Communism vs. Liberalism
The farther and farther this class drove on through the semester, the more I heard the phrase repeated “what if there is no answer to the question?” In both On Liberty and the Communist Manifesto I feel they address this phrase, just in their own words. There is no one size fits all answer and now I am starting to understand that is truthful. Everyone believes that people are different; they think different, they act different, and they want different things. If that is the case, why should we have a universal government that is “supposed to fit everyone” when we all have different needs and wants. Throughout all of the class discussion that have been had this semester talking about answers and one-size fits all solutions, I just now started to realize what it all meant. In On Liberty by John Stuart Mill he often addresses the fact that people are different. In his essay he quotes “One whose desires and impulses are not his own, has no character, no more than a steam engine has character.” Which means people should be free to have their own ideas and use them to better the world. Mill also spoke about how he believed in educating people of the ideas of the human experience, but he also believed we should be able to bounce off on those ideas and interpret those ideas how they see fit to their way of thinking. When he talks about this idea that everyone should know the knowledge of the human experience, he is basically speaking about parents should not have the choice to keep their kids from not being educated. He states that everyone should have to be educated no matter what; they need to know the ideas and the past of the human struggle so they can learn from the past. Because the mistakes that people have made in the past can be corrected by how you handle similar or the same situations in the future. Mill also talks about how unpopular beliefs can be taught and exist throughout the world and how it is ok for people to believe these...
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