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Viewpoint: Forget the harm principle -- just ask if it's wise

Published 02/01/2012, Woodbury Bulletin

In his well known essay “On Liberty,” the 19th century utilitarian-libertarian philosopher J.S. Mill famously wrote that “ … the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community against his will, is to prevent harm to others … in [whatever] merely concerns himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign … .”

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