Category Archives: Mill

Link for Considerations on Representative Government

For Tuesday’s class (2/21), we will be finishing up our discussions of Mill’s “On Liberty.” On Thursday, we’ll start discussing his text, Considerations on Representative Government,” which explains why representative government is so awesome (for most people, anyway), and how … Continue reading

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Objectivity in Politics: Possible?

There was a post a little while ago about the plutocratic/oligarchic nature of this country, and I wrote a comment about the strangeness of the conflation people frequently make between one’s status as an “elite” and their wealth. I realized that … Continue reading

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Individualism in performance

A couple of months ago, the great american pianist Leon Fleisher gave two masterclasses at the Eastman school of music. Although i could only attend to one, i was deeply shocked by some of the comments he had on modern … Continue reading

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“Yes, we’re all individuals now!”

A few years ago, the iconic leader of Apple computers, Steve Jobs, died. It is not too much of an exaggeration to say that Jobs has become something of a hero in American culture. The “maverick” innovator whose skill and … Continue reading

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More on Mill and Media

Last class we talked about how Mill’s view is that everyone has the potential to become the member of a society if they are “prepared” to do so. I thought it was interesting how closely Chomsky’s view of modern mass … Continue reading

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Mill in contemporary popular culture

In honor of Steve Jobs’ death, I present one of the most famous ads in recent history: What is of interest to me, however, is the obviously Millian elements of this advertisement. We must note, for instance, the celebration of … Continue reading

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Mill and Machiavelli

Post by Alex Lee Having taken another excellent political theory class last spring at the Eastman School of Music, I am compelled to draw a comparison between John Stuart Mill and a philosopher I studied last semester, Niccolò Machiavelli. One can … Continue reading

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