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Mill - Jin Bae HIEU 202 Word Count: 841 On Liberty and the...

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Jin Bae HIEU 202 Word Count: 841 On Liberty and the State The theme of individual liberty persists within Mill’s On Liberty. Mill believed that an individual may do anything he or she wishes, as long as that individual’s actions do not harm others ("That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others."). In the past, liberty was only defined to be as constitutional checks on the government; however, Mill stated another type of liberty, that governments have no right to meddle in an individual’s affairs, even when they enact laws that are designed for the good of the individual. In fact, the only viable reason for any government to exist in the first place is to protect the individual so that the people are protected from endangerments. Mill believes that the government gains unnecessary power when it intervenes in society’s matters, such as the state’s involvement in taxation during the period of Atlantic trade. The ideal state should comprise of a secure system in which individuals are allowed to freely express their opinions and power over what they desire to do with their lives, as long as they do not harm others. Also, the state cannot have a system in which the majority has too much influence on society, since this type of
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