Capitalism: A Love Story

Posted: April 8, 2011 by wordoflegs in Uncategorized

I recently watched the movie Capitalism: A Love Story. This is the Michael Moore film where he discusses America’s seeming fascination with capitalism, and how it is leading to our demise as a nation. Although I do not particularly like Michael Moore, nor did I enjoy the movie, some points were legitimate; such as the film makes the claim that the Constitution does not guarantee happiness or mention capitalism or the free market. This is also a true statement. Many people employ the quote “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” However, despite popular belief, this quote does not come from the Constitution, but rather the Declaration of Independence. The 5th Amendment offers protection to our “life, liberty, and property” but nowhere does it mention happiness. The Constitution does not offer any words about capitalism or the free market. Also the film states that Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt proposed an economic bill of rights. FDR did in fact propose a bill of economic rights. It was proposed during his State of the Union address on January 11, 1944 approximately a year before his death on April 12, 1945. This proposal was also known as the “second bill of rights,” and guaranteed the citizens of America employment—with a living wage,— freedom from unfair competition and monopolies housing, medical care, education, and social security. So the movie Capitalism: A Love Story was correct in saying that Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt proposed a bill of economic rights approximately a year before his death.

Advertisements
Comments
  1. I couldn’t agree with you more!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s