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" You know we are flawed people, so if someone is going to make a movie about me, they don't have to make it up. My real flaws are much funnier. "
" How do you deliver democracy to a country? You don't do it down the barrel of a gun. That's not how you deliver it. "
" I'm caught up probably just as much in the consumer culture as the next person. "
" Middle class jobs prevent crime and violence. "
" WikiLeaks, God bless them, will save lives as a result of their actions. "
" When the women's liberation movement began, when people began protesting against the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, at the beginning of those movements, the majority of the country was not with them, did not believe in the basic principles of any of those philosophies. "
" What I'm asking for is a new economic order. I don't know how to construct that; I'm not an economist. "
" Listen friends, you have to face the truth: You are never going to be rich... The system is rigged in favor of the few, and your name is not among them, not now and not ever. "
" I like America to some extent. "
" When you come from the working class and you do well enough whereby you can provide a little bit better for your family, get a decent roof over their head and send them to a good school, that's considered a good thing. "
" Most Americans are very responsible. "
" Capitalism would have never let me be a filmmaker, living in Flint, Michigan with a high school education. I was going to have to make that happen myself. "
" L.A. - talk about a cruel city: Patients are forcibly removed from hospitals. "
" I'm not a proselytizer. I was raised Catholic. I am a Catholic. "
I Was Raised
" Greed has been with human beings forever. We have a number of things in our species that you would call 'the dark side,' and greed is one of them. If you don't put certain structures in place or restrictions on those parts of our being that come from that dark place, then it gets out of control. "
" Sometimes it's important to vote - you know, to make a statement, to make a point; certainly, many of us who were involved in the Nader campaign in 2000 felt that way. "
" Nobody has been arrested on Wall Street for the crash of 2008. They're not paying their fair share of the taxes. And now with the Citizens United case of the Supreme Court, they get to buy politicians up out in the open. "
" Building up the arms did not cause the fall of Eastern Europe. "
" They said VCRs would kill the movies; it didn't. "
" Here's what I don't think works: An economic system that was founded in the 16th century and another that was founded in the 19th century. I'm tired of this discussion of capitalism and socialism; we live in the 21st century; we need an economic system that has democracy as its underpinnings and an ethical code. "
" We should all spend some time of our life doing service to our country. To me, I would give up a couple of years. "
" No decisions should ever be made without asking the question, is this for the common good? "
" There's no violence coming from the Occupy protesters. "
" Occupy has to continue as a bold, in-your-face movement - occupying banks, corporate headquarters, board meetings, campuses and Wall Street itself. We need weekly - if not daily - nonviolent assaults right on Wall Street. "
" A newspaper is a public trust, and we will suffer as a society without them. It is not the Internet that has killed them. It is their own greed, it is their own stupidity, and it is capitalism that has taken our daily newspapers from us. "
" I mean if politics was my main motivation I would be doing politics. But I'm a filmmaker. "
" I don't 'support the troops' or any of those other hollow and hypocritical platitudes uttered by Republicans and frightened Democrats. Here's what I do support: I support them coming home. I support them being treated well. "
" I still believe the lessons I learned when I was raised in a Roman Catholic household. Like, it's harder for a rich man to get into Heaven than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. "
" Television has its own award. It's called the Emmy. It's a good award. I like it. I have one. But you don't see movies like 'The King's Speech' win Oscars and then go to TV and qualify for Emmys. In documentaries, some networks have been able to game the system. "
" There should be no private health insurance companies operating for profit. "
" There's only one movie theater in the entire city of Detroit. The entire city has one open movie theater, and it is in the - it is in the General Motors headquarters complex. "