This blog is little more than a tribute to Michael Moore (a documentary maker who has had so many important things to say).
He uses humor to paint a truly bleak picture of the epic consequences of blind parochialism. He tries to wrap himself in the flag of optimism, but that is more a contrived testament to the fact that Americans can not bear to accept that they can learn anything from anyone outside their borders. “God bless America,” must mean that God is personally vested in America—rather odd since it would be difficult to find a country further removed from the Holy Lands.
OK, so the Mormons might have found a wormhole shortcut—but really?
Michael Moore’s documentaries are not accessible to those that lack critical thinking skills–those people that spout randomly and unintelligibly about freedoms, patriotism, and American exceptionalism. Michael Moore often uses his passport to travel in order to glean various gems that help to put American issues into a fuller perspective.
Stupidparty filmmakers have not figured this out and boy, do they make crap movies. Apparently, Stupidparty types cannot make intelligent films explaining their unintelligent thoughts. Well, of course, they can’t, so this should hardly come as a surprise. But most interestingly we can actually claim that critical thinking movies are infinitely better (math can be beautiful). That sounds mathematically impossible, but a quirk of fate makes this seemingly absurd statement literally true:
Michael Moore is back, and at the top of his game and making the most important documentary of his career.
No, it cannot reach the people who most need to see it, but that is the fate of virtually all intelligent political thought.
Or maybe I am wrong.
I am beginning to see a scenario whereby Americans might be ready for a dose of reality (thank you Trump)—but that is a different story.
For now, let me encourage you to learn how Michael Moore explains in plain simple English how to make America great again.
Now I admit that Mr. Moore does have an Achilles heel–he could include more actual statistics, and on occasion, the numbers he uses can be slightly askew. The concept of Italians getting an extra month of pay at Christmas was funny and technically true, but the use of this statistic was also a bit naughty. Of course (and as a general rule) Italians have a far better quality of life than their US counterparts, and it is really scary that Americans remain oblivious.
The Italians (and the Greeks) can make a mess of their economy, but that is more due to the volatility of their brand of democracy, incompetent and corrupt implementation of policies, rather than the policies themselves. Michael Moore often misses numbers that would strengthen his case but the underlying message is still eminently irrefutable—how can we bring America back in line with the rest of Humanity?
How can we mitigate myopic parochialism? I wish that the US government would give everyone a passport and provide sufficient funds (travel and accommodation) for any citizen that has not traveled internationally, to take a one month paid leave of absence after every 10 years of work. Americans have forgotten one key principle; in life, we should work to live, not live to work. But the second best option would be to simply have this film (perhaps tidied up a bit) as part of the school curriculum.
Allow Michael Moore to lift the blinds from our eyes and allow us to see the often really simple answers to the following types of issues:
- How to run a business
- What should we do about women
- How Much paid vacation should we have
- What should we do about drug problems
- How should we run prisons
- How should we treat a mass murderer
- How should kids be fed in schools
- How should kids be educated
- How should education be funded
- How to handle the bankers who screwed the taxpayers
- How to assist stressed out employees
- Who should we care about
- How should we handle the dark side of our Country’s histories
In a recent interview, Michael Moore suggests that we should institute another cause of death—simply being American. What does he mean by that?
Because after Hillary Clinton failed to get healthcare reform passed in the 1990’s, because she was the devil, over 1,000,000 Americans have died through not having the health coverage that any normal society provides. But this little factoid (which is not even in the documentary) is but the tip of the iceberg touching upon the absurd amount of Stupidity that has simply become the norm in the US. Not a single person in Portugal has been arrested in the last fifteen years for using drugs. Who do you think has the bigger drug problem? Why do the powers in this country love the criminalization of drug usage? Once this and other pennies begin to drop you can now begin to understand why US democracy has become such a joke. Once these pennies drop, you will better understand my constant mantra—Stupidparty is deadly, in more ways that can easily be counted.
The Washington Post reports:
The stakes grow progressively higher and more emotional as Moore lumbers along, discovering equal rights for women in Iceland; humane prisons in Norway; free higher education — even for foreigners — in Slovenia; and government-funded women’s health clinics in Tunisia.
Along the way, Moore circles back to a fascinating insight: A lot of these progressive ideas originated in America. It is a Norwegian prison guard, ironically, who reminds Moore that cruel and unusual punishment is outlawed by the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Moore zeroes in on another common thread: The governments of these countries appear to care about their citizens, and the citizens care about one another. Community trumps money and military prowess.
In one of the most moving scenes, Moore sits with the Norwegian father of a teenager who was slain during a 2011 attack on a summer camp that claimed 77 lives. There’s no death penalty in Norway, but Moore wonders if this grieving father wishes there were. No, he responds. Killing another person is not a right.