MILL, Utilitarianism

MILL, Utilitarianism - CONSIDER: Jim in South America Jim...

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CONSIDER : ‘Jim in South America’ Jim finds himself in the central square of a small South American town. Tied up against the wall are a row of twenty Indians, most terrified, and in front of them several armed men in uniform. A man in a khaki shirt turns out to be the captain in charge. After questioning Jim, he determines Jim is a foreigner there on a botanical expedition, and he explains that the Indians are a random group of inhabitants who, after recent acts of protest against the government, are about to be killed to set an example. Since Jim is an honored visitor from another land, the captain offers him a guest’s privilege of killing one of the prisoners himself. … … If Jim accepts, then as a special mark of the occasion, the others will be let go. If he refuses, the captain and his men will do what they were about to do and kill them all. Jim wonders whether if he got hold of a gun, he could hold the Captain and his men to threat, but it is quite clear from the set-up that nothing of the kind is
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