After walking the streets of Yerevan, one cannot help but notice the stark distinction from Soviet era buildings and the modern buildings of a capitalistic society. While in conversation with one of the employees of Transparency International, I was able to gain an insight on how communism and capitalism clash. Armenia was a republic in the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the Soviet Institutions within Armenia had failed as well. For two years, Armenia was without power. The employee at Transparency International asserted that the older generation was sad to see the Soviet Union collapse. For the most part, this generation was glad to live under the Soviet Union because they didn't have to worry about the basic necessities. As an American, I was surprised to hear this because the United States portrays communism through a dark lens. I always had the notion that people were unhappy living in the Soviet Union. While the older generation was sad to see the Soviet Union collapse, the younger generation accepted that in order for Armenia to survive, they must inherit the ideals of a capitalistic society. The recent buildings that have been built in Yerevan seem to represent this capitalistic society that Armenia has adopted.