John Stuart Mill - 1 Why does John Stuart Mill think that...

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1. Why does John Stuart Mill think that society should not make or enforce laws against substance abuse? Do you agree? Why or why not? Mills believes if it is a person’s imperative duty to be a substance abuser, and it does not harm or violate any other persons, then society should not interfere with that person. He further contests that if there is no distinct violation toward the “self-regarding class”, than it “becomes amenable to moral disapprobation in the proper sense of the term.” Also, he further states his claim by saying that society does interfere, and “the odds are that it interferes wrongly, and in the wrong place.” Lastly, he says, as a social right, laws against substance abuse “violates my social right.” Therefore, I do believe society should enforce laws against substance abuse because everybody’s actions, whether it’s drug abuse or volunteering, has a huge impact on the world and our culture. It effects not only the person, but society as a whole, and I truly believe drugs, especially an onlooker or a loved one will truly be effected by it.
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