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The Lust for Power

Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.

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State and Society, Part 2

Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.

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State and Society, Part 1

Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”

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“First, Do No Harm”

Libertarians get told we complain about government but never offer solutions. That’s not true—especially because limiting government often is the solution.

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What are the Human Sciences?

Defending freedom requires an interdisciplinary approach, so in this column George H. Smith turns to the “human sciences”—and also to a definition of science itself.