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Political Science
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Jason Sykes

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Wednesday February 12th 2014
Poli 2p93:
John Stuart Mill:
Contrast Himself to older writings which:
- focused on a contest between rulers and classes of subjects
- where rulers were in a “necessarily antagonistic position” to the people they ruled
- “Men ceased to think it necessity of nature that their governors should be an
independent power, opposed to interest to themselves”
- we have evolved we have modernized
- critique of hobbes and locke
Slide 2:
- be their tenants or delegates, revovable at their pleasure… that way alone.. could
they have complete security with
- governance should fear their people
Slide 3:
- self gov’t and the power of the people over themselves, do not express the true
state of the case
- critique of self government
- does not show the true state of what that would be
Slide 4:
- the people who exercise power, are not the ones it is exercised over
- self gov’t is not the gov’t of each by himself, but of each by all the rest
- not the will of the people who select our gov’t but who ever has the loudest voice
- will of the most active
- the will of the ppl.. means the will of the most numerous or the most active part of
the people
- what impact does the wealthy have
- what impact does the media have
Slide 5:
- the ppl consequently may desire to oppress a part of their number and precautions
are needed the limitation loses none of its importance when the holders of power
are regularly accountable to the community
- oppress who they do not agree with
- this is why we have consitutions
- why we put limits on the power of gov’t
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- the object of this essay is to assert one simple principle.. the sole end for which
mankind are warranted … interfering with the liberty of action of any of their
number, is self protection
- prevent harm from others
Slide 7:
- his own good either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant he cannot be
compelled because it will be better for him make him happier be wise or even
- I cannot force you to do something even if I know it is better for you
Slide 8:
- the only part of the conduct of anyone for which he is amenable to society is that
which concerns others. In the part which merely concerns himself, his
independence is of right absolute over himself, over his own body and mind the
individual is sovere
- you can do what you want because it is your body and up to you
- you can only protect yourself (war on drugs)
Slide 9:
- we are not speaking of children those who are still in a state of require being taken
care of by others, must be protected against their own actions as well as against
external injury
- you can get emancipated
- individual liberty does not apply to all people
Slide 10:
- despotism is a legitimate mode of government in dealing with barbrains, provided
the end be their improvement … but as soon as mankind have attained the
capacity of being guided to their own improvement by conviction or persuasion,
compulsion is justifiable only for the security of other
- each rely on reason in order to join civil society
- authoritarianism is not permitted… representative of peoples interests
Slide 11:
- it is porper to state that I forgo any advantages which could be derived to my
argument from the idea
- man should improve over time
- abstract right has nothing to do with this
Slide 12:
Slide 13:
- to perform certain acts of individual beneficial such as saving a fellow –creatures
life interposing to protect
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