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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.

Video Collection

Do Children Have Rights?

featuring George H. Smith on May 16, 1981

George H. Smith theorizes on what rights children retain—if any—in this 1981 video.

Around the Web

A History of Libertarian Ideas, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Sep 16, 2013

This is the first of a series of talks by George H. Smith on the history of libertarian ideas.

essays

Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist?

by George H. Smith on Nov 15, 2011

Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?

Excursions

Ayn Rand on Fascism

featuring George H. Smith on May 23, 2018

George H. Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism.

Excursions

John Locke: In Search of the Radical Locke

featuring George H. Smith on May 9, 2018

George H. Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written and the influence of the Levellers on Locke.

Excursions

John Locke: Money and Private Property

featuring George H. Smith on May 2, 2018

George H. Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.