Magazine article New Internationalist

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

Magazine article New Internationalist

Stupid White Men by Michael Moore

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(ReganBooks ISBN 0 06 039245 2)

A curse on Michael Moore. He too is an American. If it weren't for the likes of him, the rest of us could take it easy and blame `the Americans' for everything.

This truly wonderful book occasionally misfires but even then the noise adds to the overall effect of a direct, humane, deeply serious and joyfully hilarious assault on the band of white men and their corporations who rule us all. As if to prove Moore's point, Rupert Murdoch's publishing empire tried to censor, then shelve, the book. So it's gratifying to find it hitting the number one spot with internet booksellers.

If the `stupid' in the title is off-putting for those of us who, like Michael Moore himself, are white men, then rest assured that the emphasis is less on flesh tones than on money and power. The fact that white men hoard most of it does not exempt those few others who've followed suit from the lash of Moore's withering scorn. He thinks of slavery as sanitized, not abolished.

Occasionally Moore lets his gaze wander beyond the American horizon. …

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