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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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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.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 9

by George H. Smith on Jun 20, 2014

Smith explains some of Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 6

by George H. Smith on May 30, 2014

How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 3

by George H. Smith on May 9, 2014

Smith discusses Thomas Erskine’s ideas on libel laws and freedom of the press, and how he incorporated those ideas during his defense of Thomas Paine.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 2

by George H. Smith on May 2, 2014

In 1792, Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel. In this essay, George H. Smith discusses the prosecution’s case.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Apr 25, 2014

Smith discusses some background of the debate between Paine and Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.