George H. Smith

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About George H. Smith

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  • Birthday 02/10/1949

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    George H. Smith
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    Writer -- author of "Atheism: The Case Against God," "Atheism, Ayn Rand, and Other Heresies," and "Why Atheism?" My most recent book, "The System of Liberty: Themes in the History of Classical Liberalism," will be published by Cambridge University Press in April 2013.
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    I write weekly essays on the history of libertarian thought for (a branch of the Cato Institute). See the index of my essays at:
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    West Coast Jazz greats, such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Shorty Rogers, etc., etc. I have posted numerous music videos on YouTube as smikro1
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    Bloomington, IL
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  1. I don't want to fool around with this controversy any more. I am far too busy, and it would put me in a very bad mood. I have posted more than enough evidence to substantiate my claim of massive plagiarism, and Wendy has consistently refused to deal with any of the specifics. Instead she has played the victim, even going so far as to accuse me of hitting her in the face so hard as to cause partial blindness in one eye. This is a totally fabricated lie; I never touched Wendy (or any other person) in anger. True, she is partially blind in one eye, but she had that problem when I first met her in
  2. Michael, Thanks for posting my debate with Antman. I had forgotten about this debate and had no idea it was available online. Btw, you asked me in an email if I ever wrote the second part of my critique of gradualism, which was to be published in Sam Konkin's zine. The answer is no. Sam never paid anything for articles, and at the time it was probably unrealistic for me to devote considerable time to writing a freebie. Ghs
  3. The Fountainhead Reading Group just ended. A good time was had by all. David Kelley was there, so was Michael Newberry, in addition to 6 other people or so. . But other than Michael not one OL member showed up. So what's up with you deadbeats? We are discussing changing the time to a weekday evening, in case Saturday afternoons are inconvenient. Would that help?
  4. The Fountainhead Reading Group starts in 30 minutes (3 p.m., est). Join us! Here is the link. . Ghs
  5. I noticed the same thing about the poor quality of the audio recordings (though not in the live discussion). I will pass your observation on to the person in charge.
  6. At 3 p.m. (e.s.t. ) tomorrow (Saturday, June 3rd), I will be moderating the 4th gathering of the "The Fountainhead" Reading Group, which is sponsored by the Atlas Society. The one-hour discussions, one of which included David Kelley (the founder of the Atlas Society), have been excellent so far, enriched with humor and spontaneous remarks. (Michael Newberry has been a regular participant.) The group has averaged around 6 participants, but we would like to attract more people interested in Ayn Rand. Thus, when I was asked if I could drum up more people, I immediately thought of OL members. Som
  7. Dio Lewis on Lysander Spooner and Prohibition Smith discusses Lewis’s rare insights on Spooner’s personal life, and his libertarian case against prohibition. My Essay #241 was posted on Friday. Ghs Excerpt In his obituary of Lysander Spooner (Liberty, May 28, 1887) the anarchist Benjamin R. Tucker wrote: He died at one o’clock in the afternoon of Saturday, May 14, in his little room at 109 Myrtle Street [Boston], surrounded by trunks and chests bursting with the books, manuscripts, and pamphlets which he had gathered about him in his active pam
  8. Gerrit Smith, Lysander Spooner, and Dio Lewis on Prohibition Smith discusses Gerrit Smith’s arguments for prohibition and the reply by Lysander Spooner, as published in a book by Dio Lewis, Prohibition: A Failure. My Essay #140 has been posted. Ghs
  9. Final Comments on Wendell Phillips and Non-Voting Smith concludes his discussion of the no-voting theory of Wendell Phillips by explaining Phillips’s attitude toward taxes and the limits of democracy. My Essay #237 has been posted. Ghs
  10. Anarchism Versus Limited Government Abolitionism Smith discusses how William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips differed in their approaches to non-voting. My Essay #236 has been posted. Ghs
  11. Abolitionism and Modern Voluntaryism Smith discusses some similarities between the anti-political abolitionists and contemporary voluntaryists. My Essay 235 has been posted. Ghs
  12. I was asked on Facebook whether I still had a copy of the transcript of my original interview with Nathan. I replied: I had a transcript of the original interview for years, but I lost it in storage (with almost everything else I owned) in 1995. The interview took place in 2 parts, each 3 hours long, so the 6-hour transcript was extensive, unedited, and highly interesting. It was much different, both in tone and content, from the published interview. I did not come across as a sycophant who asked questions like "Do you plan to write about this?" and "Could you give illustrations?" I late
  13. I happened to run across this 1973 piece from Reason Magazine, which contains an interview I supposedly conducted with Nathaniel Branden. (I also wrote the Introduction.) I say "supposedly" because the printed interview differs radically from the real one. After inviting Roy Childs and Tibor Machan to accompany me as backups in Nathan's offices on Sunset Blvd., I asked many theoretical questions, including methodological questions, about psychology. Overall Nathan did an excellent job responding to those questions, a
  14. I missed this one, #232. Abolitionism, Violence, and How William Lloyd Garrison was Almost Killed by a Mob Smith discusses the prevalence of violence against abolitionists during the 1830s, and how Wendell Phillips became an abolitionist. Ghs
  15. My latest Excursions Essays, #233 and #234. Can Abolitionists Vote or Take Office Under the United States Constitution? Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitionists should not vote or hold political office. More on Wendell Phillips and Anti-Political Abolitionism Smith discusses the arguments of Wendell Phillips that abolitio