THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: In Praise of the Brown Bag

We are back to debating John Stuart Mill's essay On Liberty (1859). Not all the participants know it by that name, but Mill's idea of the free and sovereign individual may be, aside from the character of the presidential aspirants, the most compelling issue in this campaign. Every person Mill argued, should be given all possible liberty, provided it does not infringe on the liberty of others. This must be so, said Mill, even if some people insist on using that liberty to hurt or diminish themselves.

Mill reached his conclusion after...

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