Riccardo Rovelli, Professor of Economics, Università di Bologna
· Economia dell'UE (Marzo-Maggio 2012 – LM SID, Forlì)
· Economics of the EU (in English: March-April 2012, LM EC, Bologna)
· Politica Economica (Marzo-Aprile 2012, L SID, Forlì)
Email : riccardo.rovelli @ unibo.it
John Stuart Mill, On liberty (1859)
(Ch.1). There is … in the world at large an increasing inclination to stretch unduly the powers of society over the individual, both by the force of opinion and even by that of legislation: and as the tendency of all the changes taking place in the world is to strengthen society, and diminish the power of the individual, this encroachment is not one of the evils which tend spontaneously to disappear, but, on the contrary, to grow more and more formidable. The disposition of mankind, whether as rulers or as fellow-citizens, to impose their own opinions and inclinations as a rule of conduct on others, is so energetically supported by some of the best and by some of the worst feelings incident to human nature, that it is hardly ever kept under restraint by anything but want of power; and as the power is not declining, but growing, unless a strong barrier of moral conviction can be raised against the mischief, we must expect, in the present circumstances of the world, to see it increase.
(Ch.4). In the conduct of human beings towards one another, it is necessary that general rules should for the most part be observed, in order that people may know what they have to expect; but in each person's own concerns, his individual spontaneity is entitled to free exercise.