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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 3

by George H. Smith on May 9, 2014

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

by George H. Smith on May 2, 2014

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

by George H. Smith on Apr 25, 2014

Smith discusses some background of the debate between Paine and Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.

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Toward an Interdisciplinary Study of Liberty, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Feb 21, 2014

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.

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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Jan 24, 2014

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

by George H. Smith on Jan 17, 2014

The desire for power is insatiable and its corrupting influence haas been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.