Did you know, in some countries:
- Prison cells aren’t locked, there’s very little if any prison violence, and homicide rates have declined (Norway)?
- There are no drug crimes and correspondingly less drug use (Portugal)?
- Employees are given almost 2 months paid vacation and holidays per year as well as 5 months of paid maternity leave when needed (Italy)?
These represent some of the positive ideas that Michael Moore suggests importing to America in his recent movie, “Where To Invade Next.” The title misleads as this exploration only “invades” in a whimsical way to “steal” methods aligned with love, care, and respect for human dignity.
I love the way Godfrey Cheshire described this film at RogerEbert.com:
Michael Moore’s surprising and extraordinarily winning ‘Where to Invade Next’ will almost surely cast his detractors at Fox News and similar sinkholes into consternation. They get lots of mileage out of painting Moore as a far-left provocateur who’s all about ‘running America down.’ But his new film is all about building America up, in some amazingly novel and thought-provoking ways. In my view, it’s one of the most genuinely, and valuably, patriotic films any American has ever made.
If you’re American, it might be embarrassing at first to see how the countries featured in this movie operate from a more compassionate model of society instead of the “me first” approach to getting all that you can for yourself characteristic of the modern America ethos. But the film is irresistibly inspiring.