Paternalism

I take as my starting point the "one very simply principle" proclaimed by Mill On Liberty...

That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection.  That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, again his will, is to prevent harm to others.  He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinion of others, to do so would be wise, or even right.

Gerald Dworkin
Published in: Morality and the Law