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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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Lord Acton and the History of Liberty, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 28, 2015

George H. Smith discusses some of Lord Acton’s ideas about freedom and their relevance to the modern libertarian movement.

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Thomas Hodgskin: Libertarian Extraordinaire, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 2, 2015

Smith begins his series on Thomas Hodgskin, one of the most remarkable, if little known and unjustly neglected, libertarian thinkers of the nineteenth century.

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Social Laws, Part 10

featuring George H. Smith on May 3, 2017

George H. Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.

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Social Laws, Part 9

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 26, 2017

George H. Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.

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Social Laws, Part 8

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 19, 2017

George H. Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.

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Social Laws, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 12, 2017

George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises. 

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Social Laws, Part 6

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 5, 2017

George H. Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.

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Social Laws, Part 5

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 29, 2017

George H. Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.