Today’s my birthday. Yippee. What I want to do is honor Michael Moore’s latest film, Capitalism, which is as close to a masterpiece to achieve public success in presenting the problem and solution together. Only a more in depth and broader treatment of alternatives, especially co-operatives, would be even better. I just saw his film Sicko, which in its own right is simply spectacular. The following review was interesting, though it entertains absurdities such as posing Moore as a son of the upper middle class, and neglects his treatment of the solution, an alternative model of business. I would add that a lesser side of the solution, consumer activism, also deserves some consideration.
Then, thanks to the NY Times for its article on Greenpeace Intl’s Director from South Africa. I agree with his vision and the one cited in the original article by Bill McKibben
On Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story”
There is no metaphor more fitting than love to get us a feel for our engagement with a system’s berserk display of passion for profit accumulation. King of shock docus, Michael Moore, once again, points a wrathful finger on the usual suspects who have enslaved and enchained our hearts and minds to a cruel relationship that neither fungible contracts nor boastings of recovery from Wall Street can assuage.
Capitalism: A Love Story means to shed light on the financial collapse that has left even middle class Americans homeless, jobless and insecure—a condition that has ensured the flourishing of the financial elites for the past several decades. That this condition must usher in the violence of fury over foreclosed homes, declined wages and stolen dignities is the point of this tell-all love story.
Lovers won’t deny how suffering makes love romantic and compelling. Commonsensically, however, they tend to believe that barriers and prohibitions prevent love’s ultimate realization. Such is one of the greatest illusions about love (Salecl, 2000:6). What makes love possible, irresistible and forcible are precisely the hurdles involved in making that grand gesture of total embrace….
Greenpeace Leader Visits Boardroom, Without Forsaking Social Activism
Protesters outside the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s meeting in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday.
Published: December 6, 2011
DURBAN, South Africa — The bearded South African in the blood-red dashiki took a seat in the front row amid a sea of dark-suited executives on Monday morning at a side meeting of the United Nations climate change conference here.
David Vincent/Associated Press
Kumi Naidoo navigates between roles of boardroom advocate and radical activist.
“Kumi, it’s good to see you here,” the host of the meeting at a seaside hotel, Bjorn Stigson, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, told Kumi Naidoo, executive director of Greenpeace International. “I’d much rather have you inside the room here than outside protesting.”
At that moment, a group of Greenpeace activists under Mr. Naidoo’s direction were outside the hotel noisily picketing the business gathering and trying to unfurl a banner reading “Listen to the people, not the polluters.” Seven were arrested and charged with trespassing; three were fined and deported.
Mr. Naidoo escorted the expelled activists to Durban’s airport on Monday evening before returning to the conference to resume his campaigning…..
“Ever since I came into this job, I’ve been accused of selling out,” Mr. Naidoo said. “But I genuinely, passionately feel that the struggle to end global poverty and the struggle to avoid catastrophic climate change are two sides of the same coin.”….
“He’s completely remarkable, bringing all the skills of the social justice and antiapartheid movements to the environmental arena, where they’re badly needed,” Mr. McKibben said in an e-mail. “Above all, he understands that mass mobilization of people is our only hope in the climate fight.”