Michael Moore

Louis N Proyect lnp3 at columbia.edu
Wed Sep 20 13:02:26 MDT 1995

On Wed, 20 Sep 1995, Jeffrey Booth wrote:

> deepening cynicism and sense of powerlessness.  For example, when his
> film Roger And Me was playing here in Boston, I managed to organize a few
> groups of my co-workers to go and see it.  In 3 or 4 trips, I got about
> 15 people to go.  The reaction afterwards was depression rather than
> anger; hopelessness rather than inspiration to do something about the
> conditions in the film.  If Moore had just ONCE interviewed a union
> activist from New Directions or any union activist with some fight in her
> or him, I believe the reaction of my sisters and brothers would have
> been different.
Michael Moore is not into "socialist realism". "Roger and Me" was an
unblinking look at the state of the working-class in Flint, Michigan at a
time of fierce ruling-class attacks. Most workers sought personal
solutions to their problems: selling rabbits for meat, moving to Houston,

Since the time these attacks began, there has been no significant
fight-back effort on the part of the working-class. All you have had are
small scale holding-actions within the context of a general rout.

The only resistance was that which composed of ink and paper in the small
sectarian presses. Things are beginning to change now in perceptible ways.
That is why a socialist party needs to be built that can attract this new
generation of radicalizing workers.

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