by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
Michael Moore's new docutainment drama Capitalism is, as the name implies, a long rant against...capitalism. Apparently Mr. Moore presents almost 2 hours of the evils of capitalism through those who have been hurt by the system, and recommends throughout the movie that the (not actual quote) 'workers of the world unite and throw off the evil chains of capitalism for socialism'.
To which I say "whatever". If a millionaire documentary maker who's selling movie tickets for $10 each wants to rant against the system that gave him those opportunities, it's a system that allows him to do so.
HOWEVER, mainstream blogger Anne Althouse picked up on a secondary theme of the movie, (not actual quote) 'all the evils of capitalism are from the Jews...'
(Althouse) The most striking thing in the movie was the religion. I think Moore is seriously motivated by Christianity. He says he is (and has been since he was a boy). And he presented various priests, Biblical quotations, and movie footage from "Jesus of Nazareth" to make the argument that Christianity requires socialism. With this theme, I found it unsettling that in attacking the banking system, Moore presented quite a parade of Jewish names and faces. He never says the word "Jewish," but I think the anti-Semitic theme is there. We receive long lectures about how capitalism is inconsistent with Christianity, followed a heavy-handed array of — it's up to you to see that they are — Jewish villains.
Am I wrong to see Moore as an anti-Semite? I don't know, but the movie worked as anti-Semitic propaganda. I had to struggle to fight off the idea the movie seemed to want to plant in my head.
When a mid-western law professor starts spotting mass media anti-semitism, it's time to pay attention.
Monday, October 05, 2009
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