The essay "The Documentary 'Capitalism' by Michael Moore Analysis" discusses what important social problems the documentary "Capitalism" highlights and analyses the examples that are used to uncover these problems.
Throughout history, the United States has been known for its wealth and high standard of living for its citizens. While these luxuries are often attributed to the economic system of the U.S., capitalism, there is a darker side to capitalism that is often forgotten. Michael Moore’s documentary, 'Capitalism' investigates these darker sides to challenge the idea that capitalism is the ideal economic system.
While the film uses the late-2000s financial crisis and the recovery stimulus as a foundation, it also discusses the current detriments of the economic system in the United States. Moore begins with a portrayal of the mass foreclosures experienced by the American middle class, their cause, and implications. He also addresses the nominal wages and benefits of many middle-class workers at the expense of large salaries and benefits for the rich. He moves on to Wall Street’s role in the social issues caused by capitalism and the influence of corporations in political policy.
The overall tone of the movie shines a negative light on capitalism as it uncovers its negative consequences including extreme greed. Moore discusses the benefits felt by capitalism in years past and how the system began to decline. Moore raises interesting problems that question whether social justice can thrive in a capitalist society.