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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 Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 21, 2016

George H. Smith discusses Thomas Erskine’s ideas on libel laws and freedom of the press, and how he incorporated those ideas during his defense of Thomas Paine.

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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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Toward an Interdisciplinary Study of Liberty, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 5, 2016

A far-ranging discussion of the meanings of key terms in libertarianism, ideology, and the crucial elements needed for an understanding of individual freedom.

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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.

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Value Judgments and the Human Sciences

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 31, 2016

George H. Smith examines the problem of whether the human sciences can be value-free, and if so in what sense.