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By Nadia Urbinati, Alex Zakaras

Whereas John Stuart Mill's writing is still a touchstone for debates over liberty and liberalism, many different dimensions of his political philosophy are frequently overlooked. but Mill's relevance has basically grown because the finish of the chilly conflict, with the resurgence of nationalism, the emergence of recent types of imperial energy, and a renewed curiosity in state-building and the structure of democracy. This ebook illustrates the breadth and intensity of Mill's political writings. It bargains a severe reassessment of Mill's political philosophy in gentle of modern worldwide improvement and political transformation.

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CW XXI: 358)50 He wound up this part of his argument by saying lamely that “[i]f we were never to interfere with the evil consequences which persons have brought upon themselves, or are likely to have brought upon themselves, we should help one another very little” (CW XXI: 358). The contrast between his willingness to waive the moral hazard argument in regard to ex post remediation and his strident insistence on the moral hazard argument in relation 49 50 Mill also speculated that it would increase the number of prostitutes, in two ways.

There was a distinction, he said, between ex ante and ex post interference by the State. I do not think it is part of the business of the Government to provide securities beforehand against the consequences of immoralities of any kind. That is a totally different thing from remedying the consequences after they occur. That I see no objection to at all. (CW XXI: 353) Facilitating the vice beforehand, he said, is “a totally different thing . . from correcting the evils which are the consequences of vices and faults” (CW XXI: 358).

They were intended to do good. And at times in his evidence, Mill conceded this: “The object of the Act is . . to protect the innocent from having these diseases communicated to them; that I understand to be the object” (CW XXI: 354). However, we cannot rest with that. The gist of Mill’s objection before the Commission was to suggest that if the aim of the Acts were really to protect the innocent against disease, they would provide for the surveillance and inspection of men as well as women. But they do not do this; so that cannot be their real intention.

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