Turn to Empire Imperial Liberalism and Its Critics Essay

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Mills on Liberty

John Stuart Mill's on Liberty

To whom does Mill's principle of liberty apply? To whom does it NOT apply? Mill justifies the liberty principle according to "the permanent interests of man as a progressive being" (On Liberty, p. 4). What are the strengths and weaknesses of this argument?

Liberty should apply to everyone with a few exceptions. First, liberty should only be granted to the extent in which this liberty does not harm another's liberty. This is known as the harm principle. People should be granted liberty however the right to liberty must stop when it hinders on someone else's well-being. The same principle can also be applied to help others prevent self-harm. For example, children and "backwards" people are unable to prevent self-harm to themselves when granted too much liberty. Therefore, Mill's believes that in such examples despotism is appropriate so long as the ruler is benevolent in their leadership.

Mill's liberty principle promises an extraordinary degree of freedom to individuals. Give some examples.

Mill's believes that people should be free to follow their own intellectual, spiritual, and bodily development as they see fit. This is to be protected at all costs; even if this is at the opposition of the majority position. For example, religions freedoms should be protected for each individual regardless of the majority's opinion. Therefore, atheist's rights should be protected from the "tyranny of the majority" even…

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