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.


Jeremy Bentham’s Attack on Natural Rights

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 25, 2015

George H. Smith discusses the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and why it so alarmed the defenders of natural rights.


Independence Day: What is There to Celebrate?

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 8, 2017

The ideal of individual freedom is more than a will-o’-the-wisp. It was widely appreciated in the past and so may become widely appreciated in the future.


The Boston Tea Party

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 15, 2014

The British response to the Boston Tea Party stiffened American resolve for revolution. George Smith tells the story of that event.


State and Society, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 3, 2016

George H. Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”