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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.

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The Widest Possible Liberty

Herbert defends a principle of liberty which holds that “freedom in … pursuit of happiness must not interfere with the exactly corresponding freedom of others.”

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All Socialism Involves Slavery

In this excerpt from Man Versus the State, Herbert Spencer argues that as the state tries to regulate more of our lives, it inches us closer to slavery.

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The New Toryism

In this chapter from The Man versus the State, Herbert Spencer attacks the rise of paternalist politics.