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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 2

by George H. Smith on Dec 10, 2013

Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.

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State and Society, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Dec 17, 2013

Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.

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The Lust for Power

by George H. Smith on Jan 17, 2014

The desire for power is insatiable and its corrupting influence haas been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.

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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Jan 24, 2014

In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.

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Toward an Interdisciplinary Study of Liberty, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Feb 21, 2014

A far-ranging discussion of the meanings of key terms in libertarianism, kinds of ideologues, and crucial elements needed for an understanding of individual freedom.

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Garrison on the Right of Secession

by George H. Smith on Mar 2, 2018

Smith discusses what Garrison meant by the “right of secession,” and how he reconciled his views with his condemnation of secession by the southern states.

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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.