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John Stuart Mill's views expressed in his book On Liberty and F. Nietzsche - Need feedback and clarification

I need a short (1/2-1 page) response that answers the following questions: What objection would Nietzsche raise to Mill's notion of individuality? Why would he have an objection?

This is concerning the views of Mill expressed in his book, On Liberty.

Is it because Mill says that wheather an view or belief is right or wrong is still must never be silenced because society benefits from dissent? Which makes all views equal, while Nietzsche said that the opinions/beliefs of the people that were more intelligent/valuable to society were worth more, thereby equating knowledge with power. I know very little of Nietzsche.

Thank you!

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You're on the right track with your answer. For Mill, society only progresses when there is the fullest freedom of opinion and speech, so that ideas can be challenged. And yes, this does suggest that to some extent, all opinions should be received as broadly equal (which Nietszche would oppose) - at least until tested. Demonstrably superior views should rise to the top and influence opinion/education, for Mill, for the better of society, and this means that demonstrably better people should rise, to *some* extent, to positions of influence. He frames this as a concern about certain views/opinions being ...