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If not capitalism, then what? Michael Moore’s not too sure.
Does Michael Moore really advocate abandoning capitalism? Welllllll, not exactly.
In his new documentary film, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival Sunday night, the filmmaker behind anti-war documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11″ and anti-gun Oscar winner “Bowling for Columbine” argues that capitalism has ruined the United States and should be eliminated, likening it to a Ponzi scheme that only benefits those at the top.
But with what would he replace it? At a news conference in Toronto, Moore admitted he was not in favor of embracing communism as an economic system, and hinted he may have overstated his argument to make a point with the audience.
“I think it’s an artistic choice,” he said when asked about his reasons for framing his argument so definitively.
“When I say that capitalism should be eliminated, I’m not talking about eliminating somebody wanting to open up a business and sell shoes or somebody working hard to earn money…to do better for themselves. What would I replace it with? I’m not an economist, so I have no plan to lay out here.”
Moore’s previous films typically have been well received by left-leaning Toronto audiences, and the North American Premiere of “Capitalism” on Sunday night was no exception. But it will be interesting to watch the reception when it hits U.S. theaters next week.