I respect and admire Michael Moore. If this - his new movie ~ does not INSPIRE Americans ~ esp. young people to demand better ~ Nothing will . .
Last night, an audience the Toronto International Film Festival was treated to the world premiere of the project — and a searing takedown of the military industrial complex it is not. Rather, “Where to Invade Next,” is part travelogue, part love letter to European socialist ideals, and part urgent call to action.
In the film Moore travels through a string of (mostly) European countries and “invades” them by taking back their best progressive ideals and “stealing” them for the U.S. As he put it in a Q&A after the film, Moore didn’t shoot any of the film in the U.S; rather, he felt he could scrutinize “who we are in a more hopefully profound and devastating way by going elsewhere, so we could maybe examine what happened to our American Soul.”
In Italy, Moore revels in the notion of 8 weeks of paid vacation, and 5-month paid maternity leaves.
In France, he is astounded at the healthy and delicious lunches served in even the poorest schools (not to mention the selection of 80 cheeses the school chef prepares for dessert).
He examines the humane Norweigan prison system,
Portugal’s successful decriminalization of drugs,
Slovenia’s free higher education system,
and Finland’s eradication of standardized tests.
He uses Germany as a case study in how to treat your workers — and how come to terms with a painful national past.
And he focuses extensively on the idea that women are the most powerful force for social change, from the many female bankers, politicians and CEOs who have helped remake Iceland to the Tunisian activists who fought successfully for a women’s rights amendment to their constitution.
entire article here: http://www.alternet.org/culture/michael-moores-where-invade-next-love-letter-things-europe-does-better-us?akid=13470.7131.pWalTV&rd=1&src=newsletter1042267&t=6
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