Today, Michael Moore's film, Capitalism: A Love Story, opens in theatres nationwide. It will be shown on over 1,000 screens and there will be free screenings in some of the poorest cities across the country for the homeless and the poor.
Moore's film makes you want to get out there and fight the power. And judging by the looks of things, Americans overwhelmingly need to fight the power. Not later next week. Not next month. But now.
In Chicago, on September 25th, I was present for a screening that Michael Moore attended. In addition to members of the general public, Moore graciously invited the Republic Windows workers and others from the United Electrical Workers union in Chicago to see the film.
The story of the Republic Windows workers challenging the shut down of their factory is featured. The workers saw that they were being wronged when they were not given sixty days notice that the factory would be closing. They were not given terms for severance pay either.
Clear violations of the contract produced an event that should have rippled through the poor and working class of America. Every individual should have seen the power of unity among working folk in the workplace.
This is the antidote that Michael Moore prescribes throughout the film. He prescribes that Americans come together with their fellow man in the workplace and in their community to effect change and empower themselves.
Moore's film shows the evils of capitalism through situations involving foreclosures, privatization of prisons, "dead peasant" policies, Congress, etc.