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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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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.

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The Moral Implications of Beliefs

by George H. Smith on Oct 14, 2016

Smith discusses the claim that some beliefs are immoral and the role of credibility in choosing our beliefs.

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Intellectuals and Libertarianism: F. A. Hayek

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 12, 2016

George H. Smith explores F. A. Hayek’s views on intellectuals, whom Hayek called professional secondhand dealers in ideas.

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Belief and Doubt

by George H. Smith on Oct 7, 2016

Smith discusses various meanings of “belief” and “doubt.”

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Toward an Interdisciplinary Study of Liberty, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 5, 2016

A far-ranging discussion of the meanings of key terms in libertarianism, ideology, and the crucial elements needed for an understanding of individual freedom.

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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 21, 2016

George H. Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.

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Back to the Ethics of Belief

by George H. Smith on Sep 16, 2016

Smith resumes his discussion of whether beliefs per se can be immoral.

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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 14, 2016

In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.