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Negative and Positive Liberty

by George H. Smith on Dec 11, 2012

George H. Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s defense of positive liberty and his attempt to make positive liberty an essential part of libertarian theory.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 5

by George H. Smith on Nov 20, 2012

George H. Smith discusses why Ayn Rand believed that altruism is incompatible with benevolence and charitable actions.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Nov 13, 2012

George H. Smith discusses Ayn Rand’s notion of self-sacrifice and the crucial role that duty played in her theory of altruism.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Nov 6, 2012

George H. Smith explores Ayn Rand’s contention that altruism plays an indispensable role in the justification of political collectivism.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Oct 30, 2012

George H. Smith discusses one of Rand’s major objections to both altruism and the traditional concept of egoism.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Oct 23, 2012

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.”

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Politics Makes Us Worse

by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus on Sep 14, 2012

Increasing the sphere of politics leads to bad policy and increased vice.

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Jack and Jill and Two Kinds of Freedom

by George H. Smith on Sep 11, 2012

Smith analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought.