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.


Was Thomas Jefferson a Plagiarist?

featuring George H. Smith on Aug 13, 2014

Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?


The Boston Massacre

featuring George H. Smith on Oct 1, 2014

George H. Smith continues his look at the events leading up to the American Revolution by telling the story of the Boston Massacre.


Thomas Jefferson on Public Education, Part 1

featuring George H. Smith on Dec 31, 2014

George H. Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.


Neoconservatism Versus Libertarianism, Part 2

featuring George H. Smith on Feb 11, 2015

George H. Smith tells the story of how a disagreement with Roy Childs over the ideas of Irving Kristol resulted in a serious argument.