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.


Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Oct 23, 2012

Smith begins his series on Ayn Rand’s critique of altruism with a discussion of the ideas of Auguste Comte, the man who coined the word “altruism.”


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.