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George H. Smith

George H. Smith was formerly Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for Humane Studies, a lecturer on American History for Cato Summer Seminars, and Executive Editor of Knowledge Products. Smith's fourth and most recent book, The System of Liberty, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013.

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Reflections on Freedom of Religion

by George H. Smith on Jul 3, 2015

Smith explains how government is responsible for many of the current controversies over religious freedom.

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My Interview with Adam Smith

by George H. Smith on Nov 17, 2018

Smith interviews the spirit of Adam Smith, soliciting his opinion of David Hume and other matters.

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Samuel Johnson and His Dictionary

by George H. Smith on Sep 28, 2018

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.

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Samuel Johnson: Hack Writer Extraordinaire

by George H. Smith on Sep 21, 2018

Part one of a lengthy article on Samuel Johnson, originally written in 2001, is a result of my interest in freelance, or market, intellectuals.

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Lysander Spooner on Natural Law

by George H. Smith on Aug 18, 2017

Smith discusses Spooner’s secular theory of natural law and his belief that no legislation is valid unless it conforms to natural law.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 9

by George H. Smith on Jun 20, 2014

Smith explains some of Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 6

by George H. Smith on May 30, 2014

How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 3

by George H. Smith on May 9, 2014

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.

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Thomas Paine Versus Edmund Burke, Part 2

by George H. Smith on May 2, 2014

In 1792, Thomas Paine was tried for seditious libel. In this essay, George H. Smith discusses the prosecution’s case.