Michael Moore “Dude, Where’s My Country?”

ISBN 0 141 01300 1. Published (in the UK) by Penguin Books in 2003. This edition contains articles on Moore’s work culled from “The Guardian” and “The Independent” newspapers. Written as a rapid follow-up to 2001’s “Stupid White Men” Moore pretty much carries on where he left off. At the end of “Stupid White Men” he pondered the links between the Bush regime and the Saudi regime. In this work he fully fleshes out his questions. This was what finally turned into “Fahrenheit 9/11” which he was also filming as he wrote this book. Although it does not arise within the book it does appear as an advert at the back and in one of the Newspaper articles. He does get off to an appalling start (from the British angle) with his pro-Sinn Fein denouncement of Loyalists in Ireland as those people “unable to move on” with the Peace Process. Moore is a Catholic boy who once considered the priesthood as a career. He wades in with a gross over-simplification of a hundred year old ethnic civil war for which his understanding is extremely limited. It was such misguided Americans who funded the Republican Terror campaign. It took a long time to drag the IRA to the peace talks AND get them to give up the Guns. If he can be that insensitive and ignorant then what else could he be wrong about? He has been described as “Chomsky-for-children” which, I understand, neither he nor Noam take as an insult. The description is accurate although we prefer ‘Chomsky-lite’. He delivers the polemic which appears to get handed over to a large research team that find that facts and figures to fit. These criticisms to one side, the book really delivers. We heartily recommend this book for Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5. Moore is more-or-less directly quoting Chomsky in his title of Chapter 5 “How to Stop Terrorism? Stop Being Terrorists!”. In Chapter 4 “The United States of BOO!” Moore explains how the fear of terrorism is grossly exaggerated for political ends and throws in a big dose of George Orwell’s 1984 to prove it. (Something he does at the closing moments of “Fahrenheit 9/11”.) In Chapter 3 “Oil’s Well that Ends Well” Moore tosses in his darkest and most apocalyptic view of population die-off after Peak Oil – from 6 billion people to half-a-billion. How does he deliver such terrible news? – in an imaginary dream where he is talking to his grand-daughter. Genius. This is Moore at his best, angry, sarcastic, loud. This is Gore Vidal through a megaphone set to the beat of Public Enemy. Makes you want to throw a chair at something. Buy it, read it, love it.

About post-carbon-man

A passionate advocate of a peaceful transition to a sustainable political-economy, Mark hails from a working class farming background. Today he is a Company Director and Chairman of the Low Carbon Chilterns Co-operative. Whilst at University (Engineering Masters) he was active in Conservative Student politics but has had no affiliation since. He has travelled widely on business covering the USA, Europe, Middle East and Central Asian Republics. In 2007 Mark founded Post-Carbon-Living and a year later co-founded Transition Town High Wycombe. He lives with is wife & daughter in a home they retrofitted to be carbon-neutral. Today he blogs about surviving politics on a shrinking planet and is passionate in his rejection of Nationalism.

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