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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.

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State and Society, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Dec 3, 2013

Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”

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Back to Lysander Spooner

by George H. Smith on Oct 20, 2017

Smith explains how Spooner reconciled his theory of nonvoting with his view that the Constitution is antislavery, and how he treated discussions of slavery during the Constitutional Convention.

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Immanuel Kant, the Social Contract, and the State

by George H. Smith on Apr 29, 2016

Smith explains how Robert Paul Wolff and Immanuel Kant used the same principle of moral autonomy to reach opposite conclusions about the legitimacy of the state.

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Slavery as Socialism

by George H. Smith on May 4, 2018

Smith explains how George Fitzhugh defended slavery on the grounds that it provides an ideal system of socialism.