Who Killed Michael Moore?
(Inspired by the assassination of Russian journalist Anna
By Mickey Z.
Clearing House" -- -- There's no shortage of outrage on the Left. Plenty of marches
and manifestos to go along with the myriad calls to change this
and take back that. Toss in the occasional fighting words and
the intermittent flirtation with property damage and the Left
typically does just enough to get itself effectively demonized
by the mainstream...thus making it that much easier for the
police to get away with swinging their nightsticks at the next
So, here's my question: What would those who identify as
leftists do if one of their high profile icons were openly
eliminated? For the sake of argument, let's say the U.S.
government (or one of its proxies)-with the full support of the
corporate media-overtly did away with Michael Moore for his
political beliefs and anti-corporate activism.
(Let me clarify something before you send off all those e-mails
telling me Moore is a poser, fake, Democrat, opportunist,
egomaniac, gatekeeper, whatever. I'm neither endorsing nor
condemning Moore here; I'm simply recognizing his current
status. In a society as heavily conditioned as ours-a society
that defines the "left" to include both Hillary Clinton and Ward
Churchill-Michael Moore might as well be Che fuckin' Guevara. In
other words, choosing the nation's best-known "rebel" as a
target would be nothing less than the government declaring war
on dissidents of all stripes.)
So, what would the American left wing do if Moore were deported
like Emma Goldman, Charlie Chaplin, and (almost) John Lennon?
What if he was railroaded, denied a fair trial, and imprisoned
like, say, Mumia Abu-Jamal or Leonard Peltier? What if he was to
be publicly executed even in the face of massive protests, e.g.
Sacco and Vanzetti, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Tookie Williams,
or Ken Saro Wiwa of Nigeria? How about an assassination; a
straight-out hit job along the lines of Fred Hampton, Malcolm X,
Martin Luther King, or even Patrice Lumumba and Salvador Allende?
Pick your poison; it doesn't matter how he's removed. The
question remains: What if the U.S. government (or one of its
proxies)-with the full support of the corporate
media-transparently eliminated Michael Moore for his political
beliefs and activism? Would we see anything more than a flood of
articles, blog posts, t-shirts, and open letters from Sean Penn?
Would the reaction go beyond asking the state for permission to
protest and agreeing beforehand how many of those protestors
will consent to be arrested? Would Bob Dylan re-write "Who
Killed Davey Moore?" and have Bono sing it outside the Pentagon?
If that's the case, perhaps emboldened by the ease with which
Moore's eradication was achieved, the government might then toss
Noam Chomsky, Derrick Jensen, and Cynthia McKinney into prison
for treason. More protests, more outrage, more fundraisers.
Undaunted, Corporate America pulls all advertising dollars from
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and forces their shows off the
air. In response, 500 new blogs emerge and the "Free Jon
Stewart" website registers nearly a million hits a day until it
is hacked and removed.
Shortly thereafter, the government might start spying on
American citizens and detaining prisoners without pressing
charges while corporations ravage the earth in pursuit of
profit, wiping out entire eco-systems in the process.
Oops...sorry; they already did all that without being stopped.
Marveling at the relative lack of resistance, the powers-that-be
may initiate mass arrests of suspected domestic eco-terrorists,
culminating in the bombing of several ELF and/or ALF safe
houses, leaving dozens dead? (Not possible, you say? Ask the
folks at MOVE.) We know what the general public would say...the
same thing they say every time a new "security precaution" is
instituted: "If it makes us safer, I'm all for it." But how do
you think lefty activists and thinkers would react? Would
they/could they do anything to stop the onslaught?
This is not a facetious question, an accusation, or an
ill-advised attempt at satire. I'm genuinely curious: What do
you think radicals, progressives, liberals, anarchists,
socialists, communists, and all such fellow travelers would do
if the U.S. government (or one of its proxies)-with the full
support of the corporate media-blatantly killed Michael Moore
for his political beliefs and activism?
Mickey Z. can be found on the Web at
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