John Stuart Mill

On Liberty

John Stuart Mill was a prolific and well-regarded author and philosopher in his day, but perhaps his most enduring work is On Liberty, an essay developed over several years and with significant input from his wife. In it, he applies his views on the Utilitarian ethical theory to systems of society and governance. The result became one of the most influential essays on liberal political thought in modern history.
In On Liberty Mill addresses such familiar concepts as freedom of speech, the importance of individuality, and the limits of society’s influence on the individual. He caps the discussion with an application of these principals on problems of the day, including education and the economy.
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    A per­son should be free to do as he likes in his own con­cerns; but he ought not to be free to do as he likes in act­ing for an­other, un­der the pre­text that the af­fairs of an­other are his own af­fairs.
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    The spirit of im­prove­ment is not al­ways a spirit of liberty, for it may aim at for­cing im­prove­ments on an un­will­ing people; and the spirit of liberty, in so far as it res­ists such at­tempts, may ally it­self loc­ally and tem­por­ar­ily with the op­pon­ents of im­prove­ment;
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    Ec­cent­ri­city has al­ways aboun­ded when and where strength of char­ac­ter has aboun­ded; and the amount of ec­cent­ri­city in a so­ci­ety has gen­er­ally been pro­por­tional to the amount of genius, men­tal vigour, and moral cour­age which it con­tained.

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