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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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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.

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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. 

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Social Laws, Part 4

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 22, 2017

George H. Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.

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Social Laws, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 15, 2017

George H. Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.

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Social Laws, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 8, 2017

George H. Smith explains how the methodological monism of modern positivism differs from classical empiricism.

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Social Laws, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Mar 1, 2017

George H. Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 10

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 15, 2017

George H. Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.

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Independence Day: What is There to Celebrate?

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 8, 2017

The ideal of individual freedom is more than a will-o’-the-wisp. It was widely appreciated in the past and so may become widely appreciated in the future.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 9

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 1, 2017

George H. Smith explains some of Thomas Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.

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Abolitionism: The Schism Over Voting

by George H. Smith on Jan 27, 2017

Smith discusses the split in the American Anti-Slavery Society over voting, equal rights for women, and other causes.