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My Hero Lets Me Down.

Bill Murray’s 2011 Appearance on Squawk Box

“It’s not a question of asking other people for help or being rescued or anything like that,” he added. “I think there’s only so many people that can take care of themselves, and can take care of other people. And the rest of the people … they’re useful in terms of compost for the whole planet, you know.”

Murray’s message of personal responsibility “seemed to play into the message of Republicans,” The Hill reported in an article on the “Squawk Box” appearance. The conservative-leaning Drudge Report linked it.”* Jimmy Dore (The Jimmy Dore Show) and Steve Oh (COO of The Young Turks) discuss Murray’s comment and why it shows that he’s out of touch with middle class people.

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Ironic that he recently played FDR and came away with this point of view. Love Bill Murray! I’m gonna choose to believe he doesn’t actually think this way and was just over-generalizing. But then again I’ve been poor so long I guess I’m just out of touch with today’s millionaires.

This is why you shouldn’t have heroes Jimmy, unless they are me.

I hope he does see this video. This just bums me out. Watching him in this video has the opposite effect of watching him in Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Meatballs… almost any film he’s been in.

Hum,I use to like him,now I think he’s a bore.

two points, yes we can save almost everyone because we collectively can afford it. But there is still this thing called survival of the fittest and evolution. Jimmy Dore is right and Bill Murray, though he was rude about it, is kinda right a little.

Jack is right, of course, there is “still this thing called survival of the fittest and evolution”, both of which have absolutely nothing to do Murray’s comments.

I think you misunderstand Bill Murray’s self-deprecation humor.

Social Darwinism has been out of favor, and ignored, for quite a while. Man is a cooperative species. Gathering in small groups, working as a extended family then tribe to survive. We take care of each other. One of the bright points of the old midwest was everyone looking out for each other/ Some of that came from religion, some of it from our need to band together. So it is not a huge leap to say “I would forgo some of my earnings or wealth in order for those who have nothing to have enough to live. As we have seen with minimum wages that are a living wage, workers are happier, more likely to work harder and stay longer than those who work for far less. If we all had enough to be comfortable then we could work for our group as citizens. And even those who decide or can’t, will be able to live a decent life without need or misery. None of that is necessary today.In fact I can say in a world where we can help all people, then we should. Let’s start with each other and work outwards from there.
Murray is demonstrating that fundamental detachment and lack of empathy that great wealth seems to bring. It’s sad. I loved him too. Now I won’t give him the time it takes to watch a skit. He’s lost me.

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