George H. Smith | Essays
Smith explores some theoretical aspects of a rights-based conception of freedom.
Smith discusses a metaphor that was widely used by early libertarian writers who defended the natural equality of humankind.
Smith discusses the crucial distinction between political obligation and political allegiance, and how the problem of allegiance was the major concern of John Locke.
Smith broadens his discussion of a rights-based theory of freedom with an overview of modern political philosophy, especially its development during the seventeenth century.
Smith considers the different conceptions of freedom defended by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Smith interrupts his series on negative and positive liberty to discuss his ideas about “strategic Taoism.”
Smith discusses some of the problems in libertarian theory caused by the many different conceptions of liberty.
Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s defense of positive liberty and his attempt to make positive liberty an essential part of libertarian theory.
Instead of a Review: A Commentary on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan, Part 2
Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s view of the origin of “hard libertarianism” and his treatment of Ayn Rand.
Smith begins his critical examination of Jason Brennan’s recent book with a discussion of the label “libertarianism” and its relationship to classical liberalism.