“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.
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