Heterodox Academy unveils “All Minus One,” an illustrated version of Chapter 2 of John Stuart Mill’s “On Liberty” (1859)
New York, NY: Heterodox Academy (HxA), a collaborative association comprised of more than 1,800 professors and graduate students, has released All Minus One, an illustrated version of Chapter 2 of John Stuart Mill’s 1859 masterpiece, On Liberty. The second chapter gives the most powerful set of arguments ever made for the value of free speech and viewpoint diversity. In that chapter, Mill anticipated and answered nearly all of the arguments given today on college campuses for disinviting speakers and putting limits on speech.
On Liberty is a long philosophical essay, full of historical references that would not be understood by today’s students. HxA members Richard Reeves (who wrote a biography of Mill) and Jonathan Haidt (co-founder of HxA) teamed up to produce a shorter and more accessible version of chapter two, edited down to just half of its original length–a mere 7000 words. Reeves and Haidt worked with artist Dave Cicirelli whose vivid illustrations bring Mill’s metaphors to life. There has never been a more enjoyable way to encounter and savor Mill’s timeless ideas.
From Reeves and Haidt’s introduction to All Minus One:
Mill’s main concern was not government censorship. It was with the stultifying consequences of social conformity, of a culture where deviation from a prescribed set of opinions is punished through peer pressure and the fear of ostracism. “Protection, therefore, against the tyranny of the magistrate is not enough,” he wrote. “There needs protection also against the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling.” Mill saw people even as brilliant as Charles Darwin living in fear of the response their views would provoke.
To make the book widely accessible to college students and high school students, HxA offers the book in various forms, including a free PDF version and an inexpensive Kindle version. Learn more and download your copy at https://heterodoxacademy.org/mill.
About the editors and illustrator:
Richard V. Reeves is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he co-directs the Center on Children and Families. His research focuses on social mobility, inequality, and family change. Richard also teaches at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Richard is the author of Dream Hoarders (2017), and John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand (2007).
Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University Stern School of Business. He is a social psychologist who studies moral and political psychology. He is the author of three books: The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom (2006); The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion (2012), and The Coddling of The American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (2018). He is a co-founder of HxA.
Dave Cicirelli is an artist, author, and experiential creative director based out of Jersey City. As a creative director, he’s known for immersive concert series headlined by the likes of T-Pain, Q-Tip, Diplo, and other two-syllable luminaries. He’s also known for independent artwork, such as Fake Banksy Sells Out and authoring the prescient and funny memoir of the early fake news era, Fakebook: A True Story Based On Actual Lies (2013). His latest endeavor is Roschambeau!—a company founded to bring new ideas to life.
Heterodox Academy is a non-partisan collaborative association comprised of more than 1,800 professors and graduate student affiliates who have come together to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement.
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