On Liberty John Stuart Mill Summary

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In “On Liberty”, John Stuart Mill applies his philosophical system of utilitarianism to the government and argues that a government's primary goal should be protecting its citizens' individual liberty. Mill also argues that the only time coercion is acceptable is when a person’s behavior harms individuals (Mill, 617). Otherwise, society should treat diversity with complete respect Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are three things that each American is entitled to. In the United States Constitution, the first ten amendments are the Bill of Rights, one of them being freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is defined as the right to articulate one's opinions and ideas without the interference of government retaliation, censorship, or societal sanction. In this paper, I argue that every citizen is entitled to freedom of speech where there are limitations with the help of The Harm Principle. According to Mill, freedom is to have free speech, thought, religion, and the freedom to plan and live life as one pleases. He states that the government should take care of the people without making them obedient instruments. Mill feel that a free person has a better chance of having more happiness in their life. Mill’s stance is that “No society in which these liberties are not, on the whole, respected is free” (Mill, 616). Mill defends an individual’s free speech by appealing, not to the majority’s kindheartedness, but to its own welfare (Mill, 615). He argues that freedom of
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