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Richard Vasquez Section 2 February 11, 2013 The first chapter of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and the Subjection of Women highlights the struggle between liberty and authority. The subject of this chapter, he notes, is “Civil, or Social Liberty: the nature and limits of the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over the individual.” In this respect, he warns against tyranny of the majority. His main argument, therefore, is that there exists only one reason to interfere with the liberty of an individual: self-protection. This does not mean the individual’s own good, but rather the protection of others. This means that the individual has the right to do, for himself, whatever he wills, so long as it does not harm others. I agree with much of Mill’s position; however, I do have a thought that I believe he needs to address. In the first paragraph of page twelve, he notes, “doing as we like, subject to such consequences as may follow; without impediment form our fellow creatures” is a liberty not to be infringed. But isn’t there a moral justification, to a certain
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