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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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Freethought and Freedom: Benedict Spinoza

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 20, 2017

George H. Smith discusses Benedict Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 10

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 15, 2017

George H. Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 9

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 1, 2017

George H. Smith explains some of Thomas Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 18, 2017

George H. Smith explains Thomas Paine’s constitutional theory and why Paine believed that Britain had no constitution.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 6

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 11, 2017

How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 14, 2016

In 1792, Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel. In this essay, George H. Smith discusses the prosecution’s case.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 7, 2016

George H. Smith discusses some background of the debate between Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.

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Intellectuals and Libertarianism: F. A. Hayek

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 12, 2016

George H. Smith explores F. A. Hayek’s views on intellectuals, whom Hayek called professional secondhand dealers in ideas.

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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 21, 2016

George H. Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.

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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 14, 2016

In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.

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The Lust for Power

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 7, 2016

George H. Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.