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Well-Paid 'Marvel' Actor Mark Ruffalo Launches Attack on Capitalism

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“Avengers: Endgame” star Mark Ruffalo called for an “economic revolution” in a tweet on Sunday, contending that “capitalism is failing us.”

“It’s time for an economic revolution,” the actor wrote. “Capitalism today is failing us, killing us, and robbing from our children’s future.”

Ruffalo — whose reported net worth is around $30 million — linked to a Nov. 21 Op-Ed written by Time editor-at-large Anand Giridharadas titled, “How America’s Elites Lost Their Grip.”

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In it, Giridharadas argues that Americans are increasingly in support of moving away from a capitalist system, citing the rise of democratic socialist Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, whose positions closely track her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Time editor also points to democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York as another sign of shifting public sentiment against capitalism in what Giridharadas characterizes as the “New Gilded Age.”

All the lawmakers she lists have thrown their support behind the Green New Deal, which calls for massive wealth redistribution, ending private health care plans and placing significantly higher taxes on businesses and wealthier Americans.

“The choice facing Americans is whether we want to be a society organized around money’s thirsts, a playground for the whims of billionaires, or whether we wish to be a democracy,” writes Giridharadas.

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“The age of capital has been facilitated by a remarkable solidarity among the ultra-fortunate. Putting that period in the museum will take other, broader solidarities,” she concludes.

Sunday was not the first time Ruffalo weighed in on the side of socialism.

In a 2015 tweet, Ruffalo wrote, “Democratic Socialism says it’s a moral wrong that 57% of income is going to the top 1%. Universal health care. Medical & family paid leave.”

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The “Dark Waters” actor threw his support behind Sanders during the 2016 presidential election, Fox News reported.

Ruffalo’s and Giridharadas’ critiques of capitalism come as the United States is experiencing one of its strongest economies in decades.

After taking office in 2017, President Donald Trump slashed regulations on U.S. businesses more than any recent administration and signed one of the largest tax cuts for companies and individuals, as well.

The result has been the lowest unemployment rate since 1969, and the lowest ever recorded for African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Hispanic Americans.

Heritage Foundation and former Reagan administration economist Stephen Moore wrote in an October Op-Ed that the middle class is currently experiencing a boom, with the median household income up over $5,000 since Trump took office versus approximate $1,000 it rose during the entire eight years Barack Obama’s presidency.

American workers at the lower end of the economic scale have also seen the highest percentage growth in their wages, CNBC reported.

Hourly wages have been rising over 3 percent each month for over a year, according to the Economic Policy Institute “Nominal Wage Tracker.”

MarketWatch reported in March that wages are at a 10-year-high because the “tightest labor market in decades [is] forcing companies to pay up.”

Carol Roth, a regular guest on CNBC and Fox Business, replied to Ruffalo’s Sunday tweet, writing, “Capitalism isn’t failing anyone-it’s a tremendous success. It is the distribution of scare resources via individual free choice instead of the decisions of a handful of people using force/control.”

“Capitalism has helped reduce extreme poverty worldwide from 50% of the world in the 1970s to single digits today, but do tell me how it is failing everyone,” she added. “Stop the madness.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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