Michael Moore On His Way to Oakland
Update Friday 3:40 p.m. Michael Moore live in Oakland here.
Update Friday 8:05 a.m. Michael Moore is on his way…
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 28, 2011
#OccupyOakland, I am saddened & angry at your treatment by the police. I will come tomorrow to Oakland & stand with you.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 27, 2011
And at the end of an essay Moore wrote on Daily Kos today, he writes this:
“P.S. I will go to Oakland tomorrow afternoon to stand with Occupy Oakland against the out-of-control police.”
The Daily Kos piece, called “Life Among the 1 %, describes how Moore decided to handle his newfound wealth back in 1989. Here’s an excerpt in which he reconciles his financial standing with his politics:
I do very well — and for a documentary filmmaker, I do extremely well. That, too, drives conservatives bonkers. “You’re rich because of capitalism!” they scream at me. Um, no. Didn’t you take Econ 101? Capitalism is a system, a pyramid scheme of sorts, that exploits the vast majority so that the few at the top can enrich themselves more. I make my money the old school, honest way by making things. Some years I earn a boatload of cash. Other years, like last year, I don’t have a job (no movie, no book) and so I make a lot less.
“How can you claim to be for the poor when you are the opposite of poor?!” It’s like asking: “You’ve never had sex with another man — how can you be for gay marriage?!” I guess the same way that an all-male Congress voted to give women the vote, or scores of white people marched with Martin Luther Ling, Jr. (I can hear these righties yelling back through history: “Hey! You’re not black! You’re not being lynched! Why are you with the blacks?!”).
It is precisely this disconnect that prevents Republicans from understanding why anyone would give of their time or money to help out those less fortunate. It is simply something their brain cannot process. “Kanye West makes millions! What’s he doing at Occupy Wall Street?!” Exactly — he’s down there demanding that his taxes be raised. That, to a right-winger, is the definition of insanity. To everyone else, we are grateful that people like him stand up, even if and especially because it is against his own personal financial interest. It is specifically what that Bible those conservatives wave around demands of those who are well off.