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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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Lysander Spooner on Vices and Crimes

by George H. Smith on May 5, 2017

Smith begins his discussion of Lysander Spooner’s libertarian classic, “Vices are not Crimes.”

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Social Laws, Part 10

featuring George H. Smith on May 3, 2017

George H. Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.

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Social Laws, Part 9

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 26, 2017

George H. Smith explores some features of social holism, as explained and defended by Emile Durkheim.

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Social Laws, Part 8

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 19, 2017

George H. Smith explores the historical and theoretical roots of methodological individualism and subjectivism.

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Abolitionism, Prohibition, and the Whig Party

by George H. Smith on Apr 17, 2017

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.

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Abolitionism: Slavery as Sin

by George H. Smith on Apr 14, 2017

Smith begins his explanation of why so many abolitionists joined the crusade for the legal prohibition of alcohol.

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Social Laws, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 12, 2017

George H. Smith discusses some controversial features of praxeology, as defended by Ludwig von Mises. 

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Final Comments on Wendell Phillips and Non-Voting

by George H. Smith on Apr 7, 2017

Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy.

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Social Laws, Part 6

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 5, 2017

George H. Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.

Free Thoughts

Can Anarchy Work?

featuring Peter T. Leeson, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 31, 2017

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?

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Social Laws, Part 5

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 29, 2017

George H. Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.

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Abolitionism and Modern Voluntaryism

by George H. Smith on Mar 24, 2017

Smith discusses some similarities between the anti-political abolitionists and contemporary voluntaryists.