In a world in which there is so much to interest, so much to enjoy, and so much also to correct and improve, every one who has this moderate amount of moral and intellectual requisites is capable of an existence which may be called enviable; and unless such a person, through bad laws, or subjection to the will of others, is denied the liberty to use the sources of happiness within his reach, he will not fail to find this enviable existence, if he escape the positive evils of life, the great sources of physical and mental suffering — such as indigence, disease, and the unkindness, worthlessness, or premature loss of objects of affection. —

J. S. Mill, Utilitarianism

Oh, is that all?

(Note the strong role attributed to the law for shaping character — this is something post-liberalism, imo, has correctly put their finger on and that many “classical” liberals have forgotten. However, that’s not to say that Mill is correct to see bad law as having as great an influence as he thinks.)

Throwing half-baked ideas against the wall and seeing what sticks.