Dude, Where's My Country?

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Allen Lane, 2003 - American wit and humor - 249 pages
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"Michael Moore is on a mission in his new book: Regime Change. The man who slithered into the White House on tracks greased by his daddy's oil buddies is one of many targets in Mike's blistering follow-up to his smash #1 hit Stupid White Men, the biggest-selling nonfiction book of the year. Now no one is safe: corporate barons who have bilked millions out of their employees' lifetime savings, legislators who have stripped away our civil liberties in the name of "homeland security," and even that right-wing brother-in-law of yours (yes, we all have one) who manages, year after year, through his babbling idiocy, to ruin Thanksgiving dinner"--Inside dust jacket.

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His style and approach are second to only a few. The content is typical and not necessarily incredibly original, but a lot of what he says needs to be said. It was going pretty good until the chapter “Oil’s Well That Ends Well”; this chapter was stupid and it asserts just lofty ideas (ideas no one in the left has really been able to achieve). Moore does acknowledge how much Democrats suck, but his solution for solving our nation’s problems is to vote Democrat. Personally, if someone really sucks, I try to avoid voting for her or him. But Michael Moore actually encourages people to vote for rotten candidates and a rotten party. Go figure. In some ways, he reminds me of Ann Coulter. Moore claims that most of the population supports liberal ideas while Coulter claims most of the population is conservative. In both cases, I believe cognitive dissonance led each to these conclusions. The idea popularity = right is a firmly embedded aspect of our democratic system. Both Moore and Coulter believe their ideas are right, thus instead of saying “popularity does not equal right” yet my ideas are still right, they have to claim the masses support their ideas. It is impossible for the majority to be both liberal and conservative, so at least one of them is wrong, maybe both of them. Moore is thinking right when he recommends that Oprah run for President. I do believe it would be good if some progressive wealthy famous person with a strong personality ran for president. She isn’t the best pick, but Moore is thinking on the right track. Toward the end, Moore demonstrates his fair mindedness by showing how he thinks the left has erred over the years. Ironically, Moore in some cases criticizes the good of the left. One prime example is animal rights. Animal rights is a great cause and a great model for the left. It demands sacrifice, something all good activism does. He also disses the Free Mumia movement, which is a sure way to turn me off. Perhaps, Moore like too many liberals views the cops as redeemable. Other times, he has endorsed policies which help out cops (gun control for example), thus in turn, he has perhaps convinced me that gun control maybe is not such a great idea after all. Before the series of pages where he criticizes the left, he remarks, “I sat here for two full days staring at the computer before I could bring myself to continue” since he implied that the left is mostly correct. A person shouldn’t have to think for 2 days to find errors of the left, errors of the left should come to one’s mind instantly.  

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Michael Moore's book Dude, Where's My Country? serves the purpose of asking just that question. Moore uses his book as a platform to question the Bush administration, which was in power back when the ... Read full review

Contents

Home of the Whopper
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Oils Well That Ends Well
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The United States of BOO
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Copyright

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Michael Francis Moore was born April 23, 1954 in Flint Michigan. After dropping out of the University of Michigan following his freshman year (where he wrote for the student newspaper The Michigan Times), Moore worked at the local Buick plant. At 22 he founded the alternative weekly magazine The Flint Voice, which soon changed its name to The Michigan Voice as it grew to cover the entire state. In 1986, when Moore became the editor of Mother Jones, a liberal political magazine, he moved to California and The Michigan Voice was shut down. Moore has been active in promoting his political views. Moore was a high-profile guest at both the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the 2004 Republican National Convention. He has directed and produced several documentaries such as Roger and Me, The Big One, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Capitalism: A Love Story. Between 1994 and 1995, he directed and hosted the BBC television series TV Nation, which followed the format of news magazine shows but covered topics they avoid. His other major series was The Awful Truth, which satirized actions by big corporations and politicians. In 1999 Moore won the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Arts and Entertainment, for being the executive producer and host of The Awful Truth, where he was also described as "muckraker, author and documentary filmmaker".

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