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  1. Introduction
  2. New dissenters replacing those detained
  3. Justice: The visible sacrifice made in Brazil
  4. The price of Utilitarianism
  5. Utilitarianism: Viewed as misguided
  6. Conclusion
  7. Work cited

In all its humor, 1984 ½ would have in actuality been a very fitting title for Terry Gilliam's Brazil. An invisible, all-powerful government, the struggle of the individual against the state, the apparent hopelessness, there is no doubting the similarities between George Orwell's dystopian creation and its more recent adaptation. But at some point between the opening scene and the end credits, an important difference surfaces: the motive. 1984 is the exploration of totalitarianism, a government that controls to instill fear into its citizens. The government in Brazil controls because it itself is afraid. Both Terry Gilliam and the modern world have learned that in times of terrorism and great tragedy, there is a certain pattern of extreme security taken by the state, pattern that is an exact replica of John Mill's theory of utilitarianism.

[...] Terrorism shakes the foundation of any government, and instability in the ruling party ripples down, giving birth to a universal fear that transcends all classes. The government in Brazil only uses mock concern for its citizens to keep them happy, which in turn suppresses any discontentment which could lead to further uprising, which in turn keeps the government happy. Those that do no revolt must not be in excruciating in pain, and since utilitarianism does not recognize the gray area between extremes, these passive people must be happy. [...]

[...] But in the end, that destruction of the threat and the expectant reinstatement of those rights should create a new happiness beyond comparison with the former pleasures. Utilitarianism comes with an obvious price, spelt out word by word by the theorist himself. Freedoms may have to be sacrificed to be secured in the end. This very admittance is the foundation of the controversy surrounding the modern PATRIOT Act in the United States. While many opponents of the law change go so far as to claim it away rights that safeguard all Americans? (EPIC) or that it is profoundly mistaken approach to the question of balancing liberty and security? (Posner), the key is that the designers of the PATRIOT Act themselves admit that it allows for some bending of the rules. [...]

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