George H. Smith concludes the series with a look at Roy Childs’s evolving views on anarchism.
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.
George H. Smith
George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.
George H. Smith turns to what may be Roy Childs’s most recognized role in the libertarian movement: book reviewer.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he also draw directly from contemporary works?
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
George H. Smith discusses Buckle’s stress on the importance of ideas in the progress of civilization.
Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.
George H. Smith concludes this series with a close look at Herbert Spencer’s views on charity and the poor.
Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.
George H. Smith discusses some of Spencer’s concerns about the intellectual and moral obstacles to achieving a free society.
George H. Smith discusses the meaning of “natural rights” and some historical aspects of this theory.
George H. Smith presents the rudiments of a theory of children’s rights.
George H. Smith discusses various formulations of the non-aggression principle and concludes with some remarks about the problem of pollution.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
George H. Smith criticizes Zwolinski’s discussions of risk, fraud, and the relationship between aggression and property rights.
George H. Smith explores some theoretical aspects of a rights-based conception of freedom.