Nineteenth Century Philosophy

John Stuart Mill

Was John Stuart Mill a socialist or a capitalist?

In applying the principles of utility to government and social institutions, Mill recognized the productive consequences of free markets. But he thought that public ownership of production might benefit a greater number by eliminating the extremes of poverty. He believed in democratic government, provided that citizens were well-informed and it was not a simple majority rule based on emotions.


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