George H. Smith explores Ayn Rand’s contention that altruism plays an indispensable role in the justification of political collectivism.
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 discusses Ayn Rand’s notion of self-sacrifice and the crucial role that duty played in her theory of altruism.
George H. Smith discusses why Ayn Rand believed that altruism is incompatible with benevolence and charitable actions.
Smith begins his critical examination of Jason Brennan’s recent book with a discussion of the label “libertarianism” and its relationship to classical liberalism.
Instead of a Review: A Commentary on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan, Part 2
Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s view of the origin of “hard libertarianism” and his treatment of Ayn Rand.
George H. Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s defense of positive liberty and his attempt to make positive liberty an essential part of libertarian theory.
Smith discusses some of the problems in libertarian theory caused by the many different conceptions of liberty.
Smith discusses his ideas about “strategic Taoism.”
Smith interrupts his usual series with a 30-question trivia quiz.
Smith considers the different conceptions of freedom defended by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
Smith broadens his discussion of a rights-based theory of freedom with an overview of modern political philosophy.
Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.
Smith discusses the distinction between political obligation and political allegiance, and how the problem of allegiance was the major concern of John Locke.
George H. Smith discusses a metaphor that was widely used by early libertarian writers who defended the natural equality of humankind.
George H. Smith explores some theoretical aspects of a rights-based conception of freedom.
George H. Smith discusses some of Lord Acton’s ideas about freedom and their relevance to the modern libertarian movement.
George H. Smith discusses some common criticisms of Lord Acton and other classical liberal historians.
Smith discusses Acton’s thesis that the conflict between church and state in medieval Europe was vital to the progress of freedom.