George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith’s fourth book, The System of Liberty, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.
In this lecture from a California Libertarian Party event in 1983, Smith talks about the origins and political purpose of state schooling (commonly referred to as “public” education).
Stephen Davies is currently education director at the Institute of Economic Affairs and a program officer at the Institute for Humane Studies. Previously he was a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University.
In this lecture from the second World Convention of the Libertarian International in 1984, Davies shares the history of the Levellers, a political movement during the English Civil War that espoused radical individualism, equality before the law, and religious tolerance. He also takes questions from the audience.