George H. Smith discusses the Hobbesian theory of self-interest and why classical liberals were so intent on refuting it.
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 discusses the influence of puritanism, the religious revival in the early 19th century, and Spooner’s disagreements with Christian ethics.
George H. Smith explains David Hume’s theory of the social evolution of our ideas about justice.
Smith explains some reasons why the temperance movement switched from advocating voluntary methods to calling for coercive prohibitory laws during the 1830s.
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.
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.