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Liberty’s Heritage: Spencer on Patriotism

by Herbert Spencer on Feb 1, 1978

“When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don’t care if they are shot themselves.”

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The New Toryism

by Herbert Spencer in 1885

In this chapter from The Man versus the State, Herbert Spencer attacks the rise of paternalist politics.

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All Socialism Involves Slavery

by Herbert Spencer in 1884

In Man Versus the State, Herbert Spencer argues that as the state tries to regulate more of our lives, it inches us closer to slavery.

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The Sin of Herbert Spencer

by Benjamin Tucker on May 17, 1884

Benjamin Tucker praises Herbert Spencer but argues his criticism of state socialism is incomplete.

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Thomas Hodgskin Versus Herbert Spencer, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 13, 2016

George H. Smith discusses the common allegation that Herbert Spencer took many of his ideas from Thomas Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.

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Thomas Hodgskin Versus Herbert Spencer, Part 3

featuring George H. Smith on Apr 27, 2016

Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.

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Thomas Hodgskin Versus Herbert Spencer, Part 3

by George H. Smith on Aug 27, 2013

Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.