Stupid White Men: ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation Hardcover – 21 Mar 2002
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Stupid White Men, Michael Moore's screed against "Thief-in-Chief" George Bush's power elite, hit No. 1 at Amazon.com within days of publication. Why? It's as fulminating and crammed with infuriating facts as any right-wing bestseller, as irreverent as The Onion, and as noisily entertaining as a wrestling smackdown. Moore offers a more interesting critique of the 2000 election than Ralph Nader's Crashing the Party (he argued with Nader, his old boss, who sacked him), and he's serious when he advocates ousting Bush. But Moore's rage is outrageous, couched in shameless gags and madcap comedy: "Old white men wielding martinis and wearing dickies have occupied our nation's capital.... Launch the SCUD missiles! Bring us the head of Antonin Scalia!... We are no longer [able] to hold free and fair elections. We need UN observers, UN troops". Moore's ideas range from on-the-money (Arafat should beat Sharon with Gandhi's non-violent shame tactics) to over-the-top: blacks should put inflatable white dolls in their cars so racist cops will think they're chauffeurs; the ever-more-Republicanesque Democratic Party should be sued for fraud; "no contributions toward advancing our civilization ever came out of the South [except Faulkner, Hellman, and RJ Reynolds]," because it's too hot to think straight there; Korean dictator Kim Jong-il "has got to broaden himself beyond porn and John Wayne" by watching better movies, like Dude, Where's My Car? (which contains "all you need to know about America"). Whatever your politics, Stupid White Men should make you blow your stack. --Tim Appelo
'No Logo with gags.' Time Out. 'A really great, hilarious, rollicking, fantastic read' Miranda Sawyer 'The angrier Moore gets, the funnier he gets.' San Fransciso Chronicle --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I found 'Stupid White Men', although genuine to its very core, to be slightly naive. However, the simplicity could be the intention of the author.
If Moore, and I believe this to be the case, wants to reach Middle America with his views then I think he succeeds. If the book is an attempt to galvanise an electorate even more apathetic and disaffected than in this country then I think he succeeds.
Where I think the book fails is in its inability to be much more than a tub-thumping rant. That is his style and I accept that, but by doing this he suffocates some serious points and skirts some issues which he could have spent more time discussing rather than say, his reasons for choosing to buy a mini-van. However as I say, he is a comedian and while trying to keep the theme light, you can forgive the authors reluctance to substantiate his statements with any real depth.
The exception to this I would say is the fantastic expose of the Bush/Cheney election farce. This first chapter of the book is worth the price alone. If an American citizen can read and understand this without wanting to vomit on the lawn of the white house, then they are a more tolerant nation than I give them credit for.
I think Moore is going for the populist vote and why not? It needs more books of this nature to be read by the masses that perhaps cannot get to grips with other political texts.
Stupid White Men is funny and intelligent. It's a good diversion from more serious authors such as Chomsky and Pilger and certainly one for the uninitiated.
Moore's solutions to the problems that he highlights are very simplistic. Perhaps he's making the point that the problems are as intractable as they seem. Or perhaps he hasn't really thought things through. You decide. For example, his small section on Northern Ireland is nothing short of embarassing and shows that he hasn't a clue what has been going on there for centuries. He can't come up with a credible solution because he doesn't even know what the real problem is.
And the last chapter is probably the worst - badly written and egotistical in the extreme.
I was so looking forward to this book and feel so delated after reading it. Moore really needs to get someone to re-edit this book and re-write whole sections. There are some good ideas in here, but they are swamped by mediocrity.
This book has been criticised for making things up- a fellow reviewer requests sources- can't they see that this doesn't matter. Moore writes it how he has seen & experienced it. Statistical sources etc. are the currency of focus group advisors infecting the politcal process with their market-related dogma. Blair or Bush could pull any calculation made for them to prove or disprove something- as was seen with the US election. Very interesting that Bush's brother guaranteed him the State that swung the Presidency. More interesting that his campaign manager was in charge of the recounts. Even more interesting were the votes from the armed forces-traditionally Republican- requested & received in postal form. Some dated after the voting date, some not signed- all counted towards Bush's mediocre lead. That Bush Jnr. had such a low approval rating until September 11th says it all. That he became a millionaire through countless oil schemes set up by his father, prior to becoming an owner of a baseball team, prior to executing products of the underclass created by his father & Reagan (it seems he can forgive his own alcoholism & misdeameanours- but not the products of the ghetto & poverty his kind of politics have created),prior to swinging control of the so-called free world is unbelievable...As with Carl Hiassan, it is clear that the US-mass-media (CNN, Fox Networks etc) have too much interest in profit & no interest in rocking the boat. How can you feign naivety after Watergate? How can corporations wield so much power over politicians? Why is this happening in this country? Why is Bush Jnr.Read more ›
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