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John Stuart Mill’s Ideas on Free Speech Illustrated

Heterodox Academy has produced a new book based on John Stuart Mill’s famous essay On Liberty to make it accessible for the 21st century. Here’s what makes our edition special:

1) It’s just the second chapter (out of 5), because that chapter gives the best arguments ever made for the importance of free speech and viewpoint diversity;
2) We have reduced that chapter by 50% to remove repetitions and historical references that would be obscure today, producing a very readable 7000 word essay;
3) Editors Richard Reeves (a biographer of Mill) and Jon Haidt (a social psychologist) have written a brief introduction to link Mill and his time to the issues of our time, and
4) Artist Dave Cicirelli has created 16 gorgeous original illustrations that amplify the power of Mill’s metaphors and arguments.

All Minus One is ideal for use in college courses, advanced high school classes, or in any organization in which people would benefit from productive disagreement. We offer free and paid versions of the book below.

Choose Your Version of All Minus One

All Minus One is available in four formats:

1)     A free downloadable PDF (single pages, portrait orientation). The 48-page file is formatted to print on 8.5 x 11 paper, and is also suitable for viewing on an iPad or computer. We also offer a version of the PDF that exactly mirrors the printed book, with double pages, to see Cicirelli’s illustrations as they were designed to be viewed, in two-page spreads. This version is only appropriate for full-size computer screens.

2) Illustrated paperback and digital Kindle edition from Amazon.

3) Audio reading by Robin Homer accompanied by PDF viewing from “All Minus One.”



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 Heterodox Academy.

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.

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