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Excursions

The purpose of these Excursions is to explore the fascinating and complex history of libertarian ideas. Over four decades of reading, writing, and lecturing on the history of libertarianism have taught Smith an important lesson, namely, that the theories of some early libertarian thinkers were sometimes better and more sophisticated than the theories we take for granted today.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 5

by George H. Smith on Oct 22, 2013

George 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

by George H. Smith on Oct 15, 2013

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

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Oct 8, 2013

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

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Oct 1, 2013

George Smith discusses some of 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

by George H. Smith on Sep 24, 2013

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

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Thomas Hodgskin Versus Herbert Spencer, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Aug 27, 2013

Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.