|42 is the only number retired in baseball.|
42 is as capitalistic as you can get.
Because racism had been so highlighted in the trailer, and it's so easy to be classified as a racist by socialists, all the energy of popular culture seemed to point to a pro-Obama take on Moneyball, but it was the exact opposite, and a tribute not only worthy of the great Jackie Robinson, but baseball, capitalism and America as well. The acting by the majority of the cast is excellent--Harrison Ford could easily pick up a Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actor for his role as owner of the Dodgers--and there is an even distribution of characters with whom you want to bond and share their struggles, and that is an accomplishment. Why is it pro-capitalist? For three reasons. First, baseball is about money, and making money is one of the driving reasons for signing Robinson; secondly, it's not about skin color, but who has the skills to pay the bills: "If Robinson can do a better job at short stop than I can, he deserves my job," and seeing that short stop is all ready taken, Robinson adapts to play first base.
It's revolting against the idea that humans are animals, we are not controlled by our instincts, we control our actions and we have to take personal responsibility for our actions and we have to help each other do it. That's a pretty great moral lesson from Hollywood, huh? It's demonstrating that sex isn't just sex, like going out to a restaurant to have dinner, sex has spiritual, moral and psychological consequences that are real and need to be realized and corrected in our behavior.
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