"Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men."
John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
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 -- Henry, Edinboro      
Well quoted.
 -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
    We hold this truth to be self evident.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Anyone who donates money to TV evangelists, even if he" talks every morning to God", is being deceived. Atrocities happen daily around the Globe in the name of God.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    (-: jim, you make me smile. What is the correlation between TV evangelists and atrocities happening around the world ? Me thinks your stroke is too broad; some evangelists are idiots, some materialistic shysters and some are good people just trying to do good without hurting anyone (it is an individualistic thing). Spousal abuse occurs all around the world in the name of love. Does that mean we need to quit loving our spouses or financially supporting them ? :-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    The biggest abusers of individualism are church and state. Compulsion in varying degrees defines whether they are 'good' or 'bad.' I am afraid there are plenty of people who choose to follow rather than think for themselves. Humans are relatively creatures of habit.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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