Smith explores Thomas Jefferson’s belief in the value of history, and his plan for public universities.
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 begins his series on neoconservatism by exploring some of its fundamental differences with libertarianism.
George H. Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.
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.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of the free-market theories of Thomas Hodgskin.
Smith continues his discussion of Thomas Hodgskin by exploring some of the key arguments in his neglected book,Popular Political Economy.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s critique of utilitarianism and his contention that the primary concern of legislators is to preserve their own power.
George H. Smith discusses the controversy about Spencer’s use of opium and its possible effect on his later pessimism.
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.
George H. Smith begins his series on Roy A. Childs, Jr., with the impact Childs’s anarchism had on his own thinking.
George H. Smith discusses the influence of Robert LeFevre on the developing anarchism of Roy A. Childs, Jr.
George H. Smith begins his series on Ayn Rand’s critique of altruism with a discussion of the ideas of Auguste Comte, the man who coined the word “altruism.”
George H. Smith discusses one of Rand’s major objections to both altruism and the traditional concept of egoism.
George H. Smith explores Ayn Rand’s contention that altruism plays an indispensable role in the justification of political collectivism.
George H. Smith discusses Ayn Rand’s notion of self-sacrifice and the crucial role that duty played in her theory of altruism.
George H. Smith discusses why Ayn Rand believed that altruism is incompatible with benevolence and charitable actions.
Smith begins his critical examination of Jason Brennan’s recent book with a discussion of the label “libertarianism” and its relationship to classical liberalism.
Instead of a Review: A Commentary on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan, Part 2
George H. Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s view of the origin of “hard libertarianism” and his treatment of Ayn Rand.