Moore’s economy documentary seen from a philosophy perspective


David Jenkins

Students and professors alike together watching 'Where To Invade Next'. All are intrigued.

David Jenkins

The Philosophy Club showed Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next” Friday Aug. 30.

Originally, the presentation was supposed to be about the Moral Philosophy of Islam, conducted by the President of the Philosophy Club Mohammed Hassan.

However, do to a personal emergency, Hassan was not able to present what was planned, instead the film was presented.

There were at least 10 individuals present ; Four professors and the rest being students.

The entire film was not shown due to another class that had to use the classroom, so only about an hour and 20 minutes of the film was shown.

In the film, Michael Moore traveled western countries and presented the distinction between European economics and American economics and how the working class are treated under the two different systems, from work benefits to the education system.

Philosophy professor, Daniel Vecchio, attended the event with the expectation of the original presentation, however, he was intrigued on how some of the students responded.

Vecchio said, “It was very clear that some of the students were profoundly affected by the presentation challenging some of their preconceived notions of politics in other countries of American exceptionalism and we need to move forward in the country. It was very eye opening for them.”

However, he was indifferent toward Michael Moore’s biased presentation.

He stated, “Although, I would also say that the video […] it’s unabashedly one sided, so we do need that other perspective represented for a fruitful dialogue.”

Engineering major, Kay Uraizee, was one of the few student attendees.

Uraizee was disappointed at first about the cancellation of the presentation on Islamic moral philosophy.

She said, “I wasn’t expecting a speaker, I was expecting more on having a discussion, because we were supposed to discuss Islam and I’m a Muslim. And I thought it would be interesting to see other people’s opinion. Thats technically why I came.”

At the end, Uraizee was satisfied with the film, “I came and learned about the other countries, I thought ‘Hey, thats pretty cool.’ And I learned more about my country.”

She did however have some critical thoughts on the way Moore presented his position in the film.

She stated, “I felt like the documentary was more on exposing the awesome and wonderful things, […] Then comparing it to America. The host of the film, I think was a little rude, but for the sake of making our country better.”