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#421 George H. Smith

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 10:57 AM

My weekly Essays were wearing me down a bit, so Libertarianism.org agreed to give a some time off. I won't be posting again until early next month. Meanwhile, I will use the extra time to finish up the next Libertarianism.org book: "Critics of State Education: A Reader," which is overdue. I just need to finish the introduction and the anthology will be ready to go. It contains many wonderful, hard-core pieces by 19th-century voluntaryists (Baines, etc.) and other principled opponents of state education. I would wager that most of the selections will be new to even well-informed libertarians. After that book is published next in line is "Herbert Spencer: A Reader." The content of future Readers after Spencer is still being deliberated. As with the first Reader on Individualism, Marilyn Moore will be the co-editor

#422 George H. Smith

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Posted 15 July 2015 - 05:32 PM

I've gotten lazy and neglected to list my recent postings on Libertarianism.org. Here they are.

My latest essay in the series on Freethought and Freedom: "Spinoza on Freedom of Religion and Speech."

http://www.libertari...45#.qebnxb:vS17

The first two parts of my series "Ayn Rand and Altruism" are now available on podcasts.

Part 1



Part 2



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Posted 15 July 2015 - 06:18 PM

You didn't get lazy. You got married.

 

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Posted 17 July 2015 - 08:22 PM

Freethought and Freedom: Spinoza’s Political Theory

Smith explains the fundamentals of Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #176 has been posted.

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 06:05 PM

Freethought and Freedom: Jean Meslier

Smith explains some of the libertarian ideas of Jean Meslier, the notorious atheist-priest.

My Libertarian.org Essay #178 has been posted.

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 02:13 PM

Freethought and Freedom: Jean Meslier and the Catholic Church

Smith explains the role of the Catholic Church in the French government, and how Meslier reconciled his atheism with his role as a priest.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #179 is now up.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 01:48 AM

Freethought and Freedom: Jean Meslier and Christian Ethics

Smith explains Meslier’s three major objections to Christian morality, as taught by Jesus.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #180 is now available.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 06:49 AM

Listening to Part One: AR and Altruism raises again how deeply embedded have been Comte's notions right until today. Though nobody could or would, now or ever, absorb and use them in totality (they are so ludicrous and vicious) - still, his 'ideal' remains behind as the ultimate we must aim for, with guilt the cost for ever falling short. I'm fairly certain that Rand applied herself directly against the Comtean version (even if she didn't read all of his spewings), not today's usually diluted remnants of 'acceptable' and reciprocal altruism, and fired back in kind with her own uncompromising radical egoism. His strong poison needed her stronger antidote. The general failure to practise altruism a la Comte, tells of its anti-mind/human premises - but being unable to consistently practise anything as wrong as this never seems to put people fully off (quite the contrary...). Thanks Ghs, you give a really good broad view and insight here.


"The true enemy and opposite of altruism is not selfishness, it is independence". (Unknown) No man may be smaller than his philosophy...

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Posted 20 August 2015 - 02:13 AM

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay #56 is now available. Much of this piece discusses my objections to Brennan's portrayal of Ayn Rand's ideas.


http://www.libertari...-0#.f289p2:xWBv

Instead of a Review: A Commentary on Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Jason Brennan, Part 2

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 10:01 AM

Freethought and Freedom: The Political Theory of Jean Meslier

Smith critically examines the claim that Meslier was a communist anarchist.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #181 has been posted.

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 11:15 AM

The Libertarianism.org podcast of my Essay 57 has been posted. This is the third part of my commentary on Jason Brennan's book, Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know.

 

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Posted Yesterday, 09:52 AM

Freethought and Freedom: Jean Meslier on Property

Was Meslier a communist? Smith explores this tricky issue.

My Libertarianism.org Essay #182 has been posted.

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