Where to Invade Next
Michael Moore’s film “Where To Invade Next” is a welcome antidote to America First chauvinism. Moore takes us to numerous European countries to highlight more progressive social policies in areas of education, the prison system, drug policy, the workplace, health and many other areas of daily life. Draped in the US flag, he 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, Moore 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. 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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