I was just called by a minor minor news organization to comment on tonight's debate. I don't know why they called me. Apparently some jerk gave my name and number as someone who has expertise in public debate. Go figure.
Anyway, after roughly 15 minutes on the phone discussing different views about what public debate is for, etc., the journalist asked me, off the record (so she said), the following question:
I haven't read any Philosophy since my first year of college, and I don't remember anything about what I read. I'm interested in maybe giving Philosophy another try. I have time to read only one Philosophy book. If I like it, I'll read another. If not, not. What do you recommend?
My answer: Mill's On Liberty.