[Marxism] Fahrenheit 11/9 | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Sep 21 06:48:51 MDT 2018


Michael Moore fans will be happy to hear that “Fahrenheit 11/9”, which 
opens today at theaters everywhere, is his best film in years, even in 
spots achieving the brilliance of “Roger and Me”. As pure entertainment, 
it is on a par with the best of Saturday Night Live, the Stephen Colbert 
show or any other pop culture attempts to rally people against Donald 
Trump even if it is unlikely that any such comedy so wedded to the 
Democratic Party will have any effect.

The film is a blunderbuss attack on the Trump administration and the 
Democratic Party establishment that includes Bill and Hillary Clinton. 
Even Barack Obama gets the Michael Moore treatment in an obvious display 
of buyer’s remorse. If you’ve seen the 2009 “Capitalism, a Love Story”, 
you might recall that the film portrays him as a knight in shining 
armor. Two days after Obama was elected for his first term Moore said, 
“The Republicans aren’t kidding when they say he’s the ‘most liberal’ 
member of the Senate. … He is our best possible chance to step back from 
the edge of the cliff.” In keeping with the general drift of the left, 
Moore now regards him as a total sell-out. In a lengthy segment on the 
Flint water crisis, we see Obama as a total jack-ass making a “joke” at 
a mass meeting of parents worried sick about their children’s health by 
asking for a glass of water. He repeats this stunt at another meeting 
with doctors and community leaders.

For Moore, the original sin was Bill Clinton becoming the equivalent of 
a moderate Republican in his first term. Since organized labor was not 
as powerful as it was in the past, especially in places like Moore’s 
hometown Flint, Clinton decided to cater to big business that would 
provide the necessary funding for him to be elected and then re-elected. 
This meant putting an end to Glass-Steagall, Aid to Families with 
Dependent Children and other policies falling under the rubric of 
neo-liberalism.

full: https://louisproyect.org/2018/09/21/fahrenheit-11-9/



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