Who would have thought that the 21st century challenge to capitalism would come in the form of a rip-roaring funny and emotionally moving film?
Michael has done it.
Last night I attended the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Moore's latest film, Capitalism: A Love Story. What an incredible piece of work. Michael has taken on the very fundamental assumptions of capitalism and he has made it clear that we can and should do better. Not just with a particular individual or corporation -- no, he has gone after the way the system works.
It is funny. And moving. Michael's ability to balance tone is an achievement he gets far too little credit for. I can think of few others who can move from an astute analysis of how the system works and for whom right into a rip-your-heart-out profile of one of the daily tragedies of unfettered capitalism to a comedic moment that leaves the entire audience roaring.
And most critically, as Michael makes clear, it is not enough to just watch the movie, now we all have to do something!
Start by seeing the movie, then get out and kick some ass.