Downfall of America

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Downfall of America
The three source material included in this essay primarily deals with reasons why American is slowly spiraling to its doom. Although two of the sources are of fictional work, they still portray an incredibly real look at American society. The third source, Morris Berman’s Why America Failed is based off historical facts and details,  Although this is a lively and thought-provoking study of a complex topic, Berman sometimes presents a one-sided version of events—for instance, he links our high level of violent crime to selfish individualism, omitting evidence showing that crime rates have steadily declined in the past 15 years. Despite cherry-picking data, he presents his argument with verve and vivid examples. All three sources, despite describing a different part of society that is slowly destroying America, they also have a shared common goal, and that is capitalism and the corporations are going to be the downfall of America.

The first source that I got a chance to watch was David Fincher’s Fight Club. I remember watching this movie as a kid and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I never understood the underlying message of the movie. After re-watching it again this past weekend, I think I finally understand what the message is about. My impressions of the movie were quite difficult to properly comprehend and convey the message but that is what makes it an interesting movie. I think that it's about pushing non-conformism too far. The ideology that we all want to break away from the 9-to-5 day job and become what we want to be. That's where the idea of "you don't know who you really are until you've been in a fight" comes into play. The belief is that waking up, going to work, coming home and sleeping is mundane and doesn't tell who you are as a person so you have to do something to break away. Project Mayhem was created with the mindset that they would free America by destroying the corporations that were enslaving them. They targeted...
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