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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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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 21, 2016

George H. Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.

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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 14, 2016

In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.

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The Lust for Power

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 7, 2016

George H. Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.

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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.

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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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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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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 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 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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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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Thomas Hodgskin Versus Herbert Spencer, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 13, 2016

George H. Smith discusses the common allegation that Herbert Spencer took many of his ideas from Thomas Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.

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Lord Acton and the History of Liberty, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Nov 11, 2015

George H. Smith discusses Acton’s thesis that the conflict between church and state in medieval Europe was vital to the progress of freedom.