Mill: Freedom and Expression Essay

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There they go again. The usual horde of five-inch heels, cleavage and navel displaying, and miniskirts that are just high enough to have a clear visual of the type of underwear each woman is wearing. It is the middle of winter and they are just acting like they are hot stuff. Is this acceptable? Should it be acceptable? Maybe a look at Mill’s beliefs can answer these questions. The introduction of the book is crucial to understanding Mill’s arguments and the status of his beliefs. It states the basic structure of his argument and his own key deductions. Mill steps back and defines his idea of civilization. He sees it as a struggle with individual people and what creates and defines our society. Which of…show more content…
A perfect example would be if a small boy was swimming at the beach and got carried out too far and was unable to swim. You happen to have an inner tube and rush out to save him, even risking your own life. If you did not the child could drown which would most certainly cause harm. This implied rule will keep people from ignoring those in need or turning a blind eye. Mill believes that this will be great for society as a whole. Mill then goes into further depth and breaks up the three different categories of our liberty and the importance of having each and every one of them respected by others and the authority. The first is “the freedom to think as one wishes, and to feel as one does. This includes the freedom to opinion, and includes the freedom to publish opinions known as the freedom of speech.” Next is “the freedom to pursue tastes and pursuits, even if they are deemed ‘immoral’, and only so long as they do not cause harm.” Finally is “the ‘freedom to unite’ or meet with others, often known as the freedom of assembly due to its being phrased as such in the United States constitution.” Each of these definitions were Mill’s words not my own. If we do not have each and every one of these liberties than we truly are not free. Each of the phrases in quotes were taken from the book as Mill’s definitions are not my own. How I understand it,

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