while government connives in the atrocity,” writes Mary Corliss in Time. A series of “instructive and appalling” anecdotes make his point.

They include a discussion of insurance policies that let big businesses reap big bucks when workers die, and a story of judges who closed a detention center, sending kids to an institution run by a firm that paid kickbacks to the judges. Moore offers a grassroots solution to the madness, “through community groups, united workers, and the common decency of elected officials,” but Corliss has trouble imagining masses of citizens, however moved, answering his call to arms.