Libertarians celebrate increasing individual liberties as the main fuel for human progress - material, moral, and intellectual.
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 explains some reasons why the temperance movement switched from advocating voluntary methods to calling for coercive prohibitory laws during the 1830s.
A libertarian focus on equality mostly focuses on the notion of equal rights and justice systems must operate in a way that maintains these rights.
Freedom of worship is an individual right and natural right that many people and groups have fought for throughout history.
Abolitionism was the 19th century anti-slavery movement promoting the equal civil and political rights for African Americans and complete rejection of slavery.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of David Hume’s moral and social philosophy.
The larger society does not think, it does not reason, it does not decide anything.
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.