Title: Stupid White Men
Author: Michael Moore
Page Count/Review Word Count: 296
Stupid White Men is an interesting read, although it is a little bit outdated right now. You might know Michael Moore as the film-maker who was behind Bowling for Columbine, as well as a bunch of other documentaries – often considered to be controversial, he’s a sort of pushy, left-wing type. A bit like I am.
People often say that Moore is annoying, and I guess I can see why when it comes to his documentaries – it’s just the way that he is, he believes in his belief and he has a passion for communicating them. That passion is still here, but it’s a little easier to absorb in the book – in fact, it’s almost a comedy book, rather than a political book, and there’s a good mixture of both right here.
As you can imagine from the title, it focuses on the stupid (rich) white men that rule America, from Bush and his cronies to the previous administration and the people that swung the vote. According to Moore, at least, Bush didn’t actually win the election – in fact, he broke the law to make it look as though he did.
The nuances of that, and what it implies, are too much to go into here, and so if you want to find out more then you ought to read the book. Even though my edition was printed not long after 9/11, it was still pretty interesting, and it’s not hard to see how the lessons here could be applied to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named‘s bid for the presidency. It’s kind of scary, come to think of it – a lot of this is common sense, and people haven’t listened.