He states that he fears that Western civilization approaches this well-intentioned conformity to praiseworthy maxims characterized by the Chinese civilization. Mill claims that all of his principles on liberty appeal to the ultimate authority of utilitarianism, according to Nigel Warburtonmuch of the essay can seem divorced from his supposed final court of appeals.
Mill seems to idealize liberty and rights at the cost of utility. He further stipulates that repeat offenders should be punished more than first time offenders.
In particular, Mill links liberty to the ability to progress and to avoid social stagnation. The only justification for a person's preference for a particular moral belief is that it is that person's preference.
I don't think there is anything offensive but with politics, you never know. Freedom, high-day! A fairly brief book, using vivid examples, it is a quick and relatively easy read.
Rather, the person behind the action and the action together are valuable. Mills categorically believed that the right to be free and live your life as you choose applied equally to both women and men. In fact, of course, it is especially in such times of crisis that criticism must be fostered and welcomed.
Without going into a detailed thesis of my political beliefs, I am going to share a few basic beliefs so that you will understand where I am coming from in relation to the theories that Mill argues in favor of in this book. Mill believes that here too man should do pretty much as he wishes, though he understands actions are already more complicated things: "No one pretends that actions should be as free as opinions.