The larger society does not think, it does not reason, it does not decide anything.
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.
Smith continues his discussion of Lysander Spooner’s objections to confusing vices with crimes.
George H. Smith explores two concepts of political philosophy and their respective ideas about justice and a good society.
George H. Smith begins his exploration of self-interest and social order by explaining Lord Shaftesbury’s theory of social psychology.
Smith begins his discussion of Lysander Spooner’s libertarian classic, “Vices are not Crimes.”
George H. Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.
Smith discusses Lewis’s rare insights on Spooner’s personal life, and his libertarian case against prohibition.
George H. Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.
Smith discusses Gerrit Smith’s arguments for prohibition and the reply by Lysander Spooner, as published in a book by Dio Lewis, Prohibition: A Failure.
George H. Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.
Smith continues his explanation of why so many abolitionists supported the compulsory prohibition of alcohol by linking them to the ideology of the Whig Party.
Smith begins his explanation of why so many abolitionists joined the crusade for the legal prohibition of alcohol.
George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises.
Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy.
George H. Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.
Smith discusses how William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips differed in their approaches to non-voting.
Peter T. Leeson joins us this week to discuss rational choice theory as it applies to self-governance. What happens in the absence of government?