5. (2013 July) Opinion: Two Georges and a Spencer

” [George] Smith discusses Henry George’s allegation that Spencer’s later views on land ownership were intellectually dishonest.”

In part one of Smith’s analysis of the tension between Henry George and Herbert Spencer, Smith makes the case that Henry George misinterpreted Herbert Spencer’s early views. Herbert Spencer made a full reversal from his stance that land should be nationalized. Yet, Spencer never truly explained this reversal and George accused him of dishonesty as a result. Smith does not explain this reversal either, but he promises to in part 2 of this article. Smith is a neo-libertarian and disagrees with both George and the early Spencer, but due to the fact that Spencer played such a pivotal role in shaping the U.S. libertarian movement, Smith likely feels the need to defend Spencer’s integrity.


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