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John Stuart Mill's concept of liberty professes to be liberal but ends up with a distinctly 'non-liberal' feel when analysing the details. This paper endeavours to define exactly what Mills' notion of liberty is and how it should be regulated by studying h***** book "On Liberty." The main discrepancies of his theory will be highlighted so as to demonstrate the apparent contradiction between his ideology and ***** examples he chooses to showcase ***** theory in its application.

Mill defines liberty (civil or *****cial) as "the nature and lim***** ***** the power which can be legitimately exercised by society over ***** individual." (Chapter I - Introductory; 1) The obvious wielder of this power Mill identified to ***** the government. However the government can be controlled or checked in turn since they are still held accountable to the people. Mill recognized ano*****r wielder ***** this control over the individual, ***** 'society' in question that exercises this ***** over the individual is the majority or those considered to be ***** maj*****ity. However, unlike the government, ***** is held ***** to the people, ***** majority does not have those checks. Mill states that in many instances the ruling majority ***** not always the same people who ***** ***** power ***** on them. The majority may even wish to dominate a p*****rt of the population. Therefore, there would still need to ***** a limit*****tion placed on this ***** *****. (***** I - *****ntroduc*****ry; 4)

***** re*****on behind the importance in limiting the power and influence of government and 'society' over its individual constituents lies in the risk of tyranny. Society enforces ***** own rules and regulations, as well as punishments it metes out to *****mever society deems necessary to penalize. However, if society is incorrect in its judgment or if society unjustifiably interferes in an individual citizen's affairs, it actually practices *****. If society delves too deeply in the private affairs of individuals, ***** leaves that individual less room to maneuver, less ***** to escape such tyranny, particularly if ***** allegations of wrongdoing are unfounded. Mill ident*****ies ***** type of ***** ***** "enslaving the soul itself." (Chapter I - Introduct*****y; 5) Mill uses this argument to justify protection, not just from the government of the day in secur*****g true *****, but also from ***** majority. "There needs [to be] protection... against the tyranny of prevailing opinion ***** *****ing; ***** the tendency of society to impose, by other means than civil penalties, its ***** ideas and ***** as rules of conduct on those who dissent from *****; to fetter the development, *****, if possible, prevent ***** formati*****, ***** any *****ity ***** in harmony ***** its ways, and compel characters to f*****hion themselves upon the model of its own." (Chapter I ***** *****ntroduc*****ry; *****)

***** question becomes, how can we regulate this type ***** balance between intervention and non-***** on the part of society? Currently, ***** method ***** doing so is simplistic. Mill has identified this ***** as being largely a reworking of one of the C*****tholic


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