FW: [Marxism] Fwd: Michael Moore letter to las vegas

Craven, Jim JCraven at clark.edu
Thu Jul 22 15:09:31 MDT 2004

>From Michael Moore's letter to Las Vegas:

What country do you live in? Last time I checked, Las Vegas is still in
the United States. And in the United States, we have something called
"The First Amendment." This constitutional right gives everyone here the
right to say whatever they want to say. All Americans hold this right as
sacred. Many of our young people put on a uniform and risk their lives
to defend it. My film is all about asking the questions that should have
been asked before those brave soldiers were sent into harms way.
For you to throw Linda Ronstadt off the premises because she dared to
say a few words in support of me and my film, is simply stupid and

Response Jim C: Look, whatever the problems or deficiencies in Moore's
film from any ideological purist's point of view (or from the point of
view of those familiar with even more salient facts/perspectives than
mentioned by Moorer in his film), I do applaud his effort and that he
did manage to get some salient facts across to some very diverse
audiences that would have not otherwise been exposed to such facts. But
if part of the story that is missing--in order to get across another
part of the story in ways more "acceptable" on a mass level--undermines
the part of the story being put across and/or creates further illusions,
and mystifications--or outright bourgeois falsehoods and lies about
America--then what is the point?

But... This appeal to de jure formalism and what America is "really
about" and what those who put on uniform are really fighting for is
noxious. Our young people--and not-so-young people--who put on a uniform
may believe they are fighting for the "American Way", "American
Freedom", the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, etc.  but they are
really fighting for imperialism, plutocracy, oligarchy, despotism,
illusions, puppet client-states, imperial hegemony and hubris,
conspicuous consumption, unbridled environmental degradation, racism,
sexism, fascism, militarism, etc--on the objective level--and on the
subjective level, they are often fighting for money for college
education, self-esteem issues, hero-complex, travel, adventure,
relatively good pay for relatively little formal education, training,
skills, resume embellishment, the Audy-Murphy-syndrome, family
traditions, etc. And no, not all Americans hold the Bill of Rights as
sacred; certainly not those who vote for Bush and also a good percentage
of those who vote for Kerry do not hold these de jure (hardly rights de
facto) "rights" as "sacred." 

Jim C.

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