- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (29 Nov. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330419153
- ISBN-13: 978-0330419154
- Package Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 869,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Who says the left wing doesn't have a sense of humour? Maybe it doesn't, but in Downsize This! documentarian Michael Moore certainly does. Moore's politics are rabidly liberal, populist and anti-big business--about what you'd expect from the former editor of Mother Jones. While this restricts his audience to those on the left side of the aisle, Downsize This! will be a chance to point and laugh hysterically (if ruefully) at the clique of rich white guys who run everything.
Moore is at his best as a prankster, whether it's trying to see if Pat Buchanan will take a campaign donation from the John Wayne Gacy Fan Club (yes) or whether he can have Bob Dornan committed to an insane asylum because of his bizarre behaviour (no, but it was close). Moore is one of America's sharpest satirists, and Downsize This! makes one wish he would write a "Sorry State of the Union" every year. But only if it doesn't cut into his moviemaking--that's too big a price to pay. --Michael Gerber, Amazon.com
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Here's an example. There are two pictures on the first page. The first is the federal building in Oklahoma City destroyed by Timothy McVeigh's bomb in 1995. The second is an extremely similar picture, in fact it could be the same building a few moments later, what used to be a General Motors office building in Flint, Michigan. A single question above the pictures: "What is terrorism?".
Many of us have been asking ourselves this question lately. As Moore points out, terrorism can be of a corporate nature. When corporations across the US were making record profits they were downsizing millions of people, effectively moving their jobs elsewhere, usually to either Mexico (courtesy of NAFTA) or the Far East, where labour is much cheaper. However, this policy causes many problems to the society, much more than 'simple' unemployment.
These days corporations merrily take all public subsidies they are offered and don't give a flying rat about giving anything back to the community. In fact, many make a point of not minding that at all. Moore names many companies that keep the money and still leave the place where they had promised to stay. Others get so much money that the overall cost of each direct job is a small fortune. That's the case of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where each job was subsidised by about US$175,000. I could understand such a level of subsidies to a company making small and environmentally friendly cars, for poorer people. What I can't understand is how such a poor state (in comparison with others) is paying for people to have their luxury cars, that pollute like there's no tomorrow. This smells bad - literally.Read more ›
I'm not sure that even Moore believes everything he writes but he always has a point. The result is an enjoyable, interesting, often stimulating but most importantly funny book.
Moore does attempt to be humorous with his staple subjects: corporate greed and accountability, right to freedom/life and social and environmental responsibility. Like Stupid White Men the book makes subjects accessible that are often not covered by mainstream media.
If Stupid White Men has made you think about reading more then this is a good start if you're happy to have many more American examples as the main topic. If you're looking for something a little more British then this is not the book for you.
It can be seen from this mighty tome that Moore's main strength is being the new, less funny and far more wealthy Bill Hicks. The really sad thing is that what Bill saw fit to comment on hasn't changed much with Moore. A chapter stating comedically that the Democrats are no different to the Republicans still rings true today nearly a decade after it was written.
Sometimes, though, Moore's humour adds little genuine weight to his arguments. His ironic defence of abortion, A Sperm's Right To Life, attempts to make light out of a serious subject and falls short of its target.
This is a minor problem and I feel that a book with thirty-five chapters of American satirical content has much to offer all readers, not just us evil lefties.
Michael Moore must be the only American who stands up for the working man back in his homeland.
The book's opening page shows the destruction cause by terrorism.
Now you would think these would be done by overseas terrorists - but you'd be wrong these acts were done by Americans one by Timothy McVeigh and the other by the General Motors Corporation in his hometown of Flint Michigan.
Moore argues the actions are both the same as well as the consequences.
The running theme throughout the book is the effect of Corporations have on American society - from massive redundancies dressed up in corporate speak as 'Downsizing', welfare recieved by these corporations, huge salaries paid to CEO's without justification.
Exporting of factories and jobs to the Far East and Mexico under NAFTA.
Moore describes the effects these factors have on communities. Increase in unemployment,physical and mental health problems, bankrupticies and increases in alcoholisim.
Towns and cities broken all in the name of captialism. After a few chapters the feeling of nausea came over me. Captialisim has no morals.
Moore as always is a born fighter so what does he do he exposing these 'Corporate Crooks' by seeting up a trading card game ( brilliant!)for who they are uncaring and yes crooks many of their companies have been fined heavily by the US government for deaths, lying about tests, false claims etc.
The book has it's lighter chapters e.g. Moore delights in telling the reader his fantasy woman Hilary Clinton.
He doesn't understand why she suffers attacks from the liberal media especially a New York Times columnist.
How the Republicans are literally foaming at the mouth in condemming her.Read more ›
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I was a Michael Moore fan for a while. Bowling for Columbine was an interesting documentary, amongst others. Overall though I find him irritating. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2010 by Ms. G. L. Richards
Of course, this book is partly out-of-date. It covers mainly the Clinton years. But the issues it tackles are still very actual. Read morePublished on 18 May 2006 by Luc REYNAERT
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Moore attacks everything going and does it in such a way it still brings a smile to my face years after I first read it. Read morePublished on 17 April 2000