September 13th, 2009
08:27 PM ET

Toronto Film Festival: Capitalism is like nudity

Michael Moore spent the day at the Toronto Film Festival talking to journalists about his new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story."  The film is a blend of archived video, interviews, music and humor edited together to make the point that capitalism, as our nation's primary economic system, has failed.


During our interview I asked Moore what he thinks the best alternative to capitalism is.  In short, he told me the country needs to embrace more democracy, that simply casting a ballot once every two or four years is not enough, that people like himself who make a lot of money should be taxed more and that the government needs to increase economic regulations.

He expanded on this last point with a metaphor about nudity.

Moore says if men and women walked around naked people would be understandably distracted and even if they were told not to, they would check out each other's naked bodies.  He says this is similar to greed and in the same way clothing keeps people's eyeballs in check, economic regulations keep people's greed in check.

Does this mean those who support less economic regulations are really nudists at heart?  Oh dear.

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. mark

    "I used to think you were cool" still some growing up to do i see.

    i dont see any bias in this article.

    September 14, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kristen

    I used to think you were cool but now I am all grown up and I see that you are one of them Michael. Its a shame. Can you tell me who's definition of greed we will be going by? How about this? If you have a lot of money and people dont like what you are doing with it they can take care of it not the government. And by "take care of it" maybe that just means not buying any of your movies. Then you wont be rich. Much peace.

    September 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charles Bukowski

    I saw Michael Moore enter the Elgin theater for the premiere of his movie Capitalism. Outside, there was a group of 30 "protesters", each carrying signs, dressed in costumes, posing for the press. This CLEARLY wasn't a spontaneous gathering.

    I asked one of the protesters, "What organization are you guys from?" He responded, "Oh, we're extras from the film." I said, "Did he pay you for this?" The "protesters" said yes.

    So basically, Moore is paying actors to stage a protest so that he can make money in promoting his film... about central banks who pay senators to promote THEIR ideological bias, in hopes of making money. Moore exploits our suffering like the culprits he critiques on Wall Street.

    September 14, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kirsten

    so its greedy to want to keep the money that you rightfully earned? Really? No one in their right mind believes that, and if they do then theyre just idiots

    September 13, 2009 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alexander Djowski

    The Bias in this article astounds me.

    Please keep it balanced CNN. You're a news agency, just report the standard information without any added belief system.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |

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