Alex Jones and Steven Crowder agree with Michael Moore’s definition of capitalism

All in the name of being ‘anti-libertarian.’

Conspiracy theorist talk host Alex Jones and conservative comedian Steven Crowder want to make one thing clear: They are anti-libertarian.

Why? Because libertarians believe in capitalism and free markets which has led to big government and big business being in cahoots. Or something.

They explain here:

It did not take long for Libertarian Dave Smith to point out the obvious:

Exactly. Libertarians have been saying this forever. As one commenter noted:

Also, I mean…

Clearly libertarians have been saying this from the dawn of time. We are often the only ones saying it.

Still, the funniest thing about this clip is that Jones and Crowder sound like what progressive documentarian Michael Moore calls capitalism.

In 2009, Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story documentary had been released and he was out promoting it.

Back then being libertarian was super cool. The whole Ron Paul phenomenon had just exploded during the 2008 presidential election and the Tea Party movement was taking shape. If trying to be edgy on the Right in 2022 means hating on libertarianism, the exact opposite was true a decade ago.

Just ask Alex Jones.

In that 2009 setting, a student wearing a Coca-Cola-style “Capitalism” shirt had a question for Moore during a Q&A: “I appreciate what you said a little bit earlier about how you’re concerned with, really, this corporate welfare system.”

“What I’m kind of questioning is why do you call your film ‘Capitalism: A Love Story’ and that you’re not actually attacking corporatism, which, in my opinion, is really what the problem is,” he said.

The student continued, “Extremely wealthy individuals, big businesses have such a heavy hand in government. I mean, we have government officials appointed who were working for Goldman Sachs.”

The student later said, “Realistically, is a system of private property and a free market, which is capitalism, really a problem? Or is the fact that we’re giving too much power to government and too much power to those who are working within government…”

Moore stopped the student and replied: “We don’t really have a free market.”

BINGO!

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“We don’t have free enterprise,” Moore continued. “As much as I say that we do.”

Implying that big business uses government to eliminate market choice and competition, Moore explained, “See, these people, these wealthy, these corporations, they don’t really like competition. They don’t like us having a choice. They like monopolies. Their nirvana is if they were the only car company. Or the only airline.”

Moore went on, “It’s odd isn’t it that these people who say so much that they believe in our way of life actually believe in a system where they don’t want us to have a choice.”

“They admire the Old Soviet way,” he added, ending his admission to the student that the corporatism he calls “capitalism” and true free markets are different and distinct.

At the time, it was kind of amusing to hear a socialist filmmaker compare crony capitalists to old school communists.

This week it was amusing to hear Alex Jones and Steven Crowder sound just like Michael Moore in how they define capitalism.

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Jack Hunter
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Jack Hunter is a freelance writer, the co-author of Sen. Rand Paul’s 2011 book ‘The Tea Party Goes to Washington’ and the editor of the libertarian news site Liberty Tree, published by Sen. Paul’s campaign.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The issue is that Libertarians have been and are complacent and have allowed what has taken place, in a naïve way by ignoring those who would/will wield and the government power to either benefit themselves, to help corps or interfere in the market in the name of social welfare. Libertarians have no recourse on how to counter it so they ignore it and even push back on thoughts of countering it saying “no, no the market will fix itself”, that’s only if no one interferes in the process, yet the government does interfere. The libertarians who have spoken out against it have done no work other than writing essays that circled amongst themselves about it. It is quite obvious that capitalism will fix itself does not apply any longer, as capitalism is now a corrupted shell of itself, with the various government programs and subsidies.

    The only people act to counter it in some way are the conservative, not to mention many Libertarians like in the Libertarian party will sell themselves out to win even if it’s a minor win. And I say this as a Libertarian-Conservative, this article offers nothing of substance other than internet smack, and idiotic comparison to Moore (oh look this person agrees with this other person!). All the while offering nothing to counter, oppose or do, other than continue to be complacent because some big names are on the internet talking about something or other. Doesn’t help that some self-described libertarians are in favor of the radical left-wing push, are unable to act due to their ideals which makes them complacent yet hope quietly for change, or are not completely understanding the issues at hand like Reason and others in some circumstances. But are Steven and Alex wrong about this? NO.

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