The unilateral support of Israel by the United States, which occurred gradually through commonalities in culture, the moral imperative set forth by the American mission, and the important security role that Israel plays in the region, often defies the foreign interests of the United States through tarnishing the international image of American abroad, a disproportionate amount of foreign aid given to the Israeli state, and crippling the American economy.
Thesis for one of my two upcoming research papers. Feedback?
The argument that American exceptionalism and the mission that accompanied it was the driving force behind United States foreign relations in the early half of the twentieth century is advanced by Dennis Merrill and Thomas G. Paterson in the second volume of Major Problems in American Foreign Relations, specifically with regard to the United States being a unique nation when viewed relative to other states of the world, the concept of Americans possessing a moral imperative to act as a beacon of liberty and a defender of democracy, and the idea that the United States has a duty to facilitate progress and Westernization in the third world.
I don’t think the studios are tackling the heart of the problem. The issue at hand is that less people are attending theaters than ever before, largely due to the perversion of the once powerful studio system. In the 60’s and 70’s you could walk into any theater and see a Fellini film on the marquee. Currently, you won’t find a decent film anywhere near the local cinema. Most adults won’t spend 8-15 dollars a person to see a trashy movies.
The key is to reel the adults back in. Give the 30-50 year old demographic a reason to see movies again. Produce some quality films. Not the tentpole summer flicks or the slimy Oscar bait winter films. Give us some good stuff.