Where to Invade Next
Michael Moore’s new film “Where To Invade Next” takes us to numerous European countries to highlight more progressive social policies there in areas of education, the prison system, drug policy, the workplace, health and many other areas of daily life. Draped in the US flag, Moore proclaims these are ideas we can learn from. Rather than invading other countries to claim their resources or bring them the American Way of Life, he holds up a mirror in which we can see how we would like to be, showing us the more humane and more satisfying quality of life with the social democratic policies that prevail elsewhere.
He heads off to Italy, France, Slovenia, the Scandinavian countries, Portugal, Germany, Iceland and eventually even Tunisia. What emerges is a composite picture of what our society could be like. He helps the viewer imagine a socialist America of the sort that Bernie Sanders is calling us to. “Where To Invade Next” is as politically timely as all his earlier films. It seeks to shake us out of our chauvinistic view of ourselves as the exceptional nation showing the world the way forward. Instead it reminds us that we have more to learn from others than we have to teach. With some patriotic humility we might be able to find our way again as a nation.
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