Preview: David Simon on America as a Horror Show

January 29, 2014

This week on Moyers & Company, David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, talks with Bill about the crisis of capitalism in America. After President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address, it’s a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective — the bottom up.

“The horror show is we are going to be slaves to profit. Some of us are going to be higher on the pyramid and we’ll count ourselves lucky and many many more will be marginalized and destroyed,” Simon tells Moyers.

Learn more about the production team behind Moyers & Company. Watch the full show »

  • submit to reddit

BillMoyers.com encourages conversation and debate around issues, events and ideas related to content on Moyers & Company and the BillMoyers.com website.

  • The editorial staff reserves the right to take down comments it deems inappropriate.
  • Profanity, personal attacks, hate speech, off-topic posts, advertisements and spam will not be tolerated.
  • Do not intentionally make false or misleading statements, impersonate someone else, break the law, or condone or encourage unlawful activity.

If your comments consistently or intentionally make this community a less civil and enjoyable place to be, you and your comments will be excluded from it.

We need your help with this. If you feel a post is not in line with the comment policy, please flag it so that we can take a look. Comments and questions about our policy are welcome. Please send an email to info@moyersmedia.com

Find out more about BillMoyers.com's privacy policy and terms of service.

  • evilroyslade

    People are voting for Change but Corporations have more people ($$$$) to buy politicians and judges. Capitalism needs to change. IMO

  • Jeff Dumas

    Capitalism ain’t the problem, Crony-Capitalism is.

  • Hans Aresch

    Nonsense. “Crony” capitalism IS capitalism. All “free market” capitalism is inevitably leads to cronyism. Markets need rules to keep them as free as possible. It’s always a compromise.

  • Muncie Voice

    We have some people waking up to this, but when 90% of the media is owned by capitalists, guess what?

    When the same methods which have been used to keep the masses in a “hypnotic state of consumption” are still being used to prevent the masses from seeing how our “maximizing shareholder return at any cost” society is doing to the people and our environment, then it will take more time.

    If you look at the consumption pattern gap between the two largest demographic groups: baby-boomers and millennials, it’s like night and day. The boomers have driven our economy for decades, but as the Millennials mature, they consume much less. In fact, they are revolutionizing the “share economy”. They are minimalists.

    Washington politicians and private sector CEO’s are both short term goal seekers.

    We need more visionaries like David Simon!

  • Anonymous

    Check out Thomas Edsall’s article in the New York Times entitled Capitalism vs.Democracy where he dissects the work of an economist garnering a lot of attention Thomas Pikkety. @hansaresch:disqus said it perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    Truth is truth irrespective from where it comes. Via your argument one would never listen to anyone if they are lumped in with others in their field. IDK what you do but I can assure you not everyone feels, thinks, acts the way you do. Via your position the conclusion would be to never listen to anyone in your field. I”m confident you don’t truly believe that nonsense. But, more interesting to me is – what is it about what he said that you seek to invalidate? Can you be more specific?

  • Muldfeld

    Why don’t you give him a try. He’s brilliant and was seriously involved as a crime beat journalist in Baltimore. Then again, if you’re post is so generic in mocking “celebrities who think they have all the answers”, when David Simon has said nothing of the sort, perhaps I’m a fool to hope you’ll even try.

  • Mary Vitcenda

    Agree with Muldfield below–don’t dismiss David Simon because he’s what you say: “in the entertainment business.” He’s an artist, and artists have loooong told truth to power. I also like American Plutocracy’s comment: “Truth is truth irrespective of where it comes from.”

  • Muncie Voice

    Unfettered capitalism is the problem now, and the free market libertarians (Tea Party) want no “government interference”.

    This is so ironic it hurts since most of ALEC’s members receive substantial subsidies and tax incentives and Tea Party members are mainly receiving Medicare, SSI, and some are on disability insurance.

    I’ve tried to figure it out, but the bottom line is ignorance. They have no idea…they’ve been told to hate government and liberals, so they do. Yet, their hands are already in the cookie jar.

    We have smart phones which can do Google searches on any topic we wish to know more about, and we don’t have to leave our bed – that is true power.

    Ignorance is a choice, not an excuse!

  • Eric Kibler

    That’s called an ad hominem attack. Its a logical fallacy. Not attacking the argument itself, but a personal attribute of the person espousing it.

  • Harvey S. Cohen

    Yes! The main problem with Zimbabwe is the entertainment business! Oh my!
    ROTFLOL

  • Anonymous

    When the robots are makiing the robots, and the robot are making all the goods and services. How are people going to make the money to buy all the goods and services they need to live. It’s a seventeenth century economic system in the 20th century. It just doesn’t work.

  • Vaughn Russell

    Yes I did stay awake in economics 101, but what is happening today with U.S. Treasury protecting poor investments of Banks and Wall Street thru mainipulation of currency by circular lending to itself? I missed that explanation of how that works in class.