The Harm Principle: How to live your life the way you want to

published 4 years ago by BBC Radio

John Stuart Mill argues the case for being able to live your life the way you want to.

WNED. It is a book on liberty John Stuart Mill argues for one simple principle the harm principle. Their most of this. State my neighbors and everyone else should let me get on with my life. As long as they don't harm anyone in the process. One way of thinking of this is my freedom to swing my fist. Ends at the tip of your nose. If I don't have dependents I should be free to drink myself to an early death. Live as an eccentric. Or explore alternative lifestyles. As long as no one else is damaged in the process. Paternalism is okay towards children they need protecting. But never towards adults who were of sound mind itself let me get on with my experiments of living in you get on with yours. And even if I'm wrong about the best way to live. It's better to let me make my own mistakes. This individual freedom is the seedbed of genius. It's also the basis of injury ...

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