George H. Smith presents the rudiments of a theory of children’s rights.
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 criticizes Zwolinski’s discussions of risk, fraud, and the relationship between aggression and property rights.
Smith explains why Mises predicted that “planned chaos” would emerge in a socialist economy and how F.A. Hayek elaborated on that insight.
Smith explains the theory of value provided the foundation for the argument that rational economic calculation is impossible in a socialistic economy.
George H. Smith explores some theoretical aspects of a rights-based conception of freedom.
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 continues his examination of the intellectual roots of state education by turning to the views of Plato’s most famous student.
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Smith begins his series on Ayn Rand’s critique of altruism with a discussion of the ideas of Auguste Comte, the man who coined the word “altruism.”
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 concludes this series with a close look at Herbert Spencer’s views on charity and the poor.
George H. Smith discusses some of Spencer’s concerns about the intellectual and moral obstacles to achieving a free society.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.
Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.