“The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their numbers, is self-protection. 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.”

–John Stuart Mill from his book “On Liberty.”

I have not read Mill. And at first glance this passage seems libertarian. It seems consistent with the non-aggression principle. However, how one defines “harm to others” is the crux of his philosophy, I assume. If person A has more money than person B, is that harmful to person B? If so, the gates of power over person A have been opened.

I am sure Mill answers this question. Perhaps I shall read his work in toto one day.


If you haven’t seen/heard this yet…

It is not anything like you think it might be… I mean, Ed Sheeran?

Check it out…

I’ve hit “replay” more than few times.


It is natural for people to want simple “solutions” to societal problems.
It is a sad truth such solutions rarely exist.
The demand to do “something” is where the first collides with the reality of the second.
This “demand” almost always results in a greater problem than the original.
But at least y’all did something.