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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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State and Society, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Dec 17, 2013

Smith, drawing from Machiavelli’s The Prince, discusses two essential ingredients of successful states.

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Ideas, Human Action, and Social Change

by George H. Smith on Jan 3, 2014

Smith explores various ways in which ideas influence human action, and why ideas are essential to the success of libertarianism.

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The Lust for Power

by George H. Smith on Jan 17, 2014

Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.

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Rudolf Rocker and the Will to Power, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Jan 24, 2014

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

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Toward an Interdisciplinary Study of Liberty, Part 2

by George H. Smith on Feb 21, 2014

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

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 1

by George H. Smith on Apr 25, 2014

Smith discusses some background of the debate between Paine and Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 2

by George H. Smith on May 2, 2014

In 1792, Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel. In this essay, George H. Smith discusses the prosecution’s case.