George H. Smith discusses the controversy about Spencer’s use of opium and its possible effect on his later pessimism.
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 analyzes two kinds of freedom, pragmatic and moral, and gives examples of how this distinction has been used in the history of libertarian thought.
George H. Smith begins his series on Roy A. Childs, Jr., with the impact Childs’s anarchism had on his own thinking.
George H. Smith discusses the influence of Robert LeFevre on the developing anarchism of Roy A. Childs, Jr.
George H. Smith begins his series on Ayn Rand’s critique of altruism with a discussion of the ideas of Auguste Comte, the man who coined the word “altruism.”
George H. Smith discusses one of Rand’s major objections to both altruism and the traditional concept of egoism.
George H. Smith explores Ayn Rand’s contention that altruism plays an indispensable role in the justification of political collectivism.
George H. Smith discusses Ayn Rand’s notion of self-sacrifice and the crucial role that duty played in her theory of altruism.
George H. Smith discusses why Ayn Rand believed that altruism is incompatible with benevolence and charitable actions.
Smith begins his critical examination of Jason Brennan’s recent book with a discussion of the label “libertarianism” and its relationship to classical liberalism.
Instead of a Review: A Commentary on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan, Part 2
George H. Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s view of the origin of “hard libertarianism” and his treatment of Ayn Rand.
George H. Smith criticizes Jason Brennan’s defense of positive liberty and his attempt to make positive liberty an essential part of libertarian theory.
George H. Smith discusses some of the problems in libertarian theory caused by the many different conceptions of liberty.
George H. Smith discusses his ideas about “strategic Taoism.”
George H. Smith considers the different conceptions of freedom defended by Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.
George H. Smith discusses the major criticism of natural rights and the consent theory of government – that these doctrines will land us in anarchy.
George H. Smith explores some theoretical aspects of a rights-based conception of freedom.
Smith discusses the theory of value that provided the foundation for the argument that rational economic calculation is impossible in a socialistic economy.