"Over himself, over his own body and mind,
the individual is sovereign."
John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
On Liberty (1859) (Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1978), p. 9
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This statement should be inscribed on the walls of the Supreme Court inside and out...and while we're at it with the tools the inscription should be visible from the wells of the Senate and House of Representatives.
 -- A.Jurgensen, Stuart, FL     
    ... unless you believe as the radical religious right does that they know best what is right for you and your body...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Unfortunately, it seems that in America we are quickly getting to the point where the politicans believe that they have control over our mind and actions, and what is sadder yet, is that a large percentage of Americans believe this to be the natural state of affairs.
     -- Bill, Baltimore     
    Amen to this quote.
     -- KS, Queensbury,NY.     
    This quote is simply spine-tremblingly haunting. It sums up all that is brilliant about liberty in the west in a few simple words. What an amazing quote.
     -- J-BH, Leicester     
    ...or the left who want to control what you eat and drink and make your health care decisions for you. There is over-reach on both sides of the aisle, not just one.
     -- Rgc, Spokane     
    Natural Law in a nutshell.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The Libertarian party is the only political party that actually believes this.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    Ahhh yes, remember pre - 14th, 16th, police state, licensing, victimless crimes, Obamacare, the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land etc., etc., etc. when this quote had some political value?
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    It's still true whether we live up to the responsibility or not. Don't Tread On Me!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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