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Stupid White Men ...And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! Hardcover – February 19, 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 U.N. observers, U.N. troops." Moore's ideas range from on-the-money (Arafat should beat Sharon with Gandhi's nonviolent 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 R.J. 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
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STUPID WHITE MEN is hilarious beyond belief, honest, well documented, easy and enjoyable to read and addresses many of the fundamental domestic and foreign policy issues confronting the American Public, who is systematically confused and misled by a greedy and self serving Political Establishment and Corporate Media who work for the 10% of richest Americans and whose motto is: IF YOU CAN'T CONVINCE THEM, CONFUSE THEM THROUGH RELENTLESS LIES, DECEIT AND DISTORTION OF REALITY, Hollywood style....
The book is fun, it's cute, and it may give voice to some of the same outrage that you've felt from time to time. Moore unapologetically only provides one side of the story, coming off as more of a wiseacre who spends a lot of time trying to crack the code of modern political rhetoric. And that's ultimately the part of the book that gets tiring. The tone of voice just grates, until this reader was skimming through the paragraphs of breathless outrage in order to get to the substance of the arguments. Moore's writing style hovers somewhere between the apoplectic college sophomore writing for the school paper and the sarcastic talking heads who blow steam on Sunday morning political shows.
It's an interesting book, a fun weekend read, and some of the anecdotes are eye-opening. But it's not terribly serious or groundbreaking. A book to pass around to your friends without worrying about whether they ever return it to you.
The book is definitely one-sided. I consider myself to be socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Even I found myself a little taken aback that Moore couldn't find anything positive to say about the state of the "state". I know that's not the purpose of the book, however, it is hard to take him as completely credible when he doesn't even allow for the illusion of a balanced look. Of particular annoyance to me was his chapter of "We're Number One". Not one positive remark in this chapter, when clearly America is number one in a whole host of positive things as well. I did not take this book as an assault on America, I just find it hard to lend credence to a host of the claims here, when there is no acknowledgement in the book of the good things that are going on...however few they may be.
That being said I found a lot of thought provoking items here. I liked that he did acknowledge that there is very little difference between Democrats and Republicans and really not that much difference between Bush's policies and Clinton's. I also thought his observations about Ken Lay, Enron, and our situation in the Middle East, and Bush's "Bite Me" foriegn policy were very astute and unfortunately pretty close to "nail on the head". Considering the book was was written well before Sept 11th, it's kind of humbling to know the signs have been there for a long time and we just didn't see it.
Good, eye-opening book. I think it is far more factual than hyperbole.