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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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Lord Acton and the History of Liberty, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Nov 11, 2015

George H. Smith discusses Acton’s thesis that the conflict between church and state in medieval Europe was vital to the progress of freedom.

Excursions

Lord Acton and the History of Liberty, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 28, 2015

George H. Smith discusses some of Lord Acton’s ideas about freedom and their relevance to the modern libertarian movement.

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Freedom, Rights, and Political Philosophy, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 7, 2015

Smith discusses the distinction between political obligation and political allegiance, and how the problem of allegiance was the major concern of John Locke.

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Freedom, Rights, and Political Philosophy, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 30, 2015

George H. Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.

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Negative and Positive Liberty, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 2, 2015

George H. Smith discusses some of the problems in libertarian theory caused by the many different conceptions of liberty.

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Negative and Positive Liberty

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 26, 2015

George H. Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s defense of positive liberty and his attempt to make positive liberty an essential part of libertarian theory.