George H. Smith discusses Thomas Paine’s theory of rights.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Erskine’s ideas on libel laws and freedom of the press, and how he incorporated those ideas during his defense of Thomas Paine.
In 1792, Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel. In this essay, George H. Smith discusses the prosecution’s case.
George H. Smith discusses some background of the debate between Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.
George H. Smith concludes this series with more observations about James Mackintosh’s defense of natural rights.
George H. Smith explains why Edmund Burke opposed abstract rights and why James Mackintosh defended them.
George H. Smith explains the defense of rights and other abstract political principles given by James Mackintosh, one of Burke’s most effective critics.
George H. Smith explains why Burke predicted that the French Revolution would end in systematic violence.
After criticizing Murray Rothbard’s interpretation of Edmund Burke’s first book, Smith summarizes Burke’s primary objections to rationalistic intellectuals.
Edmund Burke condemned the French Revolution as a “digest of anarchy.” What relevance does his critique have for the modern libertarian movement?
George H. Smith discusses the role of modern intellectuals in government.
George H. Smith explores F. A. Hayek’s views on intellectuals, whom Hayek called professional secondhand dealers in ideas.
A far-ranging discussion of the meanings of key terms in libertarianism, ideology, and the crucial elements needed for an understanding of individual freedom.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to liberty by noting some hazards of academic specialization.
George H. Smith explains Rocker’s theory of why the ideas of classical liberalism were swamped by the rising tide of statism.
In Nationalism and Culture, a classic history of libertarian ideas, Rudolf Rocker uses the struggle of freedom against power as his theoretical framework.
George H. Smith explains how the insatiable desire for power and its corrupting influence have been dominant themes in libertarian theory and history.
George H. Smith examines the problem of whether the human sciences can be value-free, and if so in what sense.