Documentary filmmaker and tragedy-profiteer Michael Moore has long been a proponent of socialism. So much so in fact, that not long ago he was heralding Venezuela as a prime example of how socialism can work far better than capitalism.
Hugo Chavez declared the oil belonged 2 the ppl. He used the oil $ 2 eliminate 75% of extreme poverty, provide free health & education 4 all
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) March 6, 2013
Of course that Tweet didn’t age too well. Venezuela has now experienced hyper-inflation of a staggering 48,8865 percent. Not only that, food has become so scarce that there have been reports of citizens killing and eating stray dogs as well as stealing zoo animals for meat to avoid starving to death as store shelves are completely empty.
But it seems perhaps on some level Michael Moore knows how bad socialism really is.
According to court documents, Michael Moore doesn’t even pay his personal taxes, so one must wonder how he thinks all the free stuff in a socialist utopia actually gets paid for.
Moore’s ex-wife is suing him for withholding payments due to her for her work on several of his movies. According to her petition filed with the New York Supreme Court, Moore claimed a negative income of $350,862 in 2014 and a total income of negative $221,025 in 2016.
It seems odd that a man worth $50 million who flies around the country, often in a private jet and takes a convoy of SUV’s to various TV interviews actually makes a negative income. How in the world can you make no money yet live such a jet-set lifestyle?
So maybe it’s just that Moore still believes in socialism over capitalism, he just doesn’t like paying his taxes and making money?
Nope. He seems to love the very capitalist markets that he often rails against. Peter Schweizer, author of the wildly popular and explosive book Clinton Cash, also looked into Moore’s finances. In Moore’s schedule D from one of his tax filings it shows that Moore owned almost 2,000 shares of Boeing, nearly 1,000 shares of Sonoco, more than 4,000 shares of Best Foods, more than 3,000 shares of Eli Lilly, more than 8,000 shares of Bank One, and more than 2,000 shares of Halliburton.
As you can see, many of those companies are in industries that Moore attacks in his films. The pharmaceutical industry, defense contractors, and big banks. Even oil companies.
So for a man who spends a great deal of time promoting socialism, Moore sure seems entrenched in our “evil” capitalist society and seems to be profiting quite well from it…..all while refusing to pay his personal taxes and traveling the country promoting a socialist agenda and higher taxes for everybody else.
But it seems Moore may have been a trendsetter and has inspired a whole new breed of “socialists” who preach socialism but instead reap the rewards of capitalism.
For example, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the darling of the progressive left seems to be Michael Moore 2.0. She claims socialism is the answer to all of society’s failings, all the while raising millions of dollars and posing with hourly workers while she wears $3500 designer outfits to a construction site.
At least Michael Moore had the self-awareness to wear inexpensive clothes in public while promoting his phony anti-capitalist views, a certain self-awareness that seems to be lost on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
So I suppose if there is a silver lining to this recent explosion in socialist rhetoric, it’s that most of the people leading the charge don’t actually believe in any of it themselves.
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