This IS The NYT, Right?

3 comments June 22nd, 2007at 07:21am Posted by Eli

This was rather surprising and refreshing to read in the A.O. Scott (already one of my favorite movie reviewers) review of Sicko:

[Michael Moore’s] polemical, left-populist manner seems calculated to drive guardians of conventional wisdom bananas. That is because conventional wisdom seems to hold, against much available evidence, that liberalism is an elite ideology, and that the authentic vox populi always comes from the right. Mr. Moore, therefore, must be an oxymoron or a hypocrite of some kind.

Someone’s been reading the liberal blogs… or should start writing one.

Also from the same review:

Mr. Moore is less interested in tracing the history of American exceptionalism than in opposing it. He wants us to be more like everybody else. When he plaintively asks, “Who are we?,” he is not really wondering why our traditions of neighborliness and generosity have not found political expression in an expansive system of social welfare. He is insisting that such a system should exist, and also, rather ingeniously, daring his critics to explain why it shouldn’t.

If America is a country of both can-do awesomeness and compassionate generosity, then there really is no good reason why we can’t pull off universal health care. Which is not to say that there isn’t any reason at all…

Entry Filed under: Media,Movies,Politics

3 Comments

  • 1. Karin  |  June 22nd, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    Hi, Eli. I liked the review too-in fact I was commenting on it over at Eschaton first thing this morning.

  • 2. Eli  |  June 22nd, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    Hiya, Karin! Don’t be a stranger!

  • 3. Interrobang  |  June 24th, 2007 at 12:34 am

    It’s pretty simple why you guys don’t have a single-payer healthcare system. Tommy Douglas was born here.


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