You can read whatever take you want; I’m going to avoid commenting on the film itself since I haven’t yet seen it. (I have read a number of reviews and I have spoken at length with a friend who saw the film).
According to many reviews, Moore has quite a spin, and lies outright at times. I’m not going to comment on that, I’m simply going to note this:
Michael Moore has finally decided to take up a special program to loose wight.
The Fahrenheit 9/11 director is said to have enrolled on a crash course at a $3,800-a-week celebrity center, as he intends to lose 5.4 kilograms (12 pounds) during the first three weeks.
The 51-year-old activist and film-maker went to Pritikin Longevity Center And Spa in Aventura, Florida, where he is learning to cook healthy meals and will undergo “life re-education”, according to PageSix.com.
Let’s see… $3800/week, 3 weeks, 12 pounds. That’s $11,400 to shed 12 pounds. A hair under $1000 a pound.
Riddle me this. Can anyone describe any economic system ever conceived by the mind of man, other than free market capitalism that would allow anyone — anyone at all — who values his weight loss at $1000/pound to get the kind of treatment Mr. Moore and other celebrities receive at this spa?
Yes, I’m sure Communism allowed party leaders to get similar treatment, and for “free”, no less. But could the average worker get such treatment? At any price? No chance, unless, of course, you’re referring to the black market which was conducted along evil capitalist lines.
I wouldn’t pay $1000 to drop a pound. Neither, probably, would you. Neither would nearly anyone I can think of. But some people, somewhere, will. To them it’s worth it.
And that’s the beauty of free market capitalism; a willing buyer and a willing seller meet at a price point. Even if the transaction makes no sense to us, it makes sense to them.
It’s called freedom. I like it.