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"Assholes: A Theory", Documentary / In Production

Rejected submission by aristarchus at 2019-03-09 07:00:47 from the Anatomy_101-Waste-disposal-systems dept.

They finally did it. They took Aaron James's book, Assholes: A Theory [] and turned it into a movie! The website of the same is [], if you know what I mean.

Thought this might be appropriate for SoylentNews, since we are up to our alligators in assholes around here. But on the other hand, this may be the crassest reach for popularity by a philosopher since Harry Frankenfort's "On Bullshit" [], which wasn't that good, but that is what happens when you take a 13 page journal article and try to put embossed gold titled hard covers on it (I blame his publisher). But back to Assholes [].

Some people grapple with the moral challenges of treating human beings decently. Others are just… assholes.

“A newborn boy in the US, Italy or Israel is much more likely to live the life of an asshole than a newborn boy in Japan, Norway or Canada” says Prof. Aaron James in his NY Times bestseller. An intellectually provocative and existentially necessary film, John Walker explores James’ theories and recommendations using clips sourced from Hollywood and news archives, combined with vox pop and ruminations with key observers of asshole-dom.

The frustration of dealing with assholes – in the workplace, in government, at home – affects everyone. In an age of rampant narcissism, the time has come for this entertaining and insightful film.

John Cleese is involved. Asshole.

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