Why liberty is important and the dangers of suppressing Nonconformity

Liberty

What is liberty?

Liberty is defined as the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.

In his work ‘On Liberty’ published in 1859, philosopher John Stuart Mill tried to find the limits that society should have when it comes to exercising its power over individuals.

Should society have absolute power over individuals? Does it have the right to control the thoughts and actions of individuals?

We can all easily say that a society in absolute control like North Korea is wrong and one we would never want to live in.

However, does the society we live in work on the principles of liberty?  ‘On Liberty‘ is an attempt by John to unite Utilitarianism and liberal rights.

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