After criticizing Murray Rothbard’s interpretation of Edmund Burke’s first book, Smith summarizes Burke’s primary objections to rationalistic intellectuals.
Edmund Burke condemned the French Revolution as a “digest of anarchy.” What relevance does his critique have for the modern libertarian movement?
Smith discusses the role of modern intellectuals in government.
Smith explores F. A. Hayek’s views on intellectuals, whom Hayek called professional secondhand dealers in ideas.
A far-ranging discussion of the meanings of key terms in libertarianism, kinds of ideologues, and crucial elements needed for an understanding of individual freedom.
Smith begins his discussion of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to liberty by noting some hazards of academic specialization.
Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.
In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.
Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.
Smith examines the problem of whether the human sciences can be value-free, and if so in what sense.
Smith explores various ways in which ideas influence human action, and why ideas are essential to the success of libertarianism.
Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.
Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.
Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”
Smith examines the common claim that the mere threat of physical force does not qualify as a type of coercion.
Smith discusses the distinction between freedom and coercion, and explains some of its implications for the human sciences.
Smith presents an overview of the philosophy of the human sciences.
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.