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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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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.

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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 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.