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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.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Sep 24, 2013

Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.

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Negative and Positive Liberty, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Dec 18, 2012

Smith discusses some of the problems in libertarian theory caused by the many different conceptions of liberty.

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Negative and Positive Liberty

by George H. Smith on Dec 11, 2012

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.