Michael Moore's Roger & Me Essay

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Michael Moore's Roger & Me

Roger & Me is a documentary film chronicling the workings of one of the world’s largest corporations, General Motors, as it nearly turns its hometown of Flint, Michigan, into a ghost town. In his quest to discover why GM's management and board of directors would do such a thing, filmmaker Michael Moore, a Flint native, attempts to meet the chairman, Roger Smith, and invite him out for a few beers up in Flint to "talk things over." Moore is the son of a Flint autoworker and a whole family of autoworkers. Roger & Me examines how Moore's hometown of Flint is affected when General Motors closes down a series of factories in order to set up production in Mexico. The town is devastated, economically and spiritually,
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Flint, Michigan, it seems, is no longer part of the GM plan. To GM's board, Flint is not very important anymore, it does not need Flint at this point. The board believes it is in GM’s best interest to get the lower priced workers from Mexico, therefore hurting Flint.

This is an example of the conflicts between what workers want and what their employers want. The textbook says, "It is inherent in the process of profit making and places workers and their employers in opposing positions." (pg. 182) The company just wants to make money and to build there new factories and invest in these new endeavors, is good for the company. GM is making more money. Where the workers obviously want to keep their jobs and not have GM move plants to Mexico.

That is one of my inherent problems with capitalism. Capitalism is not for the benefit of all humans, it is for the benefit of the directors, management, and the owners of these huge companies. GM would not have lost money if it kept the Flint plants open. Nevertheless, the GM board of directors chose to close them and essentially ruin the city. It is clear that GM's board of directors cared only for making more and more money, for attaining the greedy goal of profit maximization, while neglecting the
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