It might come as a surprise that I actually enjoyed watching this movie from Michael Moore, but I truly did – sure it didn’t display the tax levels imposed on the “wealthy,” nor did it address the very important detail that European nations greatly differ from one another, I think “propaganda” would be the most accurate word to use, but it was still a good watch.
Some of the people interviewed by Moore highlight that they took inspiration from The American Constitution when implementing certain social changes within their own countries. Moore spends little time contemplating why the USA can have moved so dramatically away from its own constitutional texts and forgets to mention that European Nations have been largely homogeneous, high trust and seriously civic-minded. Alienation and decreased trust are scientifically proven result of multiculturalism, there is an inevitable build down of social cohesion. So when an Icelandic woman criticises The USA for being more self-centred rather than community oriented this rather reflects a negative transformation as trust erodes within a country rather than America being inherently bad. Furthermore, there are still areas in the USA that are “neighbourhood focused.” The movie certainly didn’t portray the entire picture of Europe but it was a great reminder of certain things that seemingly work with mixed results within our continent – as of now.
It is an interesting detail to note that Finland has made it pretty much impossible to run private schools and that all their children have to pass through the state-funded education system. This is of course glorified as egalitarian by Moore; he does not ask or wonder whether this makes Finland’s youth vulnerable for “brainwashing” or “biased social engineering.” If everyone has to go through the same system, then how do you ensure independent thought?
The propaganda movie (it would be a far cry to call it a documentary) does address the issue of efficiency, something that is an intriguing topic. It is not all about how many hours you actually work but how well you work when you do. The documentary also addresses management style; with Europeans arguing that a business does better when its employees have daylight, fresh air and a compassionate management branch. A happy worker equals good results. In America where the amount of hours you work and where the level of stress you have in your life is an indicator of success, these different approaches as practised by Europeans might be seen as revolutionary. In a good way hopefully.
Again I’m reminded of “Decision Points” by George W. Bush,where he explains that success in public education management was measured by how much money that was set aside to this public good rather than how these funds were specifically allocated to reach desired academic results. Something that he set out to change as retold in his book.
Moore criticises America due to its military spending; what critics normally omit though is that European nations have decreased their defence in order to spend more money on welfare. As I’ve mentioned in previous entries: the majority of Norwegian taxpayer’s money is spent on benefit payouts. As I’ve written before we’ve even amended our constitution so that benefits are now a constitutional right. All of this works fairly well until you run out of money or desperately need the US of A as you got no military of your own. At worst America might get sick one day of constantly being the “grown-up” and having to pay the bill. According to new interviews coming out of the Trump administration it seems like this lack of European military spending is finally coming to an end.
Yet how is the spirit of the people holding up? And how would “spoiled” Europeans deal with serious adversities such as real patriarchy, real “triggering,” – in short what do we do when faced with an authority that doesn’t really care about “safe spaces,” “tolerance” and “acceptance?”
Our (depending on how you look at it) successful Utopia is threatened by two elements: the elephant in the room called “how do we pay for this?” And the culture clash when other groups that are not civic-minded but low trust, extremely aggressive and very tribal are tossed into the mix. What Europe has become is not properly represented by Moore. Many have resigned as they see their own nation and culture as dying – it is precisely in times like these that we should be high in spirits, not out of delusion, but due to a commitment to stand for the protection of what is ours. Whether it is through the word or by other means.
Political activists representing all sorts of “marginalised” (at this point) so-called oppressed groups, are so used to being taken seriously that I truly wonder what they would do if/when faced with a total disregard for all of their requests? What will all of these groups do when faced with a brutal force inhabiting all sorts of traits that they’ve done everything to repel and suppress in our part of the world?
There is another major problem: what will European nations do when forced to cut benefit payments? There will probably be riots and absolute chaos as a result. This is behaviour that someone like Moore would glorify as “liberation and people fighting for their rights.”Even if we allow our structures to implode naturally there will still be disorder as the “system” comes crashing down.
According to what I wrote about in one of my last entries: Norwegian households are some of the most indebted in the world. A lot of our infrastructure is outdated … travelling back to the French Riviera this year was like going back into a time capsule, the same can be said of numerous state-funded institutions in the UK. As I’ve mentioned before: Norway has some of the worst roads in Europe and some of the worst universities as well.
What do we do in Norway when foreign criminals want to go to our prisons as they’ll get an education, a salary and stay at what many would refer to as a luxury resort? As I’ve translated from Norwegian in one of my entries; foreigners do not see Norwegian prisons as a deterrent. Not to forget that the elderly feel snubbed as criminals and migrants alike are treated better than those who’ve been hard-working, law-abiding citizens their entire lives … how can this be just?
European nations have in certain areas accomplished good results through untraditional, very classical-liberal-minded solutions. But for how long will this last?
We take “the Southern-European lifestyle” for granted. You are supposed to have a certain “quality of life,” life shouldn’t be a constant struggle, you need time to sit down and eat a proper drawn-out lunch for example, spending time with family – even though people like myself still find something to complain about criticising the fact that our economic systems in the North are built up around two-income families, as there should be even more focus on the family as a corner-stone of our civilisation. The build down of the family unit as we especially see in Northern Europe is damaging.
It is very strange that Americans have to strive so hard just to stay alive, but as we over here in Europe celebrate this comfortable Utopia of ours, there are other nations breathing us in the neck. Other nations from other continents more hungry than ours. Other nations that believe in strength, in might, who work harder – and these nations outcompete us in wages. They take over – slowly but surely.
It does seem like we’ve taken our gullible trust and expanded it to include the whole world to such an extent that we have left ourselves open and vulnerable. This is why terrorism should be fought by holding hands and singing “Imagine” or “We Are The World.” For how long will this type of reactions go on? Will people get sick and tired and abandon”openness?” Will people remain passive and be subjugated and enslaved as a result? Or will the far-left narrative prevail, meaning that we will all be friends and co-exist as Katy Perry uttered in an interview:
“No barriers, no borders, we all just need to co-exist.”
” Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…” As John Lennon creepily sang … These type of artists do seem to lack any understanding of the human psyche.
Sure this movie made some good points, but there were no mentions of “the ageing populations” of Europe, low birthrates and the insidious horror of replacement migration. No mention of no-go zones, no such things. No mention of Islamic terrorism or the rape-epidemic in Europe.
It sounds like we’ve reached the peak – whether we can keep on going with our current attitudes or whether this is the last stage before it all crumbles remains to be seen.
Hopefully we will be able to “heal our nations” but this can only be done if we are willing to accept that politics isn’t “nice” as laid out in this article that I translated: A Crash Course In Politics. (What It Is And What It Is Not).
I cannot stop thinking that the worst we’ve done to ourselves is expanding our generosity to all sorts of different cultures, allowing these alien groups to set up camp and establish their own parallel societies within our countries. Our kindness and fine morals might be what makes us the most vulnerable. It can certainly seem that way.
I wonder for how long Michael Moore’s movie will ring true for our part of the world. Something tells me that we might not have that much time left. Let’s hope there is a good ending to our story – not the incomplete truth as presented by Moore but the reality we are forced to accept in this beautiful “garden” of ours that should have been kept walled and heavily guarded.