Did Johnson betray his own principle that writers who accept a pension from the King are merely “state hirelings”?
This is the second part of Smith’s discussion of how Samuel Johnson made a living as a free-lance writer in 18th century London.
Part one of a lengthy article on Samuel Johnson, originally written in 2001, is a result of my interest in freelance, or market, intellectuals.
Smith explains the thinking of James Birney when he liberated his slaves.
Smith discusses Birney’s eventual opposition to the American Colonization Society and why he embraced abolitionism instead.
Smith discusses the interesting case of James Birney, who freed his slaves and became a prominent abolitionist.
Smith explains the crucial role of rights in political theory.
Smith discusses the common argument that natural rights will lead inevitably to anarchism.
Smith continues his brief discussion of how to justify natural rights.
Smith interrupts his series on abolitionism to present a barebones defense of natural rights.
Smith discusses some circumstances that led to the formation of the abolitionist Liberty Party in 1840.
Smith explains how George Fitzhugh defended slavery on the grounds that it provides an ideal system of socialism.
Smith explains how some Southerners defended chattel slavery by contrasting it favorably with “wage slavery” in the North.
How was the abolitionist Moncure Conway widely criticized by other American abolitionists for his peace proposal that would end the Civil War?
Smith discusses the doctrine of state sovereignty, as defended by Alexander Stephens, Thomas Jefferson, and John C. Calhoun.
Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.
Smith discusses plans for the abolition of slavery by radical members of the Republican Party.
Smith discusses what Garrison meant by the “right of secession,” and how he reconciled his views with his condemnation of secession by the southern states.