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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    Vladimir Bogdanovhas quoted6 months ago
    I claim, as a cit­izen, a right to le­gis­late whenever my so­cial rights are in­vaded by the so­cial act of an­other.” And now for the defin­i­tion of these “so­cial rights.” “If any­thing in­vades my so­cial rights, cer­tainly the traffic in strong drink does. It des­troys my primary right of se­cur­ity, by con­stantly cre­at­ing and stim­u­lat­ing so­cial dis­order. It in­vades my right of equal­ity, by de­riv­ing a profit from the cre­ation of a misery, I am taxed to sup­port. It im­pedes my right to free moral and in­tel­lec­tual de­vel­op­ment, by sur­round­ing my path with dangers, and by weak­en­ing and de­mor­al­ising so­ci­ety, from which I have a right to claim mu­tual aid and in­ter­course
    Vladimir Bogdanovhas quoted8 months ago
    Thus, in the eight­eenth cen­tury, when nearly all the in­struc­ted, and all those of the un­in­struc­ted who were led by them, were lost in ad­mir­a­tion of what is called civil­isa­tion, and of the mar­vels of mod­ern sci­ence, lit­er­at­ure, and philo­sophy, and while greatly over­rat­ing the amount of un­like­ness between the men of mod­ern and those of an­cient times, in­dulged the be­lief that the whole of the dif­fer­ence was in their own fa­vour; with what a salut­ary shock did the para­doxes of Rousseau ex­plode like bomb­shells in the midst, dis­lo­cat­ing the com­pact mass of one-sided opin­ion, and for­cing its ele­ments to re­com­bine in a bet­ter form and with ad­di­tional in­gredi­ents.
    Marko P.has quotedlast year
    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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