John Stuart Mill, Political Economist: A Reassessment
By Quentin P. Taylor
This article appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of The Independent Review

Although John Stuart Mill (1806 –1873) is remembered today for writing On Liberty and other works of social philosophy, for almost half a century he was best known for his leading treatise, Principles of Political Economy. A close reading of this influential work reveals that Mill’s political commitment was not to free-market liberalism, as most scholars maintain, but rather to socialism.

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