Like any good research paper Michael Moore's Where to Invade Next states its thesis at the end of its introduction and then continues to give examples and take us through its methodologies until some type of conclusion might be drawn and some discussion might be had about those results. Moore follows each of these steps in assessing where his beloved United States of America has gone so wrong over the last few decades. How have we come full circle and wound up in a situation where tension in race relations is at an all-time high, education scores are at all-time lows, obesity is at an all-time high, and the overall quality of life couldn't be further from the imagined "American Dream"? It is in this grain of an idea that Moore decides to go to other countries around the globe and "invade" them to see why they seem to be excelling in areas where the States are having trouble and "steal" their ideas. The simple revelations these countries offer to some of America's most dire issues are striking and Moore, taking on this optimistic point of view that things really do stand a chance of changing, is refreshing. This isn't a cynical man poking fun at how badly we've failed, but someone who seems to genuinely want to turn things around for the better. Even if one doesn't necessarily agree with all of the politics of the proposed resolutions, the goal is admirable and I can't help but hope the decent population of people in this country can see through the differences in the details to the real message of the documentary. That it doesn't have to be about the political lines, a particular parties beliefs, or the presumed prejudice that some group will undoubtedly call foul when any decision is made, but that to make such changes would be to benefit as many people as possible-what is best for all of us and not just a select group of individuals.

No comments:

Post a Comment