Smith discusses the common allegation that Spencer took many of his ideas from Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.
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.
Smith continues his series on the thought of Thomas Hodgskin by explaining his belief in natural property rights.
Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.
Smith discusses the complex personal relationships among three leading classical liberals in Victorian England.
Smith criticizes an influential book by Mark Francis, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life.
Smith discusses the significant role played by John Chapman in the lives of Herbert Spencer, George Eliot, and G. H. Lewes.
Smith explains what Adam Smith meant by the “invisible hand” and how he used this explanatory method throughout his writings.
George Smith discusses some of Adam Smith’s social, political, and moral objections to governmental interference in the economy, as found in the Wealth of Nations.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on sin taxes and slavery.
George Smith explores Adam Smith’s views on Columbus, smuggling, and education.
George Smith discusses Adam Smith’s views on a standing army and his arguments for competition in education.
Smith explores Humboldt’s defense of individuality, written in 1792.
Defending freedom requires an interdisciplinary approach, so in this column George H. Smith turns to the “human sciences”—and also to a definition of science itself.
Smith presents an overview of the philosophy of the human sciences.
Smith discusses the distinction between freedom and coercion, and explains some of its implications for the human sciences.
Smith examines the common claim that the mere threat of physical force does not qualify as a type of coercion.
Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”
Smith explains the meaning of “society” and “institution,” and he discusses the distinction between designed and undesigned institutions.