George H. Smith discusses some of Lord Acton’s ideas about freedom and their relevance to the modern libertarian movement.
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 Spencer’s opposition to the Boer War—a cause that dominated the last several years of his life.
George H. Smith concludes the series with a look at Roy Childs’s evolving views on anarchism.
George H. Smith turns to what may be Roy Childs’s most recognized role in the libertarian movement: book reviewer.
George H. Smith tackles several misconceptions about the theory of anarchism—and contrasts it with the condition of anarchy.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s most controversial work, Labour Defended Against the Claims of Capital.
Smith begins his series on Thomas Hodgskin, one of the most remarkable, if little known and unjustly neglected, libertarian thinkers of the nineteenth century.
George H. Smith criticizes some features of Benedict Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
George H. Smith explains how some leading Christian theologians justified the death penalty for heretics and blasphemers.
George H. Smith discusses the Hobbesian theory of self-interest and why classical liberals were so intent on refuting it.
George H. Smith begins his exploration of self-interest and social order by explaining Lord Shaftesbury’s theory of social psychology.
George H. Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.
George H. Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.
George H. Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.
George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises.
George H. Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.
George H. Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.