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Ideas, Human Action, and Social Change

by George H. Smith on Jan 3, 2014

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

by George H. Smith on Dec 17, 2013

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

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State and Society, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Dec 10, 2013

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

by George H. Smith on Dec 3, 2013

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

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What are the Human Sciences?

by George H. Smith on Nov 5, 2013

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