W And The Great Man Theory

I’ve heard Oliver Stone interviewed twice in the last couple days about his new movie “W” and both times I’ve heard him make the statement that he thinks that by exploring the man, we can get a better understanding of how we got to the place we currently find ourselves in.

I’m not so sure I agree.

This line of thinking supposes that the Great Man Theory is correct; that Bush 43 was the primary driver of the Iraq War, deregulation, credit default swaps, and all the rest. Even if you don’t buy the theory that W was a pawn of larger forces, embodied by Dick Cheney and the PNAC crowd, it just seems to me that there is too much going on in the world today for any one person to have that much of a significant impact.

For the Hollywood dramatist, there is an institutional bias in favor of the Great Man Theory.

What do you think?

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1 Response to “W And The Great Man Theory”


  1. 1 Michael Buckbee October 19, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Well, whether you think it was the correct move or not, it certainly seems as if the Bush/Cheney staff were the prime movers in getting the Iraq war going which has had a profound worldwide effect.

    While that’s certainly not the entirety of what is happening in the world it has deeply effected both our economy and our place in the world.


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