Michael Moore has a new movie out about capitalism being evil or something. (Even though actual capitalism never existed – and where it does exist in part, it raises living standards more than any other political system).
A few years ago, I was alarmed to learn that Michael Moore docos weren’t just lefty propaganda based on flawed premises. They were also actually dishonest. For example, the editing done to splice different Charlton Heston speeches (in Bowling for Columbine) together taking lines out of context and pretending they all came from the same speech. http://www.hardylaw.net/Truth_About_Bowling.html
So I totally agreed with this comment from a Noodle Food blog open thread and I just had to store it:
Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 11:24:50 mst
Comment ID: #6
Michael Moore is intellectualism for the comic book crowd. I find it difficult to believe that anyone can watch his movies and honestly think they have absorbed any cognitive content. Instead, his movies give them slogans, catch-phrases, and anecdotes with which to feel that they are somehow morally superior because they are now ‘inducted’ into the world of ideas and ‘kinda know something about important issues now’.
It still kills me how many people on the Left, including highly intelligent people, think “greed” is the primary motivation of businessmen. That’s literally all they have to say about it — this single asinine one-dimensional alleged psychological explanation (from people who criticize Ayn Rand’s understanding of psychology and motivation!) that conjures up in their minds an image of Uncle Scrooge swimming in a huge vault of money, as his ultimate goal and pleasure. That’s what all those Wall Street types are after, for example. Why do they want that? No answer. They just do — because they’re “greedy”. QED. Nothing else need be said. Case closed. 100% explained! Done deal.
Oh yeah, and one more thing — greed is evil! Because why should one person get to swim in a huge vault of money every day when there are people starving in the world, and that money could save their lives? That’s just evil.
For all their complex intellectual nonsense, most on the Left really have never emerged from a comic-book level understanding of business and wealth-seeking.