John Stuart Mill explores the notion of individual autonomy and a citizen’s freedom from government interference in cases of self-regarding actions. Lobby groups seem to hold a great deal of power and influence in the political arena today, leaving individual citizens to wonder what voice they have in government. The issue to be examined in this presentation is whether lobby groups, through their political power and influence on government actions, usurp the political power of individuals. This is especially significant given the fact that education and resources are not allocated equitably for all members of society. For those who are disadvantaged by their education and wealth, political power is also seen in lesser amounts than those more advantaged in education and wealth. This inquiry really begs the question, are we really free?
Leslie Tweeton, ’09 Center Point, IA
Majors: Politics, Philosophy
Sponsors: Genevieve Migely and David Yamanishi