Smith explains the similarities between medieval heresy and our modern notion of treason against the state.
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 explains how some leading Christian theologians justified the death penalty for heretics and blasphemers.
Smith begins his series on Thomas Hodgskin, one of the most remarkable, if little known and unjustly neglected, libertarian thinkers of the nineteenth century.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s most controversial work, Labour Defended Against the Claims of Capital.
Smith explores Shaftesbury’s defense of ridicule and satire in matters of religion.
George H. Smith begins his discussion of the free-market theories of Thomas Hodgskin.
Smith explains some tactics that early freethinkers used in the attempt to avoid punishment for blasphemy and other religious crimes.
Smith continues his discussion of Thomas Hodgskin by exploring some of the key arguments in his neglected book,Popular Political Economy.
Smith explains the origins of deism and its basic ideas.
George H. Smith discusses the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and why it so alarmed the defenders of natural rights.
Smith explains the basic tenets of deism and why it posed a political threat.
George H. Smith discusses Thomas Hodgskin’s critique of utilitarianism and his contention that the primary concern of legislators is to preserve their own power.
George H. Smith begins his series on Spencer’s pessimistic outlook on the future of freedom and the reasons behind it.
Smith explains why Edward Gibbon rejected miraculous accounts in his masterpiece, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
George H. Smith discusses the controversy about Spencer’s use of opium and its possible effect on his later pessimism.
Smith explains the controversial arguments of the deist John Toland, as defended in Christianity not Mysterious.
George H. Smith discusses Spencer’s opposition to the Boer War—a cause that dominated the last several years of his life.
Smith explains the political implications of the deistic repudiation of special revelation and miracles.