George H. Smith turns his attention to events after the Boston riots. As violence spread throughout the colonies, America moved ever closer to revolution.
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 recounts the violent reaction to the Stamp Act, a tax on paper goods levied against the American colonies in 1765.
George H. Smith explores America’s proud history of smuggling in the colonies—and the disastrous attempts by the British to put an end to it.
George H. Smith explains why Edward Gibbon rejected miraculous accounts in his masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
George H. Smith discusses some preliminary issues involved in the classic libertarian distinction between the spheres of “state” and “society.”
George H. Smith explores Buckle’s claim that the “protective spirit” of governments has hindered the progress of civilization.
George H. Smith discusses Buckle’s stress on the importance of ideas in the progress of civilization.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of one of the most libertarian works on history ever written.
George H. Smith explores some of the traditional biblical arguments for and against religious persecution.
George H. Smith explores two concepts of political philosophy and their respective ideas about justice and a good society.
After discussing some implications of early works on international law for libertarian theory, Smith concludes with a defense of Ayn Rand’s theory of rights.
George H. Smith discusses a metaphor that was widely used by early libertarian writers who defended the natural equality of humankind.
Smith discusses the distinction between political obligation and political allegiance, and how the problem of allegiance was the major concern of John Locke.
George H. Smith broadens his discussion of a rights-based theory of freedom with an overview of modern political philosophy.
George H. Smith explains the fundamentals of Benedict Spinoza’s theory of rights and government.
George H. Smith explains why Benedict Spinoza’s Theologico-Political Treatise became one of the most scandalous books ever published.
George H. Smith explains Francis 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.