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Excursions Podcast

Weekly audio essays on the history of libertarian ideas. Written by George H. Smith and narrated by James Foster.

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Thomas Hodgskin Versus Jeremy Bentham

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 1, 2015

George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s critique of utilitarianism and his contention that the primary concern of legislators is to preserve their own power.

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Jeremy Bentham’s Attack on Natural Rights

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 25, 2015

George H. Smith discusses the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and why it so alarmed the defenders of natural rights.

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Thomas Hodgskin: Libertarian Extraordinaire, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 2, 2015

Smith begins his series on Thomas Hodgskin, one of the most remarkable, if little known and unjustly neglected, libertarian thinkers of the nineteenth century.

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Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 18, 2015

George H. Smith explores the ideas of Irving Kristol and Robert Bork on culture. He begins with a discussion of the anti-jazz crusade of the 1920s.

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Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 11, 2015

George H. Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.

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Thomas Jefferson on Public Education, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 31, 2014

George H. Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.