Marble Halls & Silver Screens With Sarah Lee Ep. 17: The 'Collusion Report Spins, Knives Out Surprises, And Hollywood Socialism Stupefies' Edition

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We are apparently not going to be rid of the push to adopt and embrace socialism any time soon if Hollywood actors with enormous cultural influence don’t stop erroneously slamming the very system — capitalism — that allowed them to thrive.

Mark Ruffalo, who appeared in “Avengers:Endgame” and the new “Dark Waters”, is an ardent supporter of socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and felt compelled to retweet a really misguided Time magazine article on moving the Overton window while calling for an economic revolution to overthrow capitalism.

Ruffalo, who likely never would have made it in his chosen profession under a utopian-idealized socialist system because talent doesn’t mean as much when central planners are picking winners and losers, seems to agree with the basic premise of the Time article: that elites are capitalists and they’re destroying the underclasses.

But, whether he knows it and can’t admit it or is just extraordinarily obtuse, Ruffalo and his Hollywood friends ARE the economic elite. And, for all intents and purposes, so is his “man of the people” candidate, Sanders.

Fortunately, author and entrepreneur Carol Roth was having none of it.

“The fact that you have somebody who has benefited basically saying that we need to escape from economic freedom is just patently ridiculous and, unfortunately, there are too many people spreading this horrible message,” Roth told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday.

“I had to open my mouth and fire back,” Roth added, after being asked why she felt compelled to respond to Ruffalo on Twitter.

“We’ve gone from 50 percent of the world in extreme poverty in the 1970s to less than 10 percent of the world today because of the direct and indirect benefits of capitalism,” she said.

Roth said the problem in America right now is that there is too much government intervention and cronyism and it’s “confusing” many people about the definition of capitalism.

Ruffalo, it should be noted, is worth $30 million. If he really wants an economic revolution, he could donate several million of that to communities in need, or youth development centers, or small businesses who need funding to provide jobs to areas in need.

Capitalism allows for that. Because Ruffalo made his money, he controls how it gets spent. Socialism, where earnings would be redistributed by the government, means Ruffalo doesn’t get to decide how he helps. Or if he wants to. Is Ruffalo willing to trust that Bernie Sanders knows more about how to properly use the wealth he’s amassed to help the greater good?

My guess is he hasn’t given it much thought.

I cover all this on today’s show, as well as what we can expect from the IG report next week (not much) and the Durham report in a few months (much more). And there’s a mini-review of Knives Out (trailer below), which I loved!

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