Analysis Of On Liberty By John Stuart Mill
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... Liberty" by John Stuart Mill Mill opens his book with a discussion about the "struggle between ity and liberty" describing the tyranny of government, which, in his view, needs to be controlled by the liberty of the citizens. Without such limit to authority, the government is a "dangerous weapon".
The philosopher divides this control of authority into two mechanisms: first, necessary rights belonging to citizens, and, second, the "establishment of constitutional checks, by which the consent of the community, or of a body of some sort, supposed to represent its interests, was made a necessary condition to some of the more important acts of the governing power" (7). As such, Mill suggests that mankind...