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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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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.

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Ideas, Human Action, and Social Change

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 24, 2016

George H. Smith explores various ways in which ideas influence human action, and why ideas are essential to the success of libertarianism.

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State and Society, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 17, 2016

George H. Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.

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State and Society, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 10, 2016

George H. Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.

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State and Society, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 3, 2016

George H. Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”

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Methodology of the Human Sciences

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 13, 2016

George H. Smith presents an overview of the philosophy of the human sciences.

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What are the Human Sciences?

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 6, 2016

Defending freedom requires an interdisciplinary approach, so George H. Smith turns to the “human sciences”—and also to a definition of science itself.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 5

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 22, 2016

George H. Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 4

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 15, 2016

George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 8, 2016

George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 1, 2016

George H. Smith discusses Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy as found in the Wealth of Nations.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on May 25, 2016

George H. Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.