Michael Moore’s Vision

David Brooks [RSS]:

In years past, American liberals have had to settle for intellectual and moral leadership from the likes of John Dewey, Reinhold Niebuhr and Martin Luther King Jr. But now, a grander beacon has appeared on the mountaintop, and from sea to shining sea, tens of thousands have joined in the adulation.

So it is worth taking a moment to study the metaphysics of Michael Moore. For Moore is not only a filmmaker; he is a man of ideas, and his work is based on an actual worldview.

Like Hemingway, Moore does his boldest thinking while abroad. For example, it was during an interview with the British paper The Mirror that Moore unfurled what is perhaps the central insight of his oeuvre, that Americans are kind of crappy.

“They are possibly the dumbest people on the planet . . . in thrall to conniving, thieving smug [pieces of the human anatomy],” Moore intoned. “We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.”

Heh.

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Comments

  1. Unfettered says:

    Michael Moore
    —-
    Michael Moore,
    he ain’t so wise
    he makes a living
    telling lies.

    “Regulate this,
    regulate that!”
    Clinging to the gub’ment
    like a spoiled little brat.

    Rigid thinking
    masked with rage
    is a backward method
    like minimum wage.

    Fourteen an Hour,
    don’t fail HIS test!
    Anything less
    and your under arrest.

    Obnoxious and loud,
    so filled with hate.
    He really can’t help it
    he’s a ward of the state.

    “I’ll poke my camera
    into your face
    make you look guilty
    and berate you in place!”

    “Those greedy corporations,”
    Ewwwww, they’re so bad!
    I’ll teach them a lesson.
    Conform! or be sad!”

    Like a union thug
    he’ll get in your face.
    Show you who’s boss
    and dump on your race.

    Don’t “cross the line”
    you know what you’ll get,
    a busted lip
    and a lawn full of shit.

    Demean, intimidate,
    berate and ridicule;
    these are the methods
    that Michael finds cool.

  2. paladin says:

    This has been my complaint against the left/lib/dem/whatever for decades: They have not had an original thought since the 70’s – at least. Where are they in the national discussion of foreign policy? It’s always back to the future – let’s go back to the 90’s when we were loved. Jeez.

  3. John Doe says:

    Moore seems part of an interesting cultural trend: the rise of independent film makers. Mel Gibson is another example of this trend. First porno, now political films. Tomorrow perhaps mainstream entertainment pictures. With digital cameras and personal computers making it ever cheaper to produce decent video this trend will no doubt continue. In the 2008 election there will undoubtedly be more political films, from both sides of the political spectrum.

  4. Anonymous says:

    WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHYMICHAEL MOORE WENT THROUGH THE TROUBLE OF RESEARCHING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE BUSH FAMILY AND THEBIN LADEN FAMILYAAND HOW THE ONEHELPED THE OTHER WITHOUT COMING T THE OBVIOUS CONCLSION THAT IN FACT THE ESTABLISHMENT WAS BEHIND 9/11 IN ORDER TO BECOME THE GLOBAL VIILAGE HEADMAN, HAVE AN EXCUSE TO GO INTO IRAG ETC.

    W

  5. Jem says:

    “. . . in thrall to conniving, thieving smug [pieces of the human anatomy],” Moore intoned. “We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.”

    At long last, Michael Moore speaks about a subject he knows personally and intimately. Now we know how he became wealthy…

  6. Jacqui says:

    Moore should put the money he makes from his film 9/11 into helping those small communities he mentions. PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS! He’s coneyving…… PLEASE we Americans are not ignorant to see his agenda.