Smith explains some reasons why the temperance movement switched from advocating voluntary methods to calling for coercive prohibitory laws during the 1830s.
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.
Smith explains why Edward Gibbon rejected miraculous accounts in his masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Smith continues his discussion of Lysander Spooner’s objections to confusing vices with crimes.
Smith explains Kant’s basic justification of government and why he opposed the rights of resistance and revolution.
Was Kant somehow responsible for the rise of Nazism? Smith explores two points of view on this issue.
Smith examines and criticizes Richard Ashcraft’s arguments that Locke was significantly influenced by the Levellers.
Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written, and the possible influence of the Levellers on Locke.
Smith explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
Smith discusses Locke’s view of the original commons, before the institution of private property.
Smith explores two concepts of political philosophy and their respective ideas about justice and a good society.
Smith provides some background on Spooner’s influential book The Unconstitutionality of Slavery.
Smith summarizes Lysander Spooner’s objections to the most popular arguments in favor of the prohibition of alcohol.
Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory and the relationship between a natural-law justification of property and social conventions.
Smith discusses Mandeville’s defense of legal prostitution and other vices.
Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
Smith contrasts the modern secular approach to private property with the traditional Christian theory.
Does the modern libertarian movement have any significant similarities to the early Christian movement? Smith explores this intriguing possibility.
Was Meslier a communist? Smith explores this tricky issue.