A Michael Moore/Ralph Nader coincidence: Confronting capitalism on Sept. 23rd

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On September 23rd, 2009, Ralph Nader will launch his new, fiction book at an event in New York. The title of the book is, “Only the Super Rich Can Save Us.”

Also, on September 23rd, Michael Moore’s new movie — which previewed internationally on September 6th in Venice — will have its US opening in New York and Los Angeles.


The same date launches for these projects which explore the nature of wealth in America could be happenstance. Though, Michael Moore and Nader have played on the same stage before. Moore supported an early Nader run for President, though he declined to support following Nader runs. Still, it is not inconsistent that these two scions of the progressive scene may have discussed logistics.

TIME reporter Mary Corliss states in her article about the Michael Moore movie, “But this call to arms demands more than a ringleader; it requires a ring, an engaged citizenry who are mad enough not to take it any more.”

If only we could get TIME and other major media to notice folks like Nader and the Green Party, who are constantly trying to engage the citizenry and asking them to struggle against the two party, corporate duopoly and the “military-executive-industrial establishment” it supports.

(excerpt from) TIME
Michael Moore Goes for Broke With Capitalism
By Mary Corliss / Venice Sunday, Sep. 06, 2009

“Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” So wrote Thomas Jefferson to a friend in 1816. Now Michael Moore, whose Fahrenheit 9/11 took on the U.S. Army, and the entire military-executive-industrial establishment, brings his latest documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, to the Venice Film Festival. The land of Macchiavelli and the Medici is the perfect setting for Moore’s nonfiction tragicomedy of greed and chicanery on Wall Street, in Washington, D.C., and through the entire economic apparatus. The movie will have its world premiere here tonight, before playing the Toronto Film Festival next week, opening Sept. 23 in New York and Los Angeles and achieving wide release Oct. 2…

At the end Moore says, “I refuse to live in a country like this — and I’m not leaving.” But this call to arms demands more than a ringleader; it requires a ring, an engaged citizenry who are mad enough not to take it any more. That’s unlikely to happen. Moore’s films are among the top-grossing documentaries in history because they are pertinent populist entertainments. The question remains: will Capitalism: A Love Story rouse the rabble to revolt? Or will audiences sit appreciatively through the movie, then go home and play the cat-in-the-toilet video?

2 Responses

  1. Been thinking about the coincidence. I wonder whether the underlying message would be: If you are a super-rich person in New York City, on September 23rd you should either help some people, or stay out of town for the day!

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