Smith begins his discussion of the need for an interdisciplinary approach to liberty by noting some hazards of academic specialization.
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 examines the problem of whether the human sciences can be value-free, and if so in what sense.
Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”
Smith explores Humboldt’s defense of individuality, written in 1792.
Smith discusses how William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips differed in their approaches to non-voting.
Smith explains how Robert Paul Wolff and Immanuel Kant used the same principle of moral autonomy to reach opposite conclusions about the legitimacy of the state.
Smith reviews Sandefur’s biography, Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man, published by the Cato Institute in 2018.
Smith explains the thinking of James Birney when he liberated his slaves.
Smith explains how George Fitzhugh defended slavery on the grounds that it provides an ideal system of socialism.
Smith discusses how peace activists and pacifists justified their support of the North during the Civil War.
Smith defends the pacifist Garrison from the charge of hypocrisy for supporting the Union during the Civil War.
Smith discusses the prevalence of violence against abolitionists during the 1830s, and how Wendell Phillips became an abolitionist.
Smith discusses some elements of credibility and offers advice on how to engage in arguments.
Smith discusses some common problems encountered by libertarians when they defend their political beliefs in arguments.
Smith discusses the influence of puritanism, the religious revival in the early 19th century, and Spooner’s disagreements with Christian ethics.
Smith begins his discussion of Lysander Spooner’s libertarian classic, “Vices are not Crimes.”
Smith continues his explanation of why so many abolitionists supported the compulsory prohibition of alcohol by linking them to the ideology of the Whig Party.
Smith explains some fundamental tenets of the moral sense school of ethics, especially as found in the writings of Francis Hutcheson.