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.
George H. Smith examines the moral right of resistance to government, with an emphasis on the period of the American Revolution.
George H. Smith theorizes on what rights children retain—if any—in this 1981 video.
This is the first of a series of talks by George H. Smith on the history of libertarian ideas.
Was Jean Meslier a communist? George H. Smith explores this tricky issue.
George H. Smith explores Shaftesbury’s defense of ridicule and satire in matters of religion.
George H. Smith explores Rand’s contention that America was sliding down a slippery slope to fascism.
George H. Smith begins his series on the historical relationship between religious skepticism and libertarianism.
This talk, “Liberty of Conscience,” is the second in a series by George H. Smith on the history of libertarian ideas.
This talk by George H. Smith on property rights is the third in a series on the history of libertarian ideas.
George H. Smith discusses the traditional Christian theory of private property and how it was viewed as the result of original sin.
George H. Smith explains why Mandeville’s ideas about vice made him one of the most notorious writers of his time.
George H. Smith discusses Bernard Mandeville’s defense of legal prostitution and other vices.
Does the modern libertarian movement have any significant similarities to the early Christian movement? Smith explores this intriguing possibility.
George H. Smith explains Locke’s ideas on how we should interpret a philosophic text, and the relationship between labor and private property.
George H. Smith explains some tactics that early freethinkers used in the attempt to avoid punishment for blasphemy and other religious crimes.