George H. Smith criticizes an influential book by Mark Francis, Herbert Spencer and the Invention of Modern Life.
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 discusses the complex personal relationships among three leading classical liberals in Victorian England.
Smith compares the positions of Hodgskin and Smith on the history of landownership, and their opposition to the political power of the landed aristocracy.
George H. Smith discusses the common allegation that Herbert Spencer took many of his ideas from Thomas Hodgskin without acknowledging their source.
George H. Smith discusses Acton’s thesis that the conflict between church and state in medieval Europe was vital to the progress of freedom.
George H. Smith discusses some common criticisms of Lord Acton and other classical liberal historians.
Herbert Spencer feared granting suffrage to women – at least during his time – would diminish “real” liberty. Was this a justifiable concern?
George H. Smith discusses how Herbert Spencer’s analyses of nineteenth-century Germany and France contributed to his pessimistic outlook on the future of freedom.
George H. Smith discusses some of Spencer’s concerns about the intellectual and moral obstacles to achieving a free society.
George H. Smith discusses Spencer’s theory of social progress, while calling attention to some of its theoretical problems.
George H. Smith begins his series on Spencer’s pessimistic outlook on the future of freedom and the reasons behind it.
George H. Smith discusses the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and why it so alarmed the defenders of natural rights.
The ideal of individual freedom is more than a will-o’-the-wisp. It was widely appreciated in the past and so may become widely appreciated in the future.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
The Coercive Acts—the British response to the Boston Tea Party—was the true catalyst that led to the American Revolution.
The British response to the Boston Tea Party stiffened American resolve for revolution. George Smith tells the story of that event.
The story of the American Revolution’s prelude continues with the emergence of Committees of Correspondence among the colonists.
George H. Smith uses some of the crucial events that led to the American Revolution as background to explain the theory of resistance and revolution that emerged.