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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 Hodgskin Versus Jeremy Bentham

by George H. Smith on Jul 3, 2012

Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s critique of utilitarianism and his contention that the primary concern of legislators is to preserve their own power.

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Jack and Jill and Two Kinds of Freedom

by George H. Smith on Sep 11, 2012

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.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Oct 23, 2012

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.”

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Oct 30, 2012

George H. Smith discusses one of Rand’s major objections to both altruism and the traditional concept of egoism.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Nov 6, 2012

George H. Smith explores Ayn Rand’s contention that altruism plays an indispensable role in the justification of political collectivism.

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Ayn Rand and Altruism, Part 4

by George H. Smith on Nov 13, 2012

George H. Smith discusses Ayn Rand’s notion of self-sacrifice and the crucial role that duty played in her theory of altruism.