Monday, 9 November 2009
by Matt McCarten from NZ Herald 8 November 2009 Every thinking New Zealander should go and see Michael Moore’s film Capitalism: A Love Story that is now out in cinemas. I’ve been a fan of Moore ever since his first film, Roger & Me, which had him chasing down Roger Smith – the then head of General Motors – after Moore’s father and thousands of other auto workers were laid off in Flint, Michigan. His Oscar-winning documentary, Bowling for Columbine, and his last film Sicko, posed serious challenges to corporate capitalism. Moore’s latest film is the most politically potent of all. It’s a full-frontal attack on his usual target of corporations and on the whole capitalist system. It has all the usual “corporate greed versus ordinary people” stories, which have parallels in New Zealand. But what particularly resonates is his defiant critique – that corporate capitalism is evil, immoral and undemocratic.