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John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill
December 18, 2011, 11:32:50 AM
Any use reading "On Liberty" ?

Re: John Stuart Mill
December 18, 2011, 07:55:51 PM
Never read it and don't plan to. Little of Mill is useful in today's politics (unless your a hardcore libertarian). As for his utilitarianism, I doubt anyone posting on this forum would be anything but repulsed by it.
Der Mensch ist etwas, das überwunden werden soll. Was habt ihr getan, ihn zu überwinden?

Re: John Stuart Mill
December 19, 2011, 01:41:20 PM
Never read it and don't plan to. Little of Mill is useful in today's politics (unless your a hardcore libertarian).

Can you justify your statement, if you have never read it? This is purely for my information.

Re: John Stuart Mill
December 21, 2011, 11:43:03 PM
Never read it and don't plan to. Little of Mill is useful in today's politics (unless your a hardcore libertarian).

Can you justify your statement, if you have never read it? This is purely for my information.

Sure. Mill's politics are basically radical libertarianism - someone should be able to do anything and everything they want as long as they don't hurt anybody. This may have held water in Victorian England, but in today's day and age pretty much everything one person does effects everyone around them. For instance, prostitution, drug addiction, and obesity (none of which would have bothered Mill) costs the state immensely in health bills.

This is merely what I've gleened from reading books about him, and true enough to really get what he's saying the best thing would be read him. But as far as I'm concerned, if your interested in libertarianism you would be better off reading more modern writers on the subject.
Der Mensch ist etwas, das überwunden werden soll. Was habt ihr getan, ihn zu überwinden?

Re: John Stuart Mill
December 22, 2011, 03:20:55 AM
Mill's politics are basically radical libertarianism - someone should be able to do anything and everything they want as long as they don't hurt anybody.

Really?

Re: John Stuart Mill
December 22, 2011, 08:20:46 PM
Mill's politics are basically radical libertarianism - someone should be able to do anything and everything they want as long as they don't hurt anybody.

Really?

Interpretations vary as with any other philosopher, and I've merely posted what I've read in various media. The best way to separate out the fact from fiction would be to read him yourself, but as I've said, you would probably gain more benefit from reading an author more up-to-date. Mill was revolutionary and important in Victorian England, but now he is merely important historically.
Der Mensch ist etwas, das überwunden werden soll. Was habt ihr getan, ihn zu überwinden?