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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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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 6

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 11, 2017

How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 21, 2016

George H. Smith discusses Thomas Erskine’s ideas on libel laws and freedom of the press, and how he incorporated those ideas during his defense of Thomas Paine.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 14, 2016

In 1792, Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel. In this essay, George H. Smith discusses the prosecution’s case.

Excursions

Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 7, 2016

George H. Smith discusses some background of the debate between Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.

columns

How to Argue for Libertarianism

by George H. Smith on Nov 18, 2016

Smith discusses some common problems encountered by libertarians when they defend their political beliefs in arguments.

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Authorities and Fallibility

by George H. Smith on Nov 4, 2016

Smith discusses the crucial difference between science and philosophy, and how human fallibility has been used to defend skepticism.

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Roaring Dinosaurs and Incorrect Beliefs

by George H. Smith on Oct 28, 2016

Smith discusses the inevitability of holding some false beliefs and what can be done to minimize this problem.