It seems Aaron Russo might have stepped too far out of the mainstream with many of the issues he brings up in America: Freedom to Fascism, because the Onion A.V. Club — a source I trust for honest and impartial reviews — totally slammed it in a big way:
Yes, America: Freedom To Fascism gives the Michael Moore muckraking-underdog treatment to the kind of delirious conspiracy theories generally associated with mentally ill homeless people screaming at passersby to stop stealing their brainwaves.
[…] Fascism rails semi-coherently against bogeymen on the left and right, employing public-access production values and a world-changing sense of purpose wildly disproportionate to its paltry resources and amateurish direction. The film somehow manages the formidable task of being far more paranoid and hysterical than even its screaming tabloid-headline title would suggest.
They gave it a D. I think the movie plays well with it’s obviously intended audience: government conspiracy theorists and tax deniers; but the delivery sounds like it was way beyond the realm of being an independent documentary of the encroaching police state and lost liberties in our lifetime. Which sucks, in a way.
Honestly, I don’t think we have to touch conspiracies or things like that which tend to tune out most people, since there’s so many topical and pop-culture issues dominating the headlines of the past five years of amazingly leaps in police state growth (and how utterly silly their arguments for legislating them are).