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Beyond just talking about rabbits shitting outside their cages, in this episode of The Future Is A Mixtape, Jesse & Matt will provide a sustained analysis on Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next. Not only was this the finest documentary released in 2015, but the film is Michael Moore’s magnum opus without parallel or peer in his storied and fecund oeuvre. After shooting and releasing a misshapen and badly organized documentary Capitalism: A Love Story in 2009, it seemed that the director had lost his vision or was in some sleepy and lonesome lull. But it’s important to remember that the same lull in vision during his early career with Canadian Bacon (1995) and The Big One (1997) also appeared right before his breakout films, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11. By going invisible for six years after the release Capitalism: A Love Story, shooting in ‘secret locations’ unknown to anyone, Michael Moore came back fully revitalized and more sophisticated in his rhetoric and tactics of persuasion, by rejecting partisanship and labels in order to reveal why other countries just simply do it better when it comes to solving daunting societal problems, such as work-stress, malnutrition, K-12 educational failures, student debt, work-life balance, drug addiction, prisons, as well as the loss of women’s rights and demanding government reforms. Jesse & Matt hope to tell you why Where to Invade Next is so vital to revving up America’s rudderless drift. They will also describe why the film’s uses of framing and persuasion are worth stealing--especially given the left’s tragic history at winning anything of lasting consequence amidst the Drum & Death March of Neoliberalism.
Mentioned In This Episode:
1: Michael Moore Invades Italy - Rest & Relaxation
2: France - School Lunches & Children’s Nutrition
Memorable Jesse Herring Quote: “Life in America Is a Maze of Electric Fences”
3: Finland - Best Place for K-12 Education in the World
The Bryan Callen Show: Podcast Episode 173: Pasi Sahlberg & Finland’s Education System: Only 10% Finnish of Students Take Assessment Exams Because You Only Need 10% to Find the “Blood” Results; America Takes 100% of the Blood.
4: Slovenia - Debt-Free College Education
The State Hornet: “The California State University and University of California systems have changed terminology from “fees” to “tuition,” in hopes of clarifying where student money is spent and to address problems with Post-9/11 GI Bill processing.” (Published During the Tuition Crisis in 2010.)
5: Germany - Work, Labor Rights & Acknowledging State Crimes
6: Portugal - Decriminalization of All Drugs
7: Norway - Rehabilitation as Punishment
“A survey of inmates who were released in 2005 put Norway’s two-year recidivism rate at 20 percent, the lowest in Scandinavia, which was widely praised in the Norwegian and international press. For comparison, a 2014 recidivism report from the United States Bureau of Justice Statistics announced that an estimated 68 percent of prisoners released in 30 states in 2005 were arrested for a new crime within three years.”
8: Tunisia - Women’s Rights & Governmental Reform: Part I
Mikhail Bakunin: “I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.”
9: Iceland - Women’s Rights & Governmental Reform: Part II
10: The Berlin Wall - How Ideas Like Prisons Can Be Dismantled
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