I finally watched Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, and it’s actually quite good. It’s clear now why the movie wasn’t very successful. It is nowhere near, in the degree of the requisite Trump obsession, to what one is expected to demonstrate. And Moore doesn’t adopt the narrative about 63 million of racists-sexists-neonazis who elected Trump either. I guess, Moore just can’t be the kind of person who shits on “the stupid proles with their unrefined culinary tastes.” And I like him for it.
Instead, Moore argues that the fault lies with the Republican and Democrat politicians who are all hypocrites and liars. People got fed up with them and either didn’t vote at all or cast a protest vote for Trump whom they liked for knocking down the nasty characters like Jeb.
Even worse than Jeb, however, the movie portrays Obama. The guy is the true evildoer in the film because Trump, at least, never pretended to be what he isn’t.
Much of the film doesn’t mention Trump at all. There is a half-hearted nod to the theory that Trump is “just like Hitler” in the last 20 minutes but at the heart of the movie lies Moore’s favorite topic of the oppressions experienced by working people and their attempts to organize politically. Not organize against Trump. But organize against any lackey of capital, be it Trump, Obama, or anybody else.
I actually agree completely with Moore in his analysis of why Trump won. I don’t agree with his proposed solutions, which he sees as AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and the Parkland kids. I believe that the situation we are living through is such that well-intentioned, bumbling blank slates of human beings can make things infinitely worse.
I very strongly believe that what we need most of all right now is to identify the problem. The problem in question is that capitalism has entered into a completely new stage of development, which has very new consequences. And we need new solutions to these new developments.
But the people who will figure this out can’t be well-meaning wide-eyed innocents who have no idea that there are any differences between the capitalism of today and that of the Henry Ford era. Childishness might look endearing in its contrast to Trump’s cynicism but you don’t let toddlers perform surgery on patients, no matter how cute they look.
Still, the movie is not bad. The opening sequence is made with great artistry. The music track, the editing – it’s all beyond reproach.
I probably would have hated this movie two years ago but there’s been such an incessant pounding of racists-sexists-Russiancollusions-pissingprostitites that Moore actually sounds very refreshing with his refusal to do the kind of crap that the Rachel Maddows of the world have been visiting on us for two years.