Smith continues his discussion of how the theory of private property changed over the centuries.
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.
We reject the idea that some people are born superior to others, with a right to rule them. What, then, if anything, justifies a state’s power over its citizens?
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.
Smith discusses the traditional Christian theory of private property and how it was viewed as the result of original sin.
Was Meslier a communist? Smith explores this tricky issue.
Smith critically examines the claim that Meslier was a communist anarchist.
Smith explains Meslier’s three major objections to Christian morality, as taught by Jesus.
Smith explains the role of the Catholic Church in the French government, and how Meslier reconciled his atheism with his role as a priest.
Smith explains some of the libertarian ideas of Jean Meslier, the notorious atheist-priest.
Smith criticizes some features of Spinoza’s political theory, especially his theory of rights.
Smith explains the fundamentals of Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
Smith continues his discussion of Spinoza by explaining how he defended freedom of religion and speech.
Smith explains how government is responsible for many of the current controversies over religious freedom.
Smith explains why Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.
Smith discusses Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
Smith explains Bacon’s defense of certainty and his contributions to a secular worldview.
Pyrrhonic skepticism had a tremendous influence on religious debates in post-Reformation Europe.