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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.

Video Collection

Do Children Have Rights?

featuring George H. Smith on May 16, 1981

George H. Smith theorizes on what rights children retain—if any—in this 1981 video.

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A History of Libertarian Ideas, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 16, 2013

This is the first of a series of talks by George H. Smith on the history of libertarian ideas.

Excursions

Ayn Rand on Fascism

featuring George H. Smith on May 23, 2018

George H. Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism.

Excursions

Freethought and Freedom: Introduction

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 26, 2017

George H. Smith begins his series on the historical relationship between religious skepticism and libertarianism.

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A History of Libertarian Ideas, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 6, 2013

This talk, “Liberty of Conscience,” is the second in a series by George H. Smith on the history of libertarian ideas.

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A History of Libertarian Ideas, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Nov 27, 2013

This talk by George H. Smith on property rights is the third in a series on the history of libertarian ideas.

Excursions

John Locke: Hermeneutics and Labor

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 11, 2018

George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.