Freedom to the nose

Your right to swing your arm leaves off where my right not to have my nose struck begins. John B Finch (early version of a saying often attributed to John Stuart Mill, Lincoln and others) A fundamental principle of liberty and libertarianism is that people should be given as few limits as possible. John Stuart Mill argued for absolute freedom…

More from Mill

More from Mill on diversity (see Hybrids). It’s a longer quotation than usual, but it’s great. In short: diversity and mixing allow new “good things, which did not before exist.” – hybrids. It will not be denied by anybody, that originality is a valuable element in human affairs. There is always need of persons not only to discover new truths,…

Hybrids (1)

By most accounts, hybridity is a good thing.¬†Cross breeding animals and plants can result in stronger, healthier populations. John Stuart Mill argued that diversity of ideas makes us societies stronger too.¬† That mankind are not infallible; that their truths, for the most part, are only half-truths; that unity of opinion, unless resulting from the fullest and freest comparison of opposite…