Liberty Matters: Herbert Spencer’s Sociology of the State (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2014). https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/2647,
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This online discussion is part of the series “Liberty Matters: A Forum for the Discussion of Matters pertaining to Liberty.” The English sociologist and individualist political philosopher Herbert Spencer has been either completely neglected or badly misinterpreted by scholars for over one hundred years. In this discussion George Smith explores an important aspect of Spencer’s thinking, namely his “sociology of the state”. He is joined in this discussion by David M. Levy, Professor of Economics at George Mason University; Roderick T. Long, Professor of Philosophy at Auburn University; and Alberto Mingardi, the founder and General Director of the Istituto Bruno Leoni.
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