A Love Story

DVD - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Filmmaker Moore examines the history of free-market capitalism in post-Reagan America and questions its efficacy as the basis for the nation's economy.

Published: Beverly Hills, CA : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2010.
Branch Call Number: DVD 330.122 CAP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 21, 2015
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

(Anyone who censors this review be aware that I will ask Bibliocommons for redress.)
Capitalism is an economic system where freedom of choice is prevalent; democracy is a political system where the mob rules. There is no such a thing as Democratic Capitalism, because one is a political system, the other an economic system. Now, for the sake of real "diversity," here are some quite diverse views:

Jan 21, 2015
  • IulianHectorNarada rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Capitalist so-called democracy is essentially mob rule, and is therefore morally repugnant, cowardly, destructive, and oppressive. (And this is probably even more true in North America than in countries with more advanced childrearing and no corporal punishment like Denmark, Austria, Germany, Norway, etc. which tend to be better, at least in some respects, than countries that have higher rates of child (physical) abuse, since countries like Denmark, Austria, Germany, Norway, etc. have managed to eradicate corporal punishment (and physical abuse of children). And of course, as is often the case, true, legitimate, authentic dissent often has no place in a capitalist so-called democracy. We need more democracy, more activism, more dissent, more of a willingness to actually listen to opposing or different viewpoints even if they are seldom expressed or never published, and we need less capitalism. And we need to learn how to grow our own food since the world is running out of oil and fossil fuels (which are needed to transport food and to create and fuel cars and trucks and airplanes).

Nov 24, 2014
  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tragedy disguised as comedy. For those who think Moore is a clown, who would watch this if it were in the form of a political science lecture? Now I can admit that I, too, am baffled by credit loan swaps and derivatives ... which was the whole idea behind one of the biggest shell games in the history of this country. It's easy for some to dismiss the Wall St. meltdown in the abstract and to justify capitalism with the same fervor usually reserved for religion. This documentary shows its concrete effects on ordinary people who were destroyed by the voracious juggernaut of the banking industry and Wall Street. One not to miss.

Sep 09, 2014
  • Marzipan7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Shocking and moving.

May 27, 2014

As commenter Libertarianeye points out: "Capitalism is exploitation". The user also states that Capitalism is different from Corporatism.... well, Capitalism seems to give birth to Corporatism based on the fact that was stated: Capitalism is exploitation. A company's #1 goal is to make money, so it will tend to do what is necessary to obtain this (whether beneficial to others or not). No, companies are not inherently evil (whatever that even means?), but the incentive structures in place tend to promote (i.e. give success) to companies that can suppress/prevent competition (why let there be an even playing field when your #1 objective is to win/stay alive?). Obviously different sectors are different. Sectors more in the open need to appeal to consumers. Although even here I would point to the enormous amount of money spent on advertising (often exploiting the irrationality of consumers) as opposed to research/development. But I digress. The main point is there are strong ties between Capitalism and Corporatism. Yes, Capitalism is exploitation. Yes, that can be mutually beneficial. But it can also be detrimental.

Apr 22, 2014
  • Libertarianeye rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The worst documentary I have ever seen. Michael Moore along with his leftist buddies do not understand true capitalism, what they see is corporatism. Two completely different things. Lets did Michael Moore get rich...oh by using the free market system to promote his documentary...interesting. Dont fall for this propaganda with plagues our society. Dont fall for the Republicans call for capitalism as they are as equally guilty as the left for promoting corporatism. Check out Milton Friedman if you want a real lesson on capitalism.

Capitalism is exploitation. This is not a bad thing, using a resource for the mutual benefit through voluntary trade is not only moral but efficient. Kennedy stated that going to the moon was too big of a job for the private sector, but where did the tax dollars emerge to fund our useless adventures in the 60's? Hmm. Capitalism is freedom, capitalism supports sustainability, property rights and innovation.

Mar 23, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Commenter, constacr, is quite correct, which is why libertarians constantly try to equate the fundamental flaws of capitalism with corporatism - - does not fly! Capitalism is not about free enterprise, that is economic democracy. Capitalism is not about meritocracy, that is economic democracy. Capitalism IS about exploitation: slavery, monopolies, degradation and above all, always anti-progress. It is no coincidence that both the NASA/Moon program and the Internet both originated from the Kennedy Administration, the last true democratic president and progressive to ever occupy the White House! Capitalism is about chaos, which is how they, the super-rich, reap the most profit with their thievery. Too many Americans are baffled and befuddled by fiction as truth: that Carnegie was a Great Man, instead of yet another death merchant!

May 29, 2013
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

In many ways, “Capitalism: A Love Story” is a lesson about democracy and capitalism and how the two, despite of what many in this country hold to be true, are not compatible. I recommend watching this film.

Sep 08, 2012
  • akirakato rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As usual, Moore's film is quite interesting and thought-provoking.
Apparently, the American democracy has lost its sense of purpose.
And now the democracy works for the rich, not definitly for the poor.
If you take a look at even one secen of the film, you could clearly understand the failure of the on-going democracy in the States---if not on the world.

Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed the well-defined democratic---rather idealistic---policies but unfortunately died before realizing them.
After the World War II, however, FDR's protégés went to Germany and Japan to help the defeated countries and incorporated idealistic articles into their constitutions.
Jimmy Carter's 1979 Live Address to the American people (a supplement to this DVD) tells us about the current economic and political problems.
The Americans as well as other peoples should've listened to the address more seriously.

May 23, 2012
  • constacr rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nobody became rich just by working hard, only by exploiting others to work hard for him, or by gambling.
Any God-fearing individual sooner or later realizes that you cannot serve 2 masters: God and mammon, it's either/or.
This movie is trying to educate the masses, largely exploited for profit by a few, and open their eyes about the system they support.
Highly recommended to watch.

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