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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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Ernst Cassirer on Fascism and National Socialism

featuring George H. Smith on May 30, 2018

George H. Smith discusses the mythological thinking that dominated Nazi ideology, as explained in Cassirer’s book The Myth of the State.

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John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

featuring George H. Smith on May 9, 2018

George H. Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written and the influence of the Levellers on Locke.

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John Locke: Money and Private Property

featuring George H. Smith on May 2, 2018

George H. Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.

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Freethought and Freedom: Benedict Spinoza

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 20, 2017

George H. Smith discusses Benedict Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 10

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 15, 2017

George H. Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 9

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 1, 2017

George H. Smith explains some of Thomas Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 18, 2017

George H. Smith explains Thomas Paine’s constitutional theory and why Paine believed that Britain had no constitution.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 6

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 11, 2017

How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.