Complications Of Mill's Considerations On Representative Government

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Mill writes “Considerations on Representative Government” as a view of what his Parliament could become. He advocated for a representative form of government, with universal suffrage, a unique view for his time. I believe Mill wants universal suffrage and a representative government because of the processes it uses, mainly that representation necessarily engages all members of society in the government, which keeps them mentally sharp, however representation only works if the citizens vote at all, and in accordance with the public good, and the government does not infringe of citizens’ liberty. Representation uses better processes than other forms of government, which make it the preferable form of government. Mill writes that if a person …show more content…
Representative governments depend on voters voting in accordance with the good of the nation, not with their own self-interests in mind (226). Regardless of outcome, the processes will always keep voters critically thinking. Even if people vote with their self-interests in mind, they must still weigh the pros and cons of candidates and decide who will serve them best. This is why I place processes over outcome, although outcomes do serve a …show more content…
In “On Liberty,” Mill writes that people should be allowed to exchange their opinions and thoughts with others to either strengthen their correct argument or learn something new from their opponent (21). An autocracy will only allow opinions that match the leader(s) views. However, in a representative government, competing candidates try to sway voters to their side, allowing an exchange of thoughts, as voters get exposed to different views, and ultimately decide which view to give power to. In this way, representative governments are better for liberty than any other

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