Sudden violence captures our attention. We react to it. We rally around events like typhoons or nuclear meltdowns or hurricanes or wars. But it is harder for the world to focus on the gradual decay of poor communities. Writers, artists, documentary filmmakers, and others have been struggling to shine a light on slow violence for decades, at least since Michael Moore released Downsize This!
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Privacy Downsize This! The book is a look at the state of business and industry in the United States and the power they hold over the U. In particular the book criticizes corporations who care more for shareholders than the safety and wellbeing of the communities who work for them. The book was first published in hardback in and then later published in paperback in Moore refers to corporations receiving government tax breaks as "corporate welfare mothers".
And yet another chapter where Moore details his unsuccessful endeavors to have State Representative from the 46th District of California, Bob Dornan, involuntarily committed for psychiatric evaluation. In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.
Republican political advisor, author, and James Carville b. Democratic political advisor, author. All Americans understand the basic lessons of history: that we need to be resolute and able to protect ourselves, to prevent threats and domination by others. Source s :.
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Recommends it for: Probably a bit obsolete now Recommended to David by: I was going to read it anyway Michael Moore takes a swing at corporate America 12 May I picked up this book probably within the first few months of getting my first fulltime, degree related job. Going from unemployment benefits to a steady wage at the time felt like rivers of gold had opened up and started pouring wealth onto me, and unfortunately I ended up spending it as if it was limitless. One of the things that I began doing was buying lots of books that I had never had the opportunity of being able to afford Michael Moore takes a swing at corporate America 12 May I picked up this book probably within the first few months of getting my first fulltime, degree related job. One of the things that I began doing was buying lots of books that I had never had the opportunity of being able to afford previously, and I can remember coming home regularly with more books to cram onto my bookshelf. At the time I also loaded up on anti-corporate, left-wing leaning books, and in a way I still like the style, but it has also reached the point where there is really nothing new to be said.
Downsize this! : [random threats from an unarmed American]
Smith eventually stepped down as CEO, but the problem Moore highlighted has continued unabated into the s. In the grand old American populist style, the book is written for those who have been downsized. How stupid do they think we are? Really stupid, I guess. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after a truck bomb blast in ; the bottom picture is of a Flint factory in the midst of being demolished after downsizing. At first glance, one cannot tell which is done by a bomb and which is done by a bulldozer. Both are ugly and stark reminders of the seething greed and anger afoot in America in an age of crass materialism, corporate downsizing, and the desperate measures that accompany them.