The Jury Talks Back


What’s Capitalism Done For You?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 5:46 am

The above title is a direct quote of a question asked of me by a co-worker, after it was mentioned by him about how the new Moore movie was ‘awesome’.  I forget his exact wording, but it was praising the hack at any rate.

I commented that Moore was highly dishonest and played fast and loose with both facts, time lines, and enjoyed using clever editing tricks to build support for his arguments.

There was no real response to my claim, for the simple reason that there cannot be – it is a provable fact that Moore’s talent lies not so much in “hunting up the truth” as it does in “baffling them with bullshit”.

Bowling for Columbine alone is a wealth of factual errors and editing tricks to make things sound worse than they were (the Heston segments highlight this wonderfully).

Anyways, after a couple of short moments, he asked me – with all apparent seriousness – “Yeah, well what’s capitalism done for you lately?”

You mean besides provide me a job and a paycheck?

It astounds me that people don’t seem to understand that business in this country runs on capitalism and free-market – you provide a good or service at a price the people buying from you can afford, and which pays your costs to produce that good/service plus a little something extra for you  to put in the bank.  That is how the system works.  If you’re lucky, you have something people want to buy, and you make a bunch of money off of it, and are even able to hire other people to do the real work for you.

I suspect this guy wasn’t actually so stupid as to not realize what utter stupidity came out of his idiot-hole, because he immediately said “I don’t wanna talk about this”, which is code for “I am utterly unable to defend my position, so we’re going to walk away from any further potentially embarrassing discussion.

I remained, however, floored.  Seriously, dude who has a paying job bitching about “what’s capitalism done for you?”  What, do he think that the C word is supposed to make money magically appear in your account?  That it is supposed to GIVE you stuff you want without effort?

I suppose that if that was what he thought/been taught about The C Word, then I would understand why he held such disdain for it.

He’s still a complete moron, however, and the fact that he votes frightens me.

“The best argument against democracy is five minutes with the average voter.”


  1. A belated retort…it’s not what capitalism does for you, it’s what capitalism allows you to do. Socialism and communism are all about what you can’t do.

    Comment by political agnostic — 10/26/2009 @ 5:59 pm

  2. As an adjunct to #1 above:

    Capitalism leaves me alone to succeed or fail on my own merits.

    Comment by Dr. K — 10/27/2009 @ 3:22 am

  3. That’s the problem, I suspect. Guy’s a moron, and working at a restaurant. I think he blames Capitalism for that, and instead think that it is supposed to magically make him rich.

    Bet you he makes more a paycheck than I do… Wonder how he’d react in my taking some of his, to make it more fair…

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 10/27/2009 @ 5:17 am

  4. All right… all right… but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order and a job and a paycheck, what has capitalism ever done for us?

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 10/28/2009 @ 10:05 pm

  5. Provided a system where I can get stuff I want without having to beat up somebody so I can take it from them?

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 10/28/2009 @ 10:30 pm

  6. Capitalism has done nothing..except provide the highest standard of living for the highest number of people in human existence.

    Comment by gahrie — 10/31/2009 @ 4:11 pm

  7. I can tell you right now, capitalism has made Michael Moore a rich man!

    Comment by Shane Plebuch — 11/2/2009 @ 3:26 pm

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