George H. Smith distinguishes “tolerating” religious difference from recognizing a genuine right to religious freedom.
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 begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Jefferson drew on a rich intellectual tradition when he drafted the Declaration of Independence. But did he draw directly from contemporary works, as well?
George H. Smith continues his series on the Declaration of Independence by looking to the intellectual history behind its famous reference to unalienable rights.
George H. Smith examines two instances of curious wording in the Declaration of Independence.
George H. Smith continues his look at the events leading up to the American Revolution by telling the story of the Boston Massacre.
George H. Smith offers a glance at a few economic regulations throughout history.
George H. Smith discusses how the educational system of Sparta influenced later advocates of state education.
History’s first great philosopher wasn’t a fan of educational freedom.
George H. Smith continues his examination of the intellectual roots of state education by turning to the views of Plato’s most famous student.
George H. Smith begins his series on the critics of state education with a discussion of Joseph Priestley, the Englishman who discovered oxygen.
George H. Smith turns to the philosophy of Voluntaryism, discussing how its proponents fought against state control of education in the nineteenth century.
George H. Smith explores some more Voluntaryist arguments against state education.
George H. Smith explores the Voluntaryist critique of those who support free trade in religion and commerce but advocate state interference in education.
George H. Smith discusses Jefferson’s ideas about education and his plan for a decentralized system of public schools.
George H. Smith interrupts his series on education with a discussion of social Darwinism.
Smith continues his discussion of Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner, explaining how they explicitly repudiated the ideas associated with social Darwinism.
George H. Smith concludes this series with a close look at Herbert Spencer’s views on charity and the poor.