Smith discusses some common problems encountered by libertarians when they defend their political beliefs in arguments.
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.
George H. Smith explains the defense of rights and other abstract political principles given by James Mackintosh, one of Burke’s most effective critics.
Smith explores the indispensable role of value commitments in our quest for knowledge.
George H. Smith explains why Burke predicted that the French Revolution would end in systematic violence.
Smith discusses the crucial difference between science and philosophy, and how human fallibility has been used to defend skepticism.
After criticizing Murray Rothbard’s interpretation of Edmund Burke’s first book, Smith summarizes Burke’s primary objections to rationalistic intellectuals.
Smith discusses the inevitability of holding some false beliefs and what can be done to minimize this problem.
Edmund Burke condemned the French Revolution as a “digest of anarchy.” What relevance does his critique have for the modern libertarian movement?
George H. Smith discusses the role of modern intellectuals in government.
Smith discusses the claim that some beliefs are immoral and the role of credibility in choosing our beliefs.
George H. Smith explores F. A. Hayek’s views on intellectuals, whom Hayek called professional secondhand dealers in ideas.
Smith discusses various meanings of “belief” and “doubt.”
A far-ranging discussion of the meanings of key terms in libertarianism, ideology, and the crucial elements needed for an understanding of individual freedom.
Smith criticizes the argument of W.K. Clifford that we have a duty to mankind to base our beliefs on the best available evidence.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to liberty by noting some hazards of academic specialization.
George H. Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.
Smith resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.
In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.