Michael Moore’s anti-capitalism rants would make one think that he does not believe in the basic principles of capitalism. Yet, when the very divisive documentary film-maker went to divorce court in July, it became apparent that capitalism was working for him. He’s worth millions of dollars, and some of them are on a lakefront property that was worth over a million by itself.
Film-maker Moore, 60, made his name for anti-establishment politics with Capitalism: A Love Story (2009) and Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) – gaining a multi-million dollar fortune in the process.
Michael Moore is without a doubt one of the richest individuals in mainstream media, estimated to be worth about fifty million dollars. This fact may call into question his staunchly anti-capitalist views.
Moore wed his now ex-wife, Kathleen Glynn, in Flint, Michigan, in the year 1991. They were married twenty-two years and then separated for a time before their divorce became finalized in July 2014. During that court proceeding, the couple’s marital assets were laid out in plain view — and it’s difficult to reconcile some of Moore’s beliefs with the way that Moore himself lives.
Besides a 1.2 million dollar home in northern Michigan, Moore owns a New York apartment. Moore admitted in the legal proceedings that Ms. Glynn’s spending had led to “serious financial losses” during their 22 year marriage. In court documents, Moore said that in 2011 the pair had agreed that he take responsibility for signing the couple’s checks since the spending was an issue. His wife was a co-producer in several of his documentaries.
Ironically, during the proceedings, Moore cited media reports from 2011 that had publicized renovations to the expansive property owned by the director, who had in his films described capitalism as an “evil” that should be “eliminated.”
Moore has also been a staunch critic of what he views as lax American gun laws, yet has had several bodyguards who were armed with guns, including a bodyguard who was arrested in an airport for carrying an unlicensed weapon.
Now, Moore is under heavy fire (pun intended) for his rants about the box-office smash “American Sniper.” He took to Twitter to give his views on Snipers in general.
“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse.”
Those are heavy words that were no doubt going to get a massive reaction, and they did. The question remains: who is Michael Moore really? Does he truly believe the views he espouses? Or is it part of a money-making scheme that has served him well thus far?
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