Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Overworked and tired

If you haven't seen Sicko, it's quite easy to get the impression from reviews that the movie is solely about healthcare. It's not.

It's really about a much larger issue of how society gets ordered, and how we distribute the fruits of the society. The film is probably most powerful in relaying suppressed details that strongly suggest large swatches of Americans are getting fucked over in matters that have a huge effect on their day-to-day lives, particularly when compared with their brethren in OECD countries. As Ezra Klein points out, "Why can't we have that?" seems to be a common refrain for departing theatergoers, something which could be politically explosive if it was channeled in the right direction.