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Michael Moore: "Unions are our last line of defense, and they've got to break down that last line so they can get to the point where it's not that the top four hundred wealthy individuals have more than $150 million - they want it to be more than $200 million, $250 million. They want the whole pie."

Michael Moore on The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert, 03/28/11. (image: The Colbert Report)
Michael Moore on The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert, 03/28/11. (image: The Colbert Report)

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+18 # Jim 2011-03-29 23:24
With this unabated proliferation of greed, perhaps it's just a matter of time before Vegas begins taking odds on the return of the guillotine? What finally got those illiterate French folks riled up enough to do something about their situation?
+1 # Doctoretty 2011-03-30 07:21
Talk of violence makes me very upset no matter where it comes from. We are a country of laws and the ballot and we must do everything to keep it that way.
+9 # Anarchist 23 2011-03-30 09:35
We are a country of laws, but the Mega-Rich make and own the laws! I agree with Gandi about violence-it may solve something for the moment but the solution itself never lasts. The only way to beat their game is to start our own. Don't buy from mass marketers, start food co-ops, buy from thrift shops, take public transportation when you can, use bikes, grow gardens, invent an alternate currency-whatev er it takes to drain the life from their life-sucking system. Or violent revolution will be inevitable and in the end seems to replicate the conditions it once opposed-vis Napoleon, Lenin, communist China, and today Imperial America!
+6 # DaveW 2011-03-30 10:26
Doctoretty, "Talk of violence makes me very upset no matter where it comes from." I honestly admire your ethics. But history is rife with incidents that compelled people to violence as the "only" solution. We are still a primitive and warlike species on the whole, not having progressed evolutionarily enough to overcome fundamental responses. We're seeing some of that play out in the Middle East currently. You say "we are a country of laws and the ballot." The essential problem is that those who "make" the laws have been corporately corrupted and the ballot has also been compromised as evidenced in both the 2000 and 2004 elections. If all this sounds like I'm "advocating" violence please don't misunderstand me. I'm not. I'm merely stating that in the course of human history and development violence has more often than not played a substantial role in the determination of key events. Let's both hope it doesn't come to that yet be unsurprised if it does. Sadly, for humanity, "blood" has often been a prime ingredient in the recipe of change. Desperate people "do" deperate things. And from where I'm sitting, from what I'm seeing and hearing, it doesn't take a prophet to determine "desperation" is lurking in the shadows.
+5 # sark 2011-03-30 11:15
Please don't leave out 2008 and 2010 elections as there is clear evidence of ballot count manipulation in both years!
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2011-03-30 17:01
What Ballot?
+5 # Blackrock 2011-03-30 09:44
Nah, I say off with their heads. Doing things the fair and virtuous way (something the other side does not do ever mind you), is such a classic spineless Democrat position. That's why we're on the bottom and the Right keeps trampling on us. So off with their heads, we have to do something as significant that will force their nose in the mess they created.
+17 # ginger wright 2011-03-29 23:50
bless you michael moore
+17 # Hors-D-whores 2011-03-30 02:31
I never miss a chance to see Michael Moore on shows. It was great to see him with another of my favorites, Stephen Colbert.
I think this was one of the best, as Colbert played the bait. It was way fun to watch. Bless them both, they are a treasure.
+19 # sark 2011-03-30 06:03
Michael Moore, I like what you say and the truths you tell but what are your reasons for being silent on the greatest threat facing the people, Election Integrity? All the issues you address would be greatly served if our votes counted as truly cast and we did not vote using electronic machines manufactured and serviced by hard right wing Republican supporting corporations. All our acts of rallies, protests, calls, writings, voting and so on mean little to those who know they can control the election outcome so that the balance of power is always in their favor. Why do you and others with a strong voice in the media ignore this clearly documented issue? If you truly want to address the issues in your films, go to the foundation of the problem and work to get rid of the machines that determine the outcome of an election no matter how the voters cast their votes. The real revolution would start with honest elections. Then our revolution would have real impact instead of the occasional win to give the illusion of victory. Please Michael, please voters, start addressing the integrity of our elections because that is the foundation of our power and strength.
+13 # genierae 2011-03-30 06:07
Thank you Stephen and Michael, two of my favorite people! Each in their own way lift up the spirits of those of us who have no national voice, and they fight the good fight against empire. They are living proof that wealthy men can also be good men, who care about the common good. In truth, they are wealthy in the only way that really matters. A big heart is infinitely more important than a big bank account.
+5 # Rita Walpole Ague 2011-03-30 06:52
Thanks again, St. Michael! And, in reply to alcornc, do you really want info. on the greed addicted, villainaire rulers' ability to loophole their way out of paying any taxes, thereby, in reality, placing them in an entirely different tax percentage ranking than the middle class or poor? And do you really want to know what actual regressive taxation does to sooooo many (i.e. sales tax on essentials is a mere speck on the books of the wealthiest, while it devastates the poor)?

Or, are you on a mission to manipulate the actual facts, with all things taken into consideration, and karlrove us RSN readers with actual misinformation?
-2 # Tiffany 2011-03-30 07:29
Hello and thank you Michael for being a grand spokesman for all of us. My only problem with what is going on today . . . is our city government who are like the wealthy 400 with our police and fire unions. When those union workers retire many of them leave after 20 years with a million dollar pay out and more than their salary as a pension for life. This is of course taken from our tax dollars. I have loved unions until these unions. The majority of those workers do not want to live in our town and the police often treat residents with little respect. I know state government unions are not the same, so what are we to do about some and it may be more than my city alone . . . city governments? Help us with this one too!
+4 # Anarchist 23 2011-03-30 09:38
A million dollar payout-where do you live? OTOH, these people have pledged their lives to help us-somehow I doubt your statistics but not their committment.fur htermore, if we shook the piggy bank of the Mega Rich, working people in this country could have a decent standard of living, not one that leaves most of working people one paycheck away from disaster!
+10 # Ronv 2011-03-30 07:30
Whether it is the King of Egypt or Marie Antoinette, things normally do not end well for those who take the whole pie for themselves while the country suffers.
+9 # Bernadette 2011-03-30 07:35
Dear Michael, Inspite of your vast wealth, you still speak up for 'every man, woman and child' who voices are being drowned out by the very Rich, Right, Republicans and Tea Party. Thanks much!
+11 # fredboy 2011-03-30 07:58
Physics teaches us for every action there is an equal reaction.

The opponents of unions saw weakness, and ways to attack that weakness. They knew unions no longer had the resolve and support from the general working population they once had. So they attacked.

What they did not recognize was the deeper feeling of distrust and resentment that has developed during the past 11 years in America. And that their actions have likely given birth to a far more compelling and powerful set of counter forces. I predict a series of new movements and far more creative actions from worker and retired communities. All it will take is the shifting of all the anger, anguish, and hurt to dynamic courage.
+6 # Pat Pickren 2011-03-30 08:44
Bravo! Bravo! Woohoo!!! Wonderful, wonderful! I hope Viacom doesn't bar Michael from coming on Stephen's show in the future and that they realize what a National Treasure both these men are.
+1 # PhilO 2011-03-30 08:53
I watched this the other night.

Although MM was spot-on, I wish that Colbert would shut up a bit and let his guests speak without continually interrupting them.

Yes, Steven, we know you're very smart, very clever and very funny... but what's the point of having a guest if no one can hear what they have to say?!!!
0 # AndreM5 2011-03-30 09:20
As you say, Colbert interrupts ALL of his guests. They get such a short segment that they can't get a word in edgewise. Colbert likes to hear his own clever lines more than what the guests have to say. Sound bite TV.
+8 # todd williams 2011-03-30 09:09
I wonder why the powerful upper class in this country continues to ignore the shrinking middle class and the growing underclass while revolution sparks in the Mideast? Do they really think it couldn't happen here? As high school and college graduation rates continue to slide, jobs continue to disappear, and real wages continue to shrink, Americans will become more and more upset with the status quo. The emergence of the dissatisfied, although misdirected, Tea Party shows there is a growing undercurrent of revolution in this country. Beware. It can happen in America.
+9 # Ken Hall 2011-03-30 09:45
The powerful upper class, when the revolt starts, will get in their private jets and fly off to one of their homes in Switzerland, the Caribbean, Tahiti, & etc, and wait for the Nat'l Guard to put down the insurrection. Sorry to be so cynical. Democracy requires vigilance, and for the citizenry to inform themselves and make intelligent choices, and I don't see that happening in the US. The TPers are a case in point. Our best hope may be a Constitutional amendment that denies personhood to corporations. Thom Hartman has some very good articles and videos about how it happened and how corporate personhood has taken over and subverted the US gov't. "Inside Job" is another good critique. Power to the People, We the People!
+4 # lisa d. 2011-03-30 11:38
Quoting todd williams:
I wonder why the powerful upper class in this country continues to ignore the shrinking middle class and the growing underclass while revolution sparks in the Mideast? Do they really think it couldn't happen here? As high school and college graduation rates continue to slide, jobs continue to disappear, and real wages continue to shrink, Americans will become more and more upset with the status quo. The emergence of the dissatisfied, although misdirected, Tea Party shows there is a growing undercurrent of revolution in this country. Beware. It can happen in America.

i disagree ... Americans are too preoccupied with petty cr*p to put up a fight .. sigh
+1 # Dspauldingva 2011-04-02 08:37
Very true! The middle class has NO representation. Unfortunately unions (while corrupt themselves) are the last form of any representation against (an equally corrupt) government. Either way, we need to come to the reality that what is left of the middle class will always pay more. Sort of a debtors prison. I am very suspicious of the TEA party. Just a third side of the duopoly in DC.
+7 # genierae 2011-03-30 09:56
todd williams: I don't think the Tea Party is misdirected, I think they are snobs and bigots. It seems to me that they were formed because a black man was elected president. Their protests were overtly racist, they were almost all white and upper-class in income. Then they were co-opted by the corporate Republicans and used to shout down the town halls of Democrats. Now they are engaged in D.C. to keep Republicans in congress from working with Dems to find a reasonable compromise. They would rather shut down the US government than compromise on anything. This small, mean-spirited minority is controlling our government, and getting away with it.

Michael Moore was right when he said that Stephen Colbert is at the mercy of Viacom. If the big shots there decide that he is too anti-corporate, and they can find a conservative substitute that makes as much money, he's history.
+2 # angelfish 2011-03-30 14:32
America is waking from her stupor as evidenced by the rebellion in Wisconsin and elsewhere. The Bullies don't have much time left now that the PEOPLE are finally aware of what the REAL agenda of the ReTHUGlicans has been for the last thirty plus years! They have INSIDIOUSLY loaded our Congress and SCOTUS with incompetent "Me First-ers" and shills for the Koch brothers, et al, who want to bring us BACK to a Feudal System of Government, which means, the Workers (us) have to go, hat in hand, to the OWNERS (them). Not satisfied with our Sack Lunch, they want our Breakfast and Dinner too! NO MORE! They WILL be recalled and VOTED out ASAP! If GOD is just, and I know HE is, we shall overcome these dark days in American History. May God continue to Bless Michael Moore, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Lawrence O'Donnell for their honesty and bravery in the face of vitriolic and mendacious attacks by Hacks from the far Right and their minions at "Fixed" News.
+4 # KittatinyHawk 2011-03-30 17:09
I hope all of you are going to be in on the Marches this weekend for our American Families.
This is a good way to be counted. Mr Moore was with Move On when he went to Wisconsin. You can actually join the AFL-CIO as a union Family to prove a point.

So instead of being here, why not show Solidarity with Americans and get involved this Weekend.

I am not promoting any organization RSN, but your News has brought awareness, I am letting your Readers know there are ways to Step Up to the Plate. Otherwise these Comments are not worth the space they take up. People want Revolution, Let us count your heads with the rest of were not with us before. Most of the Move On Events are found within 50 miles. They also help you to have your own.
+2 # Heidi Jung 2011-03-31 06:17

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