We already know all this: MM isn't quite startling us with the profundity of his insight. A fat, unshaven, and sloppy nincompoop spells out the patently obvious and the USA -- a nation of boobs -- swoons in amazement. The unanswered question is: How did the USA get itself up the proverbial creek without a paddle? And is there any concrete way to extricate itself from the howling mess it has made for itself economically, in health care, and militarily? And here MM is conspicuously silent -- as are the other voices in the wilderness risibly called the "Left" in the USA."WynnsWoods" said:There are two main criticisms I hear regarding him and his work: his facts are incorrect and he offers no solution.
To the best of my knowledge I have never seen any of his facts to actually be proven to be false. I do think that it is possible to paint situations in a particular light by carefully selecting which facts you present and how you format that presentation. But I don't think that anyone with a rational and open mind could dispute his thesis concepts:
Bowling for Columbine: that murder by handguns is a serious issue;
Fahrenheit 911: the war in Iraq and people (government representative and voting members of congress) that support it are sh*theads and liars;
Sicko: that there is a serious meltdown in the medical care system.
Well, okay, I grudgingly concede the point, but as I said above he's not really shedding any new insight. Plus, he should make an attempt to appear impartial: his obvious bias and partisanship actually weakens his criticism.As to a solution I do not think that journalist or moviemakers are under obligation to provide solutions. They are there to report and/or chronicle events and not necessarily there to shape them.
Agree entirely. The USA is too big to be governed democratically, or even rationally. It can only work as empire -- before it fractures into more tractable pieces.I think that the healthcare issue is one among many that will never be resolved in the U.S. I think there is just too much money (special interests) at stake and as such the issue will be one that is talked about but never really addressed.
I personally believe that the US is entirely too large, making it impossible for it to deal with a lot of issues in the same manner by which Europe has been able to deal with things. Europe (and I might as well throw in Canada here) is not perfect but they seem somehow to have developed social systems that do work. We can debate forever the effectiveness of particular programs in individual countries, but the systems do work to a great extent.
I believe in socialism and social democracy, howevever it cannot work in a country like the US and that is why if the USA is still around our grandchildren will be having these very same discussions.