George H. Smith discusses the mythological thinking that dominated Nazi ideology, as explained in Cassirer’s book The Myth of the State.
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 explains how Locke dealt with some problems in the traditional Christian theory of private property.
George H. Smith explains the role of the Catholic Church in the French government, and how Jean Meslier reconciled his atheism with his role as a priest.
George H. Smith explains an important controversy about when the Two Treatises was written and the influence of the Levellers on Locke.
George H. Smith explains the significance, for Locke, of the increased productivity caused by labor, and the relationship between money and property.
George H. Smith discusses Robert Nozick’s criticisms of Locke’s property theory.
George H. Smith discusses what Bernard Mandeville meant in saying that private vices produce public benefits, and how Francis Hutcheson criticized that theory.
George H. Smith gives a brief summary of the history and political purposes behind state education.
George H. Smith shares with the audience his discovery of the writings of the 19th-century voluntaryists in England.
George H. Smith discusses Benedict Spinoza’s controversial ideas about God, religion, and his criticism of the Design Argument.
George H. Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
George H. Smith explains some of Thomas Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.
George H. Smith explains Thomas Paine’s constitutional theory and why Paine believed that Britain had no constitution.
How the libertarian ideas of Richard Price motivated Burke to write Reflections on the Revolution in France, and how Paine dealt with the controversy.