John Stuart Mill Quotes

One of the most difficult and embarrassing, questions of political morality is the extent and limits of the, right of those who have first taken possession of the, unoccupied portion of the earth's surface to exclude the, remainder of mankind from inhabiting it.

 
Context
They were corresponding about the anti-Chinese movement in America and the attempt to exclude Chinese from immigration to the United States and ethnically cleanse the country.
John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill
  • Born: May 20, 1806
  • Died: May 8, 1873
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Philosopher

John Stuart Mill, usually cited as J. S. Mill, was a British philosopher, political economist, and civil servant. One of the most influential thinkers in the history of Classical liberalism, he contributed widely to social theory, political theory, and political economy. Dubbed "the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century", Mill's conception of liberty justified the freedom of the individual in opposition to unlimited state and social control.