"I once saw an interview with director Michael Moore of*Roger & Me*fame where he juxtaposed two images. One image*depicted a destroyed building which*had been hit by a U.S.*smart bomb*somewhere on the other side of the planet. In the other image were buildings in similar states of destruction here in the United States, except these structures had not been destroyed by any weapon. They were*the aftermath of abandoned factories and businesses in a community. Moore’s point was that purely economic decisions can have costs and lead to suffering just as destructive as any explosive dropped out of the sky. But*we drive past those empty storefronts and broken buildings*every day and accept it as normal.

One*of the big questions presented in*Roger & Me*is whether a company or corporation owes anything to its workers and the places where it resides, beyond payment for services rendered.*The auto industry, and General Motors in particular, has*been steeped in the*symbolism*of the American economy*and ideas surrounding the “American Dream.” But*if a business exists to make a profit*and sustain those*profits, should we really be outraged (or surprised)*when*that entity makes decisions which go against the interests of American workers, just to make a little more? An interesting aspect of the reaction to the film is a lot of people are more disturbed by*skinned rabbitsthan poor*people being thrown out of their homes and into the streets. And in the 30 years since the documentary, the*things which were shocking in 1989 have become commonplace*in our day-to-day lives.*A*globalized*world with*offshoring and outsourcing, where*Amazon treats its workers like dirt,*has*slid*more and more toward*the absurdities of Reaganomics greed that then-General Motors chairman and CEO*Roger Smith*embodied*as he quoted Charles Dickens and espoused the Christmas spirit while laying waste to the Michigan economy."


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