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On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
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Jun 27, 11

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Read from June 24 to 27, 2011

It's amazing how it appears as if the older the work, the more relevant it is to today. Sure, this is anything but 'old' in comparison to Socrates and other writers, but this over 150 year old document still serves well today, definitely worth the few hours reading and I recommend it to everyone.

It is logically structured and written with ease of reading and understanding without the sacrifice of the quality of his argument.

As mentioned by Mill, he's not necessarily bringing anything new to the table, just offering the argument in a more modernistic view.

Of course some things aren't as applicable today that he had argued for, but I am sure if he was alive today, and now almost 200 years ago, than his arguments would reflect the day and age we live in now. This is something that the reader should take into consideration when reading aged texts, tha the applicability or viability may differ from the changes in time. However the overall argument is still a highly debatable issue, especially in the past few years in post 9/11.
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