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.


Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 18, 2015

George H. Smith explores the ideas of Irving Kristol and Robert Bork on culture. He begins with a discussion of the anti-jazz crusade of the 1920s.


Jack and Jill and Two Kinds of Freedom

featuring George H. Smith on May 27, 2015

George H. Smith analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought.


Negative and Positive Liberty

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 26, 2015

George H. Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s defense of positive liberty and his attempt to make positive liberty an essential part of libertarian theory.


Negative and Positive Liberty, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 2, 2015

George H. Smith discusses some of the problems in libertarian theory caused by the many different conceptions of liberty.