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Michael Moore on His Life, His Films and His Activism


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Michael_Moore, Govtfearmongering, propaganda, terrorism )

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- 1383 days ago - democracynow.org
We spend the hour with one of the most famous independent filmmakers in the world: Michael Moore. For the past twenty years, Michael has been one of the most politically active, provocative and successful documentary filmmakers in the business.



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Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:13 pm

Disagree with him? Go ahead. But, the fact is that he speaks for the many people in this country who feel betrayed by their "representatives."

 

Mack David (100)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:15 pm
No,
Just carole...
He is always a breath of fresh air...........
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:30 pm

Thank you, Pamylle, for bringing this to my attention!
 

Cher C. (1462)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:38 pm


Thnx sweetie!


 

Catman P. (923)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:38 pm
He's one of my all time heros.
 

Thubten Chokyi (830)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:42 pm
I have to agree with Catman... Moore is one of my heroes too.
Fingers x'd that I can post comments in C2NN today :)
 

Nancy M. (219)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:44 pm
I love his stuff. He does speak for us. Thanks.
 

Agnes H. (144)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:50 pm
To tell the thruth I've never heard of him before this and I must say he says a lot of truths even what he said I felt about our former PM Kevin Rudd. Now we've got to wait and see what our first Lady PM will do and that'll take some time!
 

Thubten Chokyi (830)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:51 pm
Hurrah! TY!
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:54 pm

MIchael Moore is . . . ME . . . YOU . . . the forgotten taxpayers who contribute the wealth that now funds the wars, and benefits the corporations the CONTROL this government.

To hate him is to despise yourself.
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:56 pm

Sorry, should have said "corporations "THAT" CONTROL this government."

If you choose to trust those in DC who are damaged, and refuse to listen to those who only speak from the heart . . .

SHAME ON YOU -- WAKE UP!
 

Daffy McGee (276)
Monday July 5, 2010, 3:59 pm
Noted and Thank You very much.
Hugzzzzz,
Daffy:)
 

Pamylle G. (455)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:01 pm
I love how he speaks his truth with humor. His account of being snubbed at the Oscar party is priceless !

But perhaps my favorite part of the interview is this:

"I think weíre capable of a lot of good. And when you have a billion people on this planet that tonight cannot drink a cup of clean water, two billion who donít have clean sanitation, what if we used our money to do that? I read this crazy statisticóand I have not fact-checked this, Iíll just throw this out thereóbut it was something like, for $15 billion or something like that, we could dig so manyóx number of wells in the third world that would greatly reduce that number of how many people donít have clean water. And Iím thinking, $15 billion is what weíve been spending almost most every month on Iraq and Afghanistan. So, one month of the killing machine could give clean water to virtually all the people that donít have it? Wouldnít you rather be known as, you know, a citizen of a country that a child 10,000 miles away, while growing up, drinking clean water, saw that plaque on that well that said, 'Brought to you from your friends in the United States of America'? Thatís how Iíd like to be known".
 

Jill P. (70)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:01 pm
I used to like him.
I like the films he's made.
he lost me when he bailed out on single payer healthcare.
He turned his back on kuccinich and Nader in the elections.
Then became very quiet druing the healthcare debate.
He betrayed us when we needed him most.
I still like his stuff. I am going to watch his latest film on capitalism, but I don't give him the credit I used to.
he will speak out but knuckles under when push comes to shove.
We need strong leaders with the stomach to fight and see it through.
unfortunately, Michael Moore is not it.
Thanks Carole.
It is a good interview.
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:05 pm

He could NEVER sell us out as much as our elected "representatives."

Honestly? I think he saw it was a losing proposition, and could see the point in moving to the next pivotal point.

This guy, I trust -- like I do Kucinich. But, there comes a time when, leading people toward obvious failure, is not helping them.

You must redirect, and hold them close. (Kucinich did the same, and I'd NEVER accuse him of abandoning his people.)
 

Tony Isaacs (40)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:08 pm
Michael has certainly taken on some icons and sacred cows and done a fine job of it too. I just wish he would realize the dangers in mainstream medicine - particularly mainstream drugs - and how mainstream medicine has manipulated and controlled studies to introduce drugs that it knows are harmful as well as how it has suppressed natural alternatives for the sake of profit. I note his calls for greater access to health care and cheaper drugs, but I would prefer greater access to ALL healthcare instead of the healthcare of the kinds of corporations he usually takes on.

Who knows, maybe Michael will one day take on that most sacred of cows too . . .
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:09 pm

This is a man -- simple, but "simply wise."

He relates to common folks, and chooses to magnify them when they are diminished in the "bought-and-paid-for" media.

Is he making money? (I sure as F***K hope so. I want to keep seeing him in print.)
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:14 pm
SHAMELESS PLUG -- CARE2 MICHAEL MOORE GROUP:
 
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Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:16 pm
 
Once again . . .
 
Michael Moore/Power to the People
 
 

Sabine A. (20)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:27 pm
I for one will always appreciate his candid and captivating documentary style :) He is my Hero
 

Yvonne White (232)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:30 pm
Michael Moore is a True Patriot & a brave man!:)
 

BarbKnight SunshineLady (1609)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:33 pm
He can be my hero any day. He speaks from the heart. Thanks *C*!!
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:33 pm

My challenge?

Tell me where he ever lied.

THEN think about how many times YOUR ELECTED government has.

(Don't trash truth, when it's hard coming.)
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:35 pm
"And Iíll never forget the absolute devastating poverty that we witnessed in Gaza, especially thatóeven though I had traveled other places around the world, I had never seen anything like that."

This should win him an Oscar.. if any of the Hollyweirdos have a heart!

ATW
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:37 pm

(For anyone I didn't send a star to . . . it's because your words were commendable more than once this week.)
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:47 pm
I don't have time to watch video right now, I will at some future point, most certainly. But I agree, he is at least the voice for so many in this Country who feel no one is listening to them. He speaks in a way that they feel at least someone is hearing their voice, he is famous, and can use his fame to get the message across.

I have nothing but upmost respect for the man and we need more men like him to start stepping out and speaking up.

As far as the water that Pamylle mentions, I couldn't agree with her more. We would have more friends and less of those wanting to kill us if we dug wells and gave clean water. For those who have not read the book Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, I'd advise getting a copy and reading it.

It tells a story of one man, Greg Mortenson, who has been building schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan, showing those people that Greg is there with his Heart rather than his Bullets. He has earned the love and respect of the people he met over there to the point that the Pakistan Government awarded him in March 2009, the Star of Pakistan, its highest civilian award!

Greg saw how impoverished the public schools were in Pakistan, and how many villiages didn't even have a school. Working with the Elders in Pakistan and Afghanistan he set about to raise funds to build general education schools, which would give the people hope, a chance at a brighter future. Greg spoke how those who would recruit future terrorist brought billions of dollars to fill the void of lack of schools carried in by Saudi sheikhs in suitcases building Wahhabi madrassas to fuel the factories of jihad.

Greg saw that you can't fight the madrassas with bullets and bombs, you give the children a general education and with that they will have a brighter future, with hope they are less likely to be recruited to become a jihadist.

The USA, and the people that are in control have been hell bent to lead us all down a road of destruction. Now that we, the USA, is over in Afghanistan/Pakistan the same schools that this Greg built are being blown to bits. How does that help us?

It is people like the Michael Moore's and the Greg Mortensons of the USA that give me hope, there are others, courages men and women, like Buffy Saint-Marie, who speak out, try to do something about it, but as this topic is on Michael Moore I will try not to steer too far from him. These men are at least standing up and trying to do something that will improve many lives.

Michael Moore will not hit the head of the nail 100% of the time, he is after all a Human Being, and as the saying goes, one can't please all the people all the time. But heck, he at least is in there trying to do his best, which is more than I can say for many. Thanks for posting this Carole. I wish the USA could Honor him with our own Award for him being a fine citizen, like what Pakistan did for Greg, but alas our Country is too screwed up right now to "see" the great ones among us.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:49 pm
"Nobody does it better" kinda fits Micheal Moore. I found it interesting to learn from one of Wendell Potter's interviews the massive amounts of money spent by the Health Insurance companies to trash "Sicko" before it could even open in the theatres. If they were that threatened then you know how much truth was there. A very recent documentary (which I wish Moore had been a part of) was "Gasland" for those who are now either confronted with the purchase of their mineral rights or here the praise of "clean gas." About as clean as sucking air from the muffler of '57 Chevy. Many even worst as many people are confronted with flames coming through their water pipes - but hey not to worry the damn drillers are covered by law.

Thanks Carole, I do respect Michael Moore and his un-daunting efforts to remind us of what America is supposes to be all about.
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:51 pm

Luv ya, dear Kit . . . and so happy to see you commenting!
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:53 pm
Oops! that is hear the praises of "clean gas"....what a load of B.S.
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 4:54 pm

Hehehe . . . Muchias gaseous!

(Hey, we all mess up from time to time.)
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 5, 2010, 5:06 pm
But I am teacher misspellings of hear and here? So embarrassed!!! Thanks Carole, for the understanding, kind words and for singing the praises of an American Hero!
 

Nancy M. (219)
Monday July 5, 2010, 5:07 pm
Just don't let your students catch you. (She said as she carefully checks for her infamous typos!)
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 5, 2010, 5:10 pm
et tu, Nancy? Yeah, we all do it, and forget to double check before hitting submit, but it's still embarrassing - if ya know better.
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 5:14 pm

Could be worse . . . (I could have to strangle my demonic urge to "flag as inappropriate") -- which has never happened with either of you!
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 5:16 pm

I luv it that the kindest folks . . . are always the most apologetic. (Hmmmmmmmm. . . could also be why I love having them as friends.)
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 5, 2010, 5:31 pm
Hey! I just got to flag a spammer! Thanks for holding off on that urge Carole, I am still wobbly from the last time THEY sent me off to Care2 hell.
 

Just Carole (341)
Monday July 5, 2010, 5:32 pm

That was a SPAMMER (PLEASE FLAG)???

(Hehehehehe)
 

Dandelion G. (401)
Monday July 5, 2010, 6:04 pm
I flagged froggy with no friends trying to sell something and got this message? WT*

There was a problem submitting your report. Please try again later.
 

(0)
Monday July 5, 2010, 6:10 pm
I flagged the spammer too.
 

. (0)
Monday July 5, 2010, 6:18 pm
How does anyone judge a life ?Orwell said and did some stuff that wasn't great..Tony Benn MP one of those I admire sold his memoirs to a right wing newspaper..Michael Moore sends his kids to posh fee paying schools...apparently Ralph Nader can come across as a bit arrogant.
For me there will always be the odd aspect of a whole life,that doesn't add up..that seems a bit inconsistent...but against that is the overwhelming good..the positive contribution.. If i were famous..rather than just infamous as I am currently..ha ha..then would I live up to people's expectations?I make compromises..I have blind spots...most of us do.
Michael Moore's Sicko was a superb piece of film-making..moving from the individual human story to the big picture again and again..he made an entertaining piece out of a potentially dry subject...and yes to reach people it has to be entertaining..he did the same with Bowling For Columbine and Farenheit 9/11.Thanks to Michael Moore people across the world see the unfairness and injustice in the "American dream"..people who would never have thought about those subjects.
Those films have flaws...but what they acheived outweighs those flaws..and if anyone disagree's with aspects of Moore's films then they have that right.Moore's research though is much more watertight than that of any of his opponents..Coulter,O'Reilly,Beck et al..
Michael Moore is on the side of the angels..and that is good enough for me.
 

Kit B. (277)
Monday July 5, 2010, 6:46 pm
Great comment Panda, I do agree the man has offered us many topics to ponder and often been a force of unification that might not otherwise have occurred.
 

Pat B. (351)
Monday July 5, 2010, 7:26 pm
TY, Carole for this. Michael speaks to us...and for us. He's awesome in my book!!
 

liz c. (843)
Monday July 5, 2010, 7:45 pm
Thank you Carole--another intriguing topic--as always from you. I flagged the XX character. I dont know enough about Michael Moore to comment intelligently. It would appear from all of these comments that he is an admirable man. I do know that his movie Sicko--did not properly portray Canadian Healthcare...................it is not what he portrayed-according to my American family members that are in the health care field. Green star to you Carole.........................again.................thank you.
 

Rhonda Maness (602)
Monday July 5, 2010, 8:01 pm
Thanks Carole
 

sue M. (184)
Monday July 5, 2010, 8:24 pm
Michael Moore is one of those next door kinda guys you grew up with who more than likely didn't shine but had a heart of gold. He is to be revered I think by those nuns as he has chosen a path of true righteousness for all to see and do something about. All hail Michael we love ya!
 

Carmen S. (69)
Monday July 5, 2010, 10:34 pm
I have loved every one of his documentaries. He speaks from the heart and truth comes out. Also my hero.
 

. (0)
Monday July 5, 2010, 10:45 pm
Noted!

;)

"I've had a number of firefighters tell me over the years and since Fahrenheit 9/11 that they heard these explosions-- that they believe there's MUCH more to the story than we've been told. I don't think the official investigations have told us the complete truth-- they haven't even told us half the truth." - Michael Moore

http://firefightersfor911truth.org
 

Thomas C. (116)
Monday July 5, 2010, 10:46 pm
If Governments Governed with fairness and lack of corruption as they are supposed to as our "elected" representatives then these guys would be out of work! Here's one linking the nefarious activities of big oil with the removal of wild horses:
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread590146/pg1
 

Dalia H. (1272)
Monday July 5, 2010, 10:48 pm
Noted and Thank You so much for posting and sharing with Us my Beloved Just Carole.
HAVE A VERY BLESSED NIGHT EVERYONE!
Much Love,
B.D♠
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Monday July 5, 2010, 10:52 pm
Never heard of him before
 

catherine g. (120)
Monday July 5, 2010, 11:54 pm
moore has rare courage; we should all be so brave ~
 

Arild Warud (151)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 1:07 am
Thanks for sharing "C".
 

Angelika R. (143)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 1:42 am
Well well, -what can I say, it's all said above in numerous excellent comments. I'm joining in the praising and agree 200%. Only wondering about two individuals here ( sorry, A., forgive me ) who NEVER HEARD of M.M.- huh.. Let me assure you that this man is adored in Germany as well! THANK YOU CAROLE for this!!
 

Cheree M. (249)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 1:55 am
I LOVE Michelle Moore........KUDOS To Him!!! I Love ALL his Documentaries... All A MUST SEE!!! TY Carole for sharing & TY Agnes H. for Fwd-ing to me.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 1:57 am
Thanks for sharing!
 

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 3:26 am
Thank you for the posting Just. Regretfully our internet system here in Mozambique is not powerful enough to allow me to see the whole interview. Nevertheless, I just want to tell you that I also admire Michael Moore. I have seen some of his documentaries and I especially appreciated his daring opposition against Georg W. Bush and the war in Iraq. I wish I had the courage to stand up and say my truth in his straight forward and challenging manner. I feel that people like Michael Moore are important in our present difficult world. His work makes me feel that I am not alone in my criticism because he confirms my observation that there is something terribly wrong with "democratic" governments in this world: the way in which they control and manipulate people, the way they destroy nature to earn profit, the way they spent peoples' hard earned money, their support for psychopathic corporations, and the terrible wars they are waging - all to the detriment of society and nature. Thus, people like Michael Moore gives hope for a world with a true and integrated democracy, where there is space for peoples' opinions and concern for a quality of life for all. You also give hope for a better world Just, by posting this important issue. The rest of you Care2 people also give hope because of discussing and raising awareness. Thank you all so much, you brightened my day.
 

Ben Oscarsito (347)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 3:51 am
Thank You, Carole!

Leading by example? (In Sweden we say "To live as You learn?")
"I'm a millionaire, I'm a multi-millionaire. I'm filthy rich. You know why I'm a multi-millionaire?
'Cause multi-millions like what I do"
(Michael Moore)

"You can have a rich life even without money" (-Bullshit!!!)
(Ben Oscarsito)
 

Ben Oscarsito (347)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 3:55 am
...and, I must add: "Flag as inappropriate"...what the hell is that all about!?
...Ever heard of Free Speech...???
 

Ben Oscarsito (347)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 3:57 am
One more quote:
"Should such an ignorant people lead the world? How did it come to this in the first place? 82 percent of us don't even have a passport! Just a handful can speak a language other than English"
(Michael Moore)
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 4:54 am
Michael Moore is not simply a great patriot, he is a brilliant & unique filmmaker - he entertains, while teaching & demonstrating essential truths, making us aware with awesome talent!

He has taken on & brilliantly dealt with a few of the most important, urgent issues of our times:

-globalization & the loss of jobs in our -subsequently- devastated cities;

-violence in our society & the gun-mongers;

-9/11 & the Bush response (both in the classroom, & in the world: who can ever forget those long silent moments of inaction & non-reaction, as B Jr, told of the WorldTradeTowers attacks, continues to sit on the kiddie chair holding the children's book?).

I have seen every one of his films & loved them -- particularly 'the Big One,' 'Bowling for Colombine,' Sicko,' & 'Fahrenheit 9/11' I also loved 'Capitalism - A Love Story.'

So I can only thank Carole & Pamylle for spreading the good word !
 

patricia lasek (317)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 4:57 am
Wake up, America!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (78)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 4:59 am
I, too, tried to flag the spammer & received the "There was a problem submitting your report. Please try again later" message.
 

Lena Karlsson (5)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 5:09 am
What I can't believe is how he is (more or less) alone in his "field"... Where are all the other people with film cameras and something to say??? Surely there must be others out there...
 

Maurene T. (122)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 5:09 am
Michal Moore, IMHO, is a very important voice for issues that face people and our country. I was first impressed with him when he did "Bowling for Comlumbine" and have remainded a fan. He is reasoned and, while some think him to be "over the top", I find him to be very well informed, He is someone who puts his money where both his mouth and his herat is.
TY for posting.
 

. (1)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 5:32 am
I have just read about Michael Moore,he is a good man. I hope he
carries on with his good work. Thank you Carole.
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 6:21 am
Brenda there are MANY documentary film makers that take on some very important and tough issues, they just don't have the personality or charisma that Moore has. So of it has to do with timing and access, one must look for documentary films - often on Sundance or IFC channels. The recent one I mentioned is available on HBO so if one does not have access to those channels or go looking for documentaries online they may be missed. Moore however, is exceptional in his timing of issues.

I know many people in Canada that claim his representation of Canadian Medical Care was "right-on!"
 

donald Baumgartner (3)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 7:09 am
He's the BEST!!!
 

OutofTown M. (444)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 7:13 am
Thank you Just "C"...


I will say one thing for Michael Moore, he really does get a TON of response on what he does, good, bad, or just silly!
 

Arielle S. (313)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 10:29 am
I don't feel betrayed by my representatives - I feel completely brutalized, decimated, crushed, tricked, cheated, and stabbed in the back beyond repair. Thank the Goddess for folks like Michael Moore who can stand tall and tell it like it is.
And wouldn't it just be amazing and astonishing if we spent as much money doing good as we do doing horrible things? Wouldn't that be some world to live in?
 

Deanna Zimmerman (74)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 10:30 am
I sure appreciate Michael Moore's work on our behalf.

This is the 2nd thread I've TRIED to report the spam on, but both times I got this msg:
"There was a problem submitting your report. Please try again later."
 

Just Carole (341)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 10:35 am

I'm so glad to see such a positive response to this posting.

Since I also co-host the Michael Moore group here, I receive Google notices whenever something is posted about him. Believe it or not, he also has a group of people out there who are haters . . . so, I anticipated a mixed response.

Thanks to all!
 

Eva L. (96)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 10:41 am
In Europe it is celebrated as a hero, and his popularity is very high.
It lacks personalities like him.
 

Patricia Herrick (54)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 11:58 am
He has been my HERO ever since the night at the Oscars. I still cannot believe that anyone in Hollywood could have booed his remarks. H e was spot on. I watched DN on LINK yesterday, then switched over to FSTV and watched again. This a.m. I sent a copy of the transcript to everyone that I thought might have missed it, and those who can't get Democracy Now. This was a must-see. Now to the green Stars~~~
 

Jaette Carpenter (20)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 12:11 pm
The truth is always a good thing. Thanks Michael for presenting it. Thank Just Carole.
 

Just Carole (341)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 12:23 pm

In light of the constant attacks on our freedoms, privacy, Constitutional rights . . . We should ALL praise people, such as Michael, who continue to INSIST upon revealing the inconsistencies, violations, and manipulations that threaten this country -- and the premises upon which it was supposed to be founded.

From one of the most well-known signers of the Declaration of Independence, I offer the following:

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance." -- Thomas Jefferson
 

Glenda J. (158)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 12:24 pm
Michael Moore speaks Truth by portraying his innocence for all who can rise above the ignorance of what has been left behind in Politics, he has been blessed with so many consequences that no other but himself can help one understand in his very own truthful language.
Standing Ovation for Michael Moore now and always!
 

Frania D. (0)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 1:53 pm
This man is a breath of fresh air. His are probably the only documentaries I like watching. There is something about the way he delivers the truth without scaring you or making you mad. I hope to see a lot more of him.
 

John M. (6)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 3:11 pm
Michael Moore is a hero and tells the true story of the plight American family.I support his efforts.
 

Ellen W. (0)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 4:21 pm
Michael Moore is a true Patriot. He has such a big heart and sense of humor too. I learned so much about him in this interview, I respect him even more. I will also put him in my prayers that he stays safe.
 

Gregory Hilbert (428)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 4:28 pm
I regret that prepping for move has me scarce these days, but just had to comment that I'd vote for Michael Moore for Pres of the USA in a heartbeat, despite the fact he's unelectable. In fact, in an SEN article for which we did a Care2 post a few months ago entitled "Drill USA and World to Hell?", I wrote about the future (absent dramatic change) and had Moore elected Pres in 2024, but only after all things unsustainable collapsed catastrophically and there was little he could do besides resist the temptation to say "I told you so, for decades."
 

Just Carole (341)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 4:50 pm

Notable quote:

" . . . she doesnít call herself an activist, and neither do I, because I think itís a redundant term, simply because Iím a citizen in a democracy, so that automatically implies Iím an activist, youíre an activist, youíre all activists. Anybody who decides to reside in the democracy is an activist. If youíre not an activist, if weíre not, then the democracy ceases to exist. So, there is no choice but for all of us to be active."
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 5:54 pm
Noted. Thank you for the article/interview. Michael Moore is the best. Simply put. He has the courage to make films that tell the truth and put the truth in the face of the liars. I hope he never stops. He is the voice of truth, and brings to light, information in a concise, simple way for all.
 

nobo dy (24)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 6:02 pm
thanks
 

Johan Maltesson (161)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 6:43 pm
Michael Moore is one of my absolute favorite contemporary Americans! I just wish that more people in power would actually listen to him, then the American society would be so much better off. America needs a strong Left-Wing, Socialist party like the ones in Europe, there's a big gap there in America. And I think he would make a great leader of a such. Socialism is not "un-American" - on the contrary. Equal rights and opportunities, justice and security, and to take care of every single citizen, regardless of their social class, religion or ethinicity or how much money they happen to have, and not to leave a single individual out in the cold, that should be the American spirit I think, as the so called "leader and beacon of the free world" as America wants to be. Only if you have justice and security for all, you will truly have freedom and democracy for real. That's what America should really be about, no matter that the conservative forces tells you otherwise. And I salute Michael Moore for having realized that since so long.
 

Gloria L. (58)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 6:48 pm
So much thanks to so many people here. Very refreshing. I've given stars out or couldn't because "gave this week already." I like Michael's honesty and transparency and courage. We are all activists, or else "what is"
will continue and that is frightening and grief producing.
Unconditional Love to us all. We certainly need it. And to the whole world.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 7:15 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Jo Hofreiter (20)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 7:21 pm
Can one say more than has been already said about Michael, he is us speaking up! He digs up poisons we didn't know existed, excuse me for calling some obnoxious companies "poisons", but that's what they are doing, and I'm tired of using the word GREED, even thought that's what it is ;-)
Take care,
JO
 

Jill P. (70)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 8:07 pm
Nader is not arrogant. I met him and he is so nice and has no pretense. he is very approachable.
Carole,
I like moore's films and getting the info out there is very important, and a great service he provides.
I just wish he would commit to the very causes he exposes. Bailing when things get hard or rough is not cool.
Leading people down the right moral path is never one of failure.
compromising peoples' rights and safety is.
No fight worht fighting is easy. When you are battling against the rich and powerful, as the fight always is, is going to be hard.
I think this last sunday we should have all been grateful that our Founding Fathers were not willing to compromise or take the path of least resistance because the right path to their freedom and rights was too hard and dangerous.
To win means sacrifices and commitment.
Michael Moore is good for getting the information out there, but he ends the fight there.
The heros are the ones who endure. Moore may start the public conversations but it is those that are commited to the cause that win the fight.
Single payer, ending corporate personhood, and all the other fights we let get out of control are not lost causes. They are battles that will not end until they are won. Americans seem to commit to years of war but are not willing to commit to years of fighting for justice, rights and freedom.
Moore is famous. he could use his influence to push these causes. He hasn't.
 

joan rodriguez (26)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 8:13 pm
thank you carole enjoyed this so much posted on myspace facebook and sent out in email many blessings
 

SuS NoMail Plez P. (244)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 9:11 pm
TY Carole. What can I say that hasn't been said about MY CHERISHED MICHAEL. Yes, Greggory...I have been saying for years I would LOVE TO SEE HIM AS PRESIDENT. I have to publically send stars to my CHERISHED and BRILLIANT friends...Carole,Sheryl,Kit,Pamylle,Glenda,Greggory...and EVERYONE who spoke favorably of my personal HERO. I don't see "froggie spammer", so HOPEFULLY HE IS GONE. Thank you all who FLAGGED the @#$%!
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Tuesday July 6, 2010, 10:25 pm
"Everyone is an activist in a democracy". Good point.

Gollum... hehe.

MM is an important voice, like other voices that speak up. No one is actually perfect.... but he does what he can...
 

Cheree M. (249)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 3:23 am
Oops, PLEASE for give me on my misspelling on Michael Moore's name.. A friend named Michelle has been on my mind.. Sorry again.
 

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 4:51 am
Thanks for the article.
 

jacqui s. (45)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 6:13 am
Thanks for the article, it's certainly brought a good deal of comments and opinions. I admire Michael Moore for daring to have a voice & tackling subjects that may otherwise be ignored or unknown by many, whether people agree with him or not, as is shown here in this post, he certainly gets people communicating & things spoken about which is good.
 

SuS NoMail Plez P. (244)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 9:01 am
TY "C" for so many reasons! I forgot to send a star to my beloved and brilliant friend Panda,JohnMichael and I know I am forgetting someone.

Ben, my beloved friend...Do you really think,

"You can have a rich life even without money". "BULLSHIT" I hope you don't believe this, I hope it is a "funny" that I am misunderstanding due to being so preoccupied.
 

Corinne D. (103)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 9:06 am
THANK YOU. RESPECT HIM A LOT.
 

Gysele van Santen (200)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 11:47 am
Michael Moore is the man.
 

Olivia W. (3)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 12:02 pm
Michael Moore is one of my heroes! Thank you, for the link!
 

Patricia C. (96)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 12:33 pm
Thank you for the video Carole, I look forward to watching it later. Michael Moore is one of my favorite guys, and I appreciate his big mouth and documentaries and thank goodness we have his "voice"!
 

Mary D. (64)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 12:39 pm
I agree with you, Jill P. I also believe that the causes Michael Moore touts are not lost causes. And i don't think that he has really backed down on the issue of single payer health care. I think he just saw which way the wind was blowing, and accepted the half-baked idea set forth by the government - for now. That idea probably won't work. And after about ten years, when that becomes obvious, MM will very likely dust off SICKO and re-release it - or make a sequel. He's more stubborn than he appears.
 

. (0)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 1:48 pm
Thanks for the interview video. I remember him on the streets of Washington, D.C. asking politicians walking by if their son was going to fight in the war. I don't think anyone answered him. I never knew about his personal life. Good to see someone with heart.
 

Tom W. (24)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 2:14 pm
Without Michael Moore and few like him, most of us would be blind to all the wrong doings by those who think they can get away with it.
Most of his exposures are overlooked by the media and hopefully help to put things right.
He amazes me and I wished he run for some political office. (dress code or not).
WE need more like him.
 

Erin R. (165)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 3:05 pm
Thanks for posting.
 

Mandi T. (419)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 5:01 pm
Michael Moore rocks. More should take a listen to his philosophy. Can't hurt! Tx Carole.
 

Sylvie M. (46)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 8:07 pm
We need more influent people like Michael Moore in every "civilised" country, all ready to say loud what so many ordinary and anonymous citizens cannot express in words.
 

Teresa K. (33)
Wednesday July 7, 2010, 9:04 pm
Wish there were more like him! thank you for this post!
 

Glyn P. (58)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:01 am
I'M A HUGE MICHAEL MOORE FAN .............
 

SuS NoMail Plez P. (244)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 5:51 pm
YIPPIE~ How wonderful to know so many respect Michael! AWESOME posts ladies and gents!
 

Chris S. (5)
Thursday July 8, 2010, 7:22 pm
It's not just in the USA that his films have made an impact either! World wide we have seen the injustices that he has revealed. Some of his films have brought a tear to the eye with what they have revealed.

To quote a phrase that was used here in Australia a few years ago - Michaela Moore is there to "KEEP THE BASTARDS HONEST!". And long may he live too!

Thank You Michael - the world needs more like you. Keep at it Mate!! XXXX
 

Thomas D. (12)
Friday July 9, 2010, 6:11 am
noted, Thanks just Carole. I agree with all the positive comments above. Keep up the great work Michael.
 

Marlyn Vega (1)
Sunday August 1, 2010, 6:22 pm
Michael Moore is a liar who has made millions from fake stories..he is a fraud and not a hero
 
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