I have a hard time understanding how anybody believes Michael Moore. After sitting through three of his documentaries, including Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Capitalism: A Love Story, I don’t know why anybody really takes him very seriously. His pushing of real conspiracy theories over 9/11 really do challenge all credulity, and I say this knowing not all my readers will agree. Nevertheless, Moore appeared in Oakland to rally the Occupy crowd on Friday. According to reports from the scene, the Moore was mobbed. For me, this raises two questions of some importance: Did none of them notice Moore is part of the one percent they claim to oppose? If they believe Michael Moore, is there any point in talking to the Occupiers? My answers to both questions may surprise you, but then again, perhaps not.
I doubt that the Occupiers really have any sense of what constitutes the “one percenters” they claim are the problem, but more importantly, I think they conveniently issue a political pass to those among the so-called one percent willing to kiss their feet and claim solidarity with them. It’s a basic symptom of an ideological self-contradiction that permits them to ignore this dichotomy between their stated complaints and their acceptance of radical leftists who happen also to be rich. Roseanne Barr? Rich, yes, but on their side? You bet. Susan Sarandon? Oh yes, mightily rich, but they don’t seem to want to eat her. Michael Moore? Well, he’s “down for the cause” or whichever trendy saying they’re using these days. George Soros? Ah, well, now you see, they feel some unease about Mr. Soros, which is probably the reason why despite funding almost all of the organizations involved in this Marxist Mosh-Pit, he has stayed well away. The Occupiers really don’t like having to explain away their Soros connections, their Tides Foundation connections, their Adbuster affiliations, or anything else to do with Mr. Soros. This may be too big a contradiction even for them to talk out of existence, so instead, they simply ignore it and claim they have nothing whatever to do with Soros.
Since these people believe in Michael Moore, I suspect that for those of the type to do so, there isn’t much point in talking. Frankly, it’s my conclusion that Moore’s dishonesty is perhaps best exhibited in Bowling for Columbine. This anti-gun, anti-right screed is nothing short of ludicrous in its proposals and in its reporting. When a person can tell you they support the man who produced such a piece of “work,” you know almost reflexively that you’re not going to be able to reason with them in any meaningful way. The way in which Chuck Heston was treated and portrayed by dishonest editing is one of the greatest bits of personal assassination ever committed to film, never mind submitted to the world as a “documentary.” If you’ve not seen these ridiculous propaganda pieces, I’d urge you to do so if for no other reason than opposition research. Debunking them should provide you an opportunity to learn just who some of the members of Occupy really are, and what they are prone to believe.
It’s small wonder that they could be led to believe that all their problems lay at the feet of big business and Wall Street, but most particularly, those evil bankers. Simplistic arguments of that sort always appeal to those who are most easily conned by the Michael Moores of the world. It’s simple: You create some bogeyman, assign them all the blame, find some mechanism by which to throttle them, and call it a day. Nice, simple, and without effort, particularly intellectual, but nevertheless wrong. I can’t help but feel a little sympathy for them as they come along with all their excuses for believing Michael Moore while hating Peter Schiff. It’s an astonishing demonstration of who they are, what they believe, and whether it is even fruitful to hold a discussion with them. The answer is firmly “no.” When you ask them: “How is it that you have occupied a private park for nearly two months,” their answer is likely to be something absurd and naive. None of them at the so-called “organic” level can tell you, and they’re not generally curious enough to care. That should be your first clue.