George H. Smith examines the claim that the non-aggression principle should be viewed as a defeasible presumption.
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 a metaphor that was widely used by early libertarian writers who defended the natural equality of humankind.
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.”
Smith examines the argument that minor acts of aggression are morally permissible if they result in good consequences that offset an unjust act.
Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.
George H. Smith discusses some of Lord Acton’s ideas about freedom and their relevance to the modern libertarian movement.
In this piece, Smith discusses the difference between political obligation and political allegiance.
Smith broadens his discussion of a rights-based theory of freedom with an overview of modern political philosophy.
Smith considers the different conceptions of freedom defended by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
Smith discusses his ideas about “strategic Taoism.”
Smith discusses some of the problems in libertarian theory caused by the many different conceptions of liberty.
Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s defense of positive liberty and his attempt to make positive liberty an essential part of libertarian theory.
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.
Smith begins his critical examination of Brennan’s recent book by discussing the label “libertarianism” and its relationship to classical liberalism.
George H. Smith discusses why Ayn Rand believed that altruism is incompatible with benevolence and charitable actions.
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 explores Ayn Rand’s contention that altruism plays an indispensable role in the justification of political collectivism.
George H. Smith discusses one of Rand’s major objections to both altruism and the traditional concept of egoism.