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Intro: In an interview with Amy Goodman, Michael Moore calls for a renewed pro-democracy movement as anti-union bills are approved in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Portrait, Michael Moore, 04/03/09. (photo: Ann-Christine Poujoulat/Getty)
Portrait, Michael Moore, 04/03/09. (photo: Ann-Christine Poujoulat/Getty)

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+8 # DPM 2011-03-10 23:52
I'll be in Lansing on the 15th and Traverse City on the 19th. Enough is enough!
+2 # DaveO Alaska 2011-03-11 00:39
Michigan yesterday explained- The corporate coup-
+7 # Ken Hall 2011-03-11 03:01
Amazing guy, Michael is, incisively gets to the core of corrupt practice and exposes its soft underbody. A general strike would make a huge statement right now. You gonna be on the picket lines? At the demonstrations?
+4 # Christine A Jubic 2011-03-11 08:23
Also there are those who believe now that climate change DOES NOT MATTER cause they know we have the technology to reverse it. See HAARP.
+3 # John Henry 2011-03-11 09:46
Michael, why won't you hire union workers and techies on your movie gigs?
+3 # DaveW. 2011-03-11 11:23
John Henry, A fair question if that is indeed the case. I also have questioned both Moore's wealth and his hiring practices. But what you are doing here is essentially using a "red herring" tactic. Moore aside, NO ONE can excuse the Republican party's attack on rank and file, blue collar America, whilst simultaneously protecting and enriching the very CRIMINALS in both the Corporate and Financial spheres who have caused the nation irreparable harm since a washed up actor with delusions of grandeur and a destructive, pathological paranoia with Communism took office. The "REAL" issue here is why? Aren't the rich and powerful satiated enough? Any serious student of human history or psychology can answer that question. America was built and defended by "calloused hands." Not by "silly putty" men playing polo or drinking martinis at the country club. This IS "class warfare." And, as in any war, a person has to take a side at some point. I'd concern myself less with Moore at this stage John Henry and more with myself if I were you.
+7 # josé wellington 2011-03-11 10:26
Only fascists or dictatorship governments need mass controls. One way to silence people and avoid protests is deny union workers rights to expression or complaints.
+4 # DaveW. 2011-03-11 11:01
Marx once said that all of life essentially boiled down to class warfare. He was right of course. The Conservatives have been trying to undo essential protective and rights enabling effects of both the New Deal and the Great Society for decades now. There plans for world domination are well laid out in The Project for a New American Century. Using fear as a prime motivator they first "manufactured" a pair of wars designed to both unite, than split the people of the U.S. Stoke primal fear with continued threats of internal and external strife, i.e. crime, Muslims,Mexican s,Gays,Women's reproductive rights,Public Union employees. De-regulate the business community and financial sectors and disembowel EPA and the Endangered Species Act. Attack both Medicare and Social Security as "cost inefficient", manipulate electronic voting apparatus, promote "gun ownership" as a means of protection against aforementioned threats. In the midst of this turmoil, Americans consumed by the spoils of Capitalism would be easy prey for the stealth slide into Fascism. The rich get richer, which they are doing at exponential rates. The poor get poorer and even less empowered to gain a foothold in society. And the Middle Class begins a slow death march into oblivion leaving an oligarchic ruling class which is basically left to "police itself." Marx, quite honestly, has been vilified enough.
+2 # Anarchist 23 2011-03-11 11:02
'Workers of the World Unite-You have nothing to lose but your chains!' After the Depression and with the reforms FDR brought in, people thought 'It can't happen here-every again' but over 40 years (dating from JFK assasination-fi rst coup de etat in my lifetime) we have been steadily diminished. Voting for Obama (OBombO?) and 'hiope' did basically nothing to change the downard spiral. The choice is clear-fight or-emigrate? the second choice is Not an option for most. Shut It Down!!!!
+1 # Tom Camfield 2011-03-11 11:45
Damned straight!
-10 # HO 2011-03-11 13:22
MM is just a speaker for the Democratic party. I don't think he wants radical change, he is using this union conflict to fight the Republicans but he is not for real change.
0 # Gary in Midwest 2011-03-12 21:33
Let's get our perspective on this: the problem is not corporations, per se. We NEED corporations, we need them to grow, to employ, to produce the goods and services that our ever-expanding population needs to survive. Our survival as a species depends on corporations. Do away with them, curtail their ability to grow and I assure you that a good portion of the starving masses of the world will descend on Michael Moore's doorstep and every other person of affluence and trust me-- Michael won't be the affable champion of workers rights in that situation, nor would any of us. The problem here is that the political power of corporations has become unchecked. To check this out-of-control power, we need a Corporate Bill of Rights in this country. It should define and promote a healthy relationship between corporation and worker, between the upper class and the lower class if you will. The Bill should allow corporations to grow and prosper at the same time allowing workers to grow and prosper. The Bill should have teeth behind it. The law. Michael Moore can write that Bill as good or better than anybody. He'll be fair, too. Draft it Michael.

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