“To some modern academics…a person intellectually committed to uncompromising liberty and justice is inconceivable.”
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.
“The Age of Reason is perhaps the finest deistic piece ever penned.”
“The idea of value has different meanings as used in different intellectual disciplines, [and] a common meaning…does not exist.”
Rand, “The Virtue of Selfishness,” and Veatch, “Rational Man: A Modern Interpretation of Aristotelian Ethics”
“Without wishing to belittle…Rand…it is simply untrue that her general conception of ethics…is unheard of in the history of Western philosophy.”
Libertarianism.org’s own George H. Smith reviews “one of the best introductions to natural law available.”
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.
George Smith discusses some of Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy, as found in the Wealth of Nations.
Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Smith criticizes an influential book by Mark Francis, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life.
Smith discusses the complex personal relationships among three leading classical liberals in Victorian England.
Tom G. Palmer provides a comprehensive overview of the vast literature on libertarianism, free market economics, and the philosophy of liberty.
Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.
Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
Smith discusses the common allegation that Spencer took many of his ideas from Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.
Lysander Spooner was an American legal theorist, abolitionist, and anarchist.