Capitalism: A Love Story
You’ve probably figured out by now that I love Michael Moore (I think I made that clear in my post on Sicko). In any case, as usual, we’re behind the times and just saw this movie on DVD last week.
The documentary discusses the financial crisis and resulting recovery stiumulus, as well as capitalism in general, mainly focusing on the US. Much of these issues may not come as a surprise (we’ve all seen these stories on the news or in papers…even me, who generally does a good job avoiding the news), but they’re well presented and thought-provoking.
And then there are other issues that arise: ever heard of dead peasant insurance policies? The name alone gives me the creeps. Just take a look at the movie and you’ll wonder…how can that possibly be legal?
Legal or not, it’s all part of capitalism. And before you start thinking I’m just another crazy hippie Democrat from northern California, well…I have my own company, and used to think that game was a great idea…you know, that “we all have equal opportunities and we can all be masters of the universe” game?
Now, I’m realizing that, like communism, capitalism sounds great in theory and pretty much sucks in reality. Not all companies place staff and consumer welfare over profits, and if the company goes public, that becomes even more difficult. An IPO is sounding totally unappealing to me these days…