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Understanding Can Not Be Compelled

John Locke argues for liberty of conscience which he calls “every man’s natural right,” in this selection from A Letter Concerning Toleration.

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Negative and Positive Liberty

Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s defense of positive liberty and his attempt to make positive liberty an essential part of libertarian theory.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 1

Smith begins his series on Ayn Rand’s critique of altruism with a discussion of the ideas of Auguste Comte, the man who coined the word “altruism.”

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Salvation by Force

In this essay, written in response to J. A. Hobson, Herbert shows how socialism depends upon the illegitimate use of force.

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Lost in the Region of Phrases

Auberon Herbert defends individualism against the collectivist ideas that man exists only as part of the group and that “society” has its own wants and needs.