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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.

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Thomas Hodgskin Versus Herbert Spencer, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 27, 2016

Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on May 25, 2016

George H. Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 1, 2016

George H. Smith discusses Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy as found in the Wealth of Nations.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 8, 2016

George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 4

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 15, 2016

George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.

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The Other Adam Smith, Part 5

featuring George H. Smith on Jun 22, 2016

George H. Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.

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What are the Human Sciences?

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 6, 2016

Defending freedom requires an interdisciplinary approach, so George H. Smith turns to the “human sciences”—and also to a definition of science itself.

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Methodology of the Human Sciences

featuring George H. Smith on Jul 13, 2016

George H. Smith presents an overview of the philosophy of the human sciences.

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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.”

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State and Society, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 10, 2016

George H. Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.

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State and Society, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 17, 2016

George H. Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.