Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American
|Copyright 1996 Chicago Tribune|
|Reviewed by Stephan Franklin||September 29, 1996|
"Hey, you got any of these?" asks a big,
goofy-looking, long-haired guy wearing a Detroit Tigers
cap who smilingly sidles up to me on the bus.
"Nope," I reply, scanning his batch of corporate crook trading cards.
"Nice collection," I mumble, nodding at his most-prized cards.
"How about Roger Smith?
Remember him and General Motors?" I slyly ask.
Frankly speaking, the conversation never took place.
But like any other red-blooded, delusional American, I am sure it would if I ever meet Michael Moore, producer of the hit satire-documentary "Roger & Me," about the hard times GM workers in Moore's hometown faced in the 1980's and his efforts to discuss them with Smith.
His new book, Downsize This! much resembles his past efforts: conspiratorial, wisecracking satire that sometimes seems absurd, sometimes quite adolescent, and almost always is driven by the conviction that at this very moment Mr. and Mrs. Sixpack are recipients of a bona fide raw deal.
That is probably one reason why he decided to hug all of the nation's governors, but not all at once, of course. "Congress was returning power to the states, so I personally wanted to touch that power like no man had ever touched it before," he writes.
One way to view his book is as a series of sketches, monologues or plots for a television show, such as his former production "TV Nation." His corporate crooks trading cards is one such skit. So too, is his list of "big welfare mamas," which in this case is a list of "freeloading corporations" dependent on "federal handouts."
His proposal that voters skip
candidates at the polling place and vote directly for the
lobbyists who back the politicians is a novel idea worth
at least a nano-second of consideration on a Sunday TV