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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Other Independent Review articles by Quentin P. Taylor
    Winter 2010   Thomas Hobbes, Political Economist
    Winter 2005   Money and Politics in the Land of Oz
    Winter 2004   An Original Omission? Property in Rawls’s Political Thought