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I ve been meaning to read this old classic for a long time now, and I m really glad I finally got around to it Regardless of whether or not you agree with its ideas, On Liberty is certainly worth a look at In its short but complex look at society and individuality, it manages to reach law, philosophy and politics all at once and really leave you thinking Unfortunately my mom took the copy of it we have to Belize before I could finish the last two pages so technically I didn t complete it, but it s a strangely engaging read You d expect it to be a bit dry from its description, but it s actually very interesting and a book that everybody can enjoy and learn from no matter their background or knowledge I especially liked how down to earth and concise Mill is in his writing Short, sweet and to the point, he never throws in pointless filler and always has something enlightening to say. Mill 1859 , Mill Mill. Anybody interested in free speech must surely be concerned with the situation of Bret Weinstein in the US See for instance his hour interview here can only be deeply ashamed that non conservative media has I understand all but ignored this story Curious to have a statement of why this is so, I ve written to NPR to find out why they have not reported one word on it I am waiting for a response.Meanwhile, John Stuart Mill s words to remind us of what is at stake The students who are behaving so disgracefully, who have no interest in truth and most certainly no interest in free speech except theirs, of course would do well to heed his words, so timely in a period in which groups of thugs rule and noises on social media make do as replacements for truth, for philosophical contemplation and the like What could be apt than the following words on social tyranny I note in particular from what Weinstein has said of his situation, that is isn t even the lack of coverage by the left, craven as that is which is most disappointing What is really disturbing is the number of people who support him in private but will not stand up in public This is a terrible world we live in where thuggery has won and free speech is a thing of the past To think that it is the left of centre that is creating this situation, too scared to stand up for this elementary principle, and that it is conservatives who are filling the vacuum is a truly depressing state of affairs Society can and does execute its own mandates and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with which it ought not to meddle, it practises a social tyranny formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since, though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself Protection, therefore, against the tyranny of the magistrate is not enough there needs protection also against the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling against the tendency of society to impose, by other means than civil penalties, its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct on those who dissent from them to fetter the development, and, if possible, prevent the formation, of any individuality not in harmony with its ways, and compel all characters to fashion themselves upon the model of its own The principle itself of dogmatic religion, dogmatic morality, dogmatic philosophy, is what requires to be rooted out not any particular manifestation of that principle The very corner stone of an education intended to form great minds, must be the recognition of the principle, that the object is to call forth the greatest possible quantity of intellectual power, and to inspire the intensest love of truth and this without a particle of regard to the results to which the exercise of that power may lead, even though it should conduct the pupil to opinions diametrically opposite to those of his teachers We say this, not because we think opinions unimportant, but because of the immense importance which we attach to them for in proportion to the degree of intellectual power and love of truth which we succeed in creating, is the certainty that whatever may happen in any one particular instance in the aggregate of instances true opinions will be the result and intellectual power and practical love of truth are alike impossible where the reasoner is shown his conclusions, and informed beforehand that he is expected to arrive at them I m afraid even this is pertinent War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice, is often the means of their regeneration A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other The Contest in America, Fraser s Magazine February 1862 later published in Dissertations and Discussions 1868 , vol.1 p 26How can great minds be produced in a country where the test of a great mind is agreeing in the opinions of small minds It might be plausibly maintained, that in almost every one of the leading controversies, past or present, in social philosophy, both sides were in the right in what they affirmed, though wrong in what they denied.All lifted from wiki quotes. 19 . 16 8 2013, 180 ,. ,.It s A turning point Book No No, not him yeah, that s him ,. mi ha sempre commosso la dedica che Stuart Mill, uno dei miei filosofi preferiti, fa in questo suo famosissimo libro riletto di recente perch ricordavo una bellissima invettiva contro la tirannide della maggioranza, dell opinione e del sentimento prevalenti da cui ci dobbiamo proteggere non meno che da altre tirannie alla moglie Harriet scomparsa un anno prima, tanto che non sottoporr il libro a revisione senza il suo parere e lo pubblicher cos , come sgorgato, libero e purissimo Quando due persone hanno i loro pensieri e le speculazioni del tutto in comune, di poca importanza per quanto riguarda la questione di originalit , chi di essi detiene la penna , aveva scritto All amata e compianta memoria di colei che fu l ispiratrice, e in parte l autrice, di tutto il meglio della mia opera all amica e moglie il cui altissimo senso della verit e della giustizia era il mio stimolo pi grande, e la cui approvazione era la massima ricompensa dedico questo volume Come tutto ci che ho scritto per molti anni, appartiene a lei quanto a me ma il lavoro, cos com , ha ricevuto in misura molto insufficiente l inestimabile beneficio della sua revisione alcune delle parti pi importanti avrebbero dovuto essere sottoposte a un riesame pi accurato, che ora non riceveranno mai pi Se solamente fossi capace di trasmettere al mondo la met dei grandi pensieri e dei nobili sentimenti che sono sepolti con lei, sarei il tramite di benefici maggiori di quanti potranno mai derivare da qualunque cosa io scriva, privo dello stimolo e del conforto della sua impareggiabile saggezza.http youtu.be JaB1wdm9pTo On Liberty, John Stuart Mill On Liberty is a philosophical work by the English philosopher John Stuart Mill, originally intended as a short essay The work, published in 1859, applies Mill s ethical system of utilitarianism to society and the state Mill attempts to establish standards for the relationship between authority and liberty He emphasizes the importance of individuality, which he conceived as a prerequisite to the higher pleasures the summum bonum The highest good of utilitarianism Further, Mill criticizes the errors of past attempts to defend individuality where, for example, democratic ideals resulted in the tyranny of the majority Among the standards established in this work are Mill s three basic liberties of individuals, his three legitimate objections to government intervention, and his two maxims regarding the relationship of the individual to society 1970 1338 1348 269 1349 306 1340 1363 1375 416 9644450094 1385 19 1859. ^DOWNLOAD ☔ On Liberty ☔ Alternate Cover Edition Of ISBN Published In , John Stuart Mill S On Liberty Presented One Of The Most Eloquent Defenses Of Individual Freedom In Nineteenth Century Social And Political Philosophy And Is Today Perhaps The Most Widely Read Liberal Argument In Support Of The Value Of Liberty Mill S Passionate Advocacy Of Spontaneity, Individuality, And Diversity, Along With His Contempt For Compulsory Uniformity And The Despotism Of Popular Opinion, Has Attracted Both Admiration And Condemnation