Paranoia Is The Heart Of The Cold War Essay examples

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Paranoia is the heart of the Cold War. Paranoia is defined as “a mental condition characterized by delusions of...exaggeration,” and further, misperceptions of reality. This form of madness fueled the Cold War and its pop culture, government manipulation/exploitation of citizens, and the loss of humanity during the Cold War Era. Many of these themes are expressed in The Cold War 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb, directed by Stanley Kubrick. Fear and the perception of fear have the potential to eliminate any concept of humanity, further leading to the question of how much of a perceived threat can a culture withstand before its humanity is lost. Humanity One of the main themes within the film is deterrence. It is defined directly by Dr. Strangelove himself as “...the art of producing in the mind of the enemy...the fear to attack” (55:09); it can also be defined as a strategy with the intent of dissuading an adversary or opponent from taking an action not yet started. Dan Lindley explains, “deterrence requires the creation of fear...the enemy must fear that the costs of an attack will outweigh the benefits.” This concept not only alludes to Mutually Assured Destruction, but utilitarianism in its purest form, the greatest good for the greatest number. In the case of Dr. Strangelove, utilitarianism also is present in General Turgidson’s speech; “We would therefore prevail, and suffer only modest and acceptable civilian…

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