John Stuart Mill on the Tyranny of Society Over Itself

Calling from a distant age, Mill describes the herd mentality that brought us Trump and Brexit.

Society can and does execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with it ought not to meddle, it practices a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since, though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much more deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself.

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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