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Old 2013-03-01, 09:03   Link #66
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Originally Posted by Cytrus View Post
Akane's already gone on record stating that maintaining public order is a high priority task up there with enforcing justice. She will compromise if she finds it necessary. The system as it is has two faults:
a) it acts out of whack in 0.01% of cases
b) its true nature is different from what the citizens are told
The system has way, way more faults than that.

1) People are treated like criminals even if they've committed no crimes.

2) There's no judiciary system. If you happen to have a bad Psycho-Pass reading one day, you go directly to jail or get killed. You don't get to speak out in your own defense in any meaningful way. You don't get your day in court. Should you go to jail, you're very likely to be there for the rest of your life (heavily implied during the Yayoi flashback episode).

3) The average human lifespan is declining in the world of Psycho-Pass, and this is due to the numbing effect of the Sibyl system. This was brought up during the Oryo arc.

4) Censorship, also brought up during the Oryo arc. The works of Oryo's father were banned. Then there's "authorized music", which should make anybody who values the arts simply cringe.

5) Much of the above would at least be theoretically defensible if Sybil really was purely mechanical based. At least then it really would be objective. But no, Sybil is a collective of 250 brains making life and death decisions for every citizen in the world of Psycho-Pass. And a good case can be made that these brains are probably a bunch of sociopaths or psychopaths. It shouldn't be necessary to explain the serious dangers inherent in a setup like this.

The Sybil system is a totalitarian oligarchy who's net effect on the Japanese people is quite possibly to their detriment. A strong case can be made that the Japan of Psycho-Pass would be better off being like the Japan of today.

If Akane tears down Sibyl, and replaces it with a proper judiciary system, is that really something you would take issue with? Personally, I would cheer it. Loudly.
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