John Stuart MillJohn Stuart Mill, (1806-1873) English philosopher and economist

John Stuart Mill Quote

“Protection, therefore, against the tyranny of the magistrate is not enough; there needs protection against the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling, against the tendency of society to impose, by other means than civil penalties, its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct on those who dissent from them.”

John Stuart MillJohn Stuart Mill
~ John Stuart Mill

On Liberty, 1859

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

I like it, a lot; much truth there.

Mary - MI
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Mary - MI    1/30/14

Great quote. There needs to be protection from busy-body Social Engineers who are elected and appointed to a government office.

jim k, Austin, Tx

Protection from the majority as well as the minority.

E Archer, NYC

Beware the opinion-makers -- their job is to get us to fall in line and offer no resistance to their designs upon our properties and labors. Majority popular opinion has traditionally been the conditioned responses of the masses without any reasonable basis.

Warren, Olathe

He does not seem to be too fond of political correctness does he?


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