Smith discusses some background of the debate between Paine and Burke, and the furor created by Paine’s Rights of Man.
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.
Smith discusses Thomas Erskine’s ideas on libel laws and freedom of the press, and how he incorporated those ideas during his defense of Thomas Paine.
Smith explains Paine’s constitutional theory and why he believed that Britain had no constitution.
Smith explains some of Paine’s ideas about the nature of a republic and the benefits of a representative form of government.
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.
Smith explains Paine’s views on paper money, price controls, self-interest, and exploitative governments.
Smith discusses Paine’s welfare proposals in Rights of Man and Agrarian Justice.
Smith explains methodological subjectivism and how it applies to the study of human action.
George H. Smith distinguishes “tolerating” religious difference from recognizing a genuine right to religious freedom.
George H. Smith begins a series of essays on the Declaration of Independence by examining colonial reaction to its list of grievances.
Smith explores the controversy over whether sociology qualifies as an authentic science.
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.
Smith explains Herbert Spencer’s views of the scientific status of sociology, the nature of social laws, and the practical value of social science.
George H. Smith examines two instances of curious wording in the Declaration of Independence.
Smith discusses the value of sociology and some misconceptions of methodological individualism.
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.
Smith explains methodological individualism and its implications for the existence of institutions and other social phenomena.