Smith explores Emile Durkheim’s major objections to Herbert Spencer’s theory of a free society based on voluntary contracts.
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.
The British response to the Boston Tea Party stiffened American resolve for revolution. George Smith tells the story of that event.
Smith begins his exploration of self-interest and social order by explaining Shaftesbury’s theory of social psychology.
The Coercive Acts—the British response to the Boston Tea Party—was the true catalyst that led to the American Revolution.
Smith explores two concepts of political philosophy and their respective ideas about justice and a good society.
The Coercive Acts led Americans to blame the king for the conspiracy to strip them of their rights and liberties.
Smith begins his discussion of David Hume’s moral and social philosophy.
George H. Smith offers a glance at a few economic regulations throughout history.
Smith explains Hume’s theory of the social evolution of our ideas about justice.
George H. Smith discusses how the educational system of Sparta influenced later advocates of state education.
Smith marks three years of his essays with some thoughts about the importance of libertarian theory and history.
History’s first great philosopher wasn’t a fan of educational freedom.
Smith discusses the Hobbesian theory of self-interest and why classical liberals were so intent on refuting it.
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.
Smith explains Burke’s argument against majority rule and a constitution based on the consent of the governed.
Smith discusses various objections to the claim that all actions are necessarily self-interested.
George H. Smith turns to the philosophy of Voluntaryism, discussing how its proponents fought against state control of education in the nineteenth century.