He has a dim view of America, and a high view of Michelle Obama. What a coincidence… so did she.
Kevin Costner — who has made much of his living pretending to be political on television — has an opinion or two to offer about America and American politics.
He isn’t a big fan of our individualism.
“The political landscape is unrecognizable to me, and shame on us for being in that spot,” the Oscar winner says. “That could change overnight, not because of a vote, but because people say, ‘I want to try to be more than about myself.’ That’s the definition of public service.”
Costner isn’t hopeful that change will come anytime soon.
“This is the greatest experiment in humankind: America,” he says. “This great idea about America still exists, it’s still here. People still want to come here, but we’re not first in hardly anything that matters and we have an inflated idea about how we are. We exaggerate about what we are. We are everything that’s great and we are everything that’s human. And our humanness and our level of selfishness is overtaking our chance to be great.”
Not first in hardly anything that matters, eh?
That’s an awfully convenient claim for a man with a higher net worth than some national economies.
Nobody’s stopping Kostner from living a blue-collar lifestyle and giving the rest away. But no — he wants generosity to be accomplished by the GOVERNMENT.
That’s not working out so well in many of the other countries who’ve tried sucking from the teat of the Nanny-state. The problem is, eventually, you run out of other peoples’ money.
It’s a problem even America will have to grapple with, sooner rather than later.
Ironically, while you and the other globalists complain about how bad things are, a miraculous thing is happening. The very capitalist spirit you Hollywood types spend so much time and energy denigrating (despite having profited from it handsomely) has worked some wonders around the world.
The Industrial Revolution also led to fundamental non-economic changes. Improvements in agricultural productivity allowed a larger population to eat. That, along with new opportunities for factory work, increased urbanization and contributed to the development of political awareness among the “lower orders.” At the same time, wealth became more widely distributed, as landed interests gave way to the interests of the nouveau-riche bourgeoisie. All in all, old patterns of authority were eroded and society became more democratic.
…Finally, for the first time since the start of industrialization, global inequality is declining as developing countries catch up with the developed world. Between 1990 and 2017, argues Branko Milanovic from City University of New York, the global Gini coefficient, which measures income inequality among all of the world’s inhabitants, decreased from 0.7 to 0.63.
Not exactly the sad song Bernie’s been singing to us, is it?
Hey Kevin — how about you stick with being a pretend politician on TV and the rest of us can go back to ignoring you. You might want to leave the real-world political thinking to someone who actually knows what the hell they’re talking about.
That’d be great, thanks.
But don’t worry, if we ever need an expert opinion on TV-land political concerns, we’ll let you know.
Our people will call your people. Yada yada yada.
You know the drill.