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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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How to Argue for Libertarianism

by George H. Smith on Nov 18, 2016

Smith discusses some common problems encountered by libertarians when they defend their political beliefs in arguments.

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Lysander Spooner’s Moral Theory

by George H. Smith on Jun 2, 2017

Smith discusses the influence of puritanism, the religious revival in the early 19th century, and Spooner’s disagreements with Christian ethics.

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Lysander Spooner on Vices and Crimes

by George H. Smith on May 5, 2017

Smith begins his discussion of Lysander Spooner’s libertarian classic, “Vices are not Crimes.”

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Abolitionism, Prohibition, and the Whig Party

by George H. Smith on Apr 17, 2017

Smith continues his explanation of why so many abolitionists supported the compulsory prohibition of alcohol by linking them to the ideology of the Whig Party.

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Do We Have a Moral Sense?

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2016

Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.

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Immanuel Kant on War and Peace

by George H. Smith on Jun 20, 2016

Smith discusses some of Kant’s ideas about the moral, political, and practical aspects of perpetual peace.

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Immanuel Kant on Property Rights

by George H. Smith on May 6, 2016

Smith discusses how Kant used his theory of property rights to justify government, and how he distinguished physical possession from rightful ownership.

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Ayn Rand on Fascism

by George H. Smith on Jan 8, 2016

Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism.

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John Locke: Hermeneutics and Labor

by George H. Smith on Oct 23, 2015

Smith explains Locke’s ideas about how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.

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Freethought and Freedom: Introduction

by George H. Smith on Jan 30, 2015

Smith begins his series on the historical relationship between religious skepticism and libertarianism.