John Stuart Mill began his book On Liberty (1859) by asserting that power may be rightfully used against someone only to prevent harm to others and not for the person’s own good. Although he was off to a good start, Mill also offered a host of anti-liberal ideas that are profoundly hostile to freedom.

Carlos Rodríguez Braun is Professor of History of Economic Thought at the Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.
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Other Independent Review articles by Carlos Rodríguez Braun
Spring 2017 Pride and Profit: The Intersection of Jane Austen and Adam Smith
Winter 2016/17 Piketty Misreads Austen
Summer 2012 The Values of Free Enterprise versus the New Populism in Latin America
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