Smith discusses how Spencer applied his general principles to nineteenth-century Germany and France, and how his analyses contributed to his pessimistic outlook on the future of freedom.
Smith discusses some of Spencer’s concerns about the intellectual and moral obstacles to achieving a free society.
Smith discusses Spencer’s theory of social progress, while calling attention to some of its theoretical problems.
Smith discusses Spencer’s opposition to the Boer War—a cause that dominated the last several years of his life.
Smith discusses the controversy about Spencer’s use of opium and its possible effect on his later pessimism.
Smith begins his series on Spencer’s pessimistic outlook on the future of freedom and the reasons behind it.
Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s critique of utilitarianism and taxation, and his contention that the primary concern of legislators is to preserve their own power.
Smith discusses the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and why it so alarmed the defenders of natural rights.
Smith continues his discussion of Thomas Hodgskin by exploring some of the key arguments in his neglected book on economics, Popular Political Economy.
Smith begins his discussion of the free-market theories of Thomas Hodgskin.
Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s most controversial work, Labour Defended Against the Claims of Capital.
Smith begins his series on Thomas Hodgskin, one of the most remarkable, if little known and unjustly neglected, libertarian thinkers of the nineteenth century.