Michael Moore: I Am Not Part of the One Percent; I Am Not Worth Millions

Oct. 26, 2011

“[E]ven though I do well … I am devoting my life to those who have less and who have been crapped upon by the system. And that’s how I spend my time, my energy, my money on trying to up-end this system that I think is a system of violence…”

In this interview Tuesday, Michael Moore got somewhat heated when CNN host Piers Morgan asked for him to admit that he’s part of the 1%. Moore stumbled trying to defend his wealth while at the same time make an argument that Capitalism has nothing to do with his stockpile of dough.

Take a look at the exchange between Morgan and Moore:

Morgan: I need you to admit the bleeding obvious. I need you to sit here and say, I’m in the 1 percent, because it’s important.

Moore: Well, I can’t. Because I’m not.

Morgan: Because the validity of your argument – you are, though.

Moore: No, I’m not. I’m not.

Morgan: You’re not in the 1 percent?

Moore: Of course I’m not. How can I be in the 1 percent?

Morgan: Because you’re worth millions.

Moore: No, that’s not true. Listen, I do really well. I do well. But what’s the point, though? Isn’t that –

Morgan: I do, because I find it more interesting if you’re in the 1 percent because I think you probably are.

Moore: Yes. Yes.

Morgan: You qualify.

Moore: Right.

Morgan: That you are railing against a lot of capitalist ideals.

Moore: Well, then if you believe that about me, then that’s really something, isn’t it?

Morgan: No, I’m asking if you accept that.

Moore: That even – that even though – that even though I do well, that I don’t associate myself with those who do well, I am devoting my life to those who have less and who have been crapped upon by the system. And that’s how I spend my time, my energy, my money on trying to up-end this system that I think is a system of violence, it’s a system that’s unfair to the average working person of this country.

You tell us: Is Moore part of “the 1%?”