Smith discusses some criticisms by Auberon Herbert and Thomas Hodgskin of Spencer’s position on land.
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.
Smith concludes his in-depth examination of Spencer’s fundamental objection to the private ownership of land.
Smith discusses the common allegation that Spencer took many of his ideas from Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.
Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
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 discusses the complex personal relationships among three leading classical liberals in Victorian England.
Smith criticizes an influential book by Mark Francis, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.
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.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.
Libertarianism.org’s own George H. Smith reviews “one of the best introductions to natural law available.”
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.”