Michael Moore on the challenges we face

September 25, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More

Over at The Nation, Naomi Klein interviewed Michael Moore, who has just released his newest movie: “Capitalism: A Love Story.” You can hear the entire podcast here.

What follows are three excerpts from the interview (Michael Moore speaking):

You can’t avoid the anger boiling over at some point when you have one in eight mortgages in delinquency or foreclosure, where there’s a foreclosure filing once every 7.5 seconds and the unemployment rate keeps growing. That will have its own tipping point. . . .

Greed has been with human beings forever. We have a number of things in our species that you would call the dark side, and greed is one of them. If you don’t put certain structures in place or restrictions on those parts of our being that come from that dark place, then it gets out of control. . . .

[W]hen anthropologists dig us up 400 years from now–if we make it that far–they’re going to say, “Look at these people back then. They thought they were free. They called themselves a democracy, but they spent ten hours of every day in a totalitarian situation and they allowed the richest 1 percent to have more financial wealth than the bottom 95 percent combined.” Truly they’re going to laugh at us the way we laugh at people 150 years ago who put leeches on people’s bodies to cure them.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    I happen on Moore's book "Mike's Election Guide 2008" published in August 2008, where he made several valid points about the culture of corporate welfare we live in.

    One point was that we pay sgnificantly more in "private taxes" to corporations for significantly less services in health care and education.

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