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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 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.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 8

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 25, 2017

George H. Smith explains Edmund Burke’s argument against majority rule and a constitution based on the consent of the governed.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 7

featuring George H. Smith on Jan 18, 2017

George H. Smith explains Thomas Paine’s constitutional theory and why Paine believed that Britain had no constitution.

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Abolitionism and Self-Ownership

by George H. Smith on Jan 13, 2017

Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.

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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.

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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.