I’m Nicholas Woode-Smith. I was born on the 3rd of October 1995 in Cape Town, South Africa, where I still reside. I have my finger in many pies, partaking in quite a few projects and jobs. The purpose of this page is to attempt to segment these aspects of myself so you can understand a bit about me and what I do.
I matriculated from high school in 2014 from St George’s Grammar School with specialties in history, business and visual art. I served as debate team captain from 2012 onwards till 2014 and President of the Student Council in 2014.
I graduated from the University of Cape Town with majors in Economic History and Philosophy and minors in International Relations, Politics and English in 2017. I was on the Dean’s Merit list for my second year in 2016. I founded the Cape Town branch of African Students For Liberty, providing an intellectual home for liberal students on campus.
My academic interests are divided by topic:
All history has something to offer. My specialties are:
- Economic History (specifically about institutions and state policy)
- British Empire
- World War One
- World War Two
- Institutional development
- State collapse
- Political Philosophy
- Moral Epistemology
- Free Markets
- State Controls
- Financial History
The views expressed in the essays on this site may not completely accurately represent my current views. The reason for this are two-fold. First, these essays were written over quite a few years, and my views have changed on many topics, as is only natural. Secondly, many of these essays were written for a particular audience, that required creative phrasing and information presentation to fulfill a mandate. While I do my best to always be intellectually honest, some essays on this site may not be as radical as my true views at the time.