Capitalism came into being as a social and economic system when private individuals or corporations--as opposed to the state or classes of people--began to build businesses where the goal was profit motivated for the self-interest of the owner. This is opposed to a socialist system where the business may be owned by the state and/or profiting the state. In an ideal world, it is the economic establishment of the individual right for self-accomplishment. The private individual/corporation succeeds or fails based on its own merits. The rewards can be great, but the downside, left unchecked, can yield greed and corruption. It's survival of the fittest, whether fair or not. To those who love
it, capitalism is the highest form of risk-adapting freedom. Those who despise it believe the rich get richer and the poor get poorer under it. All us poor people just are suckers for the big business. Michael Moore is one of the later.
In Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore attacks the institutions and individuals that in his and popular estimation have given free enterprise a bad name. Appealing to public reaction over the economic crisis of the past year, his message is simple: big business and government are conniving to make life miserable for the little guy. That's always been the appeal of Mr. Moore's documentaries: he picks out the things the big boys or government are doing wrong and why their actions are hurting defenseless individuals. Some critics dislike his bias, but the films are largely successful. They appeal to our paranoia that we are not in control of our own destiny. Greedy and corrupt corporations
instead dominate our lives. Indeed, if we had known all the tricks the financial industry was up to a year ago, we wouldn't have been surprised by the economic collapse.
Yet the film also brings up a larger issue. If capitalism is what we want for America, should it go unchecked? At what point do we say: " enough!" Is our love for it unconditional...