Progressives are continuously working to make the United States more like Europe. During the presidential campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders often cited Scandinavian countries and their socialized governments as an exemplary mold for our country to fill.
Filmmaker Michael Moore continues that progressive effort, which Sanders helped to popularize, in his movie Where To Invade Next.
Cameras follow Moore to several European countries as he invades, plants the American flag, and declares their great policy ideas borrowed. The countries include Italy, Slovenia, Portugal, France, and others where he observes public policy in action.
In Italy, Moore meets with working people to discuss their eight weeks of paid vacation, guaranteed to them by law.
In Slovenia, he visits universities in order to find how many students will graduate with debt. The only student he finds with debt is an American one who moved to Slovenia to study for free, and that debt is to the American government from which he borrowed money to study back in the US.
In Portugal, he meets with law enforcement, which stopped arresting drug users years ago. “Why should it be illegal to ruin your life?,” one official rhetorically asks Moore.
In France, he goes to elementary school cafeterias to see what the kids eat. He discovers that French kids eat much better than American kids and for much cheaper. At one point he offers an 11-year old girl some soda, and she doesn’t like it (if you can believe that).
Moore travels to several other countries, including Norway, where prisoners are given keys to their own rooms.
The policies may seem utopian to some, but to Moore and other progressives, they are wholly within reach.
The documentary is very one-sided, as it only presents the things that work, not those that don’t, or how much the ones that work actually cost. However, it is valuable because exemplifies well progressive ideas and challenges conservatives to come up with alternatives.