Essay heading: Liberty and Paternalism

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Mill argued that the state should only limit an individual's liberty if he or she has put another, or themselves, in danger. I agree with his theory because it allows citizens to experience their lives without an extreme number of constraints, all the while protecting themselves from harm that potentially could be caused by themselves or others...
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To begin, John Stuart Mill, author of "On Liberty", lays down "one very simple principle" to govern the use of force in society (both legal penalties and the operation of public opinion); this means to only force others in self-defense, either to defend one's self, or to defend others from harm (Mill, p...
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