Smith discusses the distinction between freedom and coercion, and explains some of its implications for the human sciences.
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.
Smith examines the common claim that the mere threat of physical force does not qualify as a type of coercion.
Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.
Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.
The desire for power is insatiable and its corrupting influence haas been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.
In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.
Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.
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.
Edmund Burke condemned the French Revolution as a “digest of anarchy.” What relevance does his critique have for the modern libertarian movement?
Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s theory of rights.
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.
After criticizing Murray Rothbard’s interpretation of Edmund Burke’s first book, Smith summarizes Burke’s primary objections to rationalistic intellectuals.
Smith explains why Burke predicted that the French Revolution would end in systematic violence.
Smith explains why Edmund Burke opposed abstract rights and why James Mackintosh defended them.
Smith concludes this series with more observations about James Mackintosh’s defense of natural rights.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.
Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
Smith discusses some of Kant’s ideas about the moral, political, and practical aspects of perpetual peace.