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Western political thought Midterm

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118054 2/26/12 Western Political Thought Word Count (1049) Analysis of “Charlie Goes America All Over Everybody’s Ass” The purpose of this essay is to determine the likelihood that either John Stuart Mill or Jean-Jacques Rousseau would, and to what extent, support the idea of “freedom” as depicted by the “gang” (Dennis, Mac and Frank). This essay will focus on the gang as described despite Charlie being in the title, because he spends his duration of the episode elsewhere. Specifically, it will focus on the parameters of the gang’s idea of freedom in regards to the bar that is used (their society) and the bar’s patrons (the society’s citizens). Most of what occurs, as a result of the gang’s decision to be more “American” or free, would actually be accepted and sometimes encourages by Mill. Since it is the belief of Mill that individuals should be able to make their own decisions without oversight, turning the bar into a sovereign state with no rules would make sense. The only argument that could be made from the Mill perspective would be the introduction of the “harm principle”. Some may argue that as a result of remaking the bar into a “haven”, the enjoyment of some may be the undoing of enjoyment for someone else. For example, when Dennis and Mac try to pick up ladies in the bar, they keep getting blown off because of the creepy Asian men hanging around. This could be interpreted as harm to their libido, which would constitute harm. However, the government in place would only be allowed to coerce the deviant to obey the law, nothing more. So, Mill would most
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