[Marxism] Re: The phenomenon of Fahrenheit 9/11

Tom O'Lincoln suarsos at alphalink.com.au
Mon Aug 2 17:22:41 MDT 2004

Gary posting this review prodded me to toss in my 2 cents worth. I didn’t
get to see the film for a while, so my view of it was shaped by what other
people said and wrote, including a Socialist Alternative branch meeting
where the predominant view was laudatory, but with some people sharply
dissenting and pointing to the nationalism and the paranoia about Saudi

By the time the film began to roll in front of me I was downright anxious
to see for myself. For the first half hour I felt distinctly disappointed.
Yes, he went on and on and on about the Saudis and I could just see
filmgoers responding to racist stereotypes.

But then it got better, if mawkish at times. And then it got much better,
despite the American flags, as he started to introduce the politics of
class. I haven’t seen the class nature of society better presented in
popular form for many years.

It's been a long time since I went back to the States, but I remember
enough to think this film will go deep into the hearts of American
audiences. It’s too long, it needs editing, it’s shambolic like Moore
himself, but what the hell. Who else would think to bail up Members of
Congress and ask them to send their sons to Iraq? 

I went out into the daylight and there were a dozen (!) comrades selling
Socialist Alternative outside the cinema. Overkill perhaps, but it made me
feel sheepish since I hadn’t volunteered to sell, so when someone else
caught my eye I hurriedly turned to them. Guess what, it was the (US)
Democrats and they wanted me to register for an absentee ballot. I still
have an American passport so I took their forms (I can always vote for
Nader) and then they got an earful from me about Kerry supporting the war.
They had the good grace to look embarrassed.

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